Hua Hin | Thailand

Centara Grand Beach Resort Villas Hua Hin

Family Thailand Tour 2020

Hua Hin | Thailand

01 Feb 2020 | Sat

Day 07 of 18

  • Seatran Ferry – Koh Samui to Surat Thani
  • Drive | Donsak Pier to Surat Thani Train Station
  • Surat Thani Train Station
  • Train #40 | Surat Thani to Hua Hin
  • Centara Grand Beach Resort Villas Hua Hin

Centara Grand Beach Resort Villas Hua Hin

Located in the heart of Hua Hin, the Centara Grand Beach Resort Villas is a historic hotel that offers guests a unique and relaxing stay. The resort’s villas are spread out across manicured gardens full of various topiary animals (luckily they didn’t come to life like in The Shining).

Centara Grand Beach Resort Villas Hua Hin

The resort also has its own private beach, where guests can enjoy stunning views of the Gulf of Thailand. With its convenient location and luxurious amenities (restaurants, bars, a spa, and fitness center), the Centara Grand Beach Resort Villas is the perfect place to stay for those looking for a truly unforgettable experience.

An elegant sanctuary with old-world charm, Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin began as The Railway Hotel back in the early 1920s. When the railway line from Hua Hin to Padang Besar in Malaysia was built, Centara Grand Hua Hin opened its doors and transformed the sleeping fishing village of Hua Hin into a stylish seaside escape. Gleaming with colonial accents, this beautifully preserved hotel is one of the most famous heritage hotels in Asia. Retreat to Centara Grand Hua Hin for an idyllic respite from the crowds.

Tropical sunshine, vast, green lawns and a lovely stretch of sand create a variety of relaxing vantage points for remarkable views at Centara Grand Hua Hin. Stroll through our manicured gardens of topiary creations, which includes a 100-year-old elephant. Discover the region’s recreational activities as well as lively local markets and shopping centres. Savour freshly caught seafood prepared with Thai recipes or indulge in a classic concoction by the seashore. An artful blend of tradition and modernity by the peaceful waters, Centara Grand Hua Hin is the perfect place to unwind and relax.

– Hotel Website Centara Grand Beach Resort Villas Hua Hin

The Railway Hotel is a historic hotel in Hua Hin, Thailand. The hotel occupies land leased from its owner, the State Railway of Thailand (SRT).

The hotel dates back to the time when Hua Hin itself was evolving into Thailand’s first beach resort.

The beauty of Hua Hin was noted by the engineers surveying the southern railway route in 1909. Land was set aside for a station, and when the first section of the line opened in 1911 Hua Hin became a destination where wealthy Bangkok residents built their holiday homes. The southern line to Malaysia was completed in 1921, making it possible to travel between Bangkok, Malaysia, and Singapore by train.

Mr. Alfredo Rigazzi, the State Railways’ Italian architect, designed the original building as a luxurious two-storey European-style resort hotel made of brick and wood, in accordance with royal command. The hotel was constructed on State Railways land while existing bungalows were moved a short distance away. The hotel featured 14 bedrooms, a lobby lounge, bar, restaurant, billiards room, wine storeroom, and large verandas, costing a total of 128,366.75 baht, a staggering sum at the time. A veranda surrounded the building, cleverly designed to protect guests from the sun’s heat and prevent rainwater from running back along the tiles. The building was remarkably similar in appearance to the Marukhatayawan Royal Residence in nearby Cha-am.

The hotel opened in October 1922 and had its grand opening on 1 January 1923.

It stood in for the Hotel Le Phnom in the 1984 film The Killing Fields.

Wikipedia The Railway Hotel, Hua Hin

Entrance & Lobby

When staying at the Centara Grand Beach Resort Villas, one feels as though they are living in a museum. The resort is full of fascinating antiques and artwork, and guests can explore the many rooms and corridors at their leisure. You’ll enjoy walking through the gardens and admiring the architecture of the buildings.

If you’re looking for a truly unforgettable vacation experience, book your stay at the Centara Grand Beach Resort Villas. You won’t be disappointed!

Our Room

We really enjoyed the styling and decoration of our Deluxe Room. Centara Grand Beach Resort Villas describes it as “elegantly furnished with rich woods and colonial accents”. It came with beautiful hardwood floors & wainscoting and included vintage-styled furniture.

As an extra “nature” bonus, the natural area outside our window had a bird sitting on a nest/egg(s).

Bird Sitting Nest Outside our Window

Restaurant / Breakfast

There is no better way to start your day than with a delicious and filling breakfast, and at Centara Grand Beach Resort Villas in Hua Hin, you’ll be impressed by the variety of choices at their impressive buffet. With both Thai and Western food on offer, as well as an abundance of items like fresh fruit, bread & pastries, cold cuts & cheese – you’ll be sure to find something to suit your taste.

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