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Andaman Seaview Hotel
Ranked #21 of 137 Hotels in Karon
Reviewed January 31, 2010

We were welcomed with a nice smile and a welcome drink, and we continued to be pleasantly surprised of the value this place offered. It's not a very new hotel, but it's in a good location if you want to stay at a more quiet beach in Phuket. The hotel room was quite okay, but not the nicest in our trip around Asia. There were no point in asking for a sea-view room, as the hotel is not close enough to the beach to get anything out if it. But what made this hotel a winner in Phuket, was the staff and the food. We were really happy with out choice. But if you want a bit more luxury, there's a nice hilton hotel just a few hundrer metres down the same beach.

  • Stayed: October 2008, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 30, 2010

I stayed here with my mother for 5 nights on the way back from a longer holiday in australia. Yes the hotel is a little tired - could do with a re paint but is very clean and the staff were very friendly. Food was nice and breakfast covered just about every variation.

Fellow hotel guests nationalities were very varied whilst we were there which may be why you need to check the waiter has understood your request.
Its a quiet hotel there is some crooning with the evening resturant service. Prices are more expensive at the hotel than in the resort but not horrifically so and only as you'd expect at a hotel as opposed to a beach bar.

Room was large - there are larger suites also which looked nice.
Included was beach towels changed every day, beach bag, sun lounger towels, robes, slippers, umbrellas, toiletries, bottles of water. I would say though a little tired it is a 4 star hotel if you are used to international travel.

There is a very small gym - one running machine, stepper, bike, cross trainer and weights bench is light and has a view onto the pool so wasn't too bad.

The hotel is situated on the main road between Karon and Kata but closer to Kata. The beach is lovely with beach huts where you can buy food and drinks. The resturants on the main road in front of the hotel are cheap and excellent as are the food sellers on the road. Compared with Patong this resort is very quiet - though is still a holiday resort so expect shops, bars, resturants etc. As for someones earlier comments about prostitutes - the streets with the bar girls etc are obvious and you can avoid this. This is after all Phuket and if seeing a middleaged european eating in a resturant with an obviously hired young Thai offends you, this is the wrong holiday destination for you.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 19, 2010

We spent 5 nights at the Andaman Seaview over the holidays. The bathrooms are bit tired but regardless the rooms were very clean. The food at the hotel was very good, breakfast buffet was excellent & dinner was good.
We found most times the wait staff were wandering around with plates of food not knowing what table ordered what at night time?
Not sure what the issue was but couldn't have been that bad since we ate there 3nights.
The staff is very nice and the hotel has a perfect location to beautiful Karon Beach. We had a blast lighting off fireworks at night there as well as sunning and swimming in the daytime.
I would like to check out Karon Beach Resort next time, nice beach area and the food was good when we ate there one night.

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 19, 2010

This hotel is in a good location just across a busy road to the beach. It is not 5 star but does not claim to be and I think that i got it at a decent price but would not have paid anymore. The staff are friendly and polite, the rooms a good size and clean and the breakfast was good. I liked the little things like the beach bag, clean beach towels every day and 3 bottles of water. Phuket itself is not an idyllic/romantic location. Patong, Karon and Kata are all really built up. I have travelled round Thailand twice and love the country, people and food, but I found it is now over commercialised. The beach at karon is full of deckchairs and parasols, vendors trying to sell you things and although they are not that intrusive the beach is not that special (it does make a lovely squeking sound when you walk on it). Trips to Phang Nang Bay and Phi Phi were disappointing, over crowded and they should have limit on the speed boats that go out each day. I have been to Phi Phi twice and it was one of my favourite places but it has all changed. The best bit about the holiday was the people and the food. The restaurants just outside the hotel are great as long as you don't mind having to share a table on occasions.
Although I have nothing bad to say about this hotel, my personal view is not to go to Phuket but try and find some other place in Thailand that is not overly commercialised.

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 8, 2010

Based on the price and the other reviews we expected a better product. The hotel is getting a bit worn, it was a mouldy smell in the room, and one have to cross a busy road to get to the beach. Internet access is not included.

However, what really put us off was the compulsory New Year Gala Dinner. For the price of 6400 Baht per person we really expected something special. When we learnt that we had to pay extra for any beverages and that the entertainment was very low budget, we felt that the hotel had used this opportunity to make some easy money.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 8, 2010

Was not such a great start as the hotel forget to send transport to collect us at the airport despite my email only 2 days prior. Taxis from the airport are cheaper anyway. Check-in was quite quick and we were escorted to our room and shown everything in it. Our first room overlooked the pool but was right above the restaurant. Really noisy from 5am so we asked to be moved the next day and this was not a problem. It is a nice enough hotel but we have stayed at better. It is getting old and it seems like things are fixed up with a coat of paint. The room is a great size, bathroom is a little cozy. Mini bar prices are fine but you can remove their items and put yours in. Plenty of cupboard space but no drawers. Cleanliness was ok but could've been better. Service in the restaurant was hit and miss. Breakfast buffet was excellent with lots of choice. Food in the restaurant was over priced for Phuket. The hotel was fully booked so lots of people around. Plenty of sunbeds by the pool. It would not be my first choice to stay in Karon, that would be Marina Phuket. Too big, too many people and average offering.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 7, 2010

Our family of four stayed at the Andaman Seaview in Dec for 5 nights after staying at the Holiday Inn Patong for 6 nights. I was disappointed with the Andaman Seaview especially after reading the glowing reviews and staying at the Holiday Inn which provided many more facilities, was more luxurious and cost less. The location of the Andaman was quite good with Kata hill 5-10 mins walk up the road and although it is across the road from the beach it is down a driveway with vacant land to one side which does not make it feel resort like. The string of restaurants just out the driveway is handy and they make good food (not just thai) at reasonable prices. These restaurants were full of customers at lunch and dinner times and have games for big and small children to play while waiting.
The staff are friendly but to the extent that they appear to be well trained. It got to the point where my son tried to avoid entering via the main entrance because he had to say 'hello' to so many staff just to get to the lift. There was also no assistance getting a taxi to the airport - we were told to go down the driveway and out on the road and arrange our own taxi.
The hotel is a little tired and there was painting being done to the restaurant when we were there. I had requested a room on the top floor with a sea view which we were given (and a view of the rubble on the vacant land). The room was clean but a little worn and we found the beds very hard. The pool without the trees and shade had timber decking around it and this burnt our feet in the heat of the day. There is a good system with beach/pool towels in the rooms with carry bags provided. Plenty of water is provided.
Another problem was that the coffee in the morning was luke warm.
Overall, I wish that we had stayed in one of the hotels right at Kata beach (this is a nice area although not as quiet as we imagined and watch for whatever it is that stings you in the sea). I agree with previous reviews that this hotel is overpriced (including cost of internet use - we used the coffee shop up the hill).

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled with family
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Address: 1, Karon Soi 4, Karon Road | Karon Beach, Karon, Phuket 83100, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Phuket > Karon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Karon
#10 Business Hotel in Karon
#11 Romantic Hotel in Karon
#12 Spa Hotel in Karon
Price Range: $53 - $270 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Andaman Seaview Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 161
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