Stayed 7 days 6 nights from Dec 5-11. Everything was arranged by emailing Dan/Tan, their replies were always very prompt. Taxi pick up from and to the airport was also arranged directly with the hotel. That was convenient & provided a good piece of mind. Note that due to traffic conditions in Phuket, the ride from the airport to the hotel was 45 minutes, & from the hotel to the airport was 1 hour 10 minutes, so keep in mind of traffic jam, as it can happen anytime anywhere. We stayed at the couple's penthouse. View was perfect, nothing blocking at all, one balcony had mountain view, the other had ocean view. Keep in mind this is not a 5 star hotel, so do not expect a very fancy interior design of the suite. We stayed at room 502 & must say the king size bed was very comfortable. The suite was big for 2 people. There is a water boiler with free instant coffee/tea in the room. They also provide 2 bottled waters each day for free. There is a digital save, large enough to put our 2 laptops, plus a bunch of stuff. The hotel also offered laundry service for a fee ($120 baht per 1 kg), and we did use that too. It is ready the next day, very convenient. There is a 7/11 down the street, super short walk. The only thing in the room that needed improvement was the light bulbs, as they keep going out, & I had to ask Dan/Tan to replace a few times, especially in the bathroom, there was 2 nights when it was so hard to see when showering. Hotel is close walking distance to Jungceylong Mall, it's a huge shopping mall with lots of good restaurants, spa/massage shops, souvenir stores, and The Big C, which is like the Walmart, they sell everything at very cheap reasonable prices. Given the traffic around Patong area, for us to walk from the hotel to Patong Beach (to get right to the water) is 20 minutes. Not sure how other reviewers were saying it only took them 10 minutes, maybe when they went, the roads did not have as much traffic. We found it at times dangerous to walk across streets and had to just stand & wait, since the vehicles there would never stop for pedestrians like the way they do in North America. Dan/Tan also helped arranged activity booking for us when we asked. We went for a half day city tour, with private taxi arranged by hotel, so it was very safe. We went to have the buffet and show at Phuket Fanta-Sea. This is a show with like 20 elephants on stage doing some cool tricks, totally worth seeing. We also went for elephant ride, again with hotel pick up/drop off, so easy. On our own, we went to watch Mui-Thai kick-boxing, it's the real thing, the boxing stadium is right by Jungceylong Mall. Weather was 30 degrees celcius each day sunny, it did get cloudy the last couple days, but was still very hot. Overall the week stay in Kelly's was a good budget choice, it's location was convenient enough & we never felt uncomfortable out in the streets in the evening. Patong Beach was extremely crowded, so if I go to Phuket again in the future, may actually try to stay at Karon or Kata Beach area, as they seem more relaxed. If you want a fun Phuket vacation and want to save some money, Kelly's is definitely a great choice. If you don't care about money much and want to be at beach front, then you can stay at the 4-5 star hotels there, without any view, a regular room would cost 2.5 times more than a regular room at Kelly's. Also, our flight out was in the evening, and Dan/Tan was totally ok to let us check out late at 3pm with no extra charge. We just let them know in advance, and they would try to accommodate. You will find Kelly's management and staff are way more personal than chain hotels, and you are not treated like a number at all. Oh, on a last note, there's a lot of construction everywhere in Phuket, and right next to Kelly's is a site building a new hotel, so it can be loud. If you cannot stand noise, beware, but for us, we just slept through it, as we didn't mind it too much. I chose to stay at Kelly's based on reviews I read on Trip Advisor, so I want to make sure I share my experience too.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- "Perfect hotel for your holidays in Phuket, be it with your family or special someone" Previously known and popular Kelly's Hotel is now Kelly's Residency under the new professional management of Ananta Hospitality Management Co Ltd. 4Star rated Rooms at 2Star Rates. Compare to most hotels in Patong, our rooms are well appointed, spacious and comfortable for the price range and all have large balconies, all have views over Patong and most have ocean views, large Suite Room on the top floor. Rooms are recently renovated by the new management and many new services and facilities are being added to make the stay at Kelly's be more enjoyable and comfortable, you will surely be pleased with improvement at your favourite Kelly's Most of our guests feel like at home with the kind of warmth and essence of hospitality they experience at Kelly's with us ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kellys Hotel Patong
- Kelly's Residency Phuket/Patong