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“Service Rivals the Ritz at a Fraction of the Price”
Review of Amari Phuket

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Amari Phuket
Ranked #2 of 321 Hotels in Patong
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Charlotte NC
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“Service Rivals the Ritz at a Fraction of the Price”
Reviewed 10 July 2008

When we arrived we were served this Lemongrass Tea drink that was fabulous. The staff was very attentive and the rooms were excellent. We stayed in the furthest building from the front desk that was certaily more quite but it was trek to get into Putong on foot. The packaged meals / entertainment were fun and great after a long day, but don't eat there everynight as the food in town is good and less expensive. The high end spa looked wonderful but the prices were beyond me as I was at the end of our trip. The salon by the fitness center offered a great facial. I will go back on the Amari

Two things to note

1 - Drinks on the pier are much more expensive
2 - Don't use your calling card from the hotel, you get charged an extreme rate as an operated assist call. Go into town and use the yellow phones

  • Stayed June 2008, travelled on business
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Reviewed 10 July 2008

After a lot of research chose Amari and were not disappointed. Had Superior room and there were 3 women in it, would chose the same again. Beds were not like cement as some people said but comfortable, shower was a little slow in draining but no big deal. La Gritta was lovely and service fantastic, resident band and happy hour was great, wish we had discovered it earlier! Position was fantastic, 10 minute walk down to shops and a tuktuk ride back for 150-200bht. Pools were plenty big enough and the breakfast was fantastic. Would most certainly chose Amari again and would stay even longer!

  • Liked — Position, pools, views and food
  • Disliked — Probably the steps, we were lucky only had about 12 to climb!
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 3 July 2008

We stayed at the Coral Beach for 11 nights on our first trip to Phuket following three nights in Bangkok, a night at The Rose Garden Resort, Ayutthaya, and a night on a floating hotel on the River Kwai.
It was a real pleasure to be able to relax for a while without having to keep re-packing suitcases.
The Amari is situated at the far southern end of Patong Beach in Phuket over a small river and up a long sloping road to the resort. A relaxing open-air lobby awaits with far-reaching views back over the crescent shaped Patong Bay. with the sea twinkling below.
The previous reviewer referred to the distance to Patong itself, but this was really not a problem and we both enjoyed the walk to and from the "bright lights". If it was too late at night or we couldn't be bothered to walk back we simply took a tuk tuk for a few pence.
The hotel is spread out in blocks over quite a distance which led to a secluded feel to the rooms, much preferable to a large hotel in one single building. Paths with tropical foliage linked the rooms to the main reception area, magically lit at night. Frogs croaking in the darkness kept you company as you walked back to your room.
Our room was probably the furthest away from the main reception and we were able to step right onto the sand below.
The becroom and bathroom were extremely comfortable.
There were two lovely looking swimming pools, but we were not in the hotel during the day so not able to comment on how busy they became.
The breakfast spread was magnificent and kept us going all day long.
We only had dinner at the hotel on one occasion, which was the special Loy Kratong dinner. This was a magical occasion where each guest set their little candlelit boats bobbing off into the sea.
The beach at the Coral Beach is certainly nothing to get excited about, nor is Patong Beach itself. Better beaches can be found just around the headland south of the Coral Beach Hotel and at Kata and Karon.
Patong itself was a heady experience. Even a few nights in Bangkok had not prepared us for the sights and smells of Patong. We spent most evenings in the infamous Bangla Road at the open air bars where hours could be spent nursing a couple of beers watching the most incredible sights imaginable. At no time did we feel uncomfortable and as there were many couples enjoying similar evenings to us this seemed to be the general opinion of all. The bar girls were extremely friendly to both of us and seemed just as keen to chat to us as lure single men into the bars.
Wonderful meals were taken on Beach Road before the trip back to the Coral Beach.
Phuket was a beautiful island. We took a trip to Pearl Island for the day, we also visited Kata and Karon Beach, the sea gypsy village and a memorable day was spent at Phang Nga. We visited Phuket Town but were a little disappointed.
The weather was wonderful for the whole holiday, and I will always regard Phuket as a little bit special, even though we have travelled to far prettier and stunning locations in the following years.

  • Liked — The Location Away From The Bright Lights
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed December 2003, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 July 2008

I have read some of the reviews for this hotel and feel they are very misleading. I have just come back from a 2 week holiday in Thailand where i stayed 5 nights at the Amari.

It is a very nice hotel situated at the end of Patong beach. This ensures you dont hear all the craziness outside but is easily walkable (about 5 mins to the beginning of the strip) or you can grab a tuk tuk for the equivalent of £2. These are always waiting in the hotel reception so no wait ever ! Location wise it is great. Yes there are closer hotels to the action but i think they would be very noisy.

