We just returned from our second stay at the Summer Breeze Hotel in Patong, and we enjoyed it so much that we wanted to share this gem with other folks who may travel in these parts. I have visited hotels big and small around the world for more than 30 years, and the Summer Breeze is at the very top of the list for hospitality. The owner and every member of the staff are genuinely friendly and make every effort to ensure that you have the most enjoyable stay possible. That, plus the facilities and location are a guarantee that you’ll have an unforgettable stay in Patong.
Location, location, location! The Summer Breeze is perfectly situated at 171 Soi Sansabai, on Patong Beach, just over 100 meters from the head of Bangla Road and the Jungceylon shopping mall. Bangla Road itself is little more than half a km in length, so the hotel is also an easy walk to the beach. This puts you right in the heart of Patong’s vibrant nightlife; outstanding restaurants for every taste, endless shopping, and dozens of evening establishments a mere 5 minutes from your door.
We stayed in one of the summer suites both times. Bedroom, bathroom with plenty of hot water, nicely furnished living area, cable TV, good AC and fans, well-stocked mini-fridge, free WiFi, and room service. One of the first things you’ll notice is how clean the rooms are. I’m not talking about the industrial antiseptic/deodorant “clean” you get in big hotels. I’m talking about the spotless total-attention-to-detail clean you only get in places that really go the extra mile – and in the humid tropical climate of Patong, trust me, this is a feature you will really appreciate.
All rooms have a safe for your documents and valuables. Beyond that, the Hotel has round-the-clock security staff and CCTV. We really liked the way the suite was organized, with the bathroom between the bedroom and living room. The living room was well lit by the large window, but the bedroom was sheltered from the morning light, so whether you are jet-lagged or Bangla-lagged, you can sleep peacefully as late as you like. Speaking of which, the queen-size bed gave excellent even support, with a luxurious pillow top my girlfriend raved over. Can’t say I disagree, and over the course of a long visit, it’s a feature you’ll appreciate more every night.
While great food is available all over Patong, sometimes its nice to just relax over a meal at home, and the Summer Breeze has you covered. About half the restaurant menu is excellent quality Thai specialties, with the rest split between American and European comfort-food favorites. I had the fresh local catch of the day when we arrived, and it was everything you would expect at dockside. Perfectly fresh, perfectly prepared, with a Thai flare that elevated it to a level you’d be hard put to match anywhere else. If you’re more in the mood for a burger & fries, a nice steak, or an Italian dish, the quality and preparation are just as good. For special occasions, the restaurant offers a climate-controlled cabinet stocked with fine wines. Good bar too, with a BIG screen TV that runs pretty strongly to sports throughout the afternoon and evening.
My girlfriend and I spent one evening at the famous Fantasea performance at Kamala beach. We just let the Summer Breeze staff know, and they took care of the details. A car came to pick us up right at the entrance of the hotel. If you’re more in the mood for deep sea fishing, elephant trekking, a day-trip (or longer) to Phi Phi Island, no problem, the staff will set it up. You just need to get yourself to the lobby on time. They can also tell you where to find any restaurant or shop you may want to visit. All of the staff speak at least fair English, some good, some perfect, so it’s really easy to find out whatever you want to know.
Our first visit was in March. We didn’t have any problem reserving a room a few weeks in advance. Our second visit was in late September, which is customarily the low season. Again no problem with reservations, but the hotel was full throughout our stay, and we saw a number of hopeful walk-ins leave disappointed. From what I hear, the high season is booked months in advance, so whenever you plan to stay, get in touch with the hotel and make your reservations in plenty of time. The hotel will also arrange for you to be picked up from, and dropped off at the airport. It costs about 6$ more than the airport taxis but its really nice to clear customs after that looooooong flight and see someone there waiting with your name on a card to chauffer you to your destination. Take a comfortable snooze on the 30 minute ride to the hotel, then you’ll be ready to kick your vacation off to a great start as soon as you arrive. http://www.summerbreezehotel.com/
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Excellent location, great food, a good nights sleep and the friendliest staff in Thailand. Located a 3 minute walk from Bangla and 8 from the beach we are an ideal choice for your stay in Patong. Featuring food from a michelin starred chef, don't look anywhere else. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Summer Breeze Hotel Phuket/Patong