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Hotel Sofitel - Afternoon Tea at the old Railway Hotel, Hua Hin, now run as the Sofitel Centara Grand Resort & Villas.
You don't need an afternoon tea invitation to the Sofitel Centara Grand Resort & Villas,
1 Damnernkasem Road,
Hua Hin 77110, Thailand
for Hua Hin's best afternoon tea.
We visited the Sofitel, Hua Hin, which is just one of the Sofitel Hotels' chain, for afternoon tea in February 2008 as a casual visitor to 'The Museum', an airy covered
area with verandahs, one overlooking the gardens within the main hotel and another at the other side of the lounge area overlooking the topiary garden. We
chose to sit by the topiary garden just inside the lounge.
The Museum afternoon tea room is exactly what it says it is, a small museum of artifacts from the long history of the Sofitel - originally the Railway Hotel, Hua Hin and the first quality hotel in Hua Hin, that has
occupied this idyllic spot on the beach front for almost a century.
tea, is a buffet style, hallmark afternoon tea, a traditional 'colonial' style
affair, with an afternoon tea menu consisting of unlimited tea or coffee presented
in china, bite size sandwiches, miniature scones with jam and cream, tiny cakes,
delicate mini crepes, fresh fruit cubes and fresh strawberries and more cream.
In fact a typical English afternoon tea. Without anything added to it, tea has
no calories! So technically that means you’re entitled to another of those
We were waited on by charming Thai ladies dressed in costumes that come straight out of Thai royal history, from the time of King Rama V, wearing silk Thai trouser-pants and fine lace blouses. This brings an air of history and tradition back to life with afternoon tea etiquette thrown out of the window, unless you really want to eat your sandwiches with a knife and fork - and some did. This is not afternoon tea at Buckingham Palace! But it is the elegant garden afternoon tea of Hua Hin.
Sofitel's afternoon tea starts at 15.00 and lasts until 17.00, so you have time to try everything if your waistline can stand it! By the end of our visit we
had consumed two pots of beverages each and taken our fill of enough calories not to worry about eating again that day. And the cost of our foray into
history was 480 THB per person, less than £7.50p per head!
We had arrived at about 14.30, which gave us enough time to have a look at the seaside aspect of the hotel and gardens, right down to the Gulf of Siam beach and
after eating we strolled around the topiary garden to see the rest of this historic hotel and grounds.
We found out that the Sofitel, Hua Hin, with its colonial architectural style, nestled in acres of tropical gardens, is right on the beach and is a Hua Hin
resort with three swimming pools. Other features include over 200 rooms and over 40 adjacent villa style apartment rooms, five restaurants, three conference rooms for up to
around 300 people, a fitness centre and spa and extensive onsite recreation.
Along with Raffles’ in Singapore the rich heritage of this Hua Hin Thailand hotel, makes this one of Southeast Asia's most romantic hotel properties.
After listening to a few comments from guests we left with the following impressions, information and advice.
We would say that this renowned Hua Hin hotel offers colonial era architecture, refined service, and world-class facilities, the hotel is really pleasant and
has a lovely feel to it. The atmosphere throughout the hotel is very relaxing and peaceful.
Hua Hin town and Khao
Takiab to the south in an an excellent beachfront location and unique architectural
style makes this hotel an ideal destination for discerning travelers, even when
the hotel is full, as it was when we went there, because there are three separate
swimming pools with the fact the hotel is right on the beach, it didn't feel
crowded. This is in stark contrast to the Hilton next door, which we have wandered
through before, seeing that their pool area was very crowded and cramped!
The Sofitel Hotel, Hua Hin is just few minutes from the Royal Hua Hin Golf Course and other courses in the area.
The Sofitel claims rooms are 'luxuriously appointed', in fact guests told us they were good, but not luxurious, many only have showers, so specify a
bath if you like them when booking.
