UPDATED: April 6, 2015
A few days ago a potential guest came with a question which is posed to us about every two or three months. So to save some time and not have to repeat myself over and over again let me address this question in this Q&A section.
The question being:
If I pay a few dollars more I can stay in a Luxury Hotel in Tuk Tuk, so why would I stay with you in Horas Family Home.
Before answering the question let’s look at where one can stay in Tuk Tuk, which offers a variety of accommodations, and where we place Horas Family Home .
Accommodations such as:
Room for Rent
Bed & Breakfast
Now, where to place Horas Family Home. Many guests after going through an elimination process place us in the category Bed & Breakfast for the simple reason that they don’t see us as a Cottage, an Inn, a Villa Resort or a Hotel. To be honest, I don’t see us as a Bed & Breakfast, as some guests also rightly pointed out, as with us Breakfast is not included, because you will have a fully equipped kitchen and you can make your breakfast yourself. Horas Family Home is a Home where you can stay so the best fit is most likely Home Stay. However, if I look at any of the numerous other Home Stays in Tuk Tuk I dare say that our perception of Home Stay and what you find in our Home Stay is a bit different.
Now, coming back to the question. First of all of course I tried to find the Luxury Hotel in Tuk Tuk and again failed to find such a place or a place which promotes itself as such. The best I can come up with is the International Four Star Hotel in Tuk Tuk, currently still on the drawing board and said to be opened about 4 or 5 years from now.
From quite a few Hotels in Tuk Tuk I found only one Star Hotel, which says it is the only Two Star Hotel in Tuk Tuk. Knowing the Hotel quite well I would not qualify it as ‘Luxury’, but it is true that during the High Season it costs a few dollars more.
Now, what do we get in the Horas Family Home Home Stay as compared to what one gets in the Two Star Hotel for a few dollars more.
Horas Home Stay Two Star Hotel
Full Lake View Yes Maybe not from your room
Swimming aids, life vests Yes No
Breakfast included No Yes
Mosquito Nets Yes Maybe not in your room
Fans Yes Yes
BBQ on Porch Yes No
TV – International Channels Yes No
Full Kitchen Yes No
Fridge + freeze compartment Yes No
Blender, toaster, microwave Yes No
Ironing board, Iron Yes No
Safety Box, Fire extinguisher Yes No
Library with books Yes No
Hair dryer, rice cooker Yes No
Medical aid kit Yes No
Free organic vegetables Yes No
Free Fishing Yes No
Free Boating Yes No
Free Kayaking Yes No
Free Camp Fire Yes No
Free drinking water Yes No
Free coffee and thee Yes No
Hot Water Yes, 24 hrs Yes, from 6 to 8, if it works
Bathroom amenities, soap etc Yes No
Free working WIFI Yes, 24 hrs. Yes, in Restaurant. If it works
Free Parking Yes Yes
So if your main purpose is to be able to say to your friends and neighbours, when you are back home, that you stayed in the best and only Two Star Hotel in Tuk Tuk and not in a Home Stay it is possibly well worth paying a few dollars more for just a little bit less.
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