Last Updated on January 9, 2023 by Tina
Planning to go to Koh Tao and don’t have any idea where to stay? When I was in Koh Tao last November, I stayed for 3 nights at Savage Hostel Koh Tao and 3 nights at Save House Poshtel. Here’s my review of Savage Hostel Koh Tao to help you decide where to stay in Koh Tao. I’ll publish my review of Save House Poshtel next time.
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Savage Hostel Koh Tao Review
Savage Hostel Koh Tao Location
Savage Hostel Koh Tao is located in central Sairee beach. It is opposite the Blue Water Café. Its location is perfect as it is just a few steps away from the beach and there are plenty of bars, restaurants, shops, and massage places around the hostel.
From Koh Tao’s ferry pier, you can catch a taxi which may cost you around 100 Baht. (Taxis in Koh Tao are not the usual taxis that we know. They are pick-up truck-style taxi cabs.) Get off at the largest 7-11 at Island Plaza on the main road of Sairee Beach. From there, walk towards the beach down the small road directly opposite the 7-11. Turn right and walk 40 meters once you reach the small paved road that runs along the beachside. Savage Hostel is on the right.
If you don’t mind walking, it is totally doable. It will take you around 20 minutes from the ferry pier. It is what I did but I had to stop midway to eat because I haven’t had lunch yet. The only difficult part of walking is there is a part that goes uphill. It’s a bit exhausting especially if you are carrying a big backpack.
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Savage Hostel Price
Savage Hostel has dorm rooms but private rooms and suites are also available. The price for a bed in the dorm room is a lot pricier than in other hostels but I think it is worth every penny. Savage Hostel is like a luxurious hostel.
For the dorm rooms, the options are 6, 12, and 16-bed dorms. I think the price changes depending on the season. When I stayed there in November, a bed in a 16-bed dorm costs 480 Baht. When I checked the price now, it costs 550 Baht. The 12-bed dorm costs 580 Baht while the 6-bed dorm costs 680 Baht. The price of the private room starts at 1900 Baht while the suite is from 3600 Baht. You can check the details and book a bed or room here.
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I stayed in a 16-bed dorm room in Savage Hostel. The dorm rooms are air-conditioned and the beds are pods/self-contained. There is a privacy screen in each pod. The pods are spacious and there is a personal electronic safe deposit box inside each pod for valuables. The bed is very comfortable. A large bath towel is provided. There is a hook inside the pod to hang your towel or other items and a shelving to put your personal items. Electrical outlets are also available in each pod to charge your devices. The dorm rooms are kept dark but there is a sensor wherein if it senses movement, lights on the side turn on so you can see what you are stepping on when you go in or out of the room. Each pod has its own reading light and ambient light.
A personal luggage locker is located in a separate room. However, most people (including me) just leave their bags in the room so the floors are cluttered. I only leave my valuable items like my laptop and passport in the locker when I go out of the hostel.
The dorm rooms are secured with keycard access. There is free high-speed WiFi in the pods and throughout the hostel. The shared shower room is kept separate from the toilets. There is an area where you can hang wet clothes outside the shower room. Complimentary shampoo and shower gel are provided in the shower room.
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Savage Hostel Facilities
There is a swimming pool, pool table, and bar on the rooftop of the hostel. The pool is open from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM. The bar is open from 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
There is a restaurant on the ground floor of the hostel, but when I was there they were only serving drinks. There are plenty of tables in the restaurant where you can hang out or work if you are working remotely while traveling.
Before I book a hostel, I check the reviews first before I decide. In one of the reviews of Savage Hostel that I’ve read, someone said the staff at the reception is rude and not helpful. But my experience was the opposite. I don’t remember his name but he was really nice and accommodating. When I was checking out, he asked where I was going next. I told him I am moving to another hostel to be with a friend. He told me to take care and to stop by if ever I pass by the hostel again, and I think that was so nice of him. The other staff of the hostel were nice as well and they clean up the rooms, the toilets, and the shower rooms every day.
Savage Hostel Koh Tao Policies and Conditions
- They only accept cash payments. (That’s how it was when I was there in November)
- You need to give THB 500 for the room key deposit. They will return the money to you when you return the keycard during your check-out.
- Check-in time is from 2:00 pm until 11:30 PM and check-out time is from 1:00 AM until 12 noon.
- Only children 16 and older are allowed.
- Pets are not allowed
- There is no curfew.
- Cancellation and prepayment policies vary depending on where you booked. Check the conditions before booking a room.
If you are not tight on budget, I highly recommend staying at Savage Hostel. It has a very good location, very close to the beach. The pods are very comfortable and the toilets and shower room are clean.