Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa
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... we’d read, thought an overnight bus to Phuket would do the trick. Even better, there was a tourist information centre in the hotel which meant we could get this sorted out early morning. And by 10am we had a faxed confirmation of our tickets for a 5pm bus that evening, and a taxi booked to take us to a central travel agency where we could drop off our rucksacks and wander about ChinaTown for the afternoon. So far, so good, even at a very generous commission rate.
... that you didn't know. It was a lot of effort to get participation in the classroom and to get my instructions across but by the end of the class I think most of them got it (maybe). There is always a few strong kids in the class (usually girls) and you can always look to them for help (even though your suppose to make sure your focusing on the weaker ones too). It was a fun day though. VERY HOT in the classroom (Monday's class had A/C - life saver), I even have an ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa Karon
We got to stay at the Hilton Arcadia Resort and Spa for the duration of our visit to Phuket. The hotel is just across the street from beautiful and peaceful Karon beach. The hotel also house a British consulate office so security is tight. Taxi dropped us off at the lower lobby. Trams were there to whisk us up to the hotel. The hotel is in a beautiful park like setting. The check-in lobby is outdoor with beautiful warm contemporary furnishings. For being Hilton Gold VIP member, I got a bit special treatment. I got a beautiful dozen roses and delicious passionfruit juice upon checking in. It's a first for me at any hotel. My companion got a garland of jasmines. We got upgraded to a deluxe room at the Lotus wing. The receptionist walked us to our room herself. The walk was very nice as the hotel nestle at the foothill of a beautiful mountain. The room is nothing short of perfect, warm comtemporary motif again. Huge welcoming fruit basket with both temperate and tropical fruits. Of course I only ate the tropical fruits. Orchids adorned our pillows, bathroom, night-stand. We tooks lots of pictures of the room and try to remodel our bedroom just like this one. It's nicer than the room at the Peninsula Bangkok. We got access to the beautiful Executive Lounge with a gorgeous view of sea. The service in the lounge is outstanding. It puts all the other Hilton executive lounges I've been at to shame. The ladies were polite and very gracious. The hotel offer an array of activities which we didn't take advantage of. We did have a wonderful meal at Thai Thai restaurant. The gem of the hotel is their SPA. It's a spa experience I won't soon forget. It melted away all of my stresses from navigating Patong beach earlier. Highly recommend this hotel for couple on honeymoon, family with kids. I will be back soon.
Fabulous hotel, great views, attentive staff
Love this hotel. Stayed in a deluxe room in the Lotus Room. Just fabulous.
View of the ocean. Much more peaceful than neighboring Patong.
I hear the spa is great, but the manicures were 1/10th of the price down the road.
Dinner in sails was good, if a little lacking in atmosphere.
Another night we went left along the beach road, and had dinner at "restaurant on the rock", and it was very romantic.
Took the advice of others here, and got our taxi driver's number on the way to the hotel, and used that to book our ride back to the airport. Even paying him twice what was on the meter (THB400) was cheaper than the THB1,500 that the Hilton BMW costs.
Ruined by loud music from the bar........
beautiful hotel.............but........the music from the lobby bar was blasted until late into the evening. so loud you had to close all the windows and cover your ears with a pillow to sleep. too bad, it would have been nice to enjoy the ocean breeze and sound of the waves..........might as well stay in a cheap hotel or brothel............
Had a lovely time for the most part at this hotel. As has been said before, it is huge and impressive. At night it is truly stunning, with many floodlights lighting up the greenry, pools etc.
Huge but very nice!
Hilton Arcadia is one of those huge complexes with several different buildings and "wings". You must be a fan of a big resort to appreciate Hilton maybe, but never the less a truly great hotel!! Very stylish, new temporary design, and the Deluxerooms are 5-star class! Swimmingpool are ok. Restaurants are very good. Evening lobby bar har great quality wines at resonable prices (which can be difficult to find in Thailand...)
Over all Hilton Arcadia is a very nice property!
I was told only one employee and one guest (out kayaking) were lost in the tsunami. The hotel is across the road from the mid point of Karon Beach, which is fabulous, and damage was limited to the shops at road level under the "Lost Horizon" pool which faces the ocean and the employee parking lot. Half those shops are open the others waiting for tenants. You would never know so much damage happened elsewhere in Phuket.
Got a great deal for the two of us in october 2004, arrived at hotel and was amazing from minute we got there, treated like royality with iced towels and fruit cocktails at check in. Staff were all lovely.
Huge hotel! great pools...
I stayed here dec 2001 before it was owned by Hilton. After 9/11... there were hardly anyone booked in this huge hotel. Kinda erie..but it was great for me. They have 3 huge pools...complete with waterfalls, slides, multilevel and small pools...and they have a deep pool for scuba lessons. The rooms are very nice, new and has a balcony with nice view. I am very happy with this hotel. It has decent restaurants in it, with great breakfast selection. Even though it is by the beach...the sheer size of the hotel makes it feel like it is far...and it is quite a walk from the rooms. There are peacocks all over the garden. I also tried the spa, and it was small but adequate. Overall, i give this hotel very high marks despite its huge size...it manages to maintain its quality and look.
We got there in the middle of November 2002, just at the end of the rain season. My girlfriend at the time had stayed at other 5 star hotel but this hotel by far was the best of the best. The scenery was amazing with the hills in the backround and the ocean in the front of the hotel. The pools around the hotel were perfect for relaxing and just taking in the amazing surroundings. I knew at some point I was going to ask my girlfriend to marry me and this place gave me the perfect location to pop the question. We are now married and thinking about going back already because this place is truly amazing. The hotel staff was very helpful in everything we ask for like booking tours to getting a newspaper everyday. The location was great because you were only 5 minutes from Patong. Patong is the Las Vegas of Thailand. This place had everything to do or see from Thai boxing to huge dance clubs. This hotel might cost you a little more but it is worth it in the end.
We booked this holiday at the beginning of the year, we knew we wanted to go to Thailand but chose the Arcadia hotel because they were offering a good deal for 13 nights.