When i have a similar choice I just check all the reviews(see where the people are from} do a bit more research and then make a decision.
What others may like you might not.
I agree that everyone likes different things for different vacations. For our Phuket vacations I love to be on the beach, so I stay where the hotel is on the beach - I don't even want to cross the street to get to the beach.
I also like quiet so I stay off the busy beaches and certainly wouldn't stay in Patong because. But if you want nightlife and lots of young people, then stay in Patong.
Each to his own: decide what is important to you and then do some more research.
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