Home away from home in a tranquil settingby PN guests :) on 08/30/12
We love PN so much I am writing this review before we have even left.
Yes it is a little out of the way, but it is worth the longer taxi ride to stay in a place that feels like a private oasis in a chaotic city. There is easy easy access to taxi's and tuk tuks when you want to venture out and apparently the ferry is easy to catch although we didn't do that. My husband and I booked the connecting family room (309) to accommodate us and our 2 daughters (23 yrs and 5 yrs old). The room were creative and vibrant and the 2 separate bathrooms were huge!
When I walked into our room after spending a week at a large chain hotel for a conference I felt instantly relaxed - great lounge music playing on the CD player, balcony doors open, fans on and beautiful handpainted walls which you can see in the many photos that other travellers have posted. The WIFI worked straight away and within minutes I was connected to a skype call on my laptop. The staff are incredibly accommodating and after I had settled in they arranged a private book binding lesson for me, while I was waiting for my family to join me from Australia. The workshops are fantastic and my older daughter and I loved doing the cooking (Tip - don't eat before you do the class!) and the soap making workshop (a throw back to high school chemistry).
The food is great, and yes its a little more costly than if you were to eat outside the hotel, but its really really good simply styled food that is very tasty and safe to eat (which is important when you are travelling with young children). Breakfast was included (along with vouchers for some lunches and discounts in their shop). You can't get better smoothies, iced coffees and chocolates - which are a great treat after a long day in the heat.
We were all very well looked after but our youngest daughter in particular was treated like a princess, in fact I think at times the staff were watching out for her better than we were. They kept her entertained every day and seemed to geniunely enjoy her company. In fact our daughter formed a lovely friendship with 'K' who is a lovely gentle young woman who works in the cafe, and our daughter is looking forward to writing to her and sending her drawings when we return to Australia.
They have thought of everything from the MACs and wifi, through to the childrens play area including lie down swing. This is the kind of place you want to escape to when you need a break away - even if you live in Bangkok you will enjoy having time out at Phra-Nakorn Norn-Len. Enjoy an organic herb cocktail at the rooftop bar - the view is amazing and the cocktails and herb garden and wonderful to enjoy (its hard to believe that all of this is available in a place that feels like a home away from home).
The staff should be commended (everyday) for their attentiveness and their service, we cant thank them enough making our holiday wonderful. We love this place and we will be back!!