We stayed at the Holiday Inn Express at the beginning of July. I booked the room from a deal I found on the hotel's website. The value in this is that when you book directly from the hotel, and sign up for the guest loyalty, you get better perks. After booking my room I contacted the hotel's GM whose info I found under other Tripadvisor review comments. I informed him that my wife and I were staying for a couple of nights and that I wanted a room on a high floor that was away from too much noise. He got back to me about a day later stating that he would make a note on my reservation.
We landed in Phuket early in the afternoon and caught a taxi from the stand outside of the airport. Knowing what I know now, I probably would have caught the minibus to Patong for 180 baht per person. We paid a total of 600 baht for the cab ride with the 100 baht surcharge included. But I digress.
Upon arriving at the hotel we were told that we were getting a room on the top floor with a pool view. I was worried at first that this room would be noisy because of how close it'd be to the pool area. I was wrong. While you can hear people in the pool during the day, the pool closes at 8 pm and no one hangs in that area to make a bunch of noise. It was a great room and an overall great experience. Now the experience of Patong is a whole other matter. While I did really enjoy myself, beware that you will solicited nonstop from the time you leave the heavily secured hotel until the time you return. "You want a taxi?! Hey man you want a suit?! Massage?! Tuk Tuk?!" And my favorite, "Come and see the Ping Pong show!"
Definitely recommend the hotel if you plan on staying in Patong beach. Did I mention that it's on the beach.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Smart International Hotel in Phuket Patong Beach.Holiday Inn Express Phuket Patong Beach Central is the smart choice for savvy leisure travelers, providing a relaxed, affordable and hassle-free stay all the time. Located adjacent to Patong Beach, Phuket's most popular and well-developed beach, we are within walking distance to a hub of shopping, dining and entertainment options. We are just a short 45 minutes drive from Phuket International Airport and 15 minutes from Phuket Town.Kick-start your day with our Free "Express Start" Breakfast and stay connected with free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. Enjoy our high-quality bedding, shower, balcony and swimming pool experience to recharge after a day of leisure activities. You can have a restful sleep on our comfy bed, away from the noise of Patong's nightlife.The hotel features 277 brand new rooms with easy access to the beach or laze by our pool for ultimate relaxation. Our rooms are well-designed for everything you need for a great stay. Have an invigorating shower with our high quality bathroom equipped with a 3-head massage showerhead and a restful night with international standard bedding including 200 thread count sheets, duvet, a choice of soft and firm pillows.The hotel is minutes away from some of the city’s most exciting retail and dining attractions, including Jungceylon Shopping Mall, Patong Promenade and Beach Road Shopping. Value added benefits include Express Breakfast & complimentary Internet in each room. Consider becoming a Priority Club Rewards member to earn points towards free hotel stays, retail certificates or airline mileage. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Express Phuket Patong Beach Central