Just one-minute walk from Patong Beach (the prime tourist area in Phuket City) and 15 minute walk from Bangla Road (where nightlife comes alive in Phuket), Duangjiit Resort wins brownie points for its central location. Spread over acres of land, this sprawling 4-star property is huge enough to hold 2 wedding receptions simultaneously over its lush-green lawns. With 3 swimming pools, 1 kid playing zone (the mushroom house) and a spa, it has a vintage resort charm.
The rooms for some reason have the same porcelain tiles that one sees only in bathrooms. Each room has a balcony opening to view of the bigger swimming pool. The bath area is pretty small and there’s only a hand shower (no head shower). The reception lobby has free wifi and most foreign tourists seem to spend more time in this area than their rooms. There is a study room which apparently has a good stock of books and several desktops (but the internet here is chargeable).
However despite the merits of its splendid property, the hotel is marred by weak management. Language is a major hindrance and even the front-desk staff’s knowledge of the language is purely functional. This certainly is a limitation for a destination that hosts global tourists. Add to that their attitude was quite lackadaisical. Our check-in time was 2pm and we were still waiting till 3:30pm for our rooms. The room service was equally lax and attended to requests after almost 20-30 minutes. The room drop service in electric cars was spoiled by unwilling bellboys. The breakfast had a good spread but no Indian items on the menu (despite the huge Indian turnout at the hotel) and very scarce options in vegetarian.
It’s very important for every great property to be complemented by an equally efficient management. Alas Duangjiit lacked that balance. But if you can ignore the human err, this serene place is quite divine.
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- Also Known As:
- Duangjitt Hotel Patong
- Duangjitt Hotel Kathu
- Duangjitt Resort Kathu
- Duangjitt Resort & Spa Phuket/Patong