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The Club Residence
Ranked #25 of 31 Specialty Lodging in Kamala
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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“Great place if you're on a budget !”
Reviewed June 5, 2013

I have stayed at The Club Residence twice already and and cant wait to head back in January 2014. Yes, the place is set back just off the main road but once inside its very quiet and peaceful.
The two previous times I've been with my girlfriend and the other time my pal.
My apt was on ground floor only 10 footsteps away from the pool...great for an early morning dip !
Surrounded with lush well kept gardens you couldnt ask for more.
You have to remember, most of these apartments are privately owned...ours fortunately was fabulous, clean, everything you need...dishwasher, fridge,washing machine, tea/ coffee, kettle, flat screen tv, dvd player, cd player but I personally know the guy who owns it and he wouldnt have it any other way...he visits a few times a year and only rents it to close friends. I cant speak for the rest of them.

There is a maid service if you require it but we just kept the place clean ourselves. It doesnt take much to make a bed and wash a cup ! There is a washing machine if you want to wash your t shirts but we just took them to a laundry round the corner...they even ironed them...very cheap.
Kamala is a lovely place. When you come out of the Club Residence there are several bars / restaurants on either side of the road. Try the Aussie Bar for a ice cold beer and delicious burger ! Open early too for breakfast if you didnt want to make you're own in the apt.
If you want to get to the beach...take a left out of the 'Club' then down a road for about 200 meters (10 mins walk max). The road also has a couple of bars en route and a cheap internet cafe which I used to check emails and stuff.
If you want to phone home, purchase a phone card and use the phone box opposite the Club...much cheaper than using you're mobile.
The beach is beautiful, cheap sunbeds and not as crowded as Patong with several places to eat and enjoy a drink. Some great sunsets to be seen.
If you do want to venture in to Patong its about 10 min drive in a taxi/tuk tuk cost about 300 baht or do what I did and hire a moped for the week (cheap) if you cant be bothered to walk to the beach or get taxis to Patong !

Room Tip: Ground floor for easier access to the pool
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Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Javea
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

The room had not been decorated for at least 10 years the way it looked! Cracks in the walls, dirty, dirty dirty! The shower head was just hanging there - it had been temporarily fixed with tape which was now also broken. Next to no water pressure making it impossible to shower properly. Despite my complaint nothing was done. The whole apartment was full of personal items from the owner making one feel like an intruder.
The furniture was so old and grubby that I spent most of the time out of the place. Had I not have paid a week up front on the internet I would have moved out right away!
Having said all of this, I have since found out that the rooms have different private owners. So some might take better care of their properties than others.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
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TheClubResKamala, Manager at The Club Residence, responded to this review, January 8, 2014
Dear IanmccJavea,

Sorry to hear you had a bad experience at The Club Residence. As of February 1, 2014, The Club Residence will be under new management. There is no excuse for the poor condition of your apartment and we will be working to improve any and all maintenance issues. The apartments are indeed owned by individuals who sometimes do not come regularly to Phuket. Therefore, we will be contacting any owner who has an apartment in disarray and hope to help them to make some repairs and minor adjustments. We hope that you enjoyed your holiday despite the problems you encountered and we hope to be able to serve you in the future.
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Tumba, Sweden
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Reviewed February 24, 2013

A trip went with family (adult children) with some friends. We stayed here for 5 nights. Once we got there it was clean, but it was stains on the sheets and our fridge was broken. Even our safety box was broken. We did not get much help from the staff, but it took our fridge and said it will come a new tomorrow. The next day we didn't get a new fridge so we had to switch rooms. Even there it was stains on the sheets but still okay clean. But during the week we lived there we had no cleaning. Is also right on the main road, so nothing to recommend for families as it is a bit down to the beach.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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TheClubResKamala, Manager at The Club Residence, responded to this review, January 8, 2014
Dear Nkonrad,

Sorry to hear that you had a broken fridge, stained sheets, and lack of help from the staff during your stay at The Club Residence. As of February 1, 2014, there will be a new management company taking over. We hope that you enjoyed your stay despite the problems you encountered. We hope you might give The Club Residence a second chance for your next vacation.
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Tokyo
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Reviewed January 4, 2013

