Quirky small hotel with unique decor; even the pool matched the hotel's theme. I appreciated the effort that went into the decor. Room was a good size and spotless, but the floor was plain concrete and got dusty quite quickly. Shower was fab - overhead as well as hand-held, excellent water pressure. Aircon was effective, plus there was also a ceiling fan. Note that there were no windows, only a glass sliding door along an entire stretch of wall, with floor-to-ceiling curtains that had to be permanently drawn to preserve privacy. Coffee/tea making facilities provided. Toiletries supplied and good quality towels.
Pleasant restaurant out front with good view of the main road - great for people-watching. The food was surprisingly good too, and reasonably priced. I had the home-made burger the 1st night and it was excellent. 2nd night I had 2 Thai dishes which were both very good. Breakfast was plentiful and excellent, although only 1 cup of coffee provided.
My main complaint about the hotel was that I was severely bitten by mosquitoes when sunbathing by the pool. This happened on both occasions I sunbathed, so I am certain of that fact. I suspect this was due more to the surrounding area than to the hotel's failures. The hotel would also benefit from a few more sun-loungers by the pool - there clearly weren't enough available for all the guests.
The hotel is located on a stretch of busy road with numerous shops, restaurants, bureau de change, travel/tour agents & massage salons. You can get very good exchange rates and incredibly cheap massages - approx. £5 for an hour. It is about a 5 min walk to the beach and 8 min to Bangla Rd. However, I would not bother with Patong Beach if you are looking for a nice stretch of sand - it is nasty, dirty & vastly overcrowded.
I would definitely recommend this place if you are looking for a small clean & quiet hotel with few frills but conveniently located for shops, restaurants & transport.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At Nicky's Handlebar Hotel, we've taken extra care in giving each room its very own unique features and characteristics. On some, you'll find different painted themes while others have elaborate wall sculptures. Headboards, bathroom furnishings, and even the toilet are themed in a fashion that would appeal to bikers, as well as just about everybody else! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Nicky's Handlebar Hotel Phuket/Patong