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“You can't get any closer than this hidden gem.” 4 of 5 stars
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Kool Backpacker Hostel
31 Bangla Road, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand   |  
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Ranked #4 of 137 Specialty Lodging in Patong
4.5 of 5 stars 96 Reviews
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“You can't get any closer than this hidden gem.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

Don't be alarmed when you walk up those sketchy stairs in the Main Street... As soon as you meet the staff, see your clean cool rooms and see the new clean quality hot showers you'll learn to love the hostel. The balcony is great for watching the lady boys from a distance and meeting all the fun people coming through the hostel.
It's definitely in the middle of the chaos so it's great for a few crazy nights out without the hassle of tuk tuk rides back, losing your friends or running out of money. I'm on my way back to Phuket in a few days and I'll definitely be staying here.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

Nothing bad about the hostel other than the location - great if you want to go out until the early hours - horrible if, like us, you have a bus to catch at 7:30am. Can hear the music from along the street very loudly

Also a bit difficult to find

There was also some sort of cocaine transaction going on on the stairs up to it which was a bit unnerving

Other than that the dorms are nice - great AC and nice showers. Receptionists were very nice and helpful and there is a TV and wifi

Would stay again - good price also

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013 via mobile

This was the first hostel I've ever stayed at. It was difficult to find at first because the entrance is in the corner of the building that it's in.

When you first walk up the stairs you kind of second guess your choice in hostel and the top floor that it's located on looks like a deserted office space. Once you open the sliding door to the actual hostel you'll be relieved to know you're in the right place!

The great thing about this hostel is that there is someone at the front desk 24/7, lockers are available, wifi is pretty good, and the lounge area is fun for watching movies and meeting people.

The beds were clean and each bed has it's own light and outlet. The women's bathroom is cleaned daily. Plenty of mirrors, bathroom stalls, and showers with good water pressure.

Incredibly friendly staff and affordable. The location of this hostel is able to drown out the excitement and noise from Bangla Road. It is also convenient that there is a supermarket on the ground floor and a 7/11 down the street. Highly recommend it for a stay in Patong Beach

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

i stay 2 night in this hostel. the hostel is very clean, have a full speed internet access. share bathroom is clean.. but a little noisy in the night. the sound of discotic around bangla road. but i really satyfied for the kindness and helpfull employee.. very recomended place to stay.. only 80 meter to batong beach.. in night u can see many people in nightlife..

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2013 via mobile

I stayed for 2 nights and absolutely enjoyed it. The staff is very friendly and helpful and the facilities are very new and clean. I slept in one of the cheapest 6 bed dorms for 200 baht a night which are a bit cramped but apart from that I would definitely come back. This place is really good value for money.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

So pleased with my stay at the kool backpackers. When we went to check in the person at the desk even advised us to book on line to save 100 baht per night. Really comfy, thick mattresses, air conditioners in all the dorms, large clean bathrooms with loads of showers and toilets. Great common area with lots of friendly people around, right in the heart of the action of patong but quiet enough to get a good sleep at night.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013 via mobile

Hostel was pretty basic. Seems its pretty new and under construction. Hard tp find from the street.
Noisy, but if you book bangla road you should know what to expect.
Common room has a table which is quite comunal and some very uncomfortable chairs. No where to relax.
Wifi was poor at best and non exsistant in the rooms.
Some of the showers were great, others splurted water anywhere but out of the designated holes.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Kool Backpacker Hostel

Address: 31 Bangla Road, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Phuket > Kathu > Patong
Amenities:
Beach
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 137 Specialty Lodging in Patong
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
in the middle of bangla night life road just second to walk to patong beach frontcentre of all entertainment in patong beach the best location of Within the Kool backpacker hostel you will find yourself at the heart of the action of PatongÂ’s most vibrant street Soi Bangla, yet just two minutes from the beach. Inside, we've captured the electrifying with modern and exciting finishings, quirky lighting design and music systems. Up on the roof sits Climax, one of PhuketÂ’s most ... more   less 
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