All the creature comforts
Ricci House was one of the first inland hotels to open on Lipe and it remains a fine choice for the sorts of rooms and services that you’d expect from a midrange city hotel on the Thai mainland.
The hotel offers rooms in a three-storey building and larger editions in yellow concrete bungalows found further back down a palm-draped walkway. Set on the ground floor or upper floors accessed by stairs, the cheapest rooms make up for minimal space with extras like safes, fridges, desks, fast WiFi, coffee/tea facilities and LCD TVs facing cushy queen beds with lots of pillows. These will do the trick if you need to pamper yourself after a stretch of staying in basic bungalows.
Though about the same size, the villa rooms feel larger due to smarter designs and they also have hardwood floors and walls rather than concrete. Apart from the odd crack in the tiling below sinks in the hot-water wet bathrooms, the rooms we peeped appeared well kept. Each of them also bags you sliding glass doors opening to private furnished balconies.
Overall the standard of accommodation at Ricci is better than what you’ll find for similar prices at the big beach resorts. Staff is notably polite and helpful, and rates include a very good breakfast buffet in an enormous streetside pavilion that doubles as reception.
Also near Sunrise Beach, Harmony Bed and Bakery is a slightly cheaper inland option for modern air-con rooms, or you could head around the corner to save some cash at The Reef. Rates at Ricci jump by 200 baht on weekends, and we found cheaper rates through Booking.com. It closes for low season.
Address: Inland from Sunrise Beach, Ko Lipe
T: (089) 870 1883 ; (081) 478 1883; F: (074) 730 331
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º18'28.39" E, 6º29'20.81" N
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Room rates: 1,500B to 4,000B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Superior double room||closed or n/a||3,400 baht|
|Bungalow air-con private bathroom||closed or n/a||3,800 baht|
|Family room||closed or n/a||8,500 baht|
David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.
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