My other half and I stayed at the Patong Merlin for our first time to Phuket. We had been to Bali before so knew what to expect as far as the bartering, the hassling etc went. We found it not too bad, in general we found a friendly smile and hello doesn't mean you have to buy something and the constant "Hello, you want singlet? T-Shirt?" etc it just becomes part of the soundtrack that is Patong.
As far as the hotel goes, we stayed in the old wing for 5 nights and the new wong for 6, after reading reviews on this site about them. In the old wing, we got two bed pushed together which was incredibly annoying and the air con was very loud. I found sleeping quite difficult these nights, however these things didn't bother my boyfriend, I must just be a lighter sleeper! It was 600Baht extra per night to upgrade to the new room and we had almost gotten used to the 'quirks' of our old room, but thought why not upgrade, it can't be any worse!
All I could say was WOW - was my boyfriend happy I pushed for us to upgrade.....it was like being in a different hotel. We had friends there at the same time who stayed at the Merlin Beach which was GORGEOUS, and once we had upgraded to the new wing, they said they would stay at the PM for sure the next time. New bathrooms with a massive bath, perfect for soaking away the days aches after spending hours walking around in thongs! New TV, comfy comfy king sized bed and afternoon sun (we were in room 7301).
Next time we go to Thailand it will be this hotel and the new wing for sure! In fact, I think we may even spring for the Pool Access Rooms, if you book early enough and get the early bird discount how could you say no???
Pools were good, clean, easy to get a drink and not overrun by kids.
Breakfast was standard, what you would expect and no different to any of the other reviews.
Can't review any of the restaurants as the quality and price outside the hotel was too good.
All in all, good hotel, nothing more or less than I imagine most others would provide, but the new wing is an absolute MUST!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Patong Merlin Hotel is an international holiday resort in the heart of Phuket's exotic Patong Beach. Nestled amongst acres of swaying coconut palms and flowering gardens, the Merlin weaves its way around three beautiful aquamarine sculptured swimming pools in a labyrinth of curved walkways and meandering paths.There is easy access to the sparkling sandy beach and the quaint street markets.An enchanted ambiance and smiling attentive staff ensure your visit to Phuket's playground in the sun is as memorable as it is magical. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Merlin Patong
- Patong Merlin Hotel Phuket