I'm really impressed by this hotel! Love my entire stay here for 3 nights. It's affordable, modern, clean, spacious, in perfect location, very peaceful, staffs were very friendly and professional, and bestest of all....it's an evironmentally-friendly hotel! It's impressive how the hotel really makes the extra efforts to do its parts in helping to save this world.
For ex: All the shower amenities (soap, shampoo, shower cap, cotton buds etc) are not provided in the rooms, BUT if you do need one, you can request it and the hotel would gladly provide it. They also encourage the guests to hang the towels that they wish to keep using, on the rail. And towels that need to be cleaned/changed can be left on the floor. This way it saves the water usage. I totally agree with this and think this is fair. Even the aircon is automatically monitored and controlled.
We arrived at around 6pm. Check in process was fast and the front counter staff were all very friendly. Bear in mind though, there is no porter to help you with luggages. Since this is Holiday Inn EXPRESS (the sister's hotel of the actual 5 star Holiday Inn hotel) so you're paying lower prices for their rooms. The hotel's lobby was nice and cosy. There's a lil shop near the front counter that sells some fancy clothes and accessories. There's also a lil counter where you can book tours/activities and taxis. The security guard was also polite.
Our room has very smart designs. We love it! The bathroom's door is also the shower's door...double function! And if you really pay attention, there's even clothesline INSIDE the shower! It's super smart! The placement of the clothesline was just right that it didn't block your way or would get wet when you're showering. Just pull from one wall across to the other wall and VOILÀ! And when you're done, just pull it back in.
The room was clean, smelled so nice (it's a new hotel) and the space was adequate. There's coffee/tea making facilities, tv with good channels, internet was fast and free. The toilet and shower were in perfect conditions. I notice that the bathrooms' fittings are all from top brand that are made in France (can't remember its name...). The water flows were good with plenty of hot water. The bed was very comfortable and we slept like baby. They provide 2 choices of pillows: firm and soft. So its up to you which one you want to use. Our balcony was facing the pool. It's really nice to sit outside during dusk, but there's only one chair. So I hope the hotel will consider of putting another chair???
Housekeeping was also professionally done.
The hotel's grounds are beautiful and clean. The swimming pool, I'm sure was nice but I didn't manage to have the time to swim :-( cause we were out all day everyday.
The breakfast was good enough. They've got fried rice, porridge, sausages, omelettes, toasts, pastries, cereals, juices, coffee, tea and fruits. Just right for a good start in the morning. The restaurant was clean and cosy.
I do want to point out something. It's not major or anything...On the 3rd day, we came back to hotel at around 4pm after our long daytrip at PhiPhi Island. We're so tired cos we woke up very early for this tour since it's a sunrise tour, so we were hoping to take a nap. However, there's a lift maintenance going on in the hotel in other section, but the drilling noises and ething were just right next to our room's wall. So we're quite annoyed a bit!
So I called up the reception to find out and they said the maintenance would finish at 5pm. The reception did apologize and offer if we wanted to change our room. We declined because there's no point of changing our room after spending 2 comfortable nights in that room. If we changed to a new room, we would have to get used to whole new thing and we didn't want to risk that. We already liked our room.
So in the end, we just slept anyway cos we're too tired that we didn't even notice the sound anymore after we dozed off. Thankfully the drilling was not continuous.
I suppose this is expected in any hotel because hotels do require maintenance, and I'm sure it's also very hard for the hotels to find the right time to do it without disturbing the guests. So we're quite understanding of this..as long as it doesn't happen at night time. And the staff did apologize to us and inform the maintenance guys about our annoyance. So we're quite happy.
So overall, we love this hotel! We would definitely recommend it to other people!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Smart International Hotel in Phuket Patong Beach.Holiday Inn Express Phuket Patong Beach Central is the smart choice for savvy leisure travelers, providing a relaxed, affordable and hassle-free stay all the time. Located adjacent to Patong Beach, Phuket's most popular and well-developed beach, we are within walking distance to a hub of shopping, dining and entertainment options. We are just a short 45 minutes drive from Phuket International Airport and 15 minutes from Phuket Town.Kick-start your day with our Free "Express Start" Breakfast and stay connected with free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. Enjoy our high-quality bedding, shower, balcony and swimming pool experience to recharge after a day of leisure activities. You can have a restful sleep on our comfy bed, away from the noise of Patong's nightlife.The hotel features 277 brand new rooms with easy access to the beach or laze by our pool for ultimate relaxation. Our rooms are well-designed for everything you need for a great stay. Have an invigorating shower with our high quality bathroom equipped with a 3-head massage showerhead and a restful night with international standard bedding including 200 thread count sheets, duvet, a choice of soft and firm pillows.The hotel is minutes away from some of the city’s most exciting retail and dining attractions, including Jungceylon Shopping Mall, Patong Promenade and Beach Road Shopping. Value added benefits include Express Breakfast & complimentary Internet in each room. Consider becoming a Priority Club Rewards member to earn points towards free hotel stays, retail certificates or airline mileage. ... more less
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- Holiday Inn Express Phuket Patong Beach Central