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“Nice design hotel”
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Foto Hotel
Ranked #10 of 56 Hotels in Kata Beach
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Munich, Germany
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“Nice design hotel”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2013

Very nice new design hotel. Very good pool with panoramic view, lounge music, chairs and beautiful sunset. Free wi-fi everywhere. Free minibar with small snacks. Breakfast until 1 PM.

Rather far from both Kata and Kata Noi beaches, free transfer to Kata beach only three times a day.
Rather poor breakfast buffet though you can order one of three menus which are usually omelet and two asian soups. No room service available.
As the hotel is on a hill there is no elevator to the rooms.
booking.com pictures were showing that there will be a bath on the room balcony but there was no :(

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2013

This hotel is on a VERY STEEP HILL. My husband and I are fit, active people and walking DOWN the hill was very difficult, walking up the hill would be impossible. Even the tuk tuks and cabs have difficulty going up this hill. And they will charge you 200 thb to take you from the main road to the hotel.
Also this hotel is fairly new and not many people even in Kata know where it is by the name. If you try to get a cab from another nearby town, they won't know where it is. We took a photo of the Orchid Hotel, which is at the base of the hill our hotel is on, and we would show this to cab drivers.
For the Pros, the bed was extremely comfortable bed and we had a great view of the ocean. The room was large and the walk in shower was very nice. The Thai breakfasts were very filling, and were always served with what I assume was meant to be a soft boiled egg. However, I'm guessing that the egg was only cooked for about 30 seconds and was basically just a raw egg with only the very outer 1-2mm of skin was cooked. I ordered the American breakfast one day, which came with 2 eggs over easy and they were served with runny whites. But the restaurant does have a spectacular view of the infinity pool and the ocean. The staff was also very friendly.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2013

The hotel definitely lives up to its tagline; "Different Memories". We went here for our honeymoon and was welcomed with juices n wine glasses, fruits, and some local thai dessert (they wanted to give us wine, but we're muslims, hence they substituted with these instead). Our sea view room was stunning..overlooking Kata Beach, not to mention the outdoor bath tub on our balcony. We were already excited with the room, but when we got to the 3rd floor (the swimming pool n restaurant), we were even more pleased by the amazing contemporary setup and ambience. Let the pictures do some justice. Will definitely come back with my big family. It was a perfect honeymoon.

  • Stayed December 2012
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2013

We LOVED this hotel!! We only stayed here for 3 nights, but wished it was more. We kept comparing every other hotel on our trip to this one.

FRONT DESK: everyone was very friendly and helpful, and english was spoken really well. Check-in/out was quick and easy. There was a buggy service to take you to your room with your bags. Decor is very modern and all black, white and grey.

ROOM: looks just like the pictures. They are a good size, very clean and modern decor. The bed was SOOO comfortable and larger than a regular king bed. We had a decent sized private balcony that overlooked the ocean with a day bed and outdoor tub. The minibar was all free and had lots of water, pop and snacks. Wifi was free all over the hotel and easy to access. There was a large sofa in the room, an iPod dock with speaker, safe, a large interactive flat-screen where you could view your hotel bill, front desk messages etc. The bathroom was large and clean. Our room was on one of the lowest floors and becuase the sections of the hotel are spread out over the mountain, there isn't really an elevator that runs to each section, so we had lots of stairs to walk up...we definitely got our cardio workout in!

POOL: was amazing! It was a large roof-top infinity pool that had lots of day beds and loungers surrounding it. There were also different sections and levels in the pool so you could swim or lay back in the water and relax. The view was great...we spent a lot of time here!

RESTAURANT: we didn't end up eating here, it seemed expensive compared to other restaurants in the area and the menu wasn't that large.

LOCATION: just minutes from Kata beach, which in our opinion was the best beach and much quieter than the other ones. There are lots of restaurants and shops nearby. The only downside is that the hotel is on a hill, so its a long tiring walk back from the beach. The hotel does offer a shuttle to and from the beach but it only has a few times. For 350 baht you can rent a scooter from the hotel, which makes it super easy to get around. Or there are taxis and tuk tuks everywhere.

We would highly recommend this hotel to anyone!! If you aren't in good shape, I would recommend asking for a room that is located close to the lobby so you don't have to climb too many steps. You can request the front desk to pick you up and drop you off with their gilf carts if needed.

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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Oslo, Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2013

I stayed 3 nights at this hotel. WOW, very nice hotel. I will be back for sure.

