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Hotel Best Western Phuket Ocean Resort Hotel 3 star
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562 Patak Road Karon Beach Muang Phuket 83100 Phuket, Thailand -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

The Best Western Phuket Ocean Resort is a decidedly family-oriented establishment, but that doesn't mean you won't find couples holidaying here too; it all depends on the time of year. The hotel is built in a step formation and although there is a lift, it's still not really suitable for those with reduced mobility. It can be a real struggle getting up to the higher rooms as well, which is a real shame, as the sea views from up here are spectacular. The facilities at the Best Western Phuket Ocean Resort are starting to show signs of wear and tear but are nevertheless well-maintained. On the downside, since the hotel is rather close to the road, the noise of traffic can easily be heard, particularly in the restaurant.

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    Location 6.91 /10

    The Best Western Phuket Ocean Resort stands north of Karon Beach, on the west coast of Phuket. Phuket Town, on the east coast, is some 19 mi away whilst the airport lies 28 mi to the north, with a transfer time of around an hour by car.

    Accommodation 7.20 /10

    The hotel's 240 guest rooms are divided between 8 buildings featuring rather outdated architecture and although they face the sea, they don't all have unobstructed views. The categories of the rooms vary depending on their size, and it seems that the architect forgot to take the decor into account, as the rooms are rather impersonal. They are also poorly soundproofed, so those who are light sleepers may find the noise from the road outside a problem. This being the case, you'll have to choose between a quiet but difficult to access room and a noisy but easy to get to room. The bathrooms, meanwhile, are designed so as to make the most of the available space, and a sufficient amount of hospitality products are provided. Room service is available until 10:00pm and you can always use your tea and coffee-making facilities free of charge.

    Overview 6.95 /10

    The hotel's facilities are already over 20 years old and it certainly shows! Having said that, they are well-maintained; they just weren't the most charming to start off with. The hotel lobby, meanwhile, is enclosed in an incredibly well air-conditioned room with no external breeze whatsoever. Reception consists of a large wooden desk with various lounge areas furnished with rather uninspiring furniture just opposite. From the outside you can see that the hotel is built across different levels which are not always easy to access due to the heat. The Best Western has three swimming pools, two of which are located on the same level. The rounded form of the pools is very pleasant indeed, but it leaves little space for the surrounding solarium terrace. Despite their elevated position, you can always hear the noise from the road here. The third, smaller pool is located on the next level up and seems to be slightly quieter, though do bear in mind that the solarium terrace here could do with some serious renovations. Those who enjoy a good massage will be pleased to know that the spa has three outdoor beds alongside each other and two individual rooms indoors. Here too though, you'll hear the noise from the road.

    Food and drink 6.70 /10

    Unfortunately, the hotel's only restaurant is located just above the road, so guests can enjoy being serenaded by the sound of traffic in the evening. The dining area outside is cooled by a series of fans but they're certainly not as effective as they could be. Breakfast and dinner are served as a buffet whilst lunch consists of a menu of international and Thai dishes. Having said that, most of the dishes served here are of Italian origin. The food isn't particularly great but the portions are certainly generous. The basic furniture could do with being replaced, too, if only to brighten the place up a little.

    Beach 7.70 /10

    The hotel is located in the city but the long, wide bay of Karon Beach is within walking distance and offers some beautiful walks. The sand here is fine and the waters turquoise. However, wind can often be a problem since the beach is not sheltered, so you'll need to take care if you're travelling with little ones. The hotel doesn't have its own facilities on the beach but deckchairs and parasols are available to hire by the day. Don't expect the isolated surroundings of a deserted beach, though, as this part of the coastline attracts hoards of holidaymakers!

    To know

    There are plenty of shops in the vicinity of the hotel and a large shopping centre just next door, so you won't need to hire a car to go shopping.
    Coffee-lovers will be pleased to know that there is a complimentary self-service coffee machine in the lobby.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      sauna, massage, hammam, spa, Turkish bath, wellness, keep fit

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      gym, aerobics, fitness, tennis, sports, water-polo, beach volley, golf

    • Animals allowed
    • Hairdresser
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Solarium
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • The sea views from the rooms on the higher levels

    disadvantages

    • The distance from the beach
    • The noise from the road

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