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“Best hostel in Phuket” 5 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
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“Best hostel in Phuket”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

Super hostel! Great bathroom facilities, nice beds and chill out lounge. The location is ridiculously good, and despite the fact that the hostel is located on Bangla road, you could not hear any music or other noise from the street when being in your room. That's a BIG plus.
The beach is five minutes away, and you have loads of restaurants in the nearby area.

Met some wonderful friends here and the atmosphere is just great. Definitely coming back here if I'm ever visiting patong again!

  • Stayed January 2014
    • 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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  • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

This was the cleanest hostel we visited in Thailand. Large, immaculate shower/toilet area. Great hot showers. The nuts. Given it's amazing location we thought it would be very noisy here, but it really wasn't. Most nights we could not hear the music from Bangla road. Great atmosphere in the common area too. Had a fridge on reception which sold soft drinks and a few beers but had a grocery shop a couple flights down.

  • Stayed April 2013, 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

Reading other reviews they complain about the street, it's busy, it smells and it's nauseating. It's too loud, it's brash and your mithered all the time - ALL of this is true. But your going to Patong in Phuket, what do you expect?! It's a party place with a reputation for being slimey and seedy.
Kool backpackers is a good hostel, it's got great showering and toilet facilities which are cleaned daily sometimes twice. The staff are helpful and informative. The rooms are average in space, there are lockers near the toilets and in reception. The corridors are clean and the bed was made when I arrived. My room was near to the outside so was acceptably louder in the evening with loud music and street noise. I went to bed early one night and my ear plugs blocked it out so it can be easily solved. Still you know your staying in the thick of it so accept your choice and make allowances.
The common area was great and sociable, people were always willing to chat to you and as a lone traveller that was great. We stayed in one night and watched a film from the great selection they have.
The only thing that has stopped me from giving them 5stars is because the internet was appalling as soon as more than one person was trying to use it at once, this frustrated the hell out of me when trying to book flights etc so had to go looking elsewhere.
The second thing was that there needed to be a rubbish bin in each room and not just in the toilets are reception.
Other than that I think the hostel was great, modern and would go here again if I ever found myself in Patong.

Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

The hostel is only a 2 minute walk from the beach. But, the street it's on will assault your senses. The noise and smell can be nauseating.

The rooms are basic and clean (no issue if you have respectful roommates). However, people tend to come back really late and 1) scream in the hallway or 2) pass out by the toilet after throwing up. It seems to attract kool backpackers that need adult supervision.

And, the wifi didn't work while I was staying there.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

The walls vibrated from the music from the clubs below but the hostel it self was clean and friendly, I would stay here again. Great location near the night life/ shops and beach. The staff were friendly as where the other guests. Communal area was always full of back packers chatting and having fun

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

This is situated right in the middle of Bangla road and couldn't be better placed if you tried.
Nice rooms, quality showers and staff.
Booked for 10 over 7 nights and couldn't be more happier with our choice of accommodation.

We will be back. Cheers Kool Backpackers!

Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

I have only been travelling 3 weeks but this is by far my most favourite hostel as of yet. It felt like being in halls of residence at uni but it was cleaner, secure, friendly and such a fab communal area in which residents could mingle. There were drinking games/a bar/film viewings and the location was perfect if you were looking for a night out. Air con was super. Travel advice was great, bathrooms clean, beds comfy and even though you are in party central, you can get a good night sleep as rooms appear to be sound proof!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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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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