The guest friendly hotels stated below are all located on and around White Sand Beach, the most popular beach on Koh Chang and within walking distance of the beer bars, discos and nightlife hot spots of the town. These establishments are also very popular with like minded visitors and I have personally taken the time to contact each and every single one of them as of November 2012 to make sure their guest friendly policy is still in effect. You can check out the reply they provided at the end of each individual hotel description. All offer both great value and good service while the rates themselves can greatly vary from budget to 5 star luxury.
So, where is the action at on Koh Chang?
While the vast majority of the visitors who make their way to Koh Chang are more interested in daytime beach activities and island exploring than raucous nightlife this doesn’t mean there’s no bar girl or freelance action to be had. Your best bet for female companionship is to explore the twenty or so beer bars of “Little Pattaya” located on the South end of White Sand Beach or try your luck in one of the discos a bit further down the road.
Wondering what exactly is a guest friendly hotel ?
A hotel that is considered guest or Bargirl friendly / Girl Friendly / Guest Friendly simply means that the establishment will allow and won’t charge any extra to take back an unregistered guest up to your room. A joiner fee can cost anywhere around from 10 to 25$ a night but could be even higher depending on the hotel policy. So if you unknowingly book a non-guest friendly hotel and plan on taking a lady back up to your room everyday for a week then you’re going to be paying a substantial amount of money unnecessarily or even worst risk her being denied entry. This is by no means an indication of their respectability as each hotel has different policies as long as you’re somewhat discreet. I have taken the time to e-mail them all personally to make sure about their policy and have given their reply with the hotel description.
List of certified Guest Friendly hotels located on Koh Chang and near the action:
Room Rate Guide:
$ – 0 to 33 USD / 0 – 25 EUR
$$ – 33 to 66 USD / 25 – 50 EUR
$$$ – 66 to 99 USD / 50 – 75 EUR
$$$$ – 99+ USD / 100+ EUR
** All of the pictures below were taken by actual guests and reflect what the room is really going to look like **
Koh Chang Guest friendly hotels List:
Alina Grande Hotel & Resort $/$$/$$$
9/10 Moo 4, White Sand Beach, Koh Chang, Thailand
The Alina Grande Hotel & Resort are in fact two separate hotels with the same owner: The Alina Resort is the original complex which is comprised of a mix of bungalows and traditional rooms with balcony. While they are not the newest anymore everything is nice and clean with A/C in every room at what amounts to pretty decent prices considering the central location with direct access to the beach. Their newer hillside complex is only a few years old and is the one referred to as the Alina Grande. Here everything is much more spacious and modern and while you might pay a little more I personally think it’s well worth the extra for the room comfort. In the end all depends if you want to trader a bit of luxury to be just a few short steps from the beach or not.
- Guest Friendly policy reply by the Alina Grande Hotel & Resort: ”No charge with your girl from bar but if possible please tell our receptionist for her ID for your security. Kind Regards, Miss Phichamol Phiphatcharamaetheekul”.
6/10 / 9 Moo 4, Pearl Beach, Koh Chang, Thailand
The Baan Ton Rak Boutique Resort is a small and friendly resort located at Pearl beach about 1.5 km South from the main strip of White Sands Beach. All of the six lovely rooms they have to offer are decent and clean with all the basic facilities (Air-con, TV, Wi-Fi, in room safe, hot & cold water shower). The decor around the resort also provide for a pleasant atmosphere with the various plants, fountains, stone carvings and outside covered areas where you can sit and relax on soft beds. The only downside is it’s a bit of a walk to White Sands Beach and the little Pattaya beer bars but they do rent scooters for only 150 THB a day.
- Guest Friendly policy reply by Baan Ton Rak Boutique Resort “Hello, it is no problem for us. Our rooms prizes are for 2 persons. Your are welcome. Best regards Baan Ton Rak Boutique Resort”.
Banpu Koh Chang Hotel $$$/$$$$
9/11 Moo 4, White Sand Beach, Koh Chang, Thailand
The Banpu Koh Chang Hotel is cozy little hideaway centrally located on White Sand Beach. Scattered throughout it’s lush tropical garden you have a choice between spacious bungalows and rooms in their main two floor building. Both are very clean and we furnished with: Air conditioning, mini-bar, safe, TV, hot & cold shower, mosquito nets, television and balcony. Unlike some other nearby resorts, the Banpu isn’t cramped with too many rooms giving you a sense of intimacy and space. They have a nice pool area (picture above) that’s only 20 meters from the beach. Staff is also very friendly and accommodating. There are only two downside that I could think of, first their Wi-Fi internet isn’t free and actually pretty damn expensive at 100 THB/hour. Secondly, there are only 10 or so channels on the TV. But in the end, If you can do without those two I can definitely recommend this resort.
- Guest Friendly policy reply by the Banpu Koh Chang Hotel “Dear Sir, We will no charge for the third party for your booking. Looking forward to serve you Wuttipong Sripinyo (gm)”.
9/11 Moo 4, White Sand Beach, Koh Chang, Thailand
The Buffalo Bill Hotel is located across the street just 50 meters from the northern part of white sand beach. The hotel is in fact a Pub & Steakhouse Restaurant with an American/Western theme going that have number of rooms attached to it. The standard rooms are decent and come with all the needed basic essentials: A/C, TV, hot & cold shower, fridge, safe & Free Wi-Fi internet. The one downside is that it’s across the road from the popular Sabay Bar and that sometimes the live music could be bothersome to those who want an early nights sleep. Otherwise for the proximity of the beach and prices in the low 1000 THB range it could be an option if other more popular resorts are full.
- Guest Friendly policy reply by the Buffalo Bill Hotel Koh Chang: ”Hi, if you are more then 18, you can bring to your room anyone you like for no additional fee Pierre Gallemaert Hotel & Restaurant Manager”.
