Our room was OK. On the plus-side it was clean and well made-up, on the downside, the bed was not a double, but two singles pushed together, and it faced onto a noisy street. The road noise was tolerable, the incessant whistling of the parking attendant who worked across the street was less so.
It took, at a purposeful march, just over 2 minutes to walk from the beach to the hotel, and it's a similar distance into the town centre. Kata Beach is nice, and enjoys particularly good sunsets, largely as a product of the picturesque island of Ko Pu that lies just off it. Contrary to the claims of our guide-book, it isn't within swimming distance. Much better is the smaller Kata Noi beach to the south. It takes ten minutes to walk to, but is most definitely worth it if you're not questing after hawkers and water sports.
We only stayed in the hotel for breakfast; you could choose between an American breakfast and a Continental breakfast. It was acceptable, although not great. Fruit juices are particularly sweet, and it wasn't quite substantial enough. The restaurant was usually bustling in the evening, but we didn't visit then.
The staff weren't particularly good English speakers, but then, I wasn't a particularly good Thai speaker. They were keen to help with what they could, and usually proffered a smile as we came to-and-fro.
VALUE FOR MONEY
It's difficult to evaluate. We paid just over £40 per night, which, were this hotel in England, would be good. However, given that the hotel is in Thailand, and hotels in Asia are normally significantly cheaper than there Western counterparts, the hotel didn't represent particularly good value for money in that respect.
The hotel was an average to good place to stay that isn't too expensive and is relatively hassle free.
A note to those considering visiting the Kata Beach area: it's very, very touristy, and very, very commercialised; doe-eyed 10-year old locals will try to sell you roses at every opportunity, men will try to entice you into their 'real Gucci and Armani' shops, old ladies will try to sell you arts/crafts/lanterns, and eating in the centre of town will normally see you bothered 8-12 times per meal. Obviously many people don't mind this, and even enjoy it, but from our perspective, Kata Beach was simply too commercialised and touristy to merit another visit.
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- Also Known As:
- Minta Hotel Kata
- Kata Minta Hotel
- Kata Minta Phuket/Kata Beach