LOCATION -This 5 room B & B is quite unique. It is situated in a middle-class, Thai residential area in Phuket Town. It is about 40 min. from Phuket Intnl. Airport and, I believe, about 15 - 20 min. from the ferries to Ko Phi Phi and Ko Lanta. The largest Dept. Store on the island, Robinsons, which is in the heart of Puket Town, is about 15 min. drive away. The Bus Station is about 15 min. away. The neighbourhood is very quiet and conducive to a good night's sleep. For a foreigner like me from Canada it was fascinating to be able to observe first-hand the daily life in action of the friendly neighbours. If guests don't have their own transportation they may feel a bit stranded unless they are good walkers or are prepared to pay for taxis. Manit, the owner, will sometimes give you a ride on his motorbike or in his car if his schedule permits. To get to the local business area where taxi's, motorbike taxis and songtaew services are readily available takes about 15 - 20 min. walking. The cheapest and most fun way to get to the centre of Phuket Town from the Summer Breeze is to walk to the round-a-bout where the Tesco Mini Store is located (15 min. fast walking) and then catch the songtaew (PINK in color) from there for the 10 THB, 20 min. trip to the Robinson's Dept. Store.
RESTAURANTS - There are a couple of Thai restaurants located about an 8 - 10 min. walk from the B & B. The first one you come to, right at the foot of the hill, is quite good and prices are reasonable. It is located on an arm of the sea and they catch some of their fish right there. If you walk about 15 min. further towards town you will come to the main commercial area and there are numerous small restaurants there to choose from. If you are wishing more up-scale dining it will be necessary to go into downtown Phuket Town. Even then, there isn't a great selection of classier dining spots. Best selection of these would be found in or around 4/5* hotels on the west coast or on the SE coast in the Chalong/ Rawai area.
ACCOMODATION - The Summer Breeze Inn is a most comfortable place to spend a few days if you are in transit somewhere else, either by bus or ferry, or if you are wishing to explore the interesting, historical townsite of Phuket Town. The 5 rooms, 2 on main and 3 up, are all clean and well-equipped w/ ensuite, tv, free WIFI, comfortable beds, 2 free daily waters and fridge. Rooms are decorated in a nautical theme and have a homey feeling. 2 of the 3 upper floor rooms face the street with a balcony that runs across the front of the building that affords a nice view of the street life below. Travelling as a single, the room called 'The Sails', which is one of these 2 front-facing rooms, is my choice. I have now stayed at the Summer Breeze on 2 separate trips and I have looked in all 5 rooms.
BREAKFAST - Breakfast, which is included in the room rate, is served on the main floor by reception with 3 tables inside and 1 outside. Menu is set as follows; juice, coffee/tea, yogurt and 2 slices of toast w/ butter & jam.
INTERNET - Free WIFI is available throughout the place with a sharing computer located by the reception desk.
SERVICE - I've saved the best for last. Manit, the owner, along with the 'behind-the -scenes' help from his wife, offer an extraordinary, friendly level of personal service that makes guests feel like they are farmily members. Manit is a walking encyclopedia of information and advice and he does everything humanly possible to make your stay pleasant and memorable. He spent 2 years at university in Britain and his English is excellent. I have travelled to 25 countries world-wide and I've stayed in hundreds of hotels from 1 - 5 stars and, in terms of customer service savvy, this guy doesn't miss a beat. Noone could ever leave this small abode without a warm and fuzzy feeling.
MISC. - There is a tiny convenience store located about 3 min. walk from the front door that carries all the 'necessities of life'.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Summer Breeze Inn is a small cosy family hotel in the Iravadee Village in Phuket Town, Thailand. Close to the Phi Phi Island Ferry, it has five rooms, each with its own character. Guests are given their own front door key, and we try our very best to make everyone feel very much at home ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Summer Breeze Hotel Phuket Town
- Summer Breeze Phuket Town
- Summer Breeze Inn Hotel Phuket/Phuket Town