Updated: May 15, 2018
Large, central, quieter than most, and perfect for families. Set 200m back from the main road in downtown Pattaya, rooms are in 2 distinctively different blocks. Those in the Garden Wing facing the larger pool are motel-style and functional, but overdue for renovations. Better are those in the high-rise Ocean Wing: brightly-coloured, airy and spacious, with a sofa alongside the full-length window and balcony offering unobstructed sea views. All rooms can add in 1 extra single bed, and some suites specifically cater for families. The sizeable S-shaped pool has a shallow end for older children, and a separate toddlers’ pool attached with giant toadstools spouting water. Designed like a doll’s house, the delightful kids’ club is supervised, but activities such as yoga and origami are infrequent. Equally adorable is the tree house – pink and wrapped around a banyan tree. What’s more, there are 2 tennis courts and a billiard room, and special family packages are available. And the location is faultless: next to the world-class Central Festival shopping centre and 1 block from the esplanade, it’s remarkably unaffected by traffic and nightclub noise.
Massive, long-established, prime position and family-friendly. Of the 8 varieties of rooms across 2 mammoth wings, the Premium ones are compact but pleasing, with a plush carpet, corner desk and Thai prints. Views of the sea or gardens from the wide balcony are satisfying, but the chairs are surprisingly tacky. Higher in floors and in rates, the Club Rooms offer perfect views of the sea and downtown Pattaya from a Z-shaped balcony. The Club Grand is the pick of the bunch, but a second shower on the balcony seems pointless. At least 1 extra single bed is allowed in most rooms and many have connecting doors, while some suites have 2 bedrooms. The 2 large saltwater pools feature children’s splash areas, cabanas and swim-up bars, and there are also 4 tennis courts. Facing an extensive rocky coastline, the beaches immediately in front are poor but were improved in 2017. The kids’ club is colourful and supervised, but few daily activities are offered, while the playground is nicely set around an old banyan tree. Conveniently located between northern Pattaya and the southern Na-Klua area, endless facilities in both regions are accessible by foot or songthaew taxi truck.
Just as imagined – huge, central and family-friendly. As expected, the lobby and corridors are lined with musical memorabilia and the famous café is perched next door. Although facing the esplanade in downtown Pattaya, not all rooms have the sea views imagined. Most feature prints of musical legends and a striking, if a little garish, décor, but none seem to have cupboards; instead, guests place clothes on hangers in a narrow alcove. Standard rooms are undersized, but the Rock Royalty Sea View rooms are larger – yet, also, remarkably, have no balcony. The Rock Star Suite offers a lounge area and an internal bedroom with 2 bunk beds suitable for those under 10. Better still, the colourful Family Suites have a separate room with video games and 2 single beds. The massive lagoon-shaped pool has a tropical ‘beach’ with lifeguards, thatched cabanas and sloping palms. And the other family-friendly facilities are very impressive, e.g. an excellent children’s pool, with a playground inside; supervised kid’s club with numerous activities; and games room.
Convenient, family-friendly and startling views. It’s well designed so all rooms facing the front share the same views from their balcony (but views are minimal from the second wing behind). Deluxe Rooms are very pleasant, with pastel colours and Thai crafts, and the panoramas are as equally eye-popping from the bedroom as from the marble bathtub. Many have connecting doors, while the suites cater well for families. There is 1 pool for adults with Infinity edges that seem to merge into the horizon. The other large pool for children, with a slide and separate depths for different ages, is conveniently alongside the breakfast area. The beach immediately across the road is poor and only marginally better further down. And families are a focus. The bright and airy kids’ club is supervised and offers a better range of engaging activities than most, e.g. painting and cooking, as well as computer games. One of several high-rises squeezed between northern Pattaya and the southern Na-Klua area, endless facilities in both regions are easy to reach by foot or songthaew taxi truck.
Serene, graceful, excellent for families, but a tad distant. So delightfully un-Pattaya, the blocks of rooms are low-level and attractively designed with touches of Thai around the exterior. From the street-level lobby, gardens slope prodigiously to the beach, which is rocky, so a raised sandy area has been created for lounge chairs. Otherwise, the 3 pools are substantial and shady. The standard rooms are lovingly decorated, have connecting doors and face the beach, but only those on the 3rd and 4th floors could guarantee ocean views. At sea level, the magnificent Club Rooms feature a sunken Jacuzzi and huge balcony, and can fit in at least 1 extra single bed, while some pool villas have 2 bedrooms. The Planet Trekkers kids’ club is one of the best in Thailand. Supervised and engaging, it offers educational activities and games that are, unusually, different for ages 4 to 7 and 8 to 12. On ‘Buddha Hill’, between Pattaya and Jomtien and with very few facilities nearby, frequent taxi trips are inevitable.
Family-friendly resort and garden oasis in downtown Pattaya. Based in surprisingly extensive grounds, this graceful hotel comprises 2 wings amid verdant tropical gardens of fish ponds and banyan trees. In the Ocean Wing, the spacious rooms (many with connecting doors) feature a pleasant Thai décor, but only those on the highest floors offer sea views. The pool is across the street and faces the beach, which is scruffy and barely usable. Far nicer is the serene Garden Wing, with rooms lovingly decorated with a bamboo theme, while some of the suites are large enough for a family of 5, although rather kitsch inside. Truly focused on families, the resort offers a children’s pool and water slide attached to the main lagoon-style pool; special café menus; organised trips to nearby attractions; a games room; and lessons on the 6 (yes, 6) tennis courts. Remarkably, this peaceful Bali-style resort is at the end of the infamous nightclub area of Walking Street, but distant from the noise and patrons. It’s also a brief stroll to the main boat terminal.
The 7 Best Pattaya Hotels for Families
This is the best family-friendly hotel in Pataya. Water slides, a lazy river, and several pools make the Centara awesome for kids. It has a great location right on the beach without being too close to Pattaya’s party scene. The family and duplex suites are huge. Book early! Phone: +66 (38) 301-234
The pool area is incredible. Perfect if you have a mix of young kids with teenagers as it has a great mix of activities. And all ages (even parents) love the foam party by the pool. Family suites available. Phone: +66 (38) 428-755
Great swimming pools (one of which is a kids pool). Good sized rooms and club suites for families. Phone: +66 (38) 425-611
One, two, and three bedroom suites with kitchens. Clean rooms and a beautiful pool. Kitchen available if you want to cook your own food. Phone: +66 (38) 373-525
Lovely grounds with rabbits running about. Located in Jomtien where it’s quieter and has a nicer beach than nearby Pattaya. One large pool and one kids’ pool. Villas and family rooms are huge. Phone: +66 (38) 250-056
Great budget hotel with good sized rooms and two pool. Nice location. A nice beach is a short walk away. Phone: +66 (38) 429-022
A basic but clean budget hotel with a large pool. Good sized suites and villas available. Phone: +66 (38) 420-016