FunDee hotel is relatively inexpensive, compared to a number of other offerings in the area. Unfortunately, there is a reason for the low price.
Rooms are basic, fairly barren. Bed is large and firm, there is a desk, a semi-usable "cube" chair and a tiny TV which you won't see from the bed. There is no teapot or anything else to make tea - which will be important, even if you don't drink tea, see below :)
Bathroom is in a common budget-hotel Thailand style - shared space that includes a sink, a toilet and a shower. Since there is nothing separating shower from the rest of the room, and floor is not inclined towards the drain - each shower will invariably saturate the entire bathroom with water. A single floor towel provided is not enough to contain that water from spreading.
Speaking of towels, towel policy is pretty simple - you get 2 large towels per day (provided housekeeping didn't miss your room, see below too). No exceptions, no matter how nicely you ask. If you need another towel to contain the flood in the bathroom - better get your own (hotel conveniently "sold" me one for 100 baht).
Hot water is provided by instant-on electric heater and only available in the shower. This is also fairly common in lower-end hotels here. Unfortunately, if you need to shave and don't use electric razor - you may be SOL. Remember - there is no teapot? Well, there is no way to make any amount of water sufficiently hot for shaving either. If this may be a problem - plan accordingly.
At least once during my stay there was some sort of water issue, which caused water pressure to drop to a trickle. FYI.
Housekeeping is somewhat haphazard. If you are not consistently out of the room from morning till late afternoon, it may very well miss your room. Then you are stuck with the same old towel for another day - front desk can't provide any towels either.
Wi-fi is free, unfortunately reception in my room, as well as on a few other floors I tested, was non-existent, so for practical purposes consider that there is no wi-fi (or it is only available in the reception area).
Restaurant across the road has a party going on occasionally (about once a week). When they do - they will blast extremely loud obnoxious music until all hours of the night. The music is actually louder in hotel rooms in FunDee than on the street, so even with windows closed and shutters drawn shut, you will still feel like you are partying in TaiPan. :) Not FunDee's fault, of course - but again, make your own arrangements if you actually want to sleep.
Hotel reception staff is not terribly helpful and only marginally polite. Owners appear to always be on site, but don't advertise themselves as such - so you can only guess who they are (while they hang about the lobby, conducting business-related discussions).
Compared to my stay at (now-defunct) Atlas hotel next door, FunDee proved somewhat more expensive and lacking in a few ways. None of these were dramatic, but together they tipped the scale towards "not coming back". If you are considering budget hotel options in Patong - I would suggest trying elsewhere before opting for this one.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- FunDee Boutique Hotel offers first class accommodation in the heart of Patong only minutes stroll to the beach, nightlife, restaurants, shopping centre and tourist attractions. Designed for the savvy traveller, we have 24 hour reception and our rooms are modern, large and fresh with deluxe mattresses and amenities, air conditioning, LCD TV’s, laptop safe, free WIFI, bar fridge and balcony. The hotel lobby and bar offers the perfect ambiance to relax and unwind or to watch live sport on the big screen. We are determined to provide first class accommodation at a truly affordable price. Our fun, friendly and focused staff will ensure you have Sweet Dreams, or as we say in Thai... FunDee ... more less
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