The Tama Hotel takes its name from the original moniker of Ao Nam Mao, the beach near which it is located. Owned by a local politician, the lobby is filled with chic memorabilia from a bygone age – there’s even a few old scooters parked inside. The vintage feel is carried through with the muted colours and traditionally patterned cement tiles, though the hotel itself is new and clean.
There are 40 rooms in total on 3 floors all accessible by lift, and divided into superior and deluxe categories. There is not a significant difference between the two other than the size (44sqm in deluxe vs 38sqm in superior) and the beds: deluxe rooms come with king size four poster beds only; superior rooms offer standard king size or twin single bed options. Both room types have a small sofa / daybed suitable for young children (it is not full length); a half width balcony overlooking the pool or the road; and amenities in the form of kettle; hairdryer; telephone; fridge; TV and safe.
Bathrooms feature a walk-in rain shower (no bathtub), and all rooms are air conditioned and come with complimentary wi-fi connection.
Some superior rooms are available in connecting pairs of 1 double + 1 twin room.
To the rear of the hotel is a medium-sized swimming pool with kids’ splash pool, and a fitness centre.
The Tama is ideal for those travelling to Krabi by car. It has a large, free off-road car park and is very well connected to Ao Nang (10 mins drive), as well as the pier to go to the islands (2 mins drive). For those who do not have a car, The Tama offers a thrice daily free shuttle service to and from Ao Nang, and is located within the pick up area for all tours and activities.
Ao Nam Mao itself is a nice, relatively non-touristy area: a range of local street food stalls and restaurants are available directly outside the main gate, from early morning until evening; all are Halal. 24-hour 7-Eleven and Family Mart convenience stores and a weekly fresh market are within 100m.
The hotel itself is Muslim-owned so no alcohol is served and all food in the in-house restaurant, including the breakfast, is Halal.
Last updated: April 8, 2015