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“Tiny, really tiny rooms, but is a good hotel!” 3 of 5 bubbles
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The Album Hotel
Ranked #70 of 397 Patong B&B and Inns
London, United Kingdom
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194 reviews
66 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
“Tiny, really tiny rooms, but is a good hotel!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2010

Good Points -> Hotel is small, but really cute. Lots of small details. You will like it. Location is excellent, 5 minutes walking from the beach and 5/10 minutes from Bangla Road. DVD player in all rooms. Staff is nice and polite. Price is good, but you can have better for the same amount in Patong.

Bad Points -> You feel like in Legoland when you are at The Album Hotel. The room is really tiny, "swimming pool" is tiny, Breakfast is a joke (no options at all). Nice LCD TV in your room, but only with 6 channels available (BBC was the only one in English). Reception said that was a problem with satelite, the engineer would come next day, but we never saw him during the 4 days that we spend at this hotel. Is a nice hotel, don't take me wrong, but I can garantee to you, that you can find better for the same price in Patong.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Perth, Australia
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2010

This was our second stay at the Album hotel. Our first visit was in January 2009. Again we were very happy with the hotel and the service. We would stay here again in the future. The hotel is well resourced for what we want in a hotel. It is small and relaxed with the service staff happy to accommodation any requests. There is a small pool on the roof top to cool off after a busy day. This pool is not suitable for those looking for a resort style relax all day by the pool, but for us it was perfect. The breakfast is sufficient, nothing over the top but still a good selection. They offer coffee, juices and cookies throughout the day for free. They also offer free wifi. This was useful as we were able to organise our trip to Phi-Phi island through the internet without having to pay any commission to the stall holders on the street. The rooms are clean and neat with everything you need. The bathroom is compact and is painted white all over. I was happy with this as you could see everything was very clean. We found the pillows were quite hard which made them difficult for us to sleep on. So we made our own using the towels and pillow case. The person who serviced the room noticed this and proceeded to leave our room made up with two small pillows made out of towel - this was a nice touch!
The location of the Album is excellent. It is only a short stroll to the beach and to Bangla Road, but far enough away that you can get a decent night sleep.
We think Album is a good value for money hotel! Those looking for a resort style holiday should look elsewhere but if not this is the place for you.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Jet07
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Auckland, New Zealand
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105 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2010

A great little place in the middle of crazy Patong. I find all the staff to be very kind and always time for a quick chat. I had the larger room with balcony which is very nicely designed. Bathroom is small but adequate and cleaned daily. Rooftop plunge pool and sun deck is a bonus for hotel this size.

Basic continental breakfast and all day tea, coffee and snacks are greatly appreciated. I have no problem with this hotel apart from the constant traffic noise. Room windows and sliding doors are not sound proof, so if you are a light sleeper this might not be good for you. Then again, this is Patong you can't avoid the craziness.

A very short walk to the beach and beach towel, bag etc were provided in the room. All in all a well run little place with friendly and helpful staff. No hesitation in recommending this place to others.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Boeing777
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Sydney, Australia
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11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2010

We stayed here for 5 nights in early August 2010.

Location
The Album is located towards the northern end of Patong, about a 5 minute walk to the beach and a 10 minute walk to Bangla Road. It is essentially a corner building, flanked on one side by a school and the other by a number of shops and bars, including a convenience store. We originally stayed in Room #201 and were initially put off by the brass band playing throughout the day of our arrival and settling in. However, it was after awaking in the early hours of the morning by the sounds of Thai bar wenches and randy farangs, we sought a new room from management which was kindly granted.

