There are two Aldea Thais really and neither are actually, technically
a ‘hotel’. Aldea Thai is a condo development. There is no restaurant
nor room service and no housekeeping staff. There is a desk up front
at the top of the stairs, but there is no checking in process, I was
met by Jerry who brought me to my room and gave me a quick tour of the
place. The only interaction I had with the ‘Front Desk’ was to be told
there was nothing they could do when I asked for a towel for the pool.
That was when I learned about the set-up there. They were there to
work with the owners of the condos and maintain the facilities. There
were a few ‘administrators’ that independently worked with some of the
condo owners that rented out their units. They were sympathetic and
friendly however – they also maintain the password for the wi-fi.
Tip: When I arrived, I had to carry my luggage up a BIG, LONG set of
stairs. I learned later about an elevator down a short hallway just to
the right of those stairs (see photo), use it!
The facilities were clean, well maintained and above par. The location
is excellent and the pool was a daily slice of heaven!
Booking the room on Expedia gave me and probably you, the impression
you were booking a room through and with a/the hotel, again, you are
not. My booking was with Jerry. The website on Expedia said there was
an airport shuttle. I tried to get more information on how I could set
that up, with much difficulty, I tracked down and email asking for the
details, a few days later I got a response that it was something that
could be purchased separately. I dropped it and went with the shuttle
bus option from the airport. Simple and cheap. Called ADO, about $30.
Back to the /other’ Aldea Thai. Here is where I found faults. If I do
come back here – which I very well may, I would use a different person
to book the room. The room at first glance was perfect for my needs as
I was travelling alone and seemed to fit my needs. I was on a 10 day
stay so planned on cooking many of my meals in the room. There WAS
maid service and she was quite nice but but he day to day cleaning was
a bit inconsistent, she did not work for Aldea Thai, she was hired by
Jerry directly. Also, the web page at Expedia lists laundry service as
an amenity. Nope.
There was one stool in the room and the kitchen was not really geared
for use: the coffee maker was disgusting and I could not use (that
really bummed me out as I had purchased some Mexican coffee (which is
excellent by the way) but couldn’t make it. There was a blender too
but it was missing the pitcher part! Jerry said he would bring me one
but never did. No two pieces of silverware or dishes matched and there
wasn’t even a pot to boil water in.
There was no door for the toilet (he told me they couldn’t make it
fit), again, I was alone so it was OK but, c’mon! The faucet seemed to
The bed was fine but there were noticeable chips in the frame. I asked
for another room, it is a large complex and I didn’t see many people
at all (most days there were maybe 3 people at the pool, me being one
of them) and this was before I knew the real story about the set up.
Jerry told me the place was booked and he couldn’t move me.
In speaking with other guests, it was a consensus that Jerry’s rooms
were not the best and were generally known to be run down.
The Place is big and on street level there are commercial spaces that
are mostly empty at this time – guessing due to covid (by the way,
you’ll see many, many people without masks, I even forgot to wear mine
on occasion. There is a bar and a restaurant at the beach end of the
property. I highly recommend the restaurant – Freshy Fish! Great,
fresh food and congenial staff. They will also deliver food to your
room or even bring it up to the pool. See my separate review on
Finally, Aldea Thai is a thumbs up for the area and facilities…I
advise caution when booking the rooms as you should know what you are
possibly getting. If the minor details I’ve outlined are not a
problem, go for it! I had an excellent time
a year ago