Koh Chang Grand View Resort $$/$$$/$$$$
19/3 Moo 4, A. Koh Chang, White Sand Beach, Koh Chang, Thailand
The Koh Chang Grandview Resort is found at the Southern tip of White Sands in a quiet location only a short stroll on the beach from the main bars, restaurants & shops. I stayed in one of the sea-view bungalows and they are very clean and spacious furnished with everything you need inside: Big bed, flat-screen TV with a hundred or so channels (but most in Thai), A/C, mini bar, desk, hot & cold shower, etc. I would recommend the rooms on the beach side VS the ones along road unless you get substantially cheaper deal as they are not exactly as inspiring to say the least. The only downside I had was that the Wi-Fi only worked in the lobby and not like as specified online in rooms. You can fix that easily though with one of the local paid Wi-Fi services available for around 100 THB/day. Otherwise the staff is friendly here (but most speak only very basic English) and the resort has a very nice pool near it’s beach end.
- Guest Friendly policy reply from the Koh Chang Grand View Resort: “Our policy has no charge for your extra guest and only keep record for your pastport & ID card of your guest by copy. We do for your security. We try to do by the short time for your check in like stay your home. If you have any question please do not hesitate to cotact me. Best regards, Supichai Keardpimai -Resident Manager”.
Keeree Ele Hotel Koh Chang $$$/$$$$
9/3 Moo 4, A. Koh Chang, White Sand Beach, Koh Chang, Thailand
While the Keeree ele’ Hotel is a little bit up the hill and a good 10 minutes walk from the beach it’s very conveniently located less than 5 away from the “Little Pattaya” concentration of beer bars. Newly opened in 2009, the Keeree ele’ is modern and beautifully decorated with rooms that offer views of the sea on one side and mountains on the other (or both in the case of the deluxe ones). The deluxe room was really big and the bed and bathroom both very stylish and well furnished with: Air conditioning, cable TV, big shower/bathtub, mini bar, large balcony/terrace & refrigerator. What was missing was the free in room Wi-Fi & safe, while both are available in the lobby this should really be included for a hotel in this price range. The hotel also has a smallish but beautiful pool with a sun loungers. All in all this place is a little expensive but they regularly run promos that make it then worth staying here.
- Guest Friendly policy reply from the Keeree Ele Hotel Koh Chang: “Greeting from Keeree Ele Hotel Koh Chang. Our small hotel strives to make your holidays special so we allow you to come with your (unregistered) guest and not necessary to leave her ID at the reception but I would like to inform you that our hotel will not be responsible for any loss/or damage to your belongings besides it becomes apparent that the hotel or the hotel staff have acted carelessly or negligently and you are requested to beware of your any valuables.”
Paddy’s Palms Resort $/$$
9/99 Moo 4 , White Sand Beach, Koh Chang, Thailand
Recently opened in 2006, the Paddy’s Palms Resort is one of my favorite places to stay in Koh Chang and honestly I think you’d be hard pressed to find better value for money elsewhere these days. During my last trip in October, 900 THB would get you one of their deluxe room which besides being very modern, spacious and clean include: A big and comfortable king sized bed, TV with plenty of English & Thai speaking channels, quiet but powerful A/C unit, small fridge with 2 free bottles of water each day, western bathroom with separate toilet & shower, plenty of storage space for luggage & your clothes, free Wi-Fi and a little balcony area with table and chairs. Location wise the hotel is around a 10 minutes walk to White Sands Beach, even closer from all of the nightlife venues and just a stone’s throw away from Little Pattaya’s dozen or so beer bar enclave. Included in the price is a small free buffet breakfast served at their restaurant with the choices of cereals & fruit then bacon, eggs & toast with all the tea and coffee or juice you can drink. Not to forget their nice little pool area at the side of the hotel with rarely any people around making it a great place to relax on a hot day. So if you want my opinion, Paddy’s Palms Resort is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
- Guest Friendly policy reply from the Paddy’s Palms Resort: Their website’s booking & inquiry engine has been down for a few months (though you can still book through Agoda) so there is no way for me to provide you an adequate official response but I can assure you for personally having been here many times (latest in April 2013) that this hotel is very guest friendly. In fact at around 10PM the reception counter closes (so while I never tried with more than two girls at a time) you could probably get away bringing the whole staff from any given beer bars without anyone noticing.
Top Resort $$/$$$/$$$$
24/45 Moo 4, White Sand Beach, Koh Chang, Thailand
The Top Resort towers along a cliff on the South end of White Sand Beach. While lacking direct access to the beach you can easily walk your way down to it in about 10 minutes. Even better, just like Paddy’s Palm it’s conveniently located right next to the dozen of so girly bars that Koh Chang have to offer! The place is very popular among a German clientele as the owner, attached restaurant and most of the staff are themselves German but the atmosphere is friendly regardless of what Nationality you are. The resort is set amongst beautiful gardens with a lovely swimming situated in a tranquil and relaxed settings with great views looking out to the sea. You can chose between three types of accommodations: The hotel rooms in the main building, bungalows (garden & seaview) or villas over the top of the cliff, facing the gulf. Price go anywhere from 25$ for basic rooms in low season to over 100$ for the high end villas in peak season but all the rooms are furnished at the very minimum with: A/C & fans, TV with a good rance of English channels, fridge filled drinks, electronic in-room safe and bathroom with hot water showers. A Great place especially for first-timers to the Island as the staff speaks excellent English and can give great advice on the abundance of things you can do during your trip.
- Guest Friendly policy reply from Top Resort: “We never asked for a joiner fee and also in future we will not do so. Even we will not ask for the ID card of your guest. Our rules say that you bring your guest on your own risk. Best regards from warm and sunny Koh Chang. – Michael”.