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Centara Karon Resort Phuket
Ranked #17 of 135 Hotels in Karon
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 29, 2007

what a place excellent service nice clean rooms lovely swimming pools, the hotel is within easy walkling distance to the beach,local bars and clubs. We have stayed in many hotels around the world from 2* to 5* and this hotel id my far the best we have stayed in for service and value for money
Well done it's that good we have booked to go back again in Sep 07

  • Stayed: November 2006, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 12, 2007

lovely hotel, very clean. cleaning ladies were all very nice, although they seemed to hang around when they knew you were in (wanting a tip i expect like every1 else there!) lovely pool and poolside bar. always open and serving food at poolside but resturant was closed for the whole 2 wks we where there. not a problem as there were loads of places to eat but it would of been nice if it were open. staff always polite and friendly. shop always open in hotel but they werent keen on u taking things up to your room. would definatly stay there again. very central for everything, loads of daytrips to go. close to beach (about 5min walk) and very nice it was too. We had about 4 days of rain but it was sep but it did NOT ruin the hol, infact some days it was welcomed as it was bloody roasting! lovely place, lovely people (an eye opener to say the least!!!)
P.S. there were some sort of scam going on when you got your money changed in the hotel, wouldnt get it changed there again (better rate round the corner from correct exchange place)

  • Stayed: September 2005, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 11, 2007

OK - I'll try to be fair. The Centara as it's now called is good value out of season - we paid $40 per night and got an upgraded room.

The staff were pretty friendly especially with our baby boy.

All in all the place has potential but the hidden charges culture there sucks - with happy hour two for the price of one drinks not being the price of one - but one and a bit - they don't tell you but when you get the bill they charge tax and service on the free drink at full price - so about 15-20% extra. A niggle true - but so unnecessary. Be upfront about it.

Then there was the spa. My wife booked a 45 minute pedicure but after 10 minutes they told her her feet were too soft and stopped - no refund, no apology, no offer of an alternative treatment, no call from the manager as promised. That was simply bad.

The internet charges are also steep - but they don't advertise them - no sign near the terminal with prices. Again in an age of free access unnecessary - charge by all means but if the charges are high at least be up front about them.

Other niggles - having to ask for anchovies in a Caesar salad as per the menu - I think they hoped I wouldn't notice - and cockroaches in the bathroom (I know they're difficult to control - but ......)

Also Karon Bay is not a great resort town - too many expat restaurants - Scandinavians with local wives or girlfriends decide to open a place to support themselves - fine but there's hardly any really good Thai food to be found. Next to Koh Samui I have to say I don't rate Phuket - but what the heck...

The Centara could be terrific especially when the refit is complete but there needs to be a change in attitude from the management. Charge a bit more for the rooms and don't try to claw back every cent from guests....

  • Stayed: August 2007, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 6, 2007

Stayed here on Honeymoon. Jamie.......... the young Celebrity Chef also stayed there when we were there. Nice Chap. Anyway, nice Hotel but a little quiet. The staff probably outnumbered the guests but that was ok compared to the Patong Beach. Karon and Kato Beaches are much quieter than Patong. you do have to got Kato for a bit of nightlife though as there s not much in Karon.

  • Stayed: August 2003, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 8, 2007

My husband and I really enjoyed our stay at this hotel. The staff were very welcoming and friendly. We were upgraded to a Tropical Room on arrival. There are three pools to use but we didn't stray far from the tropical pool, which was lovely and very quiet as it was low season. Especially nice was the free coffee and cakes and cocktails in the evening. The grounds of the hotel are beautiful. The food is very good both at the Lotus and Azure for lunch and the service is exceptional. We did eat out a few times and as Patong was too busy for us, got a tuk tuk to kata where there are more restaurants. Would recommend this hotel to anyone.

Stayed: June 2007
12  Thank tottie45
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Reviewed July 6, 2007

  • Stayed: July 2007, traveled as a couple
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12  Thank arichardson
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Reviewed June 30, 2007

  • Stayed: June 2007, traveled with friends
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7  Thank Janet82
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Additional Information about Centara Karon Resort Phuket

Address: 502/3 Patak Road | Karon Beach, Karon, Phuket 83100, Thailand (Formerly Central Karon Beach Resort)
Location: Thailand > Phuket > Karon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 Business Hotel in Karon
#6 Top resorts Hotel in Karon
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Karon
#10 Spa Hotel in Karon
#15 Luxury Hotel in Karon
#15 Family Hotel in Karon
#18 Romantic Hotel in Karon
Price Range: $55 - $254 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Centara Karon Resort Phuket 4*
Number of rooms: 335
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At the heart of Karon Town, with an abundance of eateries and entertainment options at its doorstep and Karon Beach a short stroll away, the resort is perfectly located to experience the many facets of Phuket. As a destination in its own right, Centara Karon Resort Phuket fulfils every holiday aspiration, from pure bliss at Spa Cenvaree to active holidays and family fun with activities galore, yoga sessions, three swimming pools, waterslides and a kids’ club. This four-star resort, laid out within beautiful gardens backed by green hills, is comprised of four very distinctive residential zones. Couples and small families will find the rooms and Honeymoon Suites at the Terraces a comfortable retreat, and enjoy the option of ocean view or a private outdoor Jacuzzi; while families and groups of friends are spoilt for choice with spacious guestrooms set moments away from the waterslide and games of the Lagoon pool. The generously-sized one- and two-bedroom Cabanas feature a private terrace with a plunge Jacuzzi. As a fun place for families, the resort has a kids’ club with daily activities and three expansive swimming pool areas complete with three children’s pools for the younger ones to splash in, two waterslides and pool games. Pool parties are held regularly, and other activities include tennis and football. The resort also has two restaurants, a sports bar, and three swim-up pool bars A scheduled shuttle service takes guests from the resort to Patong, and Phuket International Airport is reached in less than one hour. ... more   less 
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