Hotel is not facing the beach but it's only a 2 mins walk from it, or even less! Slightly further from the centralised Patong Beach where all the chaos and happening people/places are (like the Bangla Rd madness etc) but no worries, it's only 10mins walking distance away. Jungceylon Mall is about 15mins walk and OTOP market about 20 to 30 mins walk from the hotel. If these are far for you, tuktuk taxis are available everywhere for 200baht bringing you only around Patong itself. However, you will need a transfer service to get to the weekend market from the hotel. It's at the town itself, about 30mins drive. No way can you walk, haha.
Hotel facade is really new. Lobby is big with pleasant decor and furnishings. Has it's own Vending Room, where the vending machines to purchase your soft drinks are. Has it's own Laundry room, where you do your washing and drying for 100baht each, and ironing. Pool looks pretty in pictures and in reality as well.
Room wise; clean and still very new. not too small and not big either. I don't think there's space to have 3 single beds together. There are balconies attached to all rooms it seems. Bed is comfortable, tv channels are multi-lingual ranging from English, Korean, Thai, Scandinavian, Russian.. Only Fox, HBO and Cinemax available for the english channels. Bathroom doesn't come with tubs. Housekeeping seems to be efficient; even when we left the hotel slightly after noon and got back 2 hours later, our room was all made-up. Some nights there will be sounds from the fireworks so don't be alarmed. It's nothing to be afraid of and doesn't really bother your sleep unless you turn in early.
Breakfast concept; For those who wants a fast one and for those who doesn't eat much in the morning. Expect only 4 main dishes every morning. Sausages, Eggs, Rice/Noodles and Congee. But there're cereals, fruits and toasts too. Coffee, tea and hot chocolate are served in self-serviced vending machines (no payment required, don't worry) either using their mugs or their take-away cups.
The area across the hotel, in a small alley (if you google map it, it's next to the 90 Nine Tattoo Patong Phuket) has tasty muslim thai food. In fact they serve a lot of other cuisines (thai, indian, italian etc). It's more cheaper here than those in malls. And if anyone wants the well-known banana nutella crepe/pancake, buy them along the streets for less than 40Baht. The ones we initially bought at some tripadvisor recommended cafe in Jungceylon mall was expensive and nothing fantastic. Fried chicken sold along the streets are good too!
In conclusion, a definite recommended place to stay :)
- 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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