I have very mixed feelings about this hotel. I saw the positive reviews on Trip Advisor and I was excited to arrive, but in many ways the hotel fell short of my expectations.
*Location-PRIME location, literally inside of an awesome shopping mall with tons of restaurants, shops, spas, etc right outside your door. Also walking distance to Bangla Road and Patong Beach
*Rooms-Very Clean, updated, modern, boutique feel.
*Hotel provides a "beach bag" with two beach towels, and umbrellas in case it rains
*Hotel provides two complimentary water bottles daily with the house cleaning service
*Lots of Western style restaurants literally feet outside your door (I'm a picky eater and found myself having a hard time finding food I enjoyed in Thailand, this hotel was AWESOME as far as dining choices, right outside your door there is a Subway, KFC, MCDonalds, Dunkin Donuts, Dairy Queen, Pizza Hut, as well as at least 10 sit down restaurants with burgers, pizza, sandwhiches, steaks, etc.
*Air conditioner only runs in your room with the "room key" to activate it, and they intentionally only give you one room key. So every day after a long day, you come back to a very hot and muggy room, with no A/C. It takes the room at least 15 to 20 minutes to cool off. Also, the fact that they will only give you one room key is a huge inconvenience. My bf and I like to split up and do our own things from time to time, we also don't have cell phones in Thailand because we don't have international data plans, so it was hard to coordinate who gets the key, based on who will be back first. I asked the hotel front desk for a 2nd key and they said no. A couple times one of us was stuck waiting in the hall way for the other person.
*We had to give a 1000 baht cash deposit to the front desk, even though they had my credit card on file. We stayed at several hotels through out Thailand and no one else requested this from us. We had to go find an ATM and incur fees just to check into the hotel with this deposit. We did get it back when we checked out, but it was odd and an inconvenience to us.
*The phones in the room are "shut off" and you have to go to the front desk to use the phone. Again, this was a HUGE inconvenience because the hotel front desk's English isn't great, and plus you are making all of your phone calls in the public lobby for everyone to hear. We wanted to book last minute excursions and my boyfriend was having suits made at a tailor, so every time we needed to call, we had to go into the lobby.
*The hotel doesn't provide conditioner, its a "shampoo and conditioner in one" For all you ladies with long hair, you know that after a day in the ocean, shampoo and conditioner in one doesn't cut it, I had to go buy my own conditioner.
*The bathroom shower has a modern design but it flooded out our entire bathroom floor every time we used it, and they don't give you a plethora of towels so we were sharing a bathroom towel because the other one was on the floor moping up the mess
*The beds are ROCK HARD. For everyone who likes a firm mattress, this is your place. I have never laid on a harder bed in my life.
*There is no pool, spa, gym, or any other common areas, its literally just your room, with no added amenities.
*People walk around right outside the hotel front doors after 7 or 8pm and advertise lude shows (I know the hotel can't control this), but I wouldn't advise staying here if you had children in your group.
We stayed at this hotel for 9 days the first week of August 2013. We did day excursions almost every day and we made friends with people at other hotels. Once we could see in person what else is out there, and hear what other people paid, its seems that there are hotels that offer more and and you can pay less.
The Pimnara wasn't horrible by any means, and the location is great, but I probably wouldn't stay there again. I would say this hotel is great for couples or friends looking to enjoy the night life scene. This would not be a place for families or people looking to get pampered and relax.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Style of hotel and ambience The hotel has 67 uniquely decorated rooms consists of Standard, Superior with seamless integration of bedroom and bathroom, Deluxe and loft suite with a spacious living area with full amenities. The hotel location, surroundings and attractions Pimnara Boutique Hotel provides you with the pleasure of a shopping experience with high convenience as it sits above the largest shopping center in Patong, Jungceylon. Special features of your hotel We are provide roof-top restaurant,meeting room,fitness center,open air private jacuzzi, free WIFI internet connection, DVD rental services, Satellite channels,IDD Telephone,free parking permits. Directions Located in the heart of the legendary Patong beach, indulge yourself with the beauty of the tropical paradise Thailand has to offer. The sparkling Bangla Street, where all the night lights and wonders unite is only footsteps away from an unforgettable bash of a lifetime. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pimnara Boutique Hotel Patong, Phuket