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Reviews of Hard Road Cafe

Hostel | Baan Tai, Koh Pha Ngan, Thailand 84280

87.7% Overall Rating

26 out of 28 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (01/02/2014)

Ian Hamilton thinks…

"staff was really friendly and welcoming. Extremely good value for price. Clean, comfortable beds, everyday cleaning staff came in to sweep up. food was relatively fast, compared to some other…"

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Facilities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Bar
  • Car Parking
  • Games room
  • Secure lockers
  • Lounge area
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • Pool table(s)
  • Restaurant
  • Safety deposit
  • Swimming Pool
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Gym
  • Hot tub / jacuzzi
  • Laundry service
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • ATM / cash machine
  • Bar(s)
  • Café
  • Common area / room
  • Internet access in public areas
  • Internet café
  • Television room

Purchasable Extras

  • Airport Pickup USD 3.14
  • Breakfast USD 4.71
  • Towel USD 1.57

What's Included

  • Linen

Important Information

Upcoming full moon parties for 2013: JULY 24th AUGUST 21th SEPTEMBER 19th OCTOBER 19th NOVEMBER 17th DECEMBER 17th ''FOR SUCH BIG EVENTS SUCH AS A FULL MOON PARTY WE REQUIRED YOU TO PAY THE FULL AMOUNT OF YOUR BOOKINGS TO SECURE YOUR BED''.

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87.7%

Overall Rating

26 out of 28 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend 'Hard Road Cafe'

Atmosphere
91.2%
Location
79.2%
Facilities
91.2%
Cleanliness
84.0%
Staff
88.8%
Value
88.8%
Safety
90.4%
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94.3%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 80% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Michael Duwe

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
Partying / nightlife

08 March 2014 Michael would recommend this property

Liked: The pool.

Disliked: Nothing

97.1%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Ian Hamilton

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

01 February 2014 Ian would recommend this property

Liked: staff was really friendly and welcoming. Extremely good value for price. Clean, comfortable beds, everyday cleaning staff came in to sweep up. food was relatively fast, compared to some other locations.

Disliked: wifi would disconnect every 10 to 30min, which would make skype calls a bitch. But it was a fast speed. I was in the downstairs dorm, there was music playing fairly loudly from 11am to 11pm. so was a little hard to sleep at times. So if you need more quiet I would stay in one of the other dorms farther away from the main building. that's about the only downsides.

100.0%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Justin Johnson

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

31 January 2014 Justin would recommend this property

Liked: There is no way you will get more bang for your buck anywhere else. The staff are always there to help, especially the awesome receptionist Lizzy! The environment is very relaxed and carefree. You can leave your worries at the door because I loved everything about this hostel. The rooms are cleaned regularly and cleaned very well. The owners Jeremy, Dylan, and, Tristan are also always there to make sure your adventures to the beautiful islands of Thailand are beyond kickass.

Disliked: Not a damn thing.

94.3%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Fergus Cox

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
Partying / nightlife
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

01 January 2014 Fergus would recommend this property

Liked: Staff, Cleanliness, other guests

Disliked: nothing

71.4%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 60%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 40% Value - 80%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing

13 December 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Hood place to go if going to half moon party

Disliked: Poor dorm cleanliness, sheets not washed

100.0%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

phillipa murrie

With friends / other travellers

Beach / sunbathing
Events / festivals

21 November 2013 phillipa would recommend this property

Liked: currently the best hostel that we have stayed at, great pre-parties for full moon and atmosphere. very helpful staff and have made wonderful friends.. would recommend staying a few nights before and after full moon for sure. dorms very clean and well presented

Disliked: phillipa left no negative feedback.

91.4%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 100%

Ryan Turner

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

27 June 2013 Ryan would recommend this property

Liked: Jeremie: doing an impressive job maintaining a hostel that was previously run by 3 people. Very friendly and always keen to help. Second to none on the island for atmosphere at pre-drinks, especially the jungle party

Disliked: Toilet and shower facilities could be improved for a more enjoyable/comfortable stay

65.7%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 40% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 40% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 60%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

19 June 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Decent communal area and bar, good rooms, csn use pool over road .

Disliked: Bit far from shops and restaurants. Rooms cheap but everything else is over priced.

97.1%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Alexandra Mastronardi

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

01 June 2013 Alexandra would recommend this property

Liked: Great atmosphere, the Villas have a pool that is great for lounging. The owner was great!

Disliked: The hostel sells water and beer which is almost double what it costs in the store so don't buy food/drinks there.

60.0%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 100% Facilities - 40% Safety - 60%
Location - 40% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 60%

Amarit Bains

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
Events / festivals
Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

26 May 2013 Amarit would recommend this property

Liked: Cool

Disliked: Not enough toilets...one had broken seat

97.1%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Fiona McGarrigle

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing

18 May 2013 Fiona would recommend this property

Liked: Great pool, right beside beach, staff really frieny & so helpful.

Disliked: Nothing

91.4%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year

13 May 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: We got upgraded to the villas which are apparently nicer than the cafe and they were really nice and spacious, bathroom was clean. the cafe has all the facilities tho, tv room, ping pong tables, really nice food, bar, so we found we hung out there most as lots of nice people to meet. The boys spent lots of time playing poker there. the pool is nice at the villas.

Disliked: not totally convinced they change the bedding after each person.

91.4%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Yahweh Nam

Alone

Beach / sunbathing
Events / festivals
Partying / nightlife
Relaxation/spa
Sightseeing & culture
Work / volunteering

02 May 2013 Yahweh would recommend this property

Liked: For the most part I enjoyed staying here. The staff were very accommodating. The many activities at the main building were awesome. Including the pool at the villa's. I highly recommend you stay here if you come to the full moon party.

