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TravelPod Member ReviewsSunset Beach Resort Patong
To say that our stay at the Sunset Beach Resort was amazing would be a serious understatement. Rarely does a resort live up to the hype surrounding it the way this one did. Between the always-friendly staff, the delicious free breakfast buffet, and the beautiful open-air cafe feel of its dining area this resort tempts you to stay put and spend your day lounging by the pool sipping a pina colada our of a fresh coconut. However, the proximity to beautiful Patong beach and Phuket's famed Bangla Road (shops and bars galore) is enough to beckon you to go exploring, which is easy to do when you rent a moped from the resort for an astonishingly cheap $10 per day! Not only would I recommend this resort to anyone visiting Phuket for the first time, but I also plan to stay here again when I make my way back to the breathtaking "land of smiles."
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Historical Traveler Reviews Sunset Beach Resort Patong
First of all let me say the staff were fabulous. Breakfast included was great and I never tired of it in 11 days. Pool was lovely. Location not bad, though if I was right near the road I might think otherwise. On the down side the beds were like rocks. The rooms were basic...no frills at all and that is in a junior suite. Having said that, with a small child it didn't matter too much. I think it is good value for money...fairly inexpensive and certainly adequate. The restaurant food was great, no complaints at all and I think between us we must have tried most of the dishes.
The staff made it though. Nothing was too much trouble and they always had smiles and treated my son beautifully. The girls working in the spa were gorgeous and offered great massage and other beauty therapy. Not a lot of staff spoke wonderful english but with a bit of patience you can make yourself understood.
Definately 3 Star Hotel!!
We arrived at the Sunset Beach Resort on the 3rd of January for a 9 night stay. We were taken to our room (superior sea view) which was above the reception area of the hotel. Our room was overlooking the road and the beach....the road was very busy and noisy. We found there were two sections of the hotel-the section we were in (similar to motel standard), and another resort style section that surrounded the pool. The buildings were separated by a small carpark.
The room itself was quite clean, but the decor was dated and had an older style bathroom. Having booked the hotel on the basis it claimed to be 4 star, we were very disapointed. The pictures on the hotels website did not accurately depict the hotels current state. By Australian standards ,this hotel is definately only 3 stars.
The pool appeared to be run down and tiles were being replaced whilst we were there. There was mould on the face of the waterfall that flows from the jacuzzi. There were not enough deck chairs or space around the pool for the amount of guests during peak times. It was not possible to swim at the beach directly in front of the hotel due to rocks. Central Patong was a tuk tuk ride away. This hotel is not really in "North Patong" as claimed, but more Kalim Bay.
We decided to stay only 2 nights and find accomodation elsewhere for the remainder of our holiday.
My Friend and I travelled to Phuket for the first time in May'05, we were not sure where to stay so the Travel Agent recommended the Sunset Beach Resort as it was within our budget. The travel agent had not stayed there so she could not rate it but it looked nice enough on the brochure. When we got to our hotel we were not overly impressed, but once we walked from the lobby to the main hotel complex we thought it was wonderful. It was nice that is was offset from the main road, our room was nice and clean we had a pool view room ( the pool was great and clean) and because we on the 3rd floor we got a view of the ocean aswell. The staff were nice and very helpful always acknowledging you, the food was good and pretty resonably priced and so was the alcohol. You also had a laundry aound the corner from the hotel which was very cheap. Even though the resort is not directly in Patong we didnt mind and they had a car leaivng from the hotel every 30 mins and even if you were late getting home you got a tuk tuk back which was cheap anway. In the end i could go on and on but I really have no complaints at all. Hopefully it will be as good as it was back in 05 as we are staying there again in Feb of this year (2007) and . Cant Wait!
Away from Patong!
Booked thru the dive centre, mid-range option. Liked the idea of being away from hectic Patong, too busy with my daily dive trips anyways.
Arrival was very pleasant and smooth, Nanthipant at the Front Desk is truly a person who cares for her guests, others are just so so, more reactive than proactive.
Room is clean and well furnished for a 3 star hotel. I stayed in room #2305 which has a pleasant view overlooking the pool, and a generous size. Breakfast was acceptable with hot and cold items.
Witnessed the change of the lobby area, the owner enlarged the reception area with a restaurant next to it overlooking the Kalim Bay which would a great dining venue for the hotel, they could be ready in a couple of weeks, may have some new rooms on top of the main building too!
Definitely not 'North Patong'! But it was still ok
I stayed here for 7 nights in early August, as part of a Creative Holidays package deal. Given the number of people I saw on the plane and at the hotel (with their little grey folders), it was obviously a popular package. If it wasn't for the fact the package was such a great deal, I would never ordinarily have considered staying at the Sunset Beach Resort. The hotel's website claims it is in North Patong but it is actually in Kalim Bay - a good 15 to 20 minute walk to Soi Bangla.
The upside to this is that the hotel is reasonably quiet. Unless you're as unlucky as we were to have a room on the first floor overlooking the pool area and some really rude people making huge amounts of noise when they staggered drunk back to the hotel at 3am. The hotel bar is at one end of the pool area and, even though it closes around 10pm, the area isn't closed off so people will sometimes sit down at the bar with their own drinks and get quite rowdy. So it's best to ask for a room at the back of the hotel, although I think they are mostly suites.
