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I would give this place a 2.5 star rating. I visited Thailand (Bangkok and Chiang Mai recently (early Dec. 2013). While there, I decided that I wanted to visit Phuket as well, so I booked a last minute side trip to Phuket. Usually I select my lodging carefully. I read reviews, etc., but since this was a last minute side trip, I didn't have much time to do that. I looked at a few hotels online and chose the the Phuket Center Apartments, probably because it had the word apartment in the name. I prefer apartment style lodging over standard hotel lodging. I usually rent condos that have full kitchens because I like to cook some of my own meals, especially breakfast.
The Phuket Center Apartments has 3 apartment types, standard, studio, and a suite. I booked a standard room, which was quite inexpensive. When I arrived, I found out why. 1) Standard rooms are small, and most have no windows; 2) standard rooms, nor studios have microwaves, and 3) worst of all, I was told that all standard rooms are on the 2nd floor. The same floor as the hotel laundry, which is near the elevator. When I arrived, there were many piles of dirty linen and towels strolled through the hall on the 2nd floor near the laundry. Who wants to walk past multiple piles of dirty linen and towels each time they come and go to and from their room/apartment? I certainly don't! Not only do I feel that is unsanitary, negative energy is associated with that as well. Once when waiting for the elevator, when it opened, it was piled 1/2 way to the top with dirty linen. No person on the elevator, just the dirty linen. Knowing that there was no way in hell that I wanted to stay in this room, I went to the front desk, which by the way, they barely speak English at the front desk, and told them that I did not want that room on the 2nd floor, that I wanted a room with a microwave, which apparently, only the suites have microwaves. This is not made clear on their advertisement. From their pictures, it appears that all rooms have microwaves. They don't! There is free Wi-Fi though that worked pretty well, better than the Wi-Fi connection that I had in Chiang Mai. Internet connection is vital for me when I travel. Fortunately I was able to get them to upgrade me to a suite, which is like a one bedroom apartment. Plenty of room and everything worked in the suite. This was NOT a free upgrade. On my first full day there, I returned to the apartment from an all day tour, around 8:30 p.m. to find that the apartment had NOT been cleaned. I had to go to the front desk and ask for clean towels and toilet paper. The next few days that I was there, the apartment was cleaned. My stay there was 4.5 days. Like the title reads...Tolerable...for a short stay (week or less).
On a different note, the location is not a heavy tourist area and is quite a distance from the beach areas such as Patong, Kata Beach, and other beach areas. However, the area is not short on restaurants, and has a nice personality all of its own. I noticed several Italian restaurants. There is a food market next door, which was convenient. In a taxi it will cost at least 600 baht to get to Patong from this location. So if you're a beach person, this is not the area for you, unless you plan to drive or rent a motorbike, and unless you are a very skilled driver, I would not recommend driving a car or a motorbike in Phuket. Most of the people there drive all over the road and drive quite recklessly. Many people, young and old ride motorbikes there. I was told by an Italian gentleman that I met, who lives in Phuket part of the year,...that most people "pay" for their licenses there. What does that tell you?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- New and centrally located in Phuket town, with plenty of car and motorbike parking for all rooms. Big supermarket is on the ground floor. Very convenient to go around town. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Phuket Center Apartment Phuket Town