We're just back from our thithteen trip in 7 years staying at this Hotel (except for one occassion when we thought we would try something different just to compare - needless to say we lasted 3 nights and ended up back at our regular hotel).
Weather was great, Hotel it's usual "Make yourself at home atmosphere" and splendid staff.
Just read some other reviews and shook my head. They can't speak English very well, ignorant manners, dirty rooms , renovations starting at 6 am (that reviewer - whinger must have stll had his watch on his home time - they never start before 8am Phuket Time) - are we talking about the same place?????. Upgrades never go to plan over there because of the weather in the low season hindering work which must then carry on into the high season - but if u want better it's got to be done sometimes.
I honestly don't know what they expect as all of the about are not to be believed. Sure there are renovations and construction going on but it didn't bother or affect us or the rest of the Hotel guests. Since the demise of M/s Dang (previous Manager) the Hotel has gone further ahead with the leadership of M/s Somlak - sure a few staff have gone and I do admit that there were one or two that I wouldn't employ either but now they are not there - A clean broom?????.
Just go there with the right holiday spirit, not worrying about every little thing before u get there and I'm sure u few dilliers would come away with a different view & opinion of the place and the people.
One thing I do agree with is the internet & wifi costs and facilities and the Manageress said this was being looked into. THe pool is not dirty - but just the one on two tiles missing here or there (abour 6) and a few steps need painting but in all other aspect pool immaculate, a big job, but probably low on the list at present - amazing thing a lot of visitors don't know that there are two pools - again just ask.
Enough of that - if u want to know what u are getting look at booking with the hotel direct and check out the prices and fix your worries before u go and when there - ENJOY.
Close to Bangla Rd, Beach 300 mtrs, JC Shopping Centre Restaurants, Bars and Music and one tip, I always take a room brolly whether it their so call wet season or not - if the boys think it's going to rain, u can nearly bet that it does. Great for showing it to the Indians sellers "Hey man, digger (to which I burr up) you want new suit Etc - JUST JOKING. If you want a good suit go to Phuket City not from the tailors in the markets.
Finally - up until 5 years ago , it was the best kept secret at Patong - FREEDOM BAY - 15 minutes by long tail boat drop you off and pick u for between 1500/2000 Bahts for 2. Clear prestine waters great for snorking at one end of bay and beautiful sandy waters for swimming/tanning at the rest of the bay If you're into the sun great - or if like me too many sun cancers just relax under the palms on deck chairs (about 200 baht for two.) People will get u a drink - eiher alcoholic on non, at very reasonable prices. Lunch is also available - abolutely faboulous. It's not overcrowded just more and more locals are promoting it. FABULOUS PLACE. You can try getting there by road (Taxi - 4 whhel drive) including a 3/4 hr walk in and the same out. Long Tail Boat the way to go.
GO to PATONG AND ENJOY THERE CULTURE WITH A MIXTURE OF WESTERN CULTURE - RIGHT FRAME OF MIND ON ARRIVAL IS ESSENTIAL and just remember we are their visitors, and NO we have no connection with The Patong Beach Hotel except being very regular visitors.
Rick & Cindy
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