Fun and funky lodgings in the heart of Pattaya City
Some visitors to Pattaya want seclusion, but for those who want to be in the thick of it, the Hotel Baraquda Pattaya (part of the MGallery by Sofitel collection) is a perfect choice. Walk out the hotel’s front door and turn left and you’re at the Ripley’s Believe it or Not museum. Turn right and you’re at a Cineplex movie theatre (part of the Pattaya Avenue community mall). Or, walk straight down lively Soi 31/2 and you’re at the beach in three minutes.
Such a central location is ideal for those interested in checking out the city’s famed nightlife, but within the hotel itself it’s an oasis of calm. A nautical theme runs throughout the interior’s décor, combining shades of white with cool blues and earthtoned accents. In addition the funky free-form modular furniture gives the lobby and rooms alike a chic, modern feel that is posh yet playful at the same time.
There are 72 accommodation units to choose from, in three room styles, including the 80 sq.m, twolevel Baraquda Grand Suite, which might make you feel as though you’re aboard a luxury yacht. However, even the impressive 37 sq.m Deluxe Rooms—available in king bed or twin bed configurations—are spacious and sleekly designed, with interesting marine motifs everywhere you look and a huge mirrored wall that adds to the feeling of spaciousness. The soft beds, meanwhile, come with a mountain of pillows and all have a gorgeous wraparound, curved leather headboard. This same curved theme is worked into the shape of the vanity, while the “sexy shower”—as the PR rep called it—is enclosed behind a floor to ceiling curved glass wall (with a sliding curtain should you want a little privacy). The Deluxe Rooms also include a day bed and small balcony overlooking the pool, as well as a flatscreen TV, work desk, safety box, refrigerator, mini-bar, free Wi-Fi, and more.
Among the hotel’s array of amenities the ground floor swimming pool, set in a sunny inner courtyard, provides plenty of space to cool down. The pool itself is divided into two separate sections—the shallower one featuring soothing Jacuzzi jets—and lining one side of the pool is a selection of reclining beach loungers, deck chairs, and rattan day beds built for two. At the far end of the pool there’s access to a fully equipped ground floor fitness centre, and one flight above the pool guests are invited to visit The Spa, where treatment rooms include a unique outdoor sala area and a special VIP room offering a secluded, serene environment.
Hungry guests and visitors looking for all-day dining can visit the ground floor S.E.A Restaurant, where the hotel’s expansive breakfast buffet is also served, or choose sunny coffee and pastries at the poolside Nauti Café. But come evening, the place to be is the Sunset Lounge rooftop restaurant, which overlooks the streets below from a 6th floor vantage point. Open from 5pm till 1am every day, this spacious outdoor venue—which can accommodate up to 100 guests—is a fantastic spot to enjoy evening cocktails and gourmet tapas style menu items while watching the sun go down and the moon come up.
The wine, beer, and drink list offers a wide range of choices. One recommended signature cocktail is the pleasant but potent Jellyfish Sting, a mix of light rum, Amaretto, apple juice and fresh lime. For a healthy appetizer the Caesar Salad is available with either grilled chicken or smoked salmon (I chose the salmon), and served with a wedge of toasted garlic bread. However the marvelous Pan-Seared Tuna, served with tomato, rocket salad, balsamic, and a garnish of pesto, is not to be missed. And seafood lovers should also take note the hotel often has its aquatic namesake—the delicious barracuda— on special, served up with a choice of two sauces (I recommend the Thai red curry), and accompanied by white rice and a glass of white wine. Not bad for just B450!
NOTE: The Hotel Baraquda Pattaya provides event organizers a customizable party space at the hotel’s third-floor Deep Bar. Set over three tiers, each with its own unique vibe, there’s plenty of space to mix, mingle, or simply relax. The high-tech sound and lighting system creates the mood you want, and full catering services, and personalized decorations can also be part of the mix.
Hotel Baraquda Pattaya, MGallery by Sofitel
485 1 Moo 10 Pattaya 2nd Rd.
Tel: 03 876 9999