Here’s a comparison of 2 of the most popular mid price range hotels in central Pattaya. The Areca Lodge and LK Metropole are both situated on Soi Diana Inn, between Pattaya Second Road and Soi Baukhao, right in the heart of Pattaya’s nightlife, dining and shopping zones. The Areca and Lk Metroplole are similar in size, have almost like for like facilities, they are both superbly situated in downtown Pattaya, they are in direct competition with each other, and surprisingly or not, their rates for a standard room are exactly identical.
Areca Lodge versus LK Metropole.
For this comparison I referred to ratings, reviews and room tips on Trip Advisor.com and Agoda.com. I compared room rates of both hotels on Agoda, Booking.com and Sawadee.com. Rates for both of these hotels are quoted by Agoda, which were marginally cheaper than Booking.com and Sawadee.com.
Ranked number 35, and rated at 84 percent with Trip Advisor, based on 592 reviews. Agoda rating of 8.1, based on 3,012 reviews. Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2014.
Areca Lodge statistics
- Year hotel built: 2002
- Number of floors: 6
- Number of rooms: 216
- 2 bars (1 poolside bar)
- 2 restaurants
- 2 large swimming pools with child pools
- Children’s playground
- Free wi-fi in all rooms
- Massage, Spa, Salon
- Meeting facilities
- Cost of breakfast if not included in room price is 200 baht
- Airport transfer arranged with hotel hotel is 1800 baht
- Compulsory charge for Gala Dinner on Dec. 31st at 2,000 Baht per person.
Standard room with breakfast, incluse of 7% Hotel tax and 10% service charge is 2,087 baht, based on single night (November 2014 prices) through Agoda.com.
Trip Advisor room tips: Ask for room facing the pool. Rooms in the Evergreen wing are the newest and largest Go for the Executive room, it’s woth the extra cost. Corona building with pool view has the sun most of the day.
Ranked number 121, and rated at 67 percent with Trip Advisor, based on 165 reviews. Agoda rating of 7.8 based on 1515 reviews.
LK Metropole statistics
- Year hotel built: 2006
- Number of floors: 7
- Number of rooms: 153
- 1 bar
- 1 restaurant
- 1 swimming pool
- Free wi-fi in all rooms
- Sauna / Steam room
- Cost breakfast if not included in room price is 150 baht
- Airport transfer by hotel costs 2000 baht
Standard room with breakfast, inclusive of 7% Hotel tax and 10% service charge is 2,087 baht, based on single night (November 2014 prices) through Agoda.com.
Trip Advisor room tips: Ask for a pool view, rooms at the back only have views of rooftops. Nightlife in the area can be noisy (many reviews also said the noise was not a problem). Rooms at the back of the hotel are cooler and quieter.
Both hotels have car park, coffee shop, concierge, elevator, Family rooms, laundry service, room service, garden, fitness center, Wi-Fi in public areas.
Most hotels and resorts in Pattaya start charging high season prices on November 1st, many have an additional “peak period” over the Christmas and New Year period, so beware of extra price hikes in late December. By making yourself aware of when the Pattaya high and low seasons start and finish you can get some great deals on Pattaya hotels and resorts.