Groovy getaway spot right in the heart of the city
If you’re in the market for a modest-sized, luxury hotel with a boutique feel and a supremely central location, the chic and stylish Mera Mare hotel definitely ticks all those boxes. Situated right on Beach Road, in the heart of the action and overlooking the curved expanse of Pattaya Bay, the location alone makes it ideal for business and leisure travellers alike.
The 7-storey property features 80 well-appointed, spacious rooms and luxurious suites, ranging in size from the 35 sq.m Deluxe Room, to the 76 sq.m 2-bedroom Family Suite, to the impressive 78 sq.m Junior Suite which includes a double balcony, kitchenette, and a private in-room dining area. Of course, for the ultimate in luxury the hotel’s one-and-only Sensation Suite—located on the top floor—boasts 105 sq.m of space, a sprawling balcony with panoramic beachfront views, a luxurious whirlpool spa tub, plus kitchenette, dining area, and quite a bit more.
As for myself, I was booked into one of the sleek 38 sq.m Deluxe Premier Rooms, furnished with a comfy king-sized bed, ceiling mounted 40” LED TV, electronic safety box, and mini-fridge, and offering reliable in-room Wi-Fi. The colour scheme consists of a mix of black, gold, white, and off-whites, but it was the abundance of shiny, silvery marble—on the floors, in the bathroom, and even on the wall behind the bed—that made the whole thing feel like a swanky, Euro-glam bachelor pad… which I loved! Other room features worth noting include a divinely deep soaking tub, thick black-out curtains that run the length of the room’s large Northeast facing windows (sleeping in can be crucial while on holiday), bathrobes fitted for a Western physique, and a long marble counter/table by the window that doubles as a work desk.
While the beach is right across the road, the hotel’s 2nd floor outdoor swimming pool —with an unobstructed view of the ocean—is a nice place to sun one’s self in the daytime. The pool is a modest size, but it does the trick and the daybeds built for two, as well as the single-person sunloungers, offer ample reclining room. Right next to the pool area is the hotel’s Get Lean Fitness facility, should you fancy a work out.
For diners the hotel offers two attractively designed, ground floor F&B outlets. All-day dining is available at October Sky, where the menu features an extensive list of well-crafted Thai and international dishes, while at the adjacent Pastry Addiction café the offerings include—as the name implies—a huge selection of cakes, pastries, chocolates, and decadent desserts (they even do a daily afternoon English High Tea).
However, diners at either spot can order from either menu during lunch and dinner, so the choices are abundant. From the Pastry Addiction menu I recommend the Japanese Curry Crab—special breaded crab cakes with dipping mayo—and the Tomato Butter Curry Chicken—imagine a chicken cacciatore with way more spice—followed by a few hearty scoops of the delectable rum raisin gelato (one of a dozen flavours on display). by Bruce Scott
420/200, Moo 9 Beach Rd.
Tel: 03 811 1800