We planned a short family holiday in the area, but were in a bit of a quandary over where to stay in Phuket. We were there to enjoy some of the best Phuket beaches rather than the Phuket nightlife. And we needed a fairly central location, rather than the north or south of the island.
After hours of research we kept coming back to the same place: Patong Beach. It’s the island’s party capital, which grew up around one of the best beaches in Thailand.
We eventually settled on the 3-star Patong Palace Hotel, which is very close to the centre of Patong and, of course, the beach. We felt we had made a good choice before arriving, but how did our stay pan out?
Read on for our Patong Palace Hotel review.
The Patong Palace is within ten minutes’ walk of the beach, and is set back just off Rat U Thid 200 Pee Road, one of the busiest roads in Patong. It’s very central, very close to the frenetic hum of life that is Patong. It’s around a 20 minute walk from the notorious Bangla Road bar strip.
This is why we enjoyed our stay at the Patong Palace so much. The hotel is set in verdant, lush tropical gardens, which begin around 20 metres back from the main street. As soon as you step into the gardens, you’re into a different world, far removed from the hubbub outside.
Gardeners are working constantly on them, and they make all the difference. Most people don’t come to Patong for a retreat, peace and tranquillity, but that’s exactly what we found here.
Our Patong hotel room was on the ground floor, and we stepped straight outside from it into the gardens. Our block was built in colonial style, and our ground floor room had a table and chairs outside, sheltered from the sun most of the day. It was a lovely relaxing place to sit with a coffee.
Our room was wide and spacious, with a very good queen bed with firm, supportive mattress. The en suite area was spotlessly clean.
THE SWIMMING POOL
A swimming pool is something we’ve always looked for since learning that our son is a fish who adores time in the water. The pool is set at the back of the hotel grounds, beyond the gardens. It’s a sun trap until around 4.30 pm, and then is shaded. We found it to be a peaceful oasis, with only a few guests using it at any one time.
We ate breakfast every morning at the hotel, and also dined twice at the Kung Geo restaurant at the front in the evening.
Our room fee covered breakfast for the two adults, but not the Little Man. His would cost an extra 160 baht (4 GBP, US $5), even though he wouldn’t consume much at all. It didn’t take long to reach a common sense consensus on this. The breakfast was very good, with a buffet and the option of ordering a la carte as well.
We also ate twice at the Kung Geo. The prices were higher than some other Patong restaurants we discovered, but we couldn’t fault the food. The menu included some western food, but we stuck to the Thai, which was great.
On the whole, we were very happy with the service. The staff were very friendly throughout our stay, and always went out of their way to help.
We wouldn’t change much at all. The only minor quibble we had was not being provided with coffee and tea in our room. We were advised that our room wasn’t of sufficient grade to qualify for a few sachets of coffee. Apart from ironing that one out, we’d just say,”More of the same!”
WOULD WE STAY AGAIN?
David Angel is a British writer and photographer who has been travelling and photographing the world for over 25 years. His work is regularly featured in worldwide media including the BBC, the Guardian, the Times and the Sunday Times. His images are frequently used throughout the world by tourism bodies such as Visit Britain and Visit Wales.