It was a trip planed in a couple of days during high season and this place was the most budget option for the solo taveler after all. That is why I was quite surprised to see how clean , huge and well furnished the apartment was. Another good thing about this residence is a pool which is located in a garden and that all rooms are facing it. The BIG disadvantage of this place is it' s location. It is located right along the main road and will take around 7-10 min walk to the Kamala beach along the road that doesn't have any sidewalks, so I wouldn't recommend this residence to families with small children under 12. In fact, the room didnt get cleaned there during the 10days stay even once (if your travel agent told you they do it every 3 days don't believe him) . You should also be careful when choosing this apartment if you are sensitive to the noise at night. The problem was NOT a sound of traffic it was an air conditioner ! Of course you have a control of your room's one but your neighbor's one is as well noisy! There's a mosquito net on the window and the nights were quite fresh for using it, on my opinion.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
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TheClubResKamala, Manager at The Club Residence, responded to this review, January 8, 2014
Dear Victoria,

Sorry to hear you had some inconveniences during your stay at The Club Residence. As of February 1, 2014, there will be new management taking over the day to day operations of this property. We are glad you enjoyed the pool and garden and sorry that you think that the location is not ideal. We do have many families that come back every year due to the close proximity to the beach. There are not many fully furnished and equipped apartments within walking distance of the beach. The lack of sidewalks is unfortunate, but with caution many customers feel happy walking to the beach on a daily basis. It is a shame that you were promised cleaning and that it was not provided as well. Several apartments have been upgrading their air conditioners recently due to age and noise. We hope that we see you again on your next trip to Phuket.
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Knivsta, Sweden
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Reviewed January 24, 2012

We (two adults and two 2 children, 11 and 13 years old), stayed four nights at The Club Residence in January 2012. At first at least I was a little bit disappointed, because the place was located closer to the main-road than I had expected, and when going down to the beach there were many other resorts that looked much more attractive to us (probably much more expensive, too...). Nevertheless, the place turned out to be quite ok. It was located on the right side of the road, meaning we didn’t have to cross it to go to the beach, and the apartment was surprisingly noiseless when keeping the door to the balcony shut (and the fans off).

We didn’t spend too much time in the apartment or in the pool-area but stayed most of the days on the beach, which was really beautiful. The apartment was clean and tidy and fully functionable, but the children complained that the extra-beds were not comfortable and I would also like to raise a warning that the water in the shower could be extremely hot. The apartment was booked for four persons, but I had the feeling it wasn’t really meant for so many persons. We only got three towels, the table inside seemed to be fitted for three persons only and the balcony was too small for four persons sitting comfortably there at the same time.

We never had much to do with the personnel, but the ones we met seemed alright. The pool-area was quite small, but ok.

To sum up, this place wasn’t too expensive and was quite ok but not more.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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TheClubResKamala, Manager at The Club Residence, responded to this review, January 8, 2014
Dear JForkman,

We are unsure if you stayed at The Club Residence or The Club Hotel next door. The Club Residence has a very large pool and The Club Hotel has a very, very small pool. In any case, we hope you had a nice holiday and that we see you again here in Kamala.
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Darwin, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed December 5, 2011

This is our second time staying at The Club & its still a nice place to stay, stayed here for 10 days on the top floor, a few stairs to climb but not too bad, pool was cleaned daily & we had no problems getting a sun bed when we went down for a swim at lunchtime, clean & spacious room, will definately stay here again next year.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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TheClubResKamala, Manager at The Club Residence, responded to this review, January 8, 2014
Dear Txnkitten,

We are glad you had a great holiday at The Club Residence! We hope to see you again soon!
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Silkeborg, Denmark
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Reviewed March 20, 2011

The apartment was really nice with all you needed. The location is some distance from the sea and there is no chance of getting a sun bed by the pool as they are all "reserved" by 6 am.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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TheClubResKamala, Manager at The Club Residence, responded to this review, January 8, 2014
Dear Maibritt43,

We are glad you had a nice holiday at The Club Residence. Sorry to hear you could not get a sun bed by the pool. New management will take over on February 1, 2014 and we hope to stop the "reservation" of sun beds in the future.
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Property: The Club Residence
Address: Kamala-Patong, 94 / 2 Moo 3, Kamala, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Phuket > Kathu > Kamala
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #25 of 31 Specialty Lodging in Kamala
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — The Club Residence 3*
Number of rooms: 51
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Club Residence is a true hideaway on quiet Kamala Beach. The large pool is surrounded by a lush garden with sun beds and plenty of space. The Club Residence is located on the same side of the main road as the beach, which is within walking distance. The one and two bedroom apartments have fully equipped kitchens and all have cable-TV, air condition and safety boxes. High speed Internet is available upon request. ... more   less 
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