Disliked: The pool was dirty for two days, the food was okay not great. The location of the hostel is far from everything

100.0%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Wiebke Boelck

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
Events / festivals
Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

15 April 2013 Wiebke would recommend this property

Liked: One of the best hostels I've ever stayed in!! (And I tried a lot in Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Europe) I slept in one of the dorm-villas, directly between the pool and the garden. They had a great package for the half moon party which was absolutely crazy! Great party! Lot of people said, that this one is much better than the full moon party!! I can really good imagine why! Kho Phanghan was my favorite place in Thailand. And I think the party and the hostel were two of the main reason for it! I had a really good time and met a lot of really good people while hanging out in the garden or at the pre-party for the half moon party! Thank you, guys! :)

Disliked: The location could be better. But It didn't bother me. Because the best way to see all of the beautiful spots at the island is booking a bike/scooter, which is much cheaper than any taxi! (A Taxi to Thongsala is about 100 Baht, with return 200, you can get a motorbike for 150 Baht a day.) But be careful and take a helmet!! The streets there are not the best!

100.0%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Philip Metcalfe

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
Partying / nightlife

06 April 2013 Philip would recommend this property

Liked: Plenty to do, central location for parties, good food and helpful staff

Disliked: N/A

100.0%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Jack Burden

With friends / other travellers

Beach / sunbathing
Partying / nightlife
Relaxation/spa
Sightseeing & culture

03 April 2013 Jack would recommend this property

Liked: Jeremey, Dylan, Tristan and the Thai girls were all excellent hosts. Made us feel at home from the complimentary shots and drinks from the tiki bar. To the brotherliness shared and bets made over ping pong matches! (don't bet them in ping pong. you will lose. i went swimming in my clothes) Atmosphere is fantastic from the constant chill music to the other backpackers hanging around. They had great packages to offer for the full moon party festivities. Cab service to the parties and loads of happy hour deals for a pre-party and body painting! The lads party it up with you as well, they are a right laugh. The prices for food were pretty cheap and the food was pretty good as well, thai to western cooking! There are two dogs that they own hanging around the hostel as well. Very cool dogs awesome to be around!

Disliked: nothing at all.

88.6%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 20%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
Events / festivals
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture

31 March 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: It's location

Disliked: Nothing

100.0%
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Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Rachel Vernile

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
Events / festivals
Partying / nightlife

06 March 2013 Rachel would recommend this property

Liked: The owner and staff were so friendly and helpful and made you feel at home! Great atmosphere, with great people to spend the days with. They also help with anything they can like booking ferry tickets and putting together packages for jungle experience, full moon party etc, like BBQs and a pre party before the big events.

Disliked: Nothing, everything was great!

97.1%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Helen O' Sullivan

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

05 March 2013 Helen would recommend this property

Liked: After travelling the Thai islands it was a pleasant welcome from the staff we were greeted with. In most hostels in Thailand it can be a major effort for them to check you in. Hard Road was excellent the staff are very friendly and the place is beautiful. I recommend for any backpacker

Disliked: The location is about 20 mins drive from Haad Rin (full moon party location) A taxi should cost 100 Bath to get there

94.3%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

tom mcdonald

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
Events / festivals
Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

02 March 2013 tom would recommend this property

Liked: Good social hostel for meeting people to party / explore the island with, lots of social areas to chill or play ping pong etc. staff are all friendly and helpful. Wasn't too crazy over full moon period just a fun party atmosphere.

Disliked: tom left no negative feedback.

100.0%
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Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Danielle Rixon

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
Partying / nightlife

02 March 2013 Danielle would recommend this property

Liked: Real cool and chill place. Exstended my stay !!! close to the beach too!

Disliked: none

82.9%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

ROHIT DASGUPTA

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing

23 February 2013 ROHIT would recommend this property

Liked: It's a good place to stay at , more so if you're visiting with the intention of attending the full moon party . It's conveniently located between Thong Sala and Haad Rin .The in-house bar and restaurant is buzzing with activity on the full-moon night . The living quarters are clean and simple..not too fancy . The staff is friendly and approachable , especially the owner Jeremy . Would definitely recommend it to fellow travellers . Cheers !

Disliked: ROHIT left no negative feedback.

57.1%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 40% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 20% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 40%

Customer review

Alone

Partying / nightlife
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

30 November 2012

Liked: Clean, well laid out, very comfortable beds, good ac, loads of people

Disliked: Many of the staff were either completely disinterested in their jobs or just plain incompetent. Food (which in fairness was quite tasty) took ages to arrive, 1h for a Thai green curry?! The lovation is pants for Haad Rin (where full moon is). The laundry service took two days to return my clothes still damp and not properly clean...

97.1%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

stuart norrie1

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
Events / festivals
Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

03 November 2012 stuart would recommend this property

Liked: Great hostel, very friendly staff and good service. Very sociable, lots of social areas. Located in a quieter part of phangan but easy access to the parties, taxis organised by the hostel that are a good price. Quiet beach across the road is beautiful. Will stay here every time I'm on phangan, dorms are AC, clean, lots of room. Food is cheap and really nice. Service is fast and friendly. Organised tours of the Island for a food price. Overall a great experience, even got to watch my sports team play. If you stay in phangan but don't want to stay in hectic haad rin, this is the place. I've been travelling for 3 months now and this is my favourite place by far.

Disliked: stuart left no negative feedback.

97.1%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Kalen Povah

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

02 October 2012 Kalen would recommend this property

Liked: The staff were all really friendly and the public area is really well setup. Having the ping pong table is a lot of fun too, although the owner jeremie will always beat you if you play him. The food at the restaurant is really good, both the Thai food and the western food. Staying here will make your time on koh phangan enjoyable.

Disliked: everything was fine