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Porter House Hotel
Ranked #265 of 334 Hotels in Patong
Reviewed 11 February 2008

Me and my wife recently stayed in Le Tong hotel in Patong Beach for 5 nights. We arrived in Phuket in the middle of high season when demand for accommodation is high and supply of good quality rooms short so we were glad to find a room with decent location in Patong and had no choice but to take it. (we did consider Hilton resort for about GBP150 per night but the location did not suit us)

First of all, the room we stayed in was OK (just OK). Paid nearly GBP40.00 (USD80.00) per night per room and for Thailand it is not particulary cheap. We got a room on 4th floor and the only good thing about it was the view of the sea and the sunset.

Le Tong is a typically run down B&B that has not seen any kind of modernization or investment probably since the current owners bought it. The shower is OK with good pressure, however we did find army of small ants marching through our room at any time of the day (not very nice). All furniture is old. This is not a room to hang out - this is a room only to take the shower and to get sleep.

The owners (or the girls who run the place) are the most greedy people I met for long time. They will rip you off whenever they get a chance without any hesitation. they have no manners and no education how to run a business, all they see is a short term profits. why I am saying this and how did I find out? let me tell you. my wife is who is not thai understands and speaks thai fluently. the people who run the place did not know that however and so they spoke about us (in front of us) in thai on several occassions how to squezze more $$$ out of us, how to overcharge us, for example, when booking taxi with them, etc...

Final advice: do not be misled by their smiles when they talking to you - they are fake and their interstet is only how to get more money out of you.

  • Stayed: February 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 February 2008

We stay in the hotel for 10 nights our 4th time in patong !
we were happy
First time in that hotel
the hotel is next to novotel
you need a bike to stay there but much better there from patong beach .... to noisy .......... !
we loved sourin beach and mams sea food
we had a lux double on the third floor we loved the views
our room was large and the bathroom ok
they clean every day and the breakfast is not much but ok
the stuff very nice to us
The gentelman with the bikes very nice person i reccomend him
They took us from the airport we had late flight and they were waiting for us !
we will reccomend for budget travels
if they change the reception and small changes they will be super !!!!!

  • Stayed: January 2008, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 26 January 2008

Le Tong is located in between 2 bigger hotels so it provides some sort of exclusitivity offered by its branded neighbours. We liked it for its proximity to the main Patong Beach area but yet, tucked away from all the noise and traffic. Plus points - a 7-11 and Gloria Jean's is just round the corner. The nearby restaurant (a few doors down from 7-11) even offers free internet.

Being budget travellers, this hotel was an excellent choice. As with many hotels in Patong area, there are no lifts so we chose a room on the ground floor. We can see the beach directly at our door and it's just 2 mins away. Breakfast is cheap and they offer services like local phone calls, laundry, etc at low rates. A tour operator is right at the hotel entrance so it's easy to book a trip to anywhere from there. The hotel staff are friendly as well and with an acceptable proficiency level of English (many service staff in Phuket can't understand English at all).

That said, the rooms are just functional.. clean but functional standard only, like an average 2 to 3 star hotel. Nothing fancy but nonetheless provides well for a good night's sleep/comfortable stay i.e. clean ironed sheets, firm bed and pillows, good air-conditioning, good water pressure and hot water.

There's no security guard tho although the staff are always around to look after things. But if you're the jumpy sort, then this hotel might not be suitable for you.

All in all, it was a great stay and if we're ever in Phuket on a budget again, we would choose Le Tong.

  • Stayed: January 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 October 2007

Stayed there for 4 nights. I was there with a group of friends from college. I had a pleasant experience right from the start! We booked the hotel through its web site and wrote an email to the manager to confirm. He replied back almost immediately and made sure that I have transportation to and from the airport.

Once we arrived at the hotel, which was nicely furnished in Thai style, we were greeted by the staff who gave us advice about tours in Phuket. They are all very friendly and helpful. Their English weren't that great, but they really try to help accommodate our needs!

The location of the hotel is GREAT. It's a few minutes walk to the Patong beach ( which is sooooo beautiful, by the way) and it's about 15 minutes walk to downtown Patong. This means that we're near enough to be able to walk to the bars and restaurants, but not near enough to hear the commotion!!!

A pleasant stay at a budget price. Will definitely come back!

  • Stayed: August 2007, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 1 September 2007

Just came back from that hotel. The price is very reasonal for normal budget trip. Stayed there for 4 days 3 nights. Location is just nice. Few mins walk to the beach and peacefully quiet at night because of its location not near to the main road. Services are good with friendly hotel staff. Swimming pool is clean. The rooms are nicely decorated. FInally, room services are nicely done. Really a nice place to chill out. nice nice nice.

For those looking for low cost hotel price and not fussy about anything, this is right place to stay.

  • Stayed: August 2007, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 21 August 2007

We booked this room on the internet from another resort.
We had no idea of its location along the beach front. It is almost the last hotel in the bay.
We didnt mind the walk to get to the shops and bars, but it did take us a good 20 minutes.
The hotel rooms were exellent and decorated in a very pretty style, they all overlook the small but clean pool.
The reception is tiny and seems to be maned by various family members and cats, but all very helpful and friendly.
The pool bar, which is the only bar, can only sit 6 people under shelter and as it was raining this was a problem. Most people seemed to take breakfast in their rooms.
Our room was near a side road and was quite noisy with big lorries travelling up it very early in the morning.

  • Stayed: August 2007, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 15 August 2007

This is a dreadful hotel to be avoided at all costs. The photos on the web site are nothing like the place. It is a run down dump that run by very rude Chinese Thai Woman, who is only interested in your money. They also operate a the two price system. Price for Thai people and a much higher price for foreigner's. I managed to make a booking for 1000baht a night through my Thai girlfriend. Well, once the horrible owner saw I wasn't Thai not having paid the higher foreigners rate, they couldn't have made our lives more miserable. They changed our room every day, putting us in the worse rooms they had. The rooms are rubbish anyway, but they put us in the worst of the rubbish. When finally we refused to change rooms again they threatened that they would throw all out belongings out of the room even we had paid for the whole week. We finally had enough of this horrible harassment and found another place to stay...Le Tong Beach Phuket... give this one a wide berth...A horrible place ...

  • Stayed: February 2007, travelled as a couple
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Address: 1 Pra Baramee 4, Patong-Kalim Road, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand (Formerly Le Tong Beach Hotel)
Region: Thailand > Phuket > Kathu > Patong
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #265 of 334 Hotels in Patong
Price Range: £25 - £57 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Porter House Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Le Tong Beach hotel is located on the beautiful Patong beach, ten miles from downtown Phuket. Situated on a small hill at the north-most side of the beach, our guests will enjoy the quiet and peaceful nature of the area, while shimmering lights and excitement from Patong's center is only three minutes away. All rooms are fully furnished in elegant Northern Thai style, with air conditioning, hot shower, refrigerator, satellite television and most of all, a private balcony. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Le Tong Beach Patong
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