Review: Fifth Jomtien – large rooms near Pattaya’s beach, but little issues spoil the experience

The Fifth Jomtien has a nice location, off Pattaya’s nicest stretch of beach and with easy access to public transportation. You’ll get a large room with a kitchenette and resort amenities like a gym, pool and good breakfast, all at a reasonable price. I encountered a number of small issues that spoiled my experience – but check out my review to see if the Fifth Jomtien would be right for your stay!

Location: The Fifth Jomtien is – surprise, surprise – located on the Fifth Street on Jomtien Beach! It’s a five minute walk to the beach, with easy access to the Bath Bus for transportation around Jomtien and Pattaya. There are countless bars, restaurants, massage shops and stores within a few minutes of the hotel, so you’ll be able to find everything you need on your vacation!
The Bangkok Airport bus station is a 15 minute walk or short ride on the Bath Bus. Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) is less than two hours by bus and about the same by taxi. A ride into central Bangkok is about the same time, a little more by public transport.

Service: I received a friendly welcome at the hotel. I arrived early and my room wasn’t ready until the official check-in time and the front desk offered to keep my luggage. They provided all the required information about the hotel amenities and the breakfast.
Housekeeping did a good job cleaning the room each day, replacing towels as appropriate and replenishing amenities.
The staff at the restaurant was on top of their job, too, and kept tables clean and the buffet replenished throughout the busy breakfast time.
My check-out was just as quick and seamless. Overall, service was friendly and professional, as you’d expect it in Thailand – it made for a pleasant stay, even though it wasn’t anything that made the Fifth Jomtien stand out from the crowd.

Room: I had reserved a Standard King Room and that’s what I got. The room is very large and held in a traditional Thai decor, with dark wood floors and furniture, white walls, some beige fabrics and a few colorful accents.
Near the entrance is a small sitting area with a table and two chairs. It feels a little lost, as it faces the bathroom and is separate from the rest of the room.

Next to it is a small kitchenette, with a sink, a microwave, a fridge and coffee/tea facilities. These amenities make the room suitable for a longer stay, although you’ll have to find your own dishes and silver ware – not much is provided. 

The bedroom area is large, open and bright. The bed has a firm mattress and good quality sheets and comforter. Only two pillows are provided. Next to the bed is a comfortable daybed to hand out, possibly accommodating a third person or kid in the room. 

Across from the bed is a small desk with chair, so you can get some work done. You’ll also get a small TV and a wardrobe with a laptop size safe inside. 

Each room has a small balcony with table and two chairs – a nice place to hang out in the pleasant weather. Unfortunately, my room was looking over the pool and facing the construction site next door. That created significant noise during the day, in the room and poolside. 

The bathroom is also large and is separted from the room with a frosted glass wall, making it more bright! On the right side is a sink in countertop with lots of space for your stuff. In the center is the toilet and on the left the shower-tub-combination.

The deep soaking tub is comfortable for a bath. There is a shower curtain, but the platform around the tub results in the whole bathroom flooding everytime you take a shower. The shower has a handheld showerhead with a wall mount as well as a rainfall showerhead. Both are mounted very low, making the shower best suited for people under 5’8 and a little difficult for my 6’3 frame!

A full set of bath amenities and good quality towels were provided. The bathroom was clean.
The free WiFi internet was pretty fast at an average speed of 14.3Mbps, but not very reliable in my room and I had trouble connecting with my Chromebook. If you are planning to work on your trip, you might have an issue. 

Restaurant & Amenities: The Fifth Jomtien has a very nice pool with a number of loungers set around it. It’s great for a refreshing dip after a day on the beach, but currently not suited to hang out & relax. The current construction site next door is separated by a nicely decorated construction fence, but there is a lot of noise – you’ll need a headset to enjoy. 

The hotel gym also faces the pool, so you can enjoy a view while working out. The gym is open air. While the temperatures were pleasant enough during my visit, I prefer an air conditioned workout room! There is a mix of cardio and weight equipment of good quality, but it was poorly maintained and dirty, so I only worked out once here. 

The restaurant is also open-air and facing the pool on the other side. The breakfast buffet is served here and it’s also open for lunch or dinner. 

For breakfast you’ll find a good selection of bread, fruit and salad, as well as a number of hot dishes and made-to-order eggs. You’ll also get coffee, tea or juice drinks. 

I’d consider the selection and quality to be average for this price category in Thailand – sufficient for a solid start into your day, but nothing to write home about. 

Value & Rewards: I booked the Fifth Jomtien for a rate of $60/night including breakfast. I booked through hotels.com and earned 9% in Welcome Rewards. I paid with my CapitalOne VentureOne card and earned 10% in points!
Pattaya is a very low-cost location, so I’d consider this ok value for my stay. You can find the current price here!

Bottomline: I really wanted to love the Fifth Jomtien based on the online photos and had high hopes. And while the photos represent the hotel fairly, there were small issues that left me disappointed: The room is large, but the low shower head and flooding were irksome. The internet was fast, but unreliable. The pool is nice, but the construction noise bothersome. The gym is well equipped, but dirty and poorly maintained.
The Fifth Jomtien offers big rooms near the beach with lots of amenities, but the number of small issues keep me from a whole-hearted recommendation. If those issues don’t bother you, you’ll have a nice stay. If they make you nervous, there are lots of choices in Jomtien and competition is fierce. You can read my Destination Guide Pattaya for alternatives. I’d recommend to wait till at least 2021 or later, until the construction next door is finished.


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