I've stayed at the Summer Breeze on numerous occasions and know the place quite well. I have also previously stayed at a number of other hotels in Patong and although some have been very good, all, with the exception of one, have lacked that sense of familiarity you get when you stay at the Summer Breeze. Situated on Soi Sansabai, it is a five minute walk from the Jung Ceylon shopping centre and the entertainment of Bangla Road and ten minutes from the beach, so it's an ideal place to stay.
It's a relatively small hotel with four floors and I'd guess at around twenty something rooms. All are comfortable and clean and bright although natural light levels vary from room to room depending on where the room is situated. The rooms are cleaned and the bed linen is changed every day and there are two complimentary small bottles of water. The laundry service is quick and relatively cheap, and you also have an option of taking it next door where there is another independant laundry. As with many other similar hotels there is no lift, just stairs, which has never been a real problem and the staff will help you with luggage if necessary. The bar and restaurant area is spacious and airy and looks out onto Soi Sansabai which can be very entertaining at times. Breakfast isn't included in the price of the room but there is a wide selection to choose from and it is relatively inexpensive. If there's one thing that wasn't too good it was the television. Out of seventy or so channels, there were only a few that were in english and only one or two film channels. But it was a minor point and didn't detract from my stay.
As with any hotel, the staff form an important part of the experience. Impolite and poorly trained staff can be a nightmare and can make an otherwise nice stay into a very good reason not to return. Here lies one of the Summer Breeze's strengths. All the staff are polite, courteos and well-mannered. Most speak good English. They are professional yet at the same time friendly and informal and make any stay a real pleasure. Their relaxed and humorous attitude brightens up every day and there's always a warm greeting no matter which staff are present. The hotel owner is American and he manages the day to day business well, which can be seen in the way the staff respond to customers. He should be proud of his staff.
My stay was in July and August this year and unfortunately I had to be taken to hospital urgently. The staff were brilliant, checking up on me throughout the day as I became unwell and organising transport to the hospital when it was realised it was more serious. They were genuinely concerned and so caring, even visiting me in hospital in their own time. They also packed my bags and kept them safe until I returned. It's this level of personal service that sets the Summer Breeze apart from other hotels I've stayed in. I can't thank them enough for looking after me when I really needed it. Well done to them all.
So, will I return? Of course. A great hotel with excellent staff. Why wouldn't I?
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- Also Known As:
- Summer Breeze Hotel Phuket/Patong