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  1. Dude. It's Pattaya. It's one of the few remaining places left in the world where men can behave badly and no one bats an eye. Enjoy it while you can because mass tourism is quickly turning every corner of the globe into a corporate disneyfied times square.
  2. Stayed at a couple of these in Pattaya as a backpacker about 15 years ago. They haven't changed much since then. That should give you a good idea of the type of quality you're looking at.
  3. PBR veteran here but the last time I was in Pattaya was almost 2 years ago. Is the hotel still surrounded by a massive construction zone? Is the clientele now all Indians and Russians? I've got a feeling it's time to move on to greener pastures. Any recommendations? I've stayed at a lot of Pattaya hotels but I liked PBR for it's location, price and simplicity. I've heard good things about Nature view.
  4. I thought I would post this in the main PBR thread- I bit the bullet and stayed for a few nights. I was initially given a room on the construction side and the noise was unbearable. On top of that, the construction guys are just a few meters away from your balcony. Just hanging out in your room can be awkward and uncomfortable because all of these construction workers can look right in. Luckily, the staff moved my room to the backside where the noise was just a few kids playing around and a random truck or two. I did get the sense from the staff that they had limited availability and I got lucky. Also, most of the guests seemed to be Russians, Indians and Middle Easterners with a sprinkling of Western Farang couples. The hotel is still girl-friendly but it appears that it is shifting it's customer base and is not as comfortable as it once was. Oh well, all good things must come to an end.
  5. UPDATE: I bit the bullet and stayed for a few nights. I was initially given a room on the construction side and the noise was unbearable. On top of that, the construction guys are just a few meters away from your balcony. Just hanging out in your room can be awkward and uncomfortable because all of these construction workers can look right in. Luckily, the staff moved my room to the backside where the noise was just a few kids playing around and a random truck or two. I did get the sense from the staff that they had limited availability and I got lucky. But, as Brewster already posted, there is going to be some serious construction on the backside fairly soon. As much as I like this hotel, I really can't recommend staying here for the time being. If you get stuck on the construction side prepare for an unpleasant stay.
  6. That's too bad. I really like PBR and their staff. Looks like a new hotel may be in order!
  7. How's the construction going over at PBR? Last time I stayed in December it wasn't a problem in terms of noise or convenience. I'm thinking of heading over to Pattaya in a couple of weeks and need to decide on a hotel., My hotel of choice is PBR but I don't want to deal with unpredictable Thai construction hours.
  8. I've stayed at both several times and I've settled on PBR. While Areca is a nicer property I feel that PBR is a better value with great staff. Also, Areca seems to be getting more and more families these days while PBR is almost exclusively mongers which makes things more comfortable. Construction is an issue. The only thing I can recommend is contacting them ahead of time and requesting a quiet room. It's all based on availability and there are no guarantees but it will give you a better shot than those that don't ask.
  9. I stayed at Areca 9 months ago and had a pretty good signal that dropped a few times. If I'm really desperate, I'll just take my iPad and walk the halls until I come across the router.
  10. 300 Baht rooms can be found. I actually saw a place advertising a 200 Baht room on 2nd Road. I've never booked into one of these places but I imagine you can just show up if you are coming in low season.