Room
For the bulk of the time we stayed in room (#204) having paid an average of about 1,600 Baht (A$55) per night by booking last minute via a hyperlink to Asia Web Direct on The Album’s website. The hotel is well maintained but, if harsh, I would describe the styling as “chic prison”: to explain, the bathroom had no tiling but was completely whitewashed concrete (including the basin) with only the orange shower curtain breaking this endless “whiteness”. The bedroom was better and, as you can see from the photos, the fish-themed rear wall highlighted by fluorescent bottom-up lighting, enlivened the room along with quaint features like a faux antique telephone. It was very clean room, but felt rather cramped with two suitcases monopolising the limited floorspace. The bed was rock hard and, together with the fat pillows, rendered sleeping pretty uncomfortable. The wall mounted LCD TV presented a good range of channels and a DVD player was matched by a decent range of complimentary DVDs to borrow from the hotel’s library (although you could buy pirated copies from just about any street vendor). Air conditioning was a simple split system and worked well. Wifi was complimentary and available in the room.

Facilities
Included in the rate was a small continental buffet breakfast and unlimited bottled water, juice, coffee, etc at the hotel’s small foyer / entrance which is available all day. This is certainly a nice touch. It’s a VERY basic breakfast and I imagine some patrons venture outside the hotel to nearby restaurants offering American breakfasts to satisfy their larger appetites. The hotel has 6 levels: ground floor is reception, breakfast / eating area and staff quarters; floors 2 – 5 each have four rooms and the rooftop has a plunge pool, about 6 sunloungers and some decent views of the surrounding town.

Staff and service
I thought the staff were great, genuinely friendly and welcoming. There was no hesitation in upgrading our room after the first night.

In sum, I think this hotel is good value for those who are keen to stay in the heart of Patong – I imagine independent travelers – but I certainly would NOT recommend the hotel (or Patong town for that matter) for families, couples on a romantic getaway or anyone who prizes a comfortable sleep.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank sikmick
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Belgium
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83 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2010

I have stayed in this hotel now 3 times (before it was called Tique Hotel). The only problem with the hotel is to explain the taxi driver at the airport where to go. It is on the corner of the main road, and the road to the sea but difficult to see from the main road. The staff is great and helpfull, the rooms are clean and nice with boutique style decoration.The breakfast is simple and nice. Things like the get together drink give this ca 20 rooms hotel a special touch. The beach is stroll away and all the nightlife is around the corner. Oposite 7/11 and Family Mart. Very convenient.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Travelmale
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karachi
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2010

This B&B/ small hotel is just amazing interms of everything one may require in a short get away to patong. Service is excellent, cleanliness is superb, staff is very efficient and helpfull, rooms have everything in perfect working condition etc.

The hotel has a unique personality which makes it stand out from the rest. Rooms are simplistic but very clean and stylish. The staff is also very caring, for example, it was my friend's birthday during our six night stay there and they bought him a small cake with his name on it and a few candles; they arranged for a small get together in the hotel lobby where other guests were also there and made a small event out of it. The hotel goes a long way to make you feel welcome and at ease.

The staff at the reception is also very helpfull interms of providing usefull advise about what to do and what not to do on the island. They are also very resourseful for arranging tours for their guests at good bargains, arranging bike/ car rentals, arranging airport or other drop/ picks etc.

The hotel is also very well located with just a short walk to patong beach and phuket's night life district of bangla road.

Overall I would rate the hotel very highly and very good value for money. For those looking for high end luxury and larger hotel room sizes though, this may not be the best option.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank agimirza
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
Level Contributor
29 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2010

Our family stayed 4 nights and enjoyed the hotel very much. It is located very close to the beach, Jungceylon mall, and walking street, all about 5 minute walks. The rooms are cozy with good AC, free high speed wifi,large flat screen tv's and dvd players,about 200 dvd's to borrow from the lobby, and have nice bedding and are very clean. They give you free bottled water and there's also fresh juice in the lobby. The staff are polite and kind, i will come back to the Album next time I visit Phuket.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank AmExperienced
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Property: The Album Hotel
Address: 29 Sawatdirak Road, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Phuket > Kathu > Patong
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #70 of 397 B&Bs / Inns in Patong
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Album Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 22
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