The beach traders can be a little off putting but there are hotel security staff close by to re-assure you.
to the Sofitel Hotel from Bangkok isn't that easy but you can hire a private
plane, about an hour, from Bangkok for around 5000 THB, under £100.00p, Take
a taxi about 3 hours for around 1800 THB about £30.00p. You can also
take the train, about 4 hours from central Bangkok for about 400 THB per person,
about £6.00p. If you choose the train, you may not be able to travel in
the seating only 2nd class as this has to be booked in advance. Traveling 3rd
class, although a great 'experience' is not very comfortable and may be a bit
daunting for new visitors to Thailand.
We can recommend the Sofitel Hotel, Hua Hin for a Thailand honeymoon experience, a romantic anniversary or a birthday getaway, a place to impress your girlfriend and for
The formal and topiary gardens are well kept with a variety of indigenous
flowers, shrubs and trees.
We have reservations over the safety of the sea for safe swimming but the white sandy beach is great. There are hidden rocks below the water line, and if you
catch your body on them you may pay the price of loosing some skin or worse!
The central location to the town is great, and only about five minutes' walk to the night market.
We were told that the internet access involved a lot of messing around at reception, booking it and sign a receipt etc. It's definitely easier to use one of the
Internet cafes in town.
If you're in Hua Hin but not staying here then we would recommend calling in for afternoon tea at this is one of the world's great afternoon tea restaurants!
From about 1700 on you need to take anti-mosquito affirmative action! Guests we spoke to from around about were covered in insect bites.
Sofitel Centara Grand Resort & Villas Room Facilities include:
Air conditioning, cable / satellite TV, hairdryer, in-room safe, mini bar,
private bathroom / en suite, tea and coffee making facilities and phone.
Sofitel Centara Grand Resort & Villas Hotel Facilities include:
Baby sitting service, banquet facilities, billiards, cocktail bar, conference facilities, gymnasium - fitness suite, laundry facilities, lounges,
restaurants, spa, 3 swimming pools, giant chess, table tennis, tennis courts and Wi-Fi wireless internet access, amongst others.
Sofitel Centara Grand Resort & Villas Restaurants include:
The Palm Seafood Pavilion - for an array of fresh seafood in a beachfront restaurant. The Palm Seafood Pavilion is claimed to be Hua Hin's premier fine
dining venue, we can recommend Coco51 too, with live jazz Monday through Saturday, a short taxi ride away, just to get you out and about!
The Palm Terrace Snack Bar - a brasserie, from 10.00 to 18.00 and a non smoking area.
The Railway Restaurant - International cooking with some Thai specialties, open 06.30 to 23.30, air-conditioned, non smoking area.
The Salathai Restaurant - Authentic flavours of old Siam in a traditional Thai Restaurant, amongst tropical gardens, waterfalls and fish ponds in the
historic Villa area of the Sofitel, just across the road. Open 11.00 to 22.30, air conditioned, non smoking area.
Hagi 'Japanese' Restaurant - Traditional and modern Japanese cuisine with live cooking, teppanyaki and sushi counters, open 15.00 to 23.00, air conditioned,
non smoking area.
Sofitel Centara Grand Resort & Villas Bars include:
The Elephant Bar - for original cocktail creations in air-conditioned comfort and listen to your favourite tunes played by a resident pianist, open 10.00 to
The Garden Wing Pool Bar - located in the garden wing and serves drinks, snacks and light meals, open 10.00 to 18.00
The Museum - Tea corner, afternoon tea party for high-quality tea, coffee and pastries, served in the Museum or outdoors, open 10.00 to 19.00 No need to book afternoon tea for outside guests.
The Raj Pruek Lounge - A cozy lounge in the garden wing. Enjoy a full American breakfast buffet or a snack in the afternoon, open 10.00 to 18.00
The Sachmo Club - Offering live entertainment with easy listening music, open 21.00 to 01.00
The Wet-Set Railway Pool Bar - This bar is close to the beach and serves drinks, snacks and light meals, open 10.00 to 18.00.
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