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The Library

4.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We( family of 4) were lucky to spend Christmas for the 5th time in this gem of hotel, on busy Chaweng Road: the Library offers a quiet haven! Having reserved 2 double rooms, we were offered an upgrade in one of the brand-new Secret Chapters: BREATHTAKING ! private villas with a design center-pool, private gym, very spacious living room, 2 dressings, 2 bedrooms with triple king-size beds, private reception with snacks, soft-drinks, separate (red of course) pool on the beach! Pure luxury! We spend at least 2 vacations par year in Thailand since many years, and for us this is the coolest place of all! A very special thanks to Miss Chutima Chitpitak, General Manager; our private guest relation responsible Monica and the wonderful attentive staff at the restaurant The Page, the Drink Gallery. Congratulations for the cool new venue on Chaweng main road: the Tapas Bar and Pad Thai Counter. !! ABSOLUTE RECOMMENDATION !!. We will sure be BACK !!

The Library has been one of our favourite places to eat on Koh Samui. Architecturally brilliant with a wonderful restaurant terrace beside the sea and interesting innovative food. We went twice this trip, the last time with eight of us. We enjoyed it but a five star restaurant shouldn’t trip up on service. Each time, having ordered, we were then told they’d run out; last night it was spring rolls! We said we’d have another satay instead and 30 mins later the original order arrived without the extra satay. We ordered 5 beers, 1 arrived. A glass of wine: sorry, we’ve run out of that one. By the time our main courses arrived all of the waiting staff then disappeared behind the scenes... and there was no one to order more drinks. Not disastrous problems but it coloured our enjoyment. I think they desperately need a good head waiter managing the restaurant, able to spot problems and sort them before they become issues.

Good food and right on the beach, Thai food was authentic and tasty, service was top notch, hotel is designed different than any other hotel I have seen, modern and simple yet comfortable and serene, swimming pool are by the restaurant was really eye catching with the red marbles, not kids friendly

My girlfriend and I had a very good experience with the hotel. We were in love with their attention to details on things. Many of things and facilities were designed differently especially the red pool and I love it! The room is very minimal and fully equipped with everything you need. We had problem when we borrowed the DVD to watch in room and the player did not work properly. However, the staff came in really quick to fix it. The Breakfast Experience were great. It was like having breakfast on bed right by the beach - super romantic. Service was very good. The staffs were very attentive. Overall, we love this property!

The hotel just feels like luxury it’s self from the second you enter, amazing staff 24 hours a day. Great security the best I’ve seen in Thailand, fine foods and wines and a great tranquil and regal calm feel. Truly breaking I’ll be back soon

The Library restaurant is in a perfect location by the sea, and the decor is beautiful. We were also greeted by a lovely hostess and gave us a table outside overlooking the sea. We decided to go with the Samrab Thai 8 course (11 dishes) degustation Thai style menu complimented by wine chosen by the restaurant to match each meal. The first entrees although were presented well, did not give you a wow factor which I have had at other Thai restaurants. The best of the 3 entrees was the Taro dumplings which was complimented with a beautiful dipping sauce. The wine (white Shiraz) selected for the entrees was beautifully selected but was very small in size. The mains and one glass of matching wine all came at once which made it difficult to taste each individual dish. The biggest disappointment was the stir fried squid. Very hard to eat and not tasty considering it came with a chilli base. Very tough to eat. The Pork and pineapple was again bland and was just ok. There was a beef dish which was more like a jerky and not very appealing. The best dish was the Crab Curry. Crab was tender and the sauce was plentiful. Keep asking for more rice to soak up the sauce. The disappointing part was the staff as they clambered over you emptying dishes as you were finishing them off. My partner had finished and I was still eating and they continually interfered with the experience. One, half glass of wine is not enough for so many meals, and again was taken away before we even finished the glass. It was at this stage our dining experience was wanting us to leave the restaurant. The meal concluded with 2 deserts and a desert wine. A bowl of fruit and a coconut rice pudding again came at the same time. The later dish was the best although didn’t have to beat much. The chosen wine was very nice (again small). We left the restaurant really disappointed as we had been recommended this restaurant by another couple. Service was terrible, and the meals were not reflective of true Thai meals which we had enjoyed during our Thailand stay. For the price you pay to have this experience, you would expect more. Be aware the VAT tax is on top of your menu cost. We made the head manager aware of our experience and hope they take some “over serving” on board. If choosing a fine dining experience, I would find another book (restaurant) in another library.