Just open in october 2012.

The rooms are big and very nice design and has everything, big bed and shower room.
And the hotel has a nice location up in the hill with a great view. The swimming pool area and restaurant has perfect location and a great view over Kata Beach.

I hope the restaurant restaurant gets a bigger meny for lunch and dinner, then you do not leave the hotel. :))

And when the elevator is finish is better for the rooms in the lower section.

The staff is young and give a VERY good service, very helpful, Thanks.

I recommend this hotel very much. Just go there and see for yourself and enjoy.

Room Tip: Top level with view
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled solo
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Leicester
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2013

If you are looking for a boutique/contemporary hotel then look no further than Foto Hotel.

Stayed here for 8 nights and didn't want to leave. Arrived at night and woke up to an amazing view in the morning from room 402 which is an ozone room on the 4th floor. Request for a high floor if possible. I would describe the decor as modern/contemporary. It really is just like the professional photos on their website.

Room: Extra large bed, good size balcony with gazebo (day bed) and bath tub. Flat screen interactive TV, safe, desk, large sofa. Mini bar was free which contained water, soft drinks, Yakult, snacks and replaced daily. Also if you have an iPhone take it with you, the room had a Yamaha bass speaker dock so you can play your music loud and incase your wondering the rooms are completely sound proof.

Reception has 2x Apple Macbooks with free internet and free wifi all over the hotel.

The pool would definitely be a selling point for the hotel with an amazing view of Kata Noi Beach. Breakfast was beautiful although slightly limited if vegetarian (had the choice of various breads/bakery, eggs, fruit, cerial).

Location: Personally for us as a couple it was perfect as I rented a scooter from the hotel everyday and had no problems getting up and down the hill. We walked up the hill one night and must have burnt about 500 calories. Walking to the shops and Kata Beach is 5 mins. If you decide to stay at Foto, rent a scooter from the hotel, even if you've never ridden one before, its sooo easy and fun. The hotel is situated in Kata which is a lovely area. 20 mins to Patong (clubbers paradise) by scooter or Tuk Tuk. Also Kata Noi is 10 mins away (turn left at the bottom of the hill). This was our favourite beach of all as its much quieter than Karon Beach and Patong Beach.

A massive thank you to all of the staff members at the hotel who are all really friendly and helpful and always go the extra mile. A special thanks to Nong, Oil, Joe and Nana.

Overall this is a very impressive hotel. 4.5 stars in my opinion. The hotel opened in December so there were a few things yet to be completed such as the elevator to the rooms however reception provide a buggy service to the rooms upon request. Perfect location for couples. If you are like me and have 20 tripadvisor pages open comparing all the hotels before you book... go for this hotel and just book it, you will not be disappointed.

Happy holidays.

Room Tip: Request high floor if possible for nicer view.
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bangkok, Thailand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2013

We booked through Agoda,com and pay less than THB 3000/night without breakfast. For a good hotel in Phuket, I think this is quite reasonable. The room has its own balcony and access to a huge terrace overlooking the beach. Bed is very comfy. Mini bar is free. Service isn't outstanding.

The low point of this hotel is location. It isn't too far to walk to shops and restaurants but walking up hill is rather tiresome and taxi in Phuket is ridiculously expensive.

There is one restaurant called Tamarind on the mainroad before entrance of the hotel. The restaurant serves Thai and international food at good price, a good option if you don't want to walk to the town centre.

The hotel provides shuttle van to the beach 3-4 times a day.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Foto Hotel
Address: 218 / 9 Koktanod Road (Kata-Saiyuan) | Muang, Phuket, Kata Beach, Karon, Phuket 83100, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Phuket > Karon > Kata Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#8 Spa Hotel in Kata Beach
#9 Luxury Hotel in Kata Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Foto Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 79
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Foto Hotel is a stylish design hotel at Kata Beach created from a deep passion for photography that will inspire and delight with striking modern design and cool contemporary interiors. Enter the monochrome world of our Kata hotel and relax at the rooftop Silhouette Pool and Playground with panoramic views over three stunning west coast beaches and savour the exotic flavours of Phuket at the poolside restaurant Tiffin Mama. Escape to the Bokeh Spa at this serene Phuket boutique hotel for a rejuvenating treatment and unwind in the supreme comfort of your private Hall with the latest technology gadgets and luxury amenities. Capture a unique view of the world at Foto Hotel. To get the best rate go to ... more   less 
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