Hotels in Phuket Town
Phuket is of course more known as a beach destination, and I would guess 99% of visitors will want to stay close to the water. There are plenty of hotel recommendations on this blog, mostly hotels near the beaches - Phuket's west coast is all about beaches, from the overdeveloped madness that is Patong (yeh, some people like it, I know) to much quieter locations like Naithon or Kamala. There are some hotels inland away from the water, or on the far less developed east coast, and there is also plenty of accommodation in Phuket Town.
Phuket Town (officially called Phuket City, but it certainly feels like a town), is the main business center of Phuket and the provincial capital. There's no beach, but staying in town gives a totally different experience of Phuket. Sure there are some tourism oriented businesses, but mostly it's local life - markets, small interesting shops, Chinese shrines, day to day life going on all around, historic buildings, museums, local restaurants and a nightlife that is quite separate to the bars 'n' girls at the beaches. It's the place to be to enjoy festivals and local events such as the Phuket Vegetarian Festival or the Sunday Walking Street Market. I like Phuket Town, and there's plenty of space given to it on the blog. If you have a longer stay in Phuket and want to experience more than just mainstream tourism, why not stay in town for a couple of nights! You can find everything from backpacker dorms to rather nice boutique hotels.
For a full list of Phuket Town accommodation look at Agoda.com.
Some Recommended Phuket Town Hotels
Casa Blanca Boutique Hotel
A fairly new hotel right by the old town on Phuket Road, just round the corner from Thalang Road, restored old shophouse, with all white exterior (thus the name). Only 17 rooms, and good price too.
• Casa Blanca Boutique Hotel - Reviews, Rates and Reservations
The Memory at On On Hotel
Way back in 1999, when I first arrived in Phuket, I stayed 1 night at the old On On Hotel. It was built about 100 years ago. I think the beds were maybe 100 years old. The floor shook whenever someone walked past outside the room. It was the hotel used for filming 'The Beach' movie. A great backpacker hangout with a little cafe too. Renovations started a few years ago and it re-opened in 2013 as "The Memory at On On Hotel" with suites and nice rooms. Still has dorms and a nice aircon cafe.
• The Memory at On On Hotel - Reviews, Rates and Reservations
• The Memory at On On Hotel - More Info and Promo Video
Newly opened in 2010, Chinotel is on Ranong Road right next to the central market. Rates only 600 - 800 Baht per night with aircon, TV and you're right in the old town.
• Chinotel - Reviews, Rates and Reservations
Sino House Hotel
A couple of blocks North and East of old town, Sino House is an apartment style hotel and includes the highly recommended Rain Tree Spa which my wife and I mean to visit one day sometime!
• Sino House Hotel - Reviews, Rates and Reservations
Located next to the Queen Sirikit park, and right over the street from the Indy Market that takes place on Thursday and Friday evenings, this is quite a new place which has standard hotel rooms and also apartments for longer term rent.
• Baan Suwantawe - Reviews Rates and Reservations
Right next to the old bus terminal, 5 minutes walk to old town, lots of local restaurants close by. Reading the reviews, you can see some common "problems" with hotels in town - things like "too far from the beach" - well, duh! And no nice views - well it's in the town, and maybe staff not speaking the best English, yeh, if they did, they'd work in a 5 star resort.
• Bhukitta Hotel - Reviews, Rates and Reservations
Phuket Center Apartment
Right in the center close to old town, the Phuket Center Apartments are serviced apartments with kitchens. A cafe serves breakfast and lunch, but you are also within a few minutes walk of many restaurants in town.
• Phuket Center Apartment - Reviews, Rates and Reservations
Lub Sbuy Guesthouse
A budget place, again very close to the bus terminal with lots of local places to eat nearby and 5 minutes walk to the old town. Odd spelling, Lub Sbuy means "peaceful sleep".. guess I would spell it Lap Sabai, but each to their own!
• Lub Sbuy Guesthouse - Reviews, Rates and Reservations
A real oddity, this place. Location - on the edge of town close to the Central Festival Mall, not far from the weekend market. I'd only stay here if I had some transport, but it's kind of unique - very colourful and modern.
• Dara Hotel - Reviews, Rates and Reservations
Thavorn Heritage Hotel
The Thavorn Heritage Hotel (or just Thavorn Hotel) is a bit of Phuket history. It's not that old, opened in 1961, but was officially Phuket's first 5 star hotel. It's not so fancy now but the lobby looks great and there's a small museum inside. They do rooms for as little as 600 Baht, great location right in the middle of town. But certainly a bit old now!
• Old Thavorn Hotel - More Information
Phuket Town may not be your cup of tea, but this blog does tend to be read by people who like all kinds of tea! Aside from the hotels above, Phuket Town has lots of lower budget guesthouses and backpacker places.
More Hotels in Phuket Town
• Phuket Town Hotels at Agoda.com
• All Phuket Hotels at Agoda.com
More About Phuket Town
• Walking in Old Town
• Old Phuket Town Festival
• Kopitiam Restaurant on Thalang Road
• Rang Hill
• Thai Hua Phuket History Museum