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“Great location, terrible room” 2 of 5 stars
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8 / 1 Karon Road, Kathu, Phuket 83100, Thailand   |  
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Ranked #9 of 185 Specialty Lodging in Kathu
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“Great location, terrible room”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2010

Perhaps we had a different standard of room to the last reviewer as ours had a cold shower only, stained bathroom. Stinky, torn sheets, towels and curtains. We were directly opposite the reception area and it contained a double and a single.
I can only imagine this in an old room?

We chose it as it was in the location we wanted to be in for the budegt we had (I believe this was around 700B per night off peak prices) and I will admit it's a great location. Tucked up a steep hill, quiet but right in the thick of the area.
We moved after a couple of nights to Kata (I'd say this is more Karon, a kind of midland between the two) and got amazing value for our money comparitively.

I would recommed it only if you have to be in this area, are on a budget and the other few hotels in this range that I know were sold out as they were for us. All in all it was a pretty grim experience but we were back-packing as it were so it served it's purpose.

The ladies who ran it were lovely and very helpful.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2010

We originally chose Fantasy Hill Bungalows (FHB) from Lonely Planet. It is located between Kata and Karon Beaches and is an easy walk to both although in our opinion Kata Beach is the better of the two. Karon is quite nice, but bigger/busier. Nicely removed from the chaotic party scene of Patong this area is frequented by those looking for a quieter experience. FHB is located up a short steep paved hill and as soon as you leave the busy street, the peace envelops you.

There are bungalows, but also 2 two-story small blocks of rooms with connecting balcony. The lush garden and shady trees separate each building and give the illusion of privacy. The rooms are spacious, each with air con, TV, bar fridge, hot water showers. Clean and quiet! No nighttime bars or karaoke nearby. There is a lot of older growth foliage covering all the buildings making it a great place to come back to after a hot day at the beach. It is also relaxing to sit with a coffee on the balcony in the morning and listen to the birds and watch the sun come up over the distant hills. Due to the trees only one or two rooms have a partial view of the water in the distance.

Family owned makes a difference. Siritorn is the manager and the daughter of the original owners. She speaks excellent English, is very efficient and will arrange anything for you. Her staff is friendly and approachable. Breakfast is not included but very reasonable. The usual fresh fruit, muesli, omelette and toast are all excellent but unfortunately no Asian choices available. There are several restaurants offering Thai meals a short walk away. Motos are available for rent; Internet ; WIFI (50 Baht one time charge); beach towels are also available if needed. Small Supermarket and 7/11 nearby.

We paid 1000 Baht/night for our air con room and were completely satisfied despite the absence of bedside reading lamps!. The price may sound steep, but this is a pricey area and a beach town where 1500 Baht is common for "budget" rooms and the sky is the limit at many surrounding luxury hotels. Great value for your money!

On the way to Kata beach, stop at Po's restaurant on the curve heading up over the hill. Fantastic Thai food and the owner speaks English. Also, the Thai Kitchen, an open air casual restaurant on Thai Na Road is frequented both by locals and tourists.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Address: 8 / 1 Karon Road, Kathu, Phuket 83100, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Phuket > Kathu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 185 Specialty Lodging in Kathu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Fantasy Hill Bungalow is located up a short driveway midway between Kata and Karon Beaches on the west coast of Phuket Island. A short 5 minute walk will take you to either of these great beaches. Leave the heat and noise of the street to enjoy our established property surrounded by mature trees. An oasis of green and quiet in a very busy resort area! ... more   less 
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