Where to Stay in Phuket

by Guest

Millions of people travel to Phuket every year. Amazing beaches, great nightlife, delicious seafood and street food and access to nearby islands are all draws. With so many tourists, it is no surprise there are myriad accommodation options on offer. Here’s a simple guide to where to stay in Phuket, from budget to luxury.

Fin Hostel Phuket Kata Beach - budget

Hostels in Thailand have set a high bar for budget accommodation offers around the world. The Fin Hostel Phuket is one of the best and carved out a niche as one of the best surfing hostels in town. The beach is just a few minutes away. There are dormitory and private rooms, a rooftop pool (have you ever seen one in a budget hotel?) and kitchen all decorated in a surfer style. Every week the hostel has a barbecue and cocktail party for guests to enjoy. Prices for dorms start around US $9 and private rooms start around US $30.

Kata Villa - budget

Kata Villa is located around 17 kilometres outside the city centre. Surrounded by beautiful tropical gardens, the hotel is just a few steps away from Karon Beach and just ten minutes down the road from Kata Beach. Snorkellers and divers can find coral reefs teeming with wildlife just 100 metres out to sea. It’s small, with just 20 comfortable rooms and a cozy atmosphere offering a feeling of a home away from home. Other amenities include a swimming pool and a restaurant offering both Thai and international cuisine. All rooms include breakfast and the staff speak English and other languages. En suite double rooms start around US $15.

Doolay Hostel - budget

Doolay Hostel sits right on the beach front of Karon Beach. Its excellent location is close to the nightlife, shopping districts and street food markets as well as the subway. A few minutes’ walk away is Kata Beach and Patong is just a short taxi ride away. The budget accommodation has six dormitory rooms with over 40 beds, so it is bigger than most. There are women only dorms as well as mixed. There is plenty to offer guests including a common area showing films on a large projector, a bar to grab a cold beer and a restaurant offering budget Thai and European cuisine. Tours and transport tickets can be bought from reception. It’s seriously good value at around US $8 a night.

Chillhub Hostel in Phuket

Chillhub Hostel in Phuket

Chillhub Hostel - budget

This trendy little hostel is just a couple of minutes’ walk from Bangtao Beach. Each of the beds in the dormitory rooms are hidden away behind curtains offering more privacy than other hostels. The building has some lovely gardens to relax in after you’ve finished at the beach, as well as a common area and a decent size pool. Dorms are both mixed and female only and there are good quality shared bathrooms. It’s got a great location close to the nightlife and restaurants, so works well for solo travelers looking to meet other people. Prices for beds are a little more expensive, starting at around US $15 per night.

Eco Hostel Phuket - budget

This seriously cool hostel in Phuket is right next to the bus station making it a convenient location for travelers staying for just a short time. A few minutes away is the night market and a ton of restaurants offering Thai and European cuisine. The old town is not far away, as is the Thai Hua Museum and Rassada Pier where boats can be taken to Phi Phi Island. The minimalist design of bright white walls adorned with artwork and astroturf flooring give the hostel a fresh feel. Many of the dormitory and private rooms have excellent views over Phuket and the ocean. Dorms are small with just four beds. Prices start at around US $8 for a dorm bed and US $30 for a double room with private bathroom.

Lub D Phuket Hostel - mid-range

Though this is technically a hostel, it’s unlike any hostel you’ll have ever stayed and one of the best in the world (as voted for in 2017). It’s a few minutes’ walk from the beach and sites in the centre of Patong, near to the bars and restaurants of Bangla Road. The accommodation offers a swimming pool, a huge terrace and a bar offing cocktails. The hip place also has a common room, games room and even a full size Muay Thai boxing ring (who knows why?).  For business travelers, there is a co-working space and the hostel regularly puts on a legendary pool party. Beds in the small dorms cost around US $25 and the double rooms start around US $80.

The Andaman Seaside Resort in Phuket

The Andaman Seaside Resort in Phuket

Andaman Seaside Resort - mid-range

This little paradise is just 50 metres from Laguna Beach in Bangtao. The resort offers 32 rooms split into two types. Superior Deluxe Rooms are decorated in an Indonesian style with private balconies and carved wooden furniture and garden views. Deluxe Pool Villas are more modern, but have private balconies and views up over the mountain. It’s easily reachable from Phuket airport and features a pool with bar, common room, volleyball nets, Thai massages and tours throughout the region. Prices start around US $80 for a double room with a private bathroom.

