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“Great location and value for money” 4 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 #22 of 51 hotels in Kata Beach
Sydney, Australia
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Great location and value for money”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

Nice clean room with fridge, safe and TV. Each room has a small outdoor area near the pool, but there is little privacy. Easy walk to the beach, great location near shops and restaurants and set back from the noisy road. A basic breakfast would be good for $60 a night.

Room Tip: Room 1 is the only one with any privacy.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • 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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Gorey, Ireland
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55 reviews 55 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

Clean neat bungalows in a busy location behind shops but very peaceful with a pool & plenty of lie-out chairs.
Bungalows quite close together but not a problem. Beach very close if you go left rather than right on leaving the complex. Good eating options close by. Songthaew from Phuket Town stops close by but you need to stay on to last stop.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

Great location within walking distance of beach and plenty of dining and shopping options. We even walked to Karon beach from here...not a problem. Great internet never had a problem in four days. Pool was clean and enjoyed by us all. Complimentary bottled water in our room and our room cleaned/made up every day. We got what was expected without having to chase things up which was fantastic. You can even book taxi transfer to airport at a good price with them. We had to leave at 3.30 am and our driver was right on time.

Room Tip: Room 11 was great for us so we weren't right beside the pool but I could still watch kids from o...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013 via mobile

The room we were originally given had ants, but we were immediately given a new room. Room was cleaned every day; new towels and more water! They also have beach towels for pool or beach use. Room was spacious. Yes, all the rooms face the pool, but close the blinds! (Pool is great, very clean.) Rico's is in a great location in Kata--short walking distance from the beach, several little market stores and restaurants nearby. Overall, great experience at Rico's.

Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
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Taiwan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

Kata Beach is very busy but Rico's rooms were off the road and in a very good location, convenient to the beach, shops, restaurants and song thaew. Nice pool, liked our room with good tv channels in English (best of our 2 weeks in Thailand), fridge, daily water bottles, and Room 9 had more space although had a buzzing noise from generators(?). Nearby, there is are small evening foodstalls selling saltcrust fish, bbq pork and chips, with drink stands. A staff member who was very helpful was Ree who called to make sure we managed to secure a boat-ride to Raya Island to our next hotel where the receptionist did not speak English. I would return here!

Room Tip: If you don't mind buzzing noise from AC unit/generator, choose Room 9 as it is larger for the ex...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Duncan
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

Stayed here April 2013. Was very surprised at the condition of these bungalows as the price was very low. Basic room with plenty of storage for suite cases etc. Very small bathroom with no counter space. Shower worked well. Pool was clean. Safe was in working order. Some front desk staff did not speak english but did find another that could if needed. About a 5 minute walk from Kata Beach. Plenty of dining and entertainment options very close by.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hobart, Australia
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3 hotel reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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.

Room Tip: Avoid all together and try a better hotel.
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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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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:
#14 Family 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
Rico's Bungalows Phuket/Kata Beach

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