Ao Nang Goodwill is one of a row guesthouses on the main road down to the beach – which is approximately 10 minutes walk downhill. Its location, on the outskirts of the village of Ao Nang, means there is good street food available nearby in the evenings.
Of the half dozen similar hotels along this strip, Ao Nang Goodwill offers probably the best value for money in terms of rooms, facilities and service. The owners are friendly and they seem to be around most of the time to provide help arranging transport etc.
The 23 rooms are located on the three upper floors. They are sold as a single category, though they are not all equal. Rooms to the front of the building benefit from more light, though they are road-facing so you do get some street noise (dulled considerably by the double glazed french windows to the balcony). Rooms at the back are quieter but darker and ones on the lower floors have no view at all – the balcony opens directly onto a wall. Upper floors on both sides have nice cliff views, though there is a climb involved (no lift / elevator). It is possible to request in which area of the guesthouse you would like your room to be – this will be granted if available, but cannot be guaranteed.
Room size is above average, making them easily able to accommodate an extra bed to make a triple room. All are spotlessly clean and they feel cool and calm with white marble tiles and muted splashes of colour. Though the decor is quite plain, there is high quality bed linen and nice traditional Thai wooden furniture. All bathrooms are ensuite and have a bathtub, with overhead shower. Communal areas are also kept very clean and overall the place feels comfortable and well-maintained.
Last updated: July 1, 2014