This hotel is actually amazing so I'll go with why the 4 not 5 starts. Cockroaches. 4 seen in the room on the last two nights out of five. Not a deal breaker but also not something you want to think about during your incredible stay. However, the good is so good. Overall: The place is so zen, we very rarely left because you don't have to because they have everything - beach, bars, restaurants, amazing staff, brilliant rooms and entertainment. Beach: The beach was lovely, water perfectly warm with relaxing waves. The library sets you up on these lovely bean bag beds with towels and great service. Spent 90% of our time here reading, relaxing, eating and drinking Room and Environment: Design wise, this place is impressive. We were in room "page" 19 and loved the roominess, wet room bathroom and lighting. The whole place is extremely zen without being contrived. I'd like to live there. Staff & Service: The Beach/Pool team was on point getting to know us, prompt and friendly service. The staff here think of everything to make you feel relaxed and taken care of in a friendly notoriously smiling Thai way. Restaurants and Bars: Ok... The food is incredible and there is several ways to eat it! In your bean bag, at a table at the Page restaurant where many come for lunch. We at almost every meal here. Out in the front of the hotel, non beach side, are the wine bar, tapas bar, phad thai bar and my favorite.... the Library band. The food and drinks are well thought out, delicious, affordable and experience is great. We fell hard for the band .... they took requests and while sang mostly western songs, they had their own sounds, arrangements and were so fun! All around, this place is worth it and I highly recommend for couples seeking something relaxing, luxe but unpretentious, delicious and fun. Thank you Library staff for making everything absolutely lovely!

Very pleased to stay here at The Library Hotel. Holiday here spent very enthusiasm; the service, staff are very warm feeling, very comfortable relaxed. The Page breakfast was very delicious too. Looking forward to come here again. Thank you!

I've commented on The Library once or twice before having stayed here for almost a decade since it first opened in 2007. The original Library retains its minimalist elegant charm fronting onto Chaweng Beach and remains to this day easily the best choice on this part of the island - in the very heart of Chaweng but sufficiently insulated to provide a zen-like sanctuary from the incessant nightlife of this increasingly commercialised town. However, something remarkable is happening. While the original Library remains untouched, next door, on 4 rai of land the same team has created something quite new and original - the Secret Chapters, 20 secluded villas of such careful thought and cool design that they far surpass even the original Library itself. This new development has 16 one-bedroom villas, 2 two-bedrooms villas and 2 ultra-premium villas, the Editor and the Writer and they started opening in November 2017. Each comes with its own enclosed private pool, 8m long in the one-bedroom and 10m long in the two-bedrooms. All have 24-hour butler service. They have their own reception and a private club room facing 31m beachfront pool finished in the signature Library red tile design. They also share access to the original Library's own beachfront restaurant The Page which has itself had an imaginative refresh of its menu. Chaweng will have seen nothing like it. The rooms - not really rooms more vast suites of connected space - are approached down long enormously lofty stone canyons with thin canals of water on either side flanked by monumental soaring stone walls reaching high towards an intense strip of blue sky The sheer scale is hard to describe or photograph but, like all powerful architecture, it has an intense physical and psychological effect on the viewer. The dominant palette of cool blue grey slate and dark wood is in dramatic contrast to the original Library's all-white exteriors although at different times of the day the sun casts a rich ochre glow onto the new hard stone beach-facing walls. Huge cunningly-designed offset pivot doors in the lofty canyon walls give way to the suites beyond, each with a small exterior entrance courtyard and a set of luxurious minimally styled interiors surrounding yet another private courtyard with a generous green-tiled swimming pool and deep stone jacuzzi. The design is an exercise in restraint and luxurious lofty minimalism. The handmade beds are a staggering 11ft wide backed by exquisitely designed mirrored tiles. The living rooms all have long dining tables and huge day beds with a small prep kitchen to one side and tall glass doors opening to the pool courtyard. The two bedroom suites each have their own private gym. The enormous, indulgent bathrooms have double height waterfall showers recessed into the ceiling. The accents are gold, white, stone and black lacquered wood with shimmering walls of exquisite semi-transparent drapes surrounding both the bed and courtyard jacuzzi. The most exclusive villa is The Writer, a stand-alone 359sqm beachfront property with uninterrupted sea views, exclusive beach access, its own private library, outdoor cinema, gym, upper terrace, an 8.5m x 7.5m pool and that all important 11ft wide bed. What's genuinely clever about the development is the contrast between the monumentally sepulchral grey slate open-topped exterior walkways and the luxuriously extravagant and coolly restrained creamy white interiors. Glimpses of the outside world remain in the carefully preserved trees around which the Secret Chapters has been wrapped and the thin shafts of blue sky above. The dramatic contrasts between interior and exterior, building and nature, stone and wood become even more atmospheric at night as the mysteriously lit spaces take on an ethereal quality half way between a forest and a contemporary cathedral. The original Library is a congregational, outward-facing space. Rooms look at each other across a long central wooden boardwalk fringed with lawns and dotted with white mannequins and art peering from illuminated glass lanterns of the upper floors. The Secret Chapter inverts the idea of shared space and turns inwards, rejecting ornamentation, presenting a labyrinth of private hidden spaces while retaining a profound respect for nature. The beachfront pool provides one of the few shared areas but even this space is so luxuriously vast that the sense of detachment continues even here. Such a development takes years of thought, experience, discipline and significant resources to pull off. Like the original Library the Secret Chapters won't be for everyone, they're an exclusive meditation on restraint and quiet contemplation. And the considerable resources poured into the development are reflected in the rates. A few pictures are attached to this review although to retain (at least for a while) the quality of secretiveness I haven't been comprehensive in the photography. And anyway an i-Phone struggles to do justice to it, check out the Library's own website for more glimpses into the Secret Chapter's detailing. My travel companion suggested I be less enthusiastic in this review lest readers think I'm in the pay of the hotel - well I'm not, and I can only write what I see. Phuket-based Khun Tirawan Songsawat & Samui native Khun Kasemtham Sornsong are the two collaborators in both the original Library and this new development. They originally met at Chatuchak market in Bangkok. I met Tirawan Songsawat the last time I was in Samui, an inspiring woman of infectious, boundless energy who was given free design reign and who has chased her own clear-sighted vision for this project over several years. She's also a jewellery designer and artist. She's only ever designed two hotels - The Library and these new Secret Chapters. It's a stunning and radical achievement in collaboration with the Bangkok based architectural firm G4. There are clear consistent themes in her work, the long walks filled with impressive drama, tall entrances and high walls, crisp lines, care for nature and careful handling of materials. But there's also a subtle evolution in her style, a willingness to be more daring with hard surfaces and a softness to the interiors that's less ascetic and more indulgent than the Library. Kasemtham Sornsong the owner gave her a surprisingly wide degree of latitude in the concept and its design although he does confess to a stubborn and unrelenting attention to detail, I can only imagine how tumultuous and exciting the long years of development must have been. However many challenges such an unorthodox professional pairing must have presented the two of them have not only revised their own book for Koh Samui but created a truly luxurious place to retreat from the outside world as well an inspiring space to think - frankly, what more could you wish for from a Library?

