We stayed at Pen Villa for 5 nights last January, based on the fantastic reviews it gets on Tripadvisor. I'm a big fan of this travellers reviewing forum, and we've benefitted many times from other peoples experiences and their helpful feedback.
I'm sorry folks - you've got this one way off the mark !
I just can't see how people are genuinely being so gushing in their praise ? Almost every review reads like the perfect venue "the best hosts in THE WORLD", "it's fantastic" etc.
I can only apologise it's taken so long for me to submit a balanced review to this one-sided opinion. It's okay……no more, no less. The pool is nice, and the pool boy works hard to keep it well presented. I give the 2nd * based on the fact that Winnie managed to source us a Hire Car when we couldn't find one available. Thank you for that.
Failing that it's a very ordinary, mid-standard hotel room. As regular travellers throughout Thailand over the last 14 years (spending 120+ nights in all ratings of accommodation) we have a reasonable knowledge of the fabulous hospitality that this country offers.
Sadly this was never even close to being achieved at Pen Villa. For a rate of £70 the room is nothing special at all, the much-touted 'best food' in Thailand was probably the most bland meal we experienced during our month long visit to Phuket and Koh Lanta !
The concept of 'no menu's and Winnie will prepare the food based on her wishes' just doesn't work. We LOVE south-east Asian cuisine - the chicken & basil concoction here was particularly poor. We never bothered to eat here again after that first disappointment.
Peter 'the fabulous host' just floats about, trying his best to avoid eye-contact or conversation with any of the guests. I've never met such a reticent Aussie ?
All-in all, I'm stunned at how this hotel gets such a high rating. Please consider carefully where to spend your hard-earned holiday time & money - there are MUCH better alternatives to Pen Villa.
Be warned ! The massively positive reviews may not match your actual experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pen Villa is a family run hotel set among the hills of Surin. The hotel is located away from the main road, its surroundings are serene and private, and Surin Beach is an easy 10 min walk away. The hotel offers some of the best value hotel accommodation in Phuket.Our rooms are spacious and perfectly suited for long-stay guests. All rooms overlook our large swimming pool and tropical garden. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pen Villa Hotel Phuket, Thailand