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Goodtime Beach Hostel Reviews

South Sairee Beach, Koh Tao, Thailand

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118 Total Reviews
  • 74%Value For Money
  • 80%Security
  • 92%Location
  • 80%Staff
  • 77%Atmosphere
  • 78%Cleanliness
  • 76%Facilities

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PROS: awesome location. Rooms are cleaned daily. CONS: no common area except the restaurant/bar, but you have to buy something to sit there. Wifi is TERRIBLE. Location is amazing but this place is so overpriced for what you get. And BED BUGS. I told the guy at reception and he said "if you bring me a bed bug from your bed then we will change your mattress" (they're impossible to find). He also said they look like mosquito bites, but a pharmacist in Koh Samui has confirmed they are bed bug bites


It was one of the best hostels I stayed in! You can't ask for a better location! The staff are the best, everyone I met will go out of their way to make your stay enjoyable. Unfortunately I did not have the time to do any of the diving courses offered by Goodtime Adventures guess I just HAVE to come back! thanks great stay!


bed bugs... i had to change hostel....


Very friendly staff


The staff were friendly and helpful. I stayed 4 nights and 3 days out of 4 the shower was cold. The internet was very frustrating as was not constant but if you went to the cafe and told staff they would reset the switch and it worked much better but for the first two days it was a real problem. It is in a very good spot very close to all amenities and the beach of course. I will add once again that during my time all the staff Thai and British were very friendly and helpful.


For the price you can get so many better hostels in my opinion. yes it is right on the beach is why the price is so high but sort of out of town. for half the price you can be right in town and a short 2min walk to the beach with a more social vibe. very chill atmosphere not a good social common area.


Love to be right on the beach when i wake up, and thats excatly what u get in Goodtime beach hostel. Really clean and u can do so many things with Goodtime Adventures, diving, rock climbing, or some other things u like,...


Female dorm was spacious and clean. Good location, dives shop all around , staff helpfull , Beach is not the nicest one


Big rooms with A/C, but no locker for backpacks. Unfriendliy staff. No common room. Beach wasn't nice, always walked somewhere else. Smelly bathroom. Room nexed door had bedbugs, ours didn't tho (not even mosquitos). Wouldn't stay there again.


Very small lockers, room is Ok, no real common area, the bar but it is not really in the hostel, no atmosphere at all. Staff... I asked what was possible to do at night and he said only one of the tours the seller, and it was not true


I absolutely loved my time at Goodtime! Since the second we arrived at the reception desk we felt at ease! The staff in the hostel, the bar and at goodtime adventures we so nice and so helpful! The rooms were also very nice and unlike other hostels they're not cramped so you actually have some personal space as well as somewhere to meet others! We also did a day diving with goodtime adventures which was a brilliant experience! I'd recommend goodtime hostel to anyone!


Well what can I say this hostel is fabulous. Location is so central right on the amazing main beach. Boat taxis run daily outside hostel to the close islands. Nicky the owner is wonderful so lovely and bubbly really makes you feel like a friend rather than a guest. She gives great tips and advice on what to do, where to find things and the cafe is so good. Great food. Breakfast on the beach and discount on food. Air con in rooms is so nice and cold after a hot day on the beach. Clean and safe.


Great place located right on the beach, a short 10min walk from the main area (but still far enough away that it doesn't interrupt sleep). Staff were ok, main lady on reception was a bit of a colonel but otherwise lovely. No communal areas but that didn't stop me being people. I met awesome people and had a great time. Koh Tao is lovely!


English staff-rude. They said they weren't sure a spot was available for me... I booked on hostelworld the night before. Lucky me...they 'found' a spot for me. The rules were verbally reviewed with me...guilty until proven innocent style. Sandals went missing...found them put them on and has the English staff yell at me saying they were hers...no mention of the possibility we could have the same. I found what must have been hers as they were brand new and mine were near broken...karma?


This hostel is in a great location. The rooms are spacious and clean. Staff were also very friendly and approachable.

  • 10th Oct 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Enjoyed our stay here. Dorm room was very spacious and beds very cosy. Though sheets were quite stained but they were definitely washed. Small locker for valuables provided. Staff very friendly and helpful and loved the food their cafe, though they overcharged us here every time we ate here. Only one shared bathroom ensuite for 8 people. Bathroom was very outdated and very smelly (sewage smell). We found that 12 eur per bed per night was too expensive but everything on ko tao is more expensive


The hostel itself was nice but the staff let it down a little. I didn't take much notice of the comments re staff when reading the reviews before booking - however I found some of the comments to be true e.g.. when you check in you are given a list of the 'rules' and what not to do. The owners acted as if guests were a burden rather than welcoming them. The dorms themselves were nice and good location on the beach but wouldn't stay here again.

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Our rules in the dorms are to keep all our customers happy and safe. Our rules include: 1. No outdoor guest - do you think everybody should be able to bring all their friends back to party? 2. No alcohol or Drugs - drugs are illegal and we have a beach and a bar downstairs where alcohol can be consumed, some of our guest are here to do activities and have early mornings the dorms are not for party! The reason the dorms are still nice is because of our rules!


The location of Goodtime is great, only moments away from several dive shops and the all important 7-eleven for toasties. There are lots of restaurants and bars around within easy walking distances. The two ladies who run it are really friendly and will help with anything you need. The rooms are really spacious. They could easily cram more beds in if they wanted but as they haven't you don't feel on top of other people.


I thought the all girls room was really nice, clean and comfortable. The location next to the beach was great but apart from that I have nothing positive to say about this hostel. There was no real 'hostel' atmosphere and thus I found it hard to meet people and the English woman who was working there was very rude. For the outrageous price you pay for a dorm bed, you would be better off going elsewhere.


Excellent Location directly at the the main Sairee Beach, bath smelled horrible when the AC was off

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