I'd rate this guest house as poor, but for the time of the year and the amount I paid, I got what I paid for. I shouldn't have expected much more for the price. I went during the end of december and through to New Year.
I usually start off my reviews of hotels discussing the convenience of the location. This guest house was pretty difficult to find and many taxi drivers, tuk tuk drivers, and locals did not know the location of this guest house. I had to find the guest house based on the street name. If you've ever asked for directions from Thai people, you'll know that they have zero sense of direction or time. When they say it's about 10 minutes away, it's actually closer to 30-40 minutes away. And when they say it's "right over there", it's actually about 4-5 streets away. Anyway, it was a mission to find, and in 93 degree temperatures, 100% humidity, and lugging around a suitcase, it wasn't fun.
But back to the convenience of the locations. It was fairly convenient, but definitely not the best location. For the price, it was good enough though. It was about a 10 minute walk to the beach and about a 15 minute walk to the beginning of Bangla Rd. which is the main street for nightlife in Patong beach. This was my first trip to Phuket so I am not an expert on attractions or key areas, so I can't make anymore comparisons. The beach is huge and if you walk down Sainamyen Rd, the road that the guest house is on, you'd end up around the middle of the big stretch of beach. When you get to the main road that runs along the beach, you can go through a beach access and head to the beach or you can take a left and the beach opens up to the road and you're basically walking along the beach.
The guest house itself is located beside/above a hair salon. At first, I walked into the salon wondering where the guest house was since the sign was above the hair salon. There's actually a second door right next to the salon door that leads to a stairs that goes to the office of the guest house. The office is small and doesn't look anything like a reception area, it's literally like a small business office. The lady working was nice and she didn't even take payment until I checked out. I booked the guest house through Asiarooms.com and I didn't even realize I didn't pay online. If she didn't ask me if I wanted to pay before or after, I would have left the guest house without paying because I figured I made an online payment. FYI- The guest house does not accept credit cards. Luckily I had cash, but I found it very inconvenient that I couldn't pay with a credit card.
FYI- there are no elevators. So if you have heavy bags or a lot of bags, be ready to make multiple trips or haul them up a few flights of stairs. Like I mentioned, the salon is on the bottom, the office is on the second floor, so the rooms don't begin until the third floor.
Each floor has about four rooms on them. The rooms use a traditional key to get in. The key is on a big keychain that is also used to turn on the electricity in the room. You have to put the keychain in a slot to use the lights and electrical outlets. When the office closes, the front door is locked, so you need a second key (attached to the same keychain) to get in the front door. Because the room uses a traditional key, the room door does not lock automatically like modern hotel rooms. The first time I left the room, I came back to a door that was unlocked because I'm so used to the doors locking automatically. So be aware of that.
The room was small, dated, and a little dingy. Everything in the room could be updated and the room could use a fresh coat of paint. The bed was about the size of a full-size bed. The bed had one sheet to sleep under, and I don't mean one comforter, I'm talking about one thin bed sheet. Luckily Phuket is hot, or else I would have died. The air conditioner is old and it takes the room awhile to cool down in the hot, humid weather. The TV was the style tv's and all the channels were "snowy", so I didn't bother to use it. The room also had a desk, chair, refrigerator, closet, and a small dresser. The room had a couple complimentary waters, tea, and coffee. They also had a hot water boiler. I don't think the complimentary items are restocked daily though.
The bathroom was just as dated and dingy as the room. It had some clay colored tiling and dim lighting. Not the best combination. The shower used a electric hot water heater that did a good job of getting the water hot. The water pressure was pretty terrible though. The bathroom came with one hand towel, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and toothbrush kit. It didn't come with a bar of soap, so that was inconvenient. I would need to get the body wash in the shower if I wanted to wash my hands.
I would recommend this guest house to people who are on a budget and who won't be staying in the hotel as much. The location wasn't terrible, but the amenities and furniture were very poor. I would probably not stay here again. I would rather spend the extra money to stay in a nicer, cleaner hotel/guest house.
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