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“Good Location, Nice Staff” 3 of 5 bubbles
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The Expat Hotel
Ranked #97 of 309 Hotels in Patong
Perth, WA
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Good Location, Nice Staff”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2013

I will start with the good, that being the location, for anyone wanting to enjoy the nightlife of Patong, then Expat Hotel is a great location to do that from, as it is only about 3 minutes walk and you will be at Bangla Rd. The staff here are all lovely, especially Apple at Reception and Lucky in the cafe. The rooms are very basic, but always kept clean which is good. The pool is also always clean and a nice way to keep cool whilst recovering from a big night.
Ok to the bad, well it is called the Expat hotel, and that is very evident in that every afternoon a group of mature expat british blokes descend on the pool area with very little regard for paying guests. I presume these blokes don't stay at the hotel, but must have some arrangement with the owner, because they practically take over the pool area and make it impossible for anyone else to have a relaxing quite and peaceful afternoon by the pool which is disappointing. I would have thought some preference to paying guests would be given by management but like I said I can only presume they contribute to the hotel in some way as they just seem to come and go as they please.
Overall if you are looking for a clean, staff friendly budget hotel in a good location, then Expat Hotel is that.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank DockerD
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Phuket Town, Thailand
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9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2013

Yes i have just returned from another great holday in Patong ! the Expat Hotel the same as always making sure everybody has a super relaxing time ! all the staff do there bit to make sure all your needs are seen too ! and Annie the manageress is 2nd. to none, she will sit and talk about ones needs and do her utmost to help ! I have already booked up for the 1st. 3 weeks in October ! and looking forward to it even at this early stage ! you just cannot beat this hotel !!!!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank nst60
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Vaprio d'Agogna, Italy
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93 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2013

The best address in Patong beach!

The Expat Hotel is my second home. Excellent location, just 2 minutes walk to Bangla Road. It's in a quite street, so you can stay in the heart of Patong but without noise of nightlife.

Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
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Espoo
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 5, 2013

After a frustrating tour of trying to find a room in Patong after our ants and room without a window episodes in my other reviews and quite many "sorry we are full" (even though showing space in Booking.com) we ended up here.

Hotel is a bit expensive compared to more modern and newer hotels near by. It is also already has rather retro feeling. Like stepping back to Phuket 10 years ago. But it is clean and staff is nice and polite. Location also very good with close to Bangla but quiet still.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank hakahaka
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Karachi, Pakistan
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15 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2013 via mobile

3days were not enough ! When I come back I'm going to plan a longer stay.
The staff goes out of their way to do the best for you but I didnt find them too welcoming

They MUST update their website and mention things clearly.There is a high chance that you may confuse yourself with the reservation of expat guesthouse and expat hotel.They tell you on arrival that the rates on the website were for another location or a different season etc

BUT they are people of their words and definitely do the best they can ! :)

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Nida N
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Monterey, California
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340 reviews
85 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2013

I stayed here several days before Christmas 2012. If I had wanted to party each evening, I could have but I didn't need to and didn't have to. During the day I could lie by the pool, read a book from the lending library, get a massage, watch the cats , walk a block to the beach, enjoy the food at the restaurant or at the zillions of nearby places.

I booked a tour and that was fine. I rented a car and that was fine.

My room on the second floor had a small fridge, lovely place to sit outside and write on inside at the small desk.

The massage I began with on Christmas morning was very good.

I would have stayed there when I returned from a week long trip around Thailand but they were full.

Christmas lunch here was amazing with the manager and staff doing the most amazing job of making an American and European Christmas time. The pleasantness of the staff is unparalleled.

What I like most is that you can adjust it to your needs and interests.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank mmoly
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Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2012

I've stayed at the Expat 5 times over the last few years while visting friends in Patong who reccomended the hotel to me and would never stay anywhere else.
From my first visit onwards the staff have been fantasic, always pleased to see you and very helpful. The rooms although not 5 star are always clean and comfortable. I never really eat there that much apart from breakfast (very tasty sausage, egg and chips) as I prefer to scout around different resteraunts in the evening, but heard no complaints from other guests.
Overall the the thing I like best about the Expat is the atmosphere, always very relaxed with a lot of return customers and locals who enjoy a chat and a beer at the bar.
I always feel like I'm returning to a second home and I'd much rather stay here than a large resort style hotel.

Room Tip: The more expensive rooms on the ground floor are well worth the extra money, but as i usually book w...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank shaund255060
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KingKlong, Manager at The Expat Hotel, responded to this review, December 13, 2012
Thank you for your positive review. When I travel elsewhere, I would love to stay in a hotel like Expat but, unfortunately, I can never find anything close. Expat is only three star but we try to help people meet each other and have a great holiday in a convivial atmosphere.
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Additional Information about The Expat Hotel

Property: The Expat Hotel
Address: 163 / 17 Rat-U-Thit 200 Pee Road, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Phuket > Kathu > Patong
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#42 Spa Hotel in Patong
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — The Expat Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 47
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Expat Hotel is a quiet and tranquil oasis right in the heart of the pulsating nightlife of Patong Beach. We are located only a one- minute walk to Soi Bangla for bars and entertainment; two-minute walk to Jungceylon for a unique shopping experience; five-minute walk to the beach to enjoy the Andaman Sea. We have a large swimming pool, set in relaxing landscaped gardens, and a coffee shop/restaurant serving Western and Thai food at reasonable prices. There is also a Sports Bar showing live sports via satellite and playing classic rock music as well as a spa, sauna and massage on the premises. ... more   less 
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