We booked a single night in this hotel primarily as we were arriving late one evening earlier than our planned and prebooked stay in another resort in Phuket.. given we did not feel like paying an excess of $200+ a night for a resort we would not enjoy til mid day anyhow, we opted to stay in a budget hotel nearby on the evening of our first arrival... the album thus was our choice.
We were staying over the normal Patong xmas peak period - we prebooked using Agoda about 6 weeks in advance and paid about US$85 for a single night including breakfast for two.
The album is a new hotel and it shows - everything is new and thankfully, not half done - everything works and looks as it should. Being a budget place, it is rather sparse, and our room had no view to speak of. We did have a balcony exit out on to a fire escape - but that did provide any real view save a dakr alley of low level rooftops.
The room itself was about 15 sw meters - and had a bed with no headboard - so be warned as the bed itself is flat against a cement wall. The room featured mini bar fridge, 4 free bottles of water, a kettle and tea/coffee. The bathroom had a standing shower only, that is thankfully set off from the main toilet sink area with a proper floor separation which is not the case in many of these types of hotels in Thailand. At least you will not soak the entire washroom by getting a shower.
We found the bed while new and fresh to be quite stiff and hard, and the pillows to be exceptionally high and hard. We both hard neck aches in the morning.
The reception staff was helpful and friendly, although for a tourist hotel such as this, they need better english to communicate with the average tourist.
The lobby/ reception area, while small is interestingly decorated - with a color TV that has been converted into an aquarium, a classic phone from the 1930s and a grammophone turntable (ala the name of 'album hotel').
The breakfast in the morning was adequate but nothing special - a choice of fruits of acceptable but not great quality, tea and coffee, cereals and some bread and croissants with jams and spreads. A choice of three juices and normal milk completed it.
The lobby has free wifi - but we did not try it out.
Room has a 24 inch samsung LCD TV and a samsung DVD player.
The shower had lw, but not weak pressure - there was a somewhat lack of water volume also - so if you are staying here a few days you may be frustrated in the shower facility. Note it is wall mounted and hence can not be used by hand.
This hotel is a place i would expect to pay no more than 1500 baht for it in normal times - but it is a good choice if you are on a budget and dont want a pool or any special services in the hotel.
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