Accommodation is the first thing we think about when planning a trip – so, where should you stay in Phuket?
During our stay in Phuket, we spent 5 nights at the Safari Beach Hotel located on Patong Beach. It was a pleasant stay and good value for money with rooms costing just under £50 a night (around 2500B).
Here are the Pros and Cons to our stay at Safari Beach Hotel.
Location – The hotel was just a short walk from the beach of Patong as well as being just a few buildings down from the lively Bangla Road. The short walk was ideal for late nights out and the large selection of restaurants that surrounded the hotel meant we had a lot of meal choices. There are also convenience stores such as FamilyMart just a short walk away, ideal for stocking up on water and snacks for the room.
Breakfast – The Safari Beach Hotel offers a breakfast each morning with continental choices such as cereal, toasts and bakery products along with a few western and thai hot items such as noodles and scrambled egg. The breakfast was nice considering it was included in the price but more of a choice would have made it even better.
Decor – With an open reception and authentic wooden styled restaurant and lobby area, the hotels decor is typically Thai and fits well with its tropical surroundings. The pathways to each of the buildings weave through palm trees and greenery – creating a unique, relaxing, tropical atmosphere that contrasts greatly with the bustling rowdy pub area nearby.
Staff – The staff were incredibly friendly throughout our stay and were very helpful when Calum was unwell one day during our stay. The ladies at the reception were always polite and cheerful, greeting us by name and with a smile each time we returned to the hotel.
Hotel Facilities – In the centre of the collection of buildings that make up the hotel, is a nice pool that was fairly quiet during the majority of our stay. Airport transfers are also available as is WiFi throughout the hotel and rooms. The hotel also offers free parking, laundry services and tours that can be booked from the front desk – like a day trip to the James Bond Island or a day trip to the nearby islands.
Restaurant – The Savoey Restaurant is attached to the hotel and we heard about how popular and liked the restaurant was. In fairness, in comparison to the other restaurants along this beach front, this restaurant does appear to be the nicest looking place, with the hotels authentic Thai feel being used within the restaurant as well. Unfortunately, the quality of the food didn’t match the decor and neither of us particularly enjoyed our food at this restaurant.
Rooms – The atmosphere and Thai feel of this hotel is lovely but unfortunately the rooms let the hotel down just slightly. Our room had a comfortable bed but was two twin beds pushed together instead of one double bed and the room was spacious with a desk, flat screen TV and balcony. The bathroom had an OK shower but water pressure wasn’t particularly great and I did miss a bath tub. The room itself also felt just a little bit too dark and could have done with some more light. The room was nice and if the price was fair I would stay here again but I felt the rooms needed a little bit more TLC to meet the price of the hotel and the high expectations of luxury set by the rest of the hotel itself.
This was a good choice for a couple on a budget but I think we will be looking for other options when we return to Phuket. Our stay was fairly good value but it appears the hotel price has risen since our trip, making it overpriced for the quality of the room.
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