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Crowne Plaza Phuket Panwa Beach
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Reviewed August 22, 2012

Crowne Plaza Phuket is a very nice and quiet place in Phuket, perfect for relaxtion.The Hotel is new and very clean. Nice Pool, not too big direct at sea side. You have more or less an own lagoon for Crowne Plaza Hotel, but the water is very shallow and during low tide the beach does not look very nice. The staff is very friendly and helpful. Food is okay , but I expected a bit more of local Thai kitchen. Large selection at breakfast buffet, but also mostly western food. The bar has nice selection on Cocktails, with some "strange" combination, like Tom Yam Cocktail, but worth tasting.
Management is getting in touch with guests personally and invites them on Friday evening for drinks and snacks at the bar,
The Hotel is 30 minutes away from the crowded Patong Beach and 10 minutes to Phuket Town, for short trips Taxi service is in front of the Hotel, but you should rent a bike (200Bht/a day) or a Car (from 1000baht a day) if plan to you stay longer.

Room Tip: try to get a room not too far away from the main building otherwise you would have issues with wireless internet
  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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DenisMartin_HKT, Manager at Crowne Plaza Phuket Panwa Beach, responded to this reviewResponded October 31, 2015

Dear Schadinio,

Thank you very much for taking the time reviewing your stay with us and to share your very important and positive feed back with us and others.

We are glad to read that you enjoyed the property and your stay and we are looking forward to welcome you back soon to the property.

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Reviewed August 21, 2012

The hotel is very new and this is reflected in how crisp and fresh everything is.
We were surprised at how low the rate was at around USd 350 for a 2 bedroom Family Suite given the quality. (we had left the Angsana which was a disaster)

Both pools are very pleasant and the kids club while small is adequate. The beach and ocean are a bay so very calm waters in high tide and mucky sand in low tide. Great views at the right time, but not an ocean goers favorite.

The service levels are high, and staff go out of their way.
Location is a little off the beaten track but with a car Phuket Town, Chalong, Kata and Patong are very accessible.

Maybe it is new but breakfast and F&B in general are not the strongest suits of the hotel. Not bad, just to great. Quality of product at breakfast is a little weak rather then quantity or variety (processed sausages and cold cuts etc..)

I would hope it maintains the standards and would come back if it did.

Room Tip: Rooms on the ground floor Ocean Facing access the pool directly
  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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DenisMartin_HKT, Manager at Crowne Plaza Phuket Panwa Beach, responded to this reviewResponded October 31, 2015

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Reviewed August 20, 2012

We (family of 3 plus friends-family of 3) stayed 2nights at the Crowne Plaza in July 2012. The hotel is beautiful. I can't say enough about view. It's amazing. The lobby is gorgeous. Our room was quite a walk away but that's okay. The staff was very helpful. The infinity pool is very nice. We spent a lot of time in the infinity pool so I can't speak for the activities that the hotel provided. The beach was nice but the water was very warm so not quite refreshing. There was a decent selection at breakfast. We had dinner there on the first night and we ordered drinks from the bar when we were at the pool. It was expensive but prices are similar to other hotels we've stayed at. This hotel provides great atmosphere for relaxation so it is a bit of a taxi ride to other areas of Phuket.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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DenisMartin_HKT, Manager at Crowne Plaza Phuket Panwa Beach, responded to this reviewResponded October 31, 2015

Dear NS0903,

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We are glad to read that you have had a very good experience and we are looking forward to welcome you back very soon.

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Reviewed August 19, 2012

I woke up one Monday morning and decided that it was time for a short break and Phuket being a short flight away from Kuala Lumpur was the obvious choice. Now my friend and I just wanted to get away from work and sit on the beach doing nothing at all. This hotel provided just that and did it exceptionally well.

We requested a pick up from the airport and this was duly arranged by the hotel, the driver was on time and we were immediately whisked away to the Crown Plaza. The lobby of the hotel is absolutely stunning and check in was easy and we were even given a discount when we upgraded our room. As with most hotels in Thailand the staff are extremely polite and friendly and the same can be said for the staff at the Crown Plaza. The hotel is new and beautifully furnished. Breakfast was good and plentiful, I absolutely loved the dragon fruit smoothie...yummy!!!

Being a new property there are some areas that need improvement and the most obvious of which is the quality of housekeeping. But with a little bit more practice Im sure all will be better in a couple more months. The price of food is steep and there is really nothing much near the hotel. However there are ample taxi's outside the hotel, just go negotiate a daily rate and the taxi guy's will take you where you want and wait for you, pay only when you get back to the hotel at the end of the day. Please bargain thats really important. We were there during the weekend so there was a night market that was cheap with everything from food to clothes and everything else in between.

There are ample towels at the pools, lovely day beds and the private beach was just what I needed. Needless to say this was where I was most of the time although I prefered the pool thats near Mosaic (restaurant where breakfast is served) as the kids pool does get a little rowdy. There were some tour groups when I was there however as with most tour groups they leave at about 10 and dont get back till much later in the day.

So its important to note that this hotel is no where near the action of Patong beach but if relaxation is what you need then I definitely recommend the Crowm Plaza Panwa.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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DenisMartin_HKT, Manager at Crowne Plaza Phuket Panwa Beach, responded to this reviewResponded October 31, 2015

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Reviewed August 16, 2012

We are a family of 4 (mum, dad, teen daughter and pre-teen son). We had 5 days at the Crowne Plaza + 1 week at the Radisson Blu down the road. We loved the Panwa area - it was a bit of a taxi or shuttle bus ride to get anywhere (about 20 minutes to Phuket town, 45 minutes to Patong, an hour to the airport, etc) but we didn't mind this. We loved that we could go into the busy places when we wanted to, and then escape back to the relative tranquility of Panwa.

The Crowne Plaza is brand new, clean and very well thought-out. The lobby and the view from the lobby when the tide is in is gorgeous. The lobby descends down over 3 levels and features water, stone, fire and a jaw-dropping view of the Andaman Sea.

The rooms were nice, nothing out of the ordinary. The beds seemed a bit smaller than standard queen size. Housekeeping left complimentary bottled water each day.

The 2 pools were both really attractive and right down on the beach. There were kayaks the kids enjoyed using to paddle around the bay. Each of the pools had a restaurant or cafe where you could get a drink, sandwhich or pizza. The main pool's restaurant/bar was also open for dinner and was right down on the beach, with some of the chairs literally in the sand.

Staff were all lovely, polite and helpful. I am amazed that so many of the Thai people are quite proficient in speaking and understanding English.

The breakfast buffet was extensive and included both Asian and western food. Room service and both of the poolside restaurants were prompt and tasty. Prices were ok by Australian standards, but expensive for Thailand.

Where was the happy hour??? I don't think we have ever stayed at a tropical resort that didn't have some sort of happy hour at the pool bar. We missed this, and they missed out on some of our $ by not having it.

There is a mini mart across the road which is much much cheaper for stocking up on basics like beer, soft drinks and snacks. I think there was also one restaurant across the road, but not much else within a short walk.

We fouind a lovely taxi driver who hangs out just outside the Crowne Plaza's driveway (same side of the road) and hired him for several day trips.

We enjoyed our stay at the Crowne Plaza - make sure you spend some time appreciating that amazing lobby.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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DenisMartin_HKT, Manager at Crowne Plaza Phuket Panwa Beach, responded to this reviewResponded October 31, 2015

Dear kd2226,

Thank you very much for sharing with us and others the details of your very good experience in our property.

We are looking forward to welcome you soon back to Phuket,.

Sincerely,

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