I stayed in Hemingways Hotel for a night with my husband on our way from Phuket to the Phi Phi Islands. Selected this hotel after reading the reviews on trip advisor. We emailed the owner Mr. Victor Hulme and made our booking directly through the hotel website. Unfortunately he could not provide us with a cheap car pick up from the airport to his hotel ( THB 700 was his price) so we took a taxi for THB 600 from the Airport directly.
The hotel is in a lane which has a series of 2 star and 3 star hotels, so am sure they are all of the same rate. Its about 10 mins walking from the Patong Beach and 5 mins from the bars. Sadly it happened to be the birthday of the King of Thailand the day we landed which meant a dry day, so most of the bars were empty if not shut!
The lady who sits at the reception counter could barely understand a single word of english! No bell boy available to carry your luggage to your room either. When we checked in, we realised we were given 2 single beds instead of a single double bed. We brought this to the notice of Mr. Victor that we were a couple and were on our honeymoon which was specifically mentioned when we made the booking via email, but he shrugged his shoulders saying he couldnt do much as the hotel was full!
The room was pretty tiny but clean and neat including the bathroom. The small terrace provided with the room overlooked a much fancier hotel and a gorgeous view of the mountains.
We were taking an 8 am ferry to the Phi Phi islands and our pick up was at 7 am from the hotel itself. So that we wouldnt miss our pick up, we asked the reception to give us a wake up call at 6 am. Surprise surprise...there was no wake up call at 6 am (thank goodness for our alarm!) and on going downstairs for breakfast at 6.30 am, we find the reception boy fast asleep! The complimentary breakfast included juice, cereals, eggs and toast.
Overall a very basic hotel, and considering there are many more hotels in the area that are equally cheap, I wouldnt hesitate trying the other ones too.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel owners Steve and Nuch welcome you to Hemingway's, a contemporary, 3 star plus family owned hotel on the beautiful and exciting island of Phuket. The hotel is staffed by a well trained and charming team who are here to serve.The reception team will direct you to your room via the elevator. The rooms are comfortable and tastefully decorated; they have all of the usual facilities, such as, Telephone, Safe deposit box, WI-FI, Cable TV, Mini bars are fully stocked and beverages are sold at bar prices, not hotel prices, tea making facilities and even room service.Breakfast, lunch and dinner is served in the BAMBOO Restaurant and bar on the ground floor. The restaurant serves a fantastic selection of Thai food, Seafood and International food. Head chef is well known for his cooking style and his attention to detail in the preparation of the menu. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hemingways Hotel Patong Beach Phuket