For Koh Samed, we booked our stay via Expedia. The budget hotel was just a quick walk from the Pier where we arrived. Unfortunately, the photos on the website made the place a tad more appealing than it was in person, but one cannot expect too much from a 2.5 Star place anyhow. It served us the purpose of a simple low-budget stay
Our room was in one of three small buildings available to stay in. Very basic, with not much to offer except air conditioning. A small room, bathroom and a very old TV that we had no use for. The bathroom window was open, unable to close and because of that, we had many flies and mosquitoes buzzing around (not very helpful for a good night’s sleep!!). There was a window in the entry door with a small drape to cover, leaving a small viewpoint for any lookie-loos. The free WIFI was very poor.
We paid $21 a night, which seemed high for what we got, but it was an island resort. Also, there is a mandatory entry fee at the Pier upon arrival to the island of 20 baht.
The location was across from the pier. 7-11 was down the street where we could refill our SIM card as well as grab any drinks and snacks needed. It is a small island so everything was walking distance. There were many food stalls and restaurants to choose from along the main walking street which was a couple roads away. The bad thing about this location is that if you wanted to go to the nice resort beaches, you had to pay a National Park Fee of 200 baht to enter. Once there, you could easily walk/hike all the way down the coastline to see the beaches and sights.