The hotel was overbooked when we arrived, so we were put into a junior suite for the first night. It was spacious, and quite clean, although it had a terrible musty/mouldy smell like the room was damp and hadn't been opened in ages. I had to go buy some air freshener that afternoon. I don't think it was from the tsunami, because the room was on the top floor. Strangely enough, the room we were moved to the next night (which was only one floor up and suffered some water damage in the tsunami) didn't smell damp or mouldy at all.
The 'deluxe' rooms are pretty basic, and some of the furniture needs replacing. Our bathroom, while clean, had the unmistakable shabbiness of a bathroom badly in need of updating. I had to give the airpot (like a kettle) a really good cleaning out, as best I could, before using it because the calcification around the heating element was dreadful. The airconditioning is noisy, and makes it difficult to sleep with it running. So I tried sleeping with ear plugs but I think the aircon is overly dehumidifying because we kept waking up with dry throats and blocked noses.
The hotel had a free shuttle that left from the resort every half hour and dropped you on Soi Bangla at the same spot where you could pick it up again. The only problem was a few times when we tried to catch the shuttle back it didn't turn up, and it happened to a few other guests too. But a tuk tuk back to the hotel from Patong should only cost 100 Baht anyway.
The hotel also claimed to have wireless internet in every room, but it worked sporadically at best. The worst part was that you had to buy blocks of time (100 Baht for 30 minutes, 200 Baht for an hour) and the voucher was only valid for 24 hours from the time of purchase - if you didn't use your credit, you lost it. Which ordinarily wouldn't be a problem except the wireless internet would work for maybe 5-15 minutes then stop working and it wouldn't be up and running again until after the voucher expired! And the staff at the front counter would just say the internet was working and refuse to refund or reissue a voucher.
The breakfast buffet was nothing special, but not terrible either. The (very small) restaurant was very reasonable for lunch and dinner and the food was quite good. The beer and cocktail prices weren't as reasonable, but still cheaper than back in Oz. The wait staff were very pleasant and accommodating.
Overall, it was a reasonably pleasant stay but I would only stay here again if I got a really good deal. There are many other places closer to Patong, with equal or better facilities, for the same money.
I stayed here for 2 nights with 4 others in Nov 06 and have mixed feelings about the hotel.
The good thing was that they allow us an early check in at 9am, which i really appreciated alot. However they followed up with very bad service as there wasnt anyone to bring us to our room and it certainly wasnt an easy task.
I got a junior suite which was really spacious and clean. Couldnt complain too much since we are all guys and not looking into a romantic kind of setting.
The swimming pool and seaview were right in front of our balcony which was excellent, especially in the morning!
However, this may not be a good location for a group of guys/friends as its very far away from the main area in Patong. Will recommend to couples who want a relatively cheap and quiet holiday though.
Had a great stay...
We stayed here for 4 nights early April... When we pulled up out the front of the resort I was a little worried that we may have made the wrong choice... However once we got into the lobby & could see the beautiful pool & waterfall I knew we were going to have a great holiday. We had a Junior suite & it was very spacious. This resort is not luxurious but it is very comfortable. I would not hesitate to stay here again. They had friendly staff & delicious food @ fantastic prices. The location was also good - Tuk Tuks right out the front to take you into the main area of Patong. There were always enough sun lounges by the pool & you never felt crowded. So if you want a comfortable resort just out of the main area of Patong you should consider staying @ Sunset Beach Resort.
The Sunset Beach is not a five star resort, but having said that the staff could not have been better.
The rooms are clean, spacey and serviced well.
They are always friendly and helpful, the resturant at the resort had lovely food and very cheap prices.
There is also a laundry ( independent of the hotel )right outside which wash and press all clothing for a fraction of what you would pay through the hotel.
We stayed at the resort with a group of nine ( 4 Adults, and 5 teenages and children )This is a very good hotel if you have children...
We have stayed at 5 star in phuket and that was very nice too, but will absolutely stay at Sunset Beach again - In fact we are booked in for Early May.
Nice 3 star hotel
Had a very nice vacation in sunset beach. Rooms were very clean and had all comfort (airco, seperate shower, safe, coffeemaker...) Pool was beautiful, and always enough sunbeds vacant. Breakfast and food in restaurant were ok, nothing special. Location was poor, 2km from patong beach, a very dangerous walk beside the beach road. There was transportation from the hotel till 9 pm. You can't swim in the sea in front of the hotel. But still a very good hotel for your money, for couples as wel as for singels
I went to Sunset Beach Resort with my family. There is a small road between Patong beach and the hotel. The agency I bought told that this is 3 stars hotel. The room is very good. It should be 4 stars. However, the lobby is small. There is a big pool. My wife read a book around the pool. It is quiet. There is round-trip shuttle bus to Patong town. It will be the problem, if there is not this shuttle. Because the price for taxi is 100 Baht!!.
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