This is a great hotel. We were fortunate to have won a prize of 6 nights accommodation at The Old Phuket. My wife corresponded with the hotel to confirm dates, and she found reservations to be punctual and friendly with their responses to our queries.
When we arrived, check in was seamless. However, as we arrived early, our room was not ready, but we had expected that. To use up the time waiting for our room, we went to the poolside massage marquee. I had the Thai Massage, and my wife had a foot massage. Both massages were 300 baht each. Very good value for money. After the massages, we decided to eat lunch at the pool bar in the Serene Wing. Lunch was good, and the menu typical and suitable for a poolside environment. After lunch, we collected our key for our room, which was a pool view room in the Serene Wing. This was to be our accommodation for the next 3 nights before we transferred to the a Private Jacuzzi room in the Sino wing.
The room is bright and modern. The decor is very understated, with dark wood finishings and green trim such as curtains etc, and white walls. This gave the room a very elegant feel. Yes, the floor is polished concrete, but, unlike other reviewers I feel this adds to the simple decor and elegance of this room.
The bathroom is stunning visually, with a great shower. The bathroom is very long and narrow, and as you walk in you face the basin, with toilet to your right and the shower and bath to the left. To get to the shower, you cross a pebble covered area and then you are in the shower. Beyond that is the bathtub, which is very impractical, as you have to climb over the ledge to get to the bath as well as to the blinds to close the view across the courtyard. The impracticality of the bath aside, it is a very attractive bathroom.
The room has a nice big king size bed, and in typical Thai style was a bit on the firm side. I did find the aircon to a be a bit noisy. It is centrally controlled, so you can only switch it on and off. Two bottles of still water were provided daily. A flat screen TV is provided, with several channels provided.
Housekeeping is also very good. They kept the room very clean, and after the first night, ensured we had a enough sachets of coffee and coffee creamer for morning and evening coffee.
What a contrast to the Serene Wing! Decor of the room is more traditional, but again not over the top. The bathroom is a more conventional configuration, and is very spacious. An interesting point is the outdoor shower. They have tried to make it private by putting some sheeting over the shower and some pot plants that hide you from the view of the hotel next door.
The bed is also a king size bed. A similar TV to the Serene wing is provided.
What I did notice is that housekeeping only replaced coffee and coffee creamer used. It almost seemed as if we were in two different hotels!!
The jacuzzi is a little old fashioned, but is great fun to use. Plenty of foam bath and shampoo is provided to ensure one has sufficient bubbles.
Breakfast is great, and staff eager to please. Certain foods are changed every day, so one does not get too bored day after day.
We swam in the pool in the Serene Wing. The water is warm, the pool is very clean, and there are sufficient loungers for guests to use. The pool bar is also right there.
The location of the Old Phuket is great. There are several restaurants just outside the hotel, so one does not have to venture far to have a variety of places to eat your meals. Karon Beach is quiet but it does have everything Patong Beach has. The hotel does provide a shuttle to Patong, and you are dropped off at JungCelylon Mall if you want to experience the hustle and bustle of Patong.
All in all we really enjoyed our stay and would recommend pool access rooms if they are available.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Old Phuket - Karon Beach Resort is located in the central tranquil of Karon Beach, charming and beautiful with its spectacular view of swimming pool and hilly. ... more less
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