My wife and I stayed The Library for three nights. We were blown away by the experience. We liked it so much we barely left the property. The staff: we leveraged the staff a lot during our visit for transportation, finding lost luggage, dining, etc, and it was a five star experience across the board. The room: if you appreciate good design and architecture, you will love the library. The property is a bit on the older side, but everything has been well maintained. There are many details we especially appreciated in the room. The page (the restaurant): we had breakfast lunch and dinner here. The food was great, not crazy expensive. Staff was also great. We especially liked the breakfast, enjoying the ocean views.

14/1 Moo 2 Chaweng Beach Koh Samui Surat Thani

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Phetch Buncha Thai Boxing Stadium
  • Free WiFi and wired Internet in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining

Located in Bo Put, The Library is within a 10-minute walk of popular sights such as Central Festival Samui and Chaweng Thai Boxing Stadium. This 26-room, 4.5-star hotel welcomes guests with 15 indoor pools, 2 restaurants, and an outdoor pool. It's in central Koh Samui and also close to Phetch Buncha Thai Boxing Stadium and Bangkok Hospital Samui.


Dining

Enjoy dining at one of 2 onsite restaurants including The Page, which specializes in international cuisine. Satisfy your hunger without leaving your room with room service, or quench your thirst with a beverage at the bar/lounge or coffee shop/café. Start your day off with buffet breakfast, available for a fee.


Rooms

The 26 air-conditioned accommodations feature balconies and afford space to spread out with dining areas and sitting areas. 42-inch LED TVs come with DVD players, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi and wired Internet. Bathrooms offer jetted tubs, rainfall showers, hair dryers, and free toiletries, and Select Comfort beds with premium bedding ensure a restful night. Other standard amenities include refrigerators, minibars, and coffee makers.


Property features

At The Library, guests enjoy 15 indoor pools, an outdoor pool, and a children's pool. You can take advantage of free parking, along with an airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for THB 650-1200 per vehicle one way. The front desk has multilingual staff on hand 24/7 to help with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this beach hotel include a fitness center, free WiFi in public areas, and a meeting room.

Room options

Exotic Suite

King 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

Bookmark

King 1 | Sleeps 3

One-Bedroom Secret Pool Villa

King 1 | Sleeps 4

Two-Bedroom Suite

King 1 | Sleeps 5

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

86% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 639 reviews