Let's clear up a couple of things, shall we? Firstly, although Martini House is not near the beach, it is still walkable. Anyone who tells you that you need a taxi is just plain lazy. The walk to the beach is great fun with a mixture of local and tourist highlights. Food stalls, shopping malls, bars etc, it's all worth imbibing as you wander the streets to and from the beach.
Secondly, this is not a hostel. There are no dining facilities but calling it a hostel makes it sound like you're sharing dorms. I should emphasize that the rooms are hotel-like: clean, accommodating and large too. I slept soundly four days in a row as the bed was comfortable. Bathroom was also clean with hot water. The room was turned over every morning. Cable TV too, as well as a large balcony.
Perhaps most importantly, however, was the proprietor's attention. Antonio bent over backwards to ensure my stay was both welcome and comfortable. He arranged a car hire as soon as I turned up (car hire is quite difficult to organise since most people hire scooters in Phuket...rather you than me). I ended up extending my stay for a day and I messed Antonio around somewhat by changing the return bus journey three times. Each time he sorted it out without complaint. After I apologised he simply said "no problem, it's my job".
Someone mentioned the Italian restaurant across the way. I can definitely second the pizza recommendation! The coffee bar opposite is great for a morning mocha and pastry too. In fact this whole area has a very cosmopolitan, European feel to it. Since I live in south east Asia, getting some home-comfort European food was a luxury. Come on, this is Patong, you're gonna struggle to get authentic Thai ambiance, though there are a couple of Thai hawker market-style restaurants just up the road if you're after a pad thai or green curry.
This place is a bargain in a great location, run by a conscientious proprietor. If you're on a budget, and even if you aren't, I can certainly recommend Martini House.
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