Lets get the worst bit out of the way first. Patong beach is terrible. Its really really bad and not representative of anywhere else in Thailand or even Phuket at all. Its like Benidorm in Spain but bigger. There are lots of 'ping pong' shows (Think of Sticky Vicky in Benidorm) and people trying to drag every man going into their bar telling them how much they love them. The hotel is 5 minutes walk (or 200 Bht in a tuk tuk!!!) from here but you have no alternative in other directions unless you pay 600 bht to go to Karon or Kata beach which are much better.
The hotel itself is generally very nice although does have a few faults. The service was hit and miss. On most days it was great and everyone was friendly. Siri Chai, the resturant manager was the best example of customer service. He always made an effort to go the extra mile and did what he could to make the stay nice.
The views from the hotel are excellent and the room are big and comfy. They all have amazing views over the bay and the air con in the rooms is amazing after the long walk from the lobby to the rooms at the end of the hotel (a good 5 minute walk away).
The lobby and lift really need to either turn the fans on or have a cooling system in place as they were far to hot for comfort. You need to use the lobby as this is the only place with free wi-fi in the hotel (why?? a 4* hotel without in room or even by the pool or bar wi-fi is very poor these days).
The breakfast was very good as was the food overall and the 5-7pm half price happy hour at the pool bar was a nice touch.
Overall, if I could take this hotel and move it one beach over I'd definately return but with its proximity to Patong I won't be back (sorry).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hidden away on a secluded beach near Patong, Amari Phuket (formerly known as Amari Coral Beach Phuket) is the ideal Phuket vacation spot no matter what you are seeking. With first-class restaurants, affordable luxury accommodation and a quiet beach, this island resort hotel offers a holiday experience unlike any other. You can indulge in some well-deserved relaxation at the renowned Breeze Spa, offering a whole range of spa treatments and massages. Reward yourself, and come celebrate the magic of Phuket with Amari Phuket. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Amari Coral Beach Phuket Hotel Patong
- Amari Coral Beach Hotel
- Amari Coral Beach Patong
- Amari Coral Beach Resort
- Amari Phuket Patong