At the first sight of the Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas in Hua Hin, it immediately evokes an air of old-world-charm of the rolling-twenties. No wonder, the hotel, then named the Railway Hotel, was opened in the early 1920s when a new railway line to Malaya was launched at that time.
After taking over the hotel, the Centara Group has expanded and renovated the buildings but retains the elegant colonial style. The hotel commands a breathtaking view of the sea, and it is just a short walk to the beach from most of the rooms. However, the beach right in front of the hotel is rather rocky and is not suitable for swimming or sea sports. The guest rooms are spacious and comfortable, but as with most beachfront properties, suffer from corrosion due to humidity.
For conference and meeting, the Colonial Hall has a maximum capacity of 300 persons in theatre-style seating arrangement, and it can be partitioned into two smaller venues. The hall has a five-metre high ceiling, it is possible to create grand stage backdrops. The Hua Hin Hall takes up to 80 persons theatre-style and can also be divided into two if need be.
A unique space for party is the Museum Cafe where original artifacts from the past are exhibited. It is a sheltered cafe that opens up into the gardens, hence there is flexibility in expanding the capacity outwards.
Staying at the Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas in Hua Hin is certainly a blast from the past and MICE groups looking for some nostalgia should not miss this.
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This review was conducted as part of the 2019 international media familiarisation trip programme organised by TCEB.
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