Sofitel Central Hua-Hin is one of Accor Asia Pacific's most luxurious and elegant beachfront colonial-style hotels. Nestled in tropical Thai gardens, this is a 207-rooms (all rooms have terraces and sea through gardens view), and 42-villas Hua Hin resort features include local and international cuisine served at five restaurants, three conference rooms for 300 guests, four swimming pools, a spa, fitness centre, and limousine service. Nearby, seven of Thailand’s top golf courses complement the hotel’s onsite recreation. Although I haven’t stayed at this hotel (we were staying at the Marriott Hua Hin), we toured its grounds and were very impressed by how beautiful and well kept it is. Its style brings to mind 1920s Indochina charms but with all the modern amenities. The location is excellent right on the beach on one side and downtown on the other. Hua Hin is a quite little town (the King of Thailand resides there) and the downtown location provide a great access to dining, shopping and entertainment but without the hustle and bustle of a big city. History: In 1921 the director of the state railway, Prince Purachatra, built the Railway Hotel (as it was called then) close to the beach. King Prajadhipok (Rama VII) liked the place so much that he built his summer palace close by. The hotel was refurbished and rebranded as Sofitel Centara Grand Resort and opened again to the public in 1988. The Edwardian-style Elephant Bar was featured in an October 1995 Newsweek magazine listing of "The World's Best Bars". Movies like The Killing Fields (as Hotel Le Phnom) and The Quest have been shot at the hotel. Complete photo set is here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kalboz/sets/72157623540386374/ Please feel free to post your reviews of this property here. Thank you.