I have stayed at the Expat two more times since my last review http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g297930-d557854-r33877271-The_Expat_Hotel-Patong_Phuket.html#CHECK_RATES_CONT In Oct 2009 and June 2010 and I will be returning for my 4th trip in June 2011. Why stay anywhere else? Really!
Ok, I understand families and honeymooners maybe looking for a little bit of luxury in paradise, but If you're a solo traveller or travelling with friends to party then I cannot imagine why you'd go anywhere else!
Expat is 100 metres from Bangla Road, 150 metres from Jungceylon shopping centre, 400 metres from the beach. It has a swimming pool, a sports bar, a restaurant an onsite massage and sauna (extra cost) and is lovely and quite while being right in the heart of the action!
The staff are just the best, from reception to bar to restaurant to cleaning to Security and the managers, all are there to make sure you have a perfect stay, not just at the hotel but in Thailand. Really top class!
The rooms aren't the best, a little basic but always clean and you are getting what you pay for after all.
Since my first trip they have renovated the bar area, built a spa area and I believe have now renovated the restaurant. Just shows that the management wish to keep upgrading the hotel and are willing to invest money to keep up their high standards.
My favourite things about the Expat are the pool area, great for meeting people and making friends if you're on your own. The location, can't be beat! And the staff, Brilliant!
Sure, maybe you can find a better quality hotel for the money but you'll just pay the difference in taxis and travelling
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Expat Hotel Patong
- The Expat Hotel Patong, Phuket