We had stayed at the Patong Resort pre-tsunami and went back in December of 2005. One noticeable change that we saw in 2005 were that in the Garden Wing, the ground floor corridors had removed that awful moldy smelling carpeting and gave it a much more airy feel. Many of the old staff that had been there on our previous 3 stays had also moved on although we did see some of the bellboys and wait staff in the coffee shop that we recognized and greeted (it's always fun when they remember you). The new owners of the tailor shop are obnoxious and rude whereas the old occupants tended to be a little more low key - although that might be a function of the post-tsunami loss of business.
Stayed in the Garden Wing junior suite - which has two rooms - one is a living room area with a small kitchen - no microwave or anything but with a small table and chairs and a sink.
The bedrooms in the Garden Wing need updating (unless it's the new Garden Wing - of which there's a section which was built in the last 2 years). Beds are not very comfortable and furniture is reminiscent of early 80s. Also note that the rooms have 2 twin beds in the Garden Wing - and they really are twin beds - not semi doubles.... The Pavilion Wing rooms are much newer but you do pay a small premium for them. The hotel ownership really needs to consider a makeover for the Garden Wing in terms of getting some new furniture and beds and bed linens - at the same time, the prices of those rooms also seems to have been the same for the last 4 years as well....
Pool and garden areas are well kept and maintained as has been in our previous years. Breakfast is good - not a great variety of breads and cold buts as in some hotels in Phuket like the Kata Thani or Kata Beach Resort but adequate with omelette/egg station, rotating variety of bacon/ham/sausage, pancakes, juices as well as a pretty good variety of Asian breakfast items including noodles, rice, miso soup, etc.
Location is always great, which is the primary reason we stay here - quiet at night, within walking distance of the restaurants, bars and beach. What we typically do for a 2 week vacation is to spend 4-5 days in a little nicer hotel perhaps further away from Patong like in Bang Tao, Karon or Kata beaches just to destress and get over our long flights and then make our way to Patong and stay here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- "An Idyllic Family Resort at the heart of Patong"Patong Resort Hotel is a superb resort that occupies one of the best locations in Phuket. Set close to Patong Beach, the resort is ideally situated for an enjoyable island holiday with the whole family. Although the resort is just a few minutes walk from the beach, great shopping opportunities and Patong’s famous nightlife, guests may not even wish to leave the grounds of this fabulous property. The resort’s extensive gardens and numerous high quality facilities and attractions provide fun and excitement for all ages. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Patong Hotel Patong
- Patong Resort Phuket