Pricewise we paid about £50 a night and i thought it was great value for money. The breakdfast is a buffet style where you can eat american hot, cereals, fruit etc but also a japanese breakfast such as sushi or rice. This was a fantastic breakfast and great value for money all to be eaten in a lovely outdoor restaurant overlooking the sea.

There are 2 pools here which arent massive but are perfetly adequate for sunbathing and jumping in. The beach is a minutes walk away so that is an option also.

Our room was on the third floor of block seven. Yes it is a few minutes walk from the reception but you can get a tuk tuk around to your room so not a real issue. Yes we had to climb a few blocks of stairs to get to the room but the concierge will order your bags to be delivered so there is no real problem. People moaning about this are being rediculous unless of course you have mobility issues in which case this would be a problem.

I would recommend this hotel and happily stay here again.

  • Stayed June 2008, travelled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 June 2008

Would definitely stay here again. superb resort. was upgraded to deluxe room upon arrival. Breakfast buffet was amazing. only hotel with private beach. Only complaint was that I wish the resort was alittle closer to town. Alteast 10-15 min walk to beach town center or you can take the tuk-tuk for 200baht.

Stayed June 2008
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japan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 June 2008

we spend our vacation in phuket for 10days in 3 different hotels. it is our first time to stay in amari and our research is based also to some reviews here. most of reviews are good about amari. and im sorry to tell this but amari is the least of all in 3 hotels we stayed, and the most expensive. we had stayed in lower star hotels but it is far more better than this hotel. i'll indicate here the things that guests should know about this hotel.

1. the location of this hotel is the farthest or last hotel in patong beach. i believe they intentionally chose that location for a private beach. the beach is good only for viewing not for swimming. they have a very good view of patong beach.

2. it is hard to hang-out to patong because of the distance. and the entrance is a lot of steps. u'll feel like climbing in a small hill. i feel sorry for the elders having a hard time walking back to hotel.

3. basically, some room most especially deluxe type are so far from the main lobby. about 3-5 mins walk in average walking. u are unlucky if u got the 3rd floor. dont expect elevators. i just saw only 1 old and slow elevator in main lobby. unlucky also if u have lots of baggage.

4. inside room, just basic. you know what, there's a lot of hotels that has better room layout, more spacious, and more comfortable than this. the bathroom is small and bathtub is too tight.(small)

5. the pools are small, and crowd.

6. no wifi service inside room. if u need to connect ur laptop, u have to go to hotspots such lobby and restaurants. u need to pay 240baht (7usd) for 1 hour valid only for 1 day or 580baht (17usd) for 4hrs valid for 7 days.

7. meals are boring. but its nice to have early breakfast for a good view of the beach.

8. employees are not the sweet and couteous. they may sometimes ignore u.

GOOD:

1. the view are nice

2. at least they have HBO and star movie in cable.

3. have free shuttle to kata beach

4. welcome drink and towel (oh yeah!)

5. its amari.

there's a lot of better hotel than this in patong. much better location and service. so i suggest u to think more carefully and decide very well or else u'll end up regreting. thanx

  • Liked — view
  • Disliked — location
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled with friends
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5 Thank pichan
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Hobart
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Reviewed 27 June 2008

This was our second visit, this time with another couple. They loved it and so did we. Last time we stayed we stayed in the delux rooms , the standard rooms while a litttle smaller were just as good. The buffet breakfast is a real highlight. Serivce is great, rooms overlook the water. It's far enough from Patong not to feel like you're in the middle of the hussle and bussle but close enough to walk. The pools are great and we loved happy hour and had a great time with the resident band who could sing just about anything. We went to all three restaurants and all were fabulous a highlight being the Thai Gala Buffet. Prices were higher than in Patong but worth it for the convenience. The Spa prices were over the top so we didn't use it. Probably best for couples or singles rather than families. The best time.

  • Liked — Atmosphere, service
  • Disliked — No in room internet access
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled as a couple
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Property: Amari Phuket
Address: 2 Meun-Ngern Road | Patong Beach, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand (Formerly Amari Coral Beach Phuket)
Region: Thailand > Phuket > Kathu > Patong
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Patong
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Patong
#1 Spa Hotel in Patong
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Patong
#2 Romantic Hotel in Patong
#2 Luxury Hotel in Patong
#2 Business Hotel in Patong
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Amari Phuket 4.5*
Number of rooms: 380
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hidden away on a secluded beach near Patong, Amari Phuket (formerly known as Amari Coral Beach Phuket) is the ideal Phuket vacation spot no matter what you are seeking. With first-class restaurants, affordable luxury accommodation and a quiet private beach, this island resort hotel offers a holiday experience unlike any other. You can indulge in some well-deserved relaxation at the renowned Breeze Spa, offering a whole range of spa treatments and massages. Reward yourself, and come celebrate the magic of Phuket with Amari Phuket. ... more   less 
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