August 20, 2012
Fantastic hotel, but location is not the best
I'm a Patong girl - even if I don't get the nightlife, I dig the atmosphere. But this time I have in to sis' seeking pitch that the grass is indeed greener on the other side, that is in Karon.
Top selling points for me:
- hotel is five mins away from the gorgeous beachfront
- hotel room is spacious, with a balcony overlooking the seafront at a fraction of what I'd pay in Patong
Still, atmosphere was dead. We must have arrived at the low season because it looked like we were the only tourists in a ghost hotel. The pool is large with quirky designs, but sunbathing near the deserted pool bar and empty chairs was kinda creepy. Out of boredom I tried the expensive hotel spa, which gave a 50% discount for the first visit. It was alright, and I learned that it's really, really hard to wash out oil from a scalp massage. Since there aren't a lot of people, breakfast was standard fare and nothing memorable. Well, except for the cheeky birds that kept trying to steal our croissants.
The hotel staff were cheerful and sweet, apologising numerous times when my hotel safe malfunctioned and wouldn't open. They even helpfully printed out my boarding pass for free when I couldn't login to the WiFi in my room to check in. On our last day, the lady helping out at breakfast asked if we'd return to the hotel. Sure, I said. But I was also thinking about the cons of the hotel's location.
Going into Karon town is a 10 min++ walk, and our restaurant choices depended on how far among the beach we felt like walking before eating. So basically, the options are to stay at the beach the whole day or rent a car and explore the island. Great for short stays, but I reckon staying more than 3 days in Karon would drive me up the wall with boredom. The hotel though, is good value for those 2 options.
Tuk-tuk service from Patong was quoted at THB. Keep walking - we found a taxi driver willing to take us to the hotel for 250 THB.
August 19, 2012
Good value for money in general
The front village hotel was an enjoyable stay in general. we had the included breakfast which was nice and made use of the pool every day which has a pool bar and basketball hoop. The staff are helpful and friendly. Its also just a 5-10 min walk to the beach and shops. a scooter is recommended!
Hotel Feature Tip:
Dont use the tuk tuks in thailand! they are a mafia group that beat up any of taxi companies that try offer you their services. We tried to organize the legitimate company 'taxi meter' to get the most reasonable price from our hotel the airport and they said they were sorry they couldnt collect us from our hotel as that was tuk tuk territory. tuk tuks are extremely over priced.
August 4, 2012
Wonderful hotel in every respect
Wonderful staff, great location, fantastic rooms
We had booked the Front Village, but were upgraded to Village
Villas with a pool. I have nothing but praise for this hotel in every respect. Size of Villas and layout was terrific, staff were wonderful, the pool area was delightful. Breakfast choices were limited, but certainly enough variety to suit all pallets. The food was of a high standard. Room service food was good and surprisingly cheap. All in all we had a wonderful stay.
Patong Beach is a few kilometers by Tuk Tuk [300bt]. However Karon Beach provides all the same services, though a mini version of Patongwithin a 5 minute walk.
August 1, 2012
Great location,lovely rooms, Good service
rooms lovely, great little extras eg towels folded beautifully ,and floweres arranged on the bed
The hotel was in a central location yet nice and quiet, staff made our stay very enjoyable and went out of their way to provide good service.
July 2, 2012
best service, clean, good food, very comfortable stay
we were originally booked to stay in the front village hotel but on arrival were up-graded to the resort part of the hotel called the village resort and spa. so our rooms and everything were completely different to what we had booked and paid for. we had an amazing time here, and it was the best part of our holiday in thailand. although the rooms and amenities were different, the quality of service and cleanliness i'm sure would of been the same, and this is what really made staying here lovely. highly recommend.
June 20, 2012
i was upgraded to its sister resort next door as they were doing refurbishment on the front village. my stay at the front village resort & spa was fantastic .
amazing resort ,great staff ,great facilities .
highly recommend .
June 12, 2012
Not the best
Good pricing for decent room
The hotel was located about 5-10 mins walking distance from Karon Beach (not the nicest beach in Phuket) so would not recommend long stay. Generally okay, except that service was not up to expectations. Requested for morning call but did not receive one. Rooms were fine for the price but amenities in hotel (e.g. poolside bar) were closed - perhaps because it was low season?
May 10, 2012
Very nice hotel, very clean
nice rooms, but not over fancy
Very nice hotel, everything very well organised. Staff is very helpful & friendly.
Although I knew before, Internet 100 ThB / hour is not acceptable ( that would be .- Euros a day ! ) They should offer a reasonable internet package, I would have been happy to buy it.
Since we got an excellent deal, I can accept that they have to make some money somewhere. But that definetely is the wrong approach.
May 5, 2012
Great Hotel - But busy road outside.
Amazing price for 4* hotel.
had a nice stay at this hotel. staff were nice, rooms great, just shame about the noise coming from the main road outside.
May 4, 2012
Poor service, clean rooms, 10min walk to town
Clean room, air con, pool area
We chose this hotel as it said sea front. It is a 8-10min walk to the beach. It is lake front, not beach front.
Staff are rude, and not helpful. Both restaurant and mostly front desk.
Wifi was expensive and free at all our other hotels in Thailand. 100bht per 1hr.
Breakfast was ok, lunch and dinner we got from Karon town approx 10min walk.
Rooms were clean and tidy.
It is 300bht to the nightlife in Patong.