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“One night was enough” 1 of 5 stars
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Rico's Bungalows
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   42 Kata Road, Kata Beach, Phuket 83100, Thailand   |  
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Ranked #23 of 52 Hotels in Kata Beach
Hobart, Australia
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“One night was enough”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

We were booked for two nights but checked out after one. The room was boxy, boring and tired. Blinds were damaged, wardrobe handle broken and the bathroom, though cleaned, looked old and very dated. The bed was hard as nails. All rooms face onto the pool and thus look in to each other so there is no privacy. Limited sun lounges around the pool. Early in the morning a foul smell emanated from the bathroom. We left unshowered and when provided feedback to the receptionsit on check out were told "it was fine yesterday" suggesting we may have been responsible??? The bathroom smelled so bad we didnt even use it! This is a boring, budget, basic hotel, the only thing going for it is it's central location.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

We enjoyed our stay in Phuket at the Kata Beach area. Ricos is well located. Right next to the pub street. This is a busy street with a dead end. Lot of knick knack shopping, local flavour and an awesome pancake guy at the head of the road selling stuff from a cart.
The hotel itself is clean and tidy. The pool is good. The bathrooms are also very clean but the fittings can be better.
The beach is a very quick walk away.
We went as a big family and had loads of fun. Did not spend too much time at the hotel. Either it was the pool, the beach or the pubs around the corner.
There is a pharmacy right outside the hotel which was good because we needed some medicinces. It was difficult to communicate as the shop manager did not English too well but after a while of broken english, expressive hands and the works we got what we needed!
If you are driving the parking is away from the hotel. A couple of minutes of walk.
We travelled in December 2010 but don't have option to select that in the links section.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Brisbane, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

I booked this hotel for 3 nights, because I have stayed there before. The reason we wanted to stay there again, was the pool outside the door.
Well we had confirmation and arrived in the afternoon to find that we had been double booked.
The girl at reception remembered me and knew she was going to have a problem with me when she told me, about the double booking.
I said give us another room she said we no have any more rooms, so I was not happy, she tried to put us in a guest house next door, then another crappy hotel up the road, as we were walking the streets with our suitcases in tow,my daughter who had never been there before was getting upset, thinking we won't be able to find another room, i said we we will be ok, don't worry.
so eventually we found a nice room at the kata sea breeze it was more expensive, and after a lot of hastle the girl at rico's agreed to pay the difference. do yourself a favor stay at another hotel and pay a little more.

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Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012 via mobile

Although lacking Thai charm, these bungalows are clean and well located. The pool is clean and the staff are friendly. Beds are pretty decent too for this price range.

They arranged an early morning taxi and nothing was too much trouble. Walk to eat- street. Bit noisy as its very central.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Moscow, Moscow City, Russia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

1) Place
Plase is OK, 5 minutes walk to the beach, bars and restaurants are close.
2) Stuff
I'did not likt the stuff on this hotel. man on reception does not speak English, and girl on reception was not so polite. We asked so simple questions (where can we rent a bike, or how to get to the nearest 7-11) but she could give us any answer.
ATTENTION! There are robberies in this hotel. 200$ was stolen. It was on our bag on a secret pocket, so somebody looking for something in our bag.
3) Room
All furniture is old, lamps did not work.
4) Swimming pool.
It's OK, but tile at the bottom was broken and our friend crashed his leg.

I won't come this place again. It's better to pay more money and book a good place.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012 via mobile

Great stay at Ricos. The bungalows are of a decent size and cleaned daily. Staff were welcoming and friendly. Good location right by the beach and lovely big warm pool too. We had a few creepy crawlies but it seems most places in Thailand do. It was the first hotel I stayed in on my trip and so far the next few have not come close to living up to ricos.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012

We loved it - as we travel thailand this August this was by far our favourite place. great pool, atmosphere, clean, comfortable, great little surrounding area and so so cheap!
Stay here you won't regret it....I'm a travel agent and have stayed in some fab 5 star properties but this was so enjoyable!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Rico's Bungalows

Address: 42 Kata Road, Kata Beach, Phuket 83100, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Phuket > Kata Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Best Value Hotel in Kata Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Rico's Bungalows 3*
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Also Known As:
Rico`s Bungalows Hotel Kata Beach
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