If you are a Top of the Pops sort of person, you’ll want to check out the Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya.
By ALICE CHING
If you enjoy being treated like a celebrity or, more precisely, a rock star, then a stay at the four-star, 320-room Hard Rock Hotel (HRH) Pattaya is just the thing for you.
Here hotel guests are known as “stars” while their children are Lil’ Rockers. True to its Love All Serve All slogan, HRH makes everyone feel welcome whether they be singletons, couples or families with young kids.
Taking pride of place is the Hard Rock Hall of Fame located in the lobby. It showcases priceless pop-rock collectibles belonging to past and present stars like Frank Zappa, Elton John, Elvis Presley, Bee Gees, The Beatles, Madonna, Fleetwood Mac, James Brown and Michael Jackson.
This is one resort where you can boast of having “slept” with famous rock ‘n’ roll personalities, since the rooms have beds with oversized headboards featuring The Beatles, Elvis Presley and David Bowie and more.
Those staying in the Composer Suite on the Kings Club Floors (executive floors named after BB King and Elvis “The King” Presley) can expect perks accorded to superstars – personalised check-in and express check-out at the plush Kings Club Lounge, complimentary made-to-order breakfasts, all-day refreshments and evening cocktails, and free broadband Internet access.
Our Composer Suite gave us a panoramic view of the Gulf of Siam from the balcony, and we felt like bona fide stars.
Besides the luxuriously roomy bed and quirky rock ‘n’ roll-themed amenities, the spacious suite comes with two TVs, in-room CD and iPod music players, and “plug-and-play” broadband internet access.
Our favourite facility has to be the 2,000 sq m, free-form pool, which is open daily from 7am until 10pm. My Lil’ Rocker made quite a splash in the massive beach-sand swimming pool, thanks to the popular water slide.
There are also several poolside cabanas for rent – these are especially popular with guests wanting a body massage and those planning to throw a small birthday bash for their little ones.
Fun-filled activities like aqua aerobics, water polo, golf swing, long jump and kayak-race are organised daily by the HRH Pattaya’s zany “rock agents” (basically staff in charge of the recreational programme) on duty. A note of warning though – forget about attempting risky stunts like dangerous dives, or you will be politely but firmly reprimanded.
Late Saturday afternoons, the HRH Pattaya hosts its weekly family foam party.
The fast and furious flow of thick, sudsy foam churned out from one end of the swimming pool guarantees tons of good, clean fun for the young and young-at-heart.
True to Pattaya “party central” status, non-staying guests are permitted entry into the adults-only Beach Foam-X bash from 9.30pm onwards on Saturdays.
When it comes to meals, the wide variety of Italian, French, Chinese, Japanese and American delights are licensed to thrill. Saturday nights are spiced up by the Starz Diner’s lavish buffet. The spread includes a whole spit-roasted pig, scrumptious barbecued seafood (rock lobsters, squid, prawns, mussels and fish) and tantalising Thai specialities – som tam (papaya salad) and noodles, grilled pork sausages and khaw niao mamuang (glutinous rice with coconut cream and sliced Thai mangoes).
The roast pork with its crackling skin and tender, juicy meat is a definite chart-topper when eaten with the Thai green chilli, garlic and ginger dip or the piquant chilli and tamarind sauce.
In addition, Lil’ Rockers will be delighted to find a mini kid-sized buffet offering delectable nibbles such as macaroni and cheese, hot dogs, sandwiches, chicken nuggets and fries, mini spaghetti bolognaise and other goodies.
The adjacent Hard Rock Café Pattaya is just the place to satisfy your cravings for hearty American-styled hamburgers, steaks, and barbecued pork ribs.
But should you be hankering for some Hainanese chicken rice or piquant Thai-inspired dishes, fret not – the expansive menu should keep you happy.
While waiting for your food to arrive, feast your eyes on the invaluable pop and rock memorabilia. The most expensive item here is a sleek electric guitar valued at US$7,500 that once belonged to 80s rock band, The Stray Cats.
Married couples who desire some time together would do well to pack their tykes off to the Lil’ Rock Club and head for the Hard Rock Spa. While you pamper yourselves, the kids can hone their artistic talents through activities like colouring, painting, paper crafts and jewellery-making. Or they could always indulge in videogames with the club’s Nintendo WII and Sony Playstation consoles.
Conveniently sited by the pool, the Hard Rock Spa offers a comprehensive selection of head-to-toe, beauty and wellness treatments. We recommend the therapeutic Thai massage to soothe stressed, knotted muscles and stiff, aching joints. Other treatments that will restore your equilibrium include scented flower baths, invigorating body scrubs and wraps, facials and scalp treatment, and five different massage therapies.
It was a rockin’ good way to wrap up our holiday jaunt at the Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya.
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How To Get There
Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya429 Moo 9Pattaya Beach RoadCholburi 20150Thailand
Reservations: +66 38 428 755
The Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya is 147km southeast of Bangkok. From the Suvarnabhumi airport, the drive takes 1½-2 hours depending on traffic conditions. Airport transfer to the hotel can be made at the point of reservation.
Superior rooms are available at US$167 (excluding taxes) while the 10 Composer Suites (family rooms) are priced at US$375 (minus taxes). For better savings and greater value packages, it is best to check with your travel agent or surf online for promotional deals at the airlines or hotel’s websites.