In the photos, this place looked reasonable and the price was cheap. Firstly, it is a conveniently located hotel (as others have said)- close to the ATM and currency exchange, Family Mart, quite a few shops and massage stalls. Only about a 2 minute walk straight up the road to the beach; about a 5 minute walk to Bangla Road.
We booked through an Australian travel agent. She said there was a pool. I checked the tripadvisor reviews...which said there was no pool....so we called the hotel to confirm, and they said there WAS a pool. Now, what they failed to mention was that the pool was in a separate building, around the corner. This was inconvenient for us but we thought we'd check it out anyway. It was not very nice. Lots of mildew everywhere because obviously nobody maintains it and the humidity allows the mouldy growth. No atmosphere up there- the bar is not manned or even stocked. In fact, the reception at the bottom of the pool's building wasn't even manned! The jacuzzi was not something I would even consider getting into. So that was disappointing.
The hotel staff were friendly and helpful, on the whole. The room was clean and neat. The rooms are actually relatively small. There is just enough room for the bed and bathroom, and space along the wall under the TV to put your suitcases. Room service was good each day- we never had a problem with that.
I think that there are places in Patong that are much nicer for the same money. But each to their own. I think it was generally okay, but having travelled to Patong on a number of occasions, we will be returning to our favourite Panoramic Swiss Villas next time we go, for the around the same money.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rayaburi Hotel Patong, a true boutique style hotel in the centre of Patong Beach in Phuket Thailand. Superbly located, 1 minute walk to Patong Beach. Surrounded by the best restaurants and night life. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rayaburi Hotel Patong Phuket