Kamala Beach Resort - mid-range

The Kamala Beach Resort is an award-winning accommodation located right on Kamala beach to the west of Phuket. The well-designed rooms are beautiful decorated in a modern Thai style with gorgeous wooden floors and white walls. Some offer views over the ocean and the surrounding mountains. It’s large, with over 240 deluxe rooms which have all the amenities one would expect from a modern hotel and including bathtubs, not often found in Thai accommodation. It’s worth noting that guests must be over 15 years old to stay at the hotel. There is an outdoor pool, bar and restaurant offering Thai and international fare. Prices for a double room including private bathroom start around US $100.

Best Western Premier Bangtao Beach Resort - mid-range

It may be a chain, but the Best Western Premier Bangtao is one of the best mid-range hotel offers in Phuket. The resort is large with almost 200 deluxe rooms and bungalows, all of which are tastefully designed in a modern Thai style. All the rooms have private bathrooms and either a balcony or terrace. It is located right on a beautiful stretch of white sand beach, the perfect place to while away an afternoon. Other amenities include a bar, restaurant and large outdoor pool. A good option for honeymooners. Prices for double rooms with private bathrooms starts around US $110.

The Blue Pearl Kata - mid-range

The Blue Pearl Kata Hotel is located close to the entertainment district, with plenty of shops, restaurants and bars nearby. The white sands and turquoise waters of kata beach are just a couple of minutes’ walk away. Chalong Temple and Promthep Cape area also nearby. The comfortable double rooms, lobby, common areas, bar and café are all decorated in a nautical theme. Prices for a double room with private room start from US $55 making it great value for a mid-range hotel option in Phuket.

Rosewood Phuket

Rosewood Phuket

Rosewood Phuket - luxury

This beautiful private resort is set along a half kilometre of pristine beach called Emerald Bay. The luxury hotel has 71 pavilions featuring hand crafted furniture and surrounded by tropical gardens. There are also villas, a wellness centre with massages, a spa and four different restaurants offering Thai seafood, Italian and other international cuisine. This is a great option for families as the hotel offers an Explorer Club with activities for kids and a pool. The bars, restaurants and shopping options of Patong are just a few minutes’ drive away at the hotel has a shuttle service. Prices start from US $350 per night for a deluxe double room.

Keemala Tree Villas - luxury

The concept behind the Keemala Tree Houses is to offer a treehouse experience for adults. Don’t let you think that it’s rustic. This seriously luxurious accommodation offering is made up from architect-designed villas that resemble lanterns. The rooms are split into two floors with the bedroom above and a private pool and living space sat below. Other amenities including a bathtub, rainfall shower and balcony with incredible views down over the ocean. All offer is a series of activities including cooking cooking classes, yoga classes and tours to view the wildlife nearby. Prices for a double villa start around US $500 per night.

Amanpuri - luxury

If you want some serious R & R, the Amanpuri is the place for you. The 80 or so rooms are split into luxury pavilions and villas surrounded by tropical gardens teeming with coconut palms. Each is tastefully decorated with private bathrooms and tubs. One of the advantages of this hotel is the private beach which never really gets that busy. The hotel features a spa, tennis courts, gym, library and water sports facilities. Luxury double rooms start around US $600 per night, though it is worth remembering that this doesn’t include breakfast.

Trisara - luxury

The Trisara is where the great and the good come to stay when they come to Phuket. Located along a private bay in Phuket, each of the 50 or so private rooms and villas have views over the gardens, pool or ocean. The name means Third Garden in Heaven and they aren’t wrong – it is a beautiful place to rest and relax during your stay. Other facilities include a spa with a range of treatments, a tennis court, bar and restaurant. They also offer the hire of kayaks, dive gear and jet skis and tours to the nearby islands. Luxury double rooms start at US $800 per night.

Paresa - luxury

Another beautiful boutique luxury hotel, nestled on the cliffs of Kamala Bay. The white sandy beaches are just nearby as the perfect place to appreciate the famous sunsets. For a luxury hotel, it’s small with just 49 luxury suites. There is a spa to relax in and enjoy Thai massages, a cooking school and a spectacular infinity pool. A restaurant offers delicious Thai and international cuisine, but the adventurous can head out on their nightly fishing trip to catch their own supper. Prices start from US $400 for a double room with private bathroom.

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