As a regular (yearly) visitor to Thailand you form opinions as to exactly what you need and where to get it. My ideal resort in Phuket is one that is close to where all the action is (Bang-La street, etc) but away from the noise and distractions when you need rest and sleep.
The Patong Paragon is ideal in all respects being only a few minutes by Tuk Tuk from the Jeung-Ceylon shopping area, etc and right opposite one of the best beaches in the world.
The hotel, even though there are renovations happening in Feb/Mar 2013, is magnificent in all respects. If you can afford it, get a room on the ground level where your back door opens directly onto the pool. I was able to swim from my room to the pool bar where the prices of drinks and snacks are quite reasonable.
The breakfast and service are excellent but I learned one valuable lesson about hotel tour desks. The operators may seem helpful and friendly but do not book something with them that they have not experienced themselves. Ask them, "have you been there/seen the show?", etc. Do not book anything they cannot personally recommend and don't fall for the old line, "my brother's best friend's ex-girlfriend was best friends with somebody in the show who says it is the best". We felt absolutely "dudded" with a show we booked (see my review of Simon Cabaret for details).
One negative on the bedding (and the reason I do not give 100% rating for sleep quality) is that the beds are ridiculously hard and, if you like a little softness, are impossible to sleep on. The remedy is simple, ask the reception staff and they will supply a soft mattress overlay which easily solves the problem.
Overall, this hotel is worth the money (assuming you get a good rate!)
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- Also Known As:
- Patong Paragon Hotel Patong
- Patong Paragon Resort And Spa
- Patong Paragon Resort & Spa Phuket