This, as the vicar said to the choirboy, is going to be a long one.
First of all, why the hell are you thinking about staying in Patong at all! It truly is the epicenter of the fundament of Asia; I used to think that title was held by Pattaya, but Patong makes Pattaya look like Monaco in comparison. I went here in expectation of fun and frolics, but was badly misled. the joint is indescribably vile, squalid and ugly, as are most of the visitors. Restaurant menus and 7-11s have signs in Russian. This is never a good indicator of classiness.
HOWEVER….I lucked out by booking the BYD Lofts. Was expecting three guests, but one chickened-out, so had a two-bedroom apartment for two of us. It is, beyond a doubt, the nicest apartment I've ever stayed in. Private lift, furnished like a set fro Architectural Digest, big balcony, three huge-screen TVs, brilliant aircon…all beyond expectations or criticism. The staff are sweet and helpful, and the place is situated well away from the Seventh Level of Hell that is the centre, in a little enclave of its own. The restaurant and bar are nice, and there are pleasant no-happy-ending massage places ten paces away from the front door.
The Lofts wouldn't be out of place in California or Paris, but would cost ten times as much. I could cheerfully live in this apartment.
I cannot recommend it highly enough….should you be unfortunate enough to end up in Patong in the first place. The rooftop pool is small but more than adequate, and saves the squalor of the beach.
One caveat: don't hire a car at reception. Use Budget, and book online. Nuff said.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 150m to the Famous Patong Beach, Just imagine the ideal lifestyle in the heart of Patong, A convenient place where you can discover a new sense of freedom. BYD Lofts & BYD Suites provide the ultimate hip & chic environment, with luxury hotel serviced apartments from 50 sqm to 160 sqm to fulfill your dreams, creating a bright new trend for your holiday. Both are centrally located in a peaceful oasis close to, yet secluded from, the tourist hub of exciting Patong, the ‘entertainment capital’ of beautiful Phuket Island.From the moment you step in any of our properties, you feel the difference. It has an energy that's so distinctly powerful, so uniquely rich, cool and chic, it makes you feel sophisticated....and this is how your holiday should start! Our guests may best be characterized as sophisticated, smart and highly individualistic. Staying at any of the BYD Apartments properties is about making a statement, and differentiating oneself.On the ground floor of BYD Lofts is the 24hrs reception, plus our Bar/Bistro restaurant, which has an international menu, and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Our bar is open daily until late and has an exciting selection cocktails, beers and wines.Also on the ground floor is Asia’s popular Wine Connection shop, which provides a vast array of wines, beers, cheeses, cold cut meats & fresh breads from all over the world. The rooftop features a delightful swimming pool of a unique style. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Byd Lofts Patong
- Byd Lofts Hotel Patong
- BYD Lofts Boutique Hotel & Serviced Apartments Patong, Phuket