We stayed as part of a party of four in early December. By some miracle got two pool access rooms (specifically requested through travel agent), as these are worth the extra few bucks.
Check in was fine and quick. Was a bit disappointed to see that they were renovating the front façade of the main building (lasted the entire time we were there), but this has no impact on the rating, as it is expected that hotels should do renovations.
Our room was as expected since our last visit. Cleanliness has gone down a bit. There was nothing majorly wrong with the room, we just didn't have the feeling that it was crispy clean.
The hotel charges for in-room Wi-Fi, which is ridiculous as it is free in the library area. So everyday lots of people would congregate around the library to stay connected. They have already invested in the infrastructure, why not just make it free in the entire hotel and keep your guests super happy? Anyway... Quality was good.
The first visit, we could not stop talking about how amazing the hotel was. This time around, it was ... fine. Most evenings there were people in the pool past the pool closing hours, so much so that I once had to walk out onto the verandah of our room and quite some people down. I think the hotel should keep a tab on this, especially in the busy season, so that guests are not inconvenienced.
The gym was terrible (rated as "spa" below). Yes, I expected them to be a bit worn in this humidity (and the place stands wide open most of the day, thus being exposed to the elements), but it looked like the treadmills have not been cleaned in MONTHS. I reported this to the front desk, but did not have time to check whether something was done about it.
Overall, still a pleasant stay, but may check out a few other places next time around. The proximity to the beach and the fact that it is away from the bustle is a bonus. They must just watch out to not let standards slip..
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- 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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