We stayed here for 10 nights over Feb/Mar. For starters be aware that the location is not beach front (which we where when we booked this resort) and I do agree that beach access is not easy. It is a good 20 minute walk to karon beach which should not be attempted in the heat of the day unless you want a good sweaty detox! The hotel provides a bus service to Karon beach twice a day at 10am & 1pm (I don't think this is a return service). While the location is not beach front it's pretty much in the middle of karon and kata beach areas. For restaurants and night life we really enjoyed both areas. They are quiter and less crazy than the likes of patong while still having lots of things to do at night like shopping and bars. It's also a central location for the whole island making touring around a lot easier as it cuts down travel time.
The hotel taxi prices are displayed on a board at the front of the hotel. I'm sure if you pre-arrange a driver for your holiday it would be a lot cheaper. We found we probably spent more money on taxi's & tuk-tuk's than food and drink!
A tip for taxis: taxi & tuk-tuk drivers know this resort as "Access Pools" if you say you are staying at access resort you tend to get confused looks.
The guests in the resort are generally couples, which makes this a very quite and relaxing resort. We had dinner at the hilton down the road which is a huge resort but very crowded with conferences being held there.
We stayed in a private suite with our own pool. We were 3 friends travelling so one of us slept on a roll-away. In hind-sight the room was pretty small for 3 people & it would have been better having 2 bathrooms and we probably should have opted for a 2 bedroom apartment or at least adjoining rooms - but it proved near on impossible trying to book this without it being extremely costly. The roll-away bed was comfortable but due to the king bed being a 4 poster you couldn't watch tv from the roll-away bed easily. The king bed was very hard but we asked for matress toppers which seemed to solve this problem. The cleaners always did a good job & we didn't have a problem with items going missing & complimentary water bottles were topped up each day.
There is a 7/11 store right out the front of the hotel, convenient for buying water, snacks and alcoholic drinks. There is also a great massage parlour out the front of the hotel called "On-Lee". It's bright pink - you can't miss it. We were here every second day or night (it's open til 2am) getting foot scrubs, massages and nails painted.
The girls on the front desk of the hotel were very helpful and check-in and check-out was quite straight-forward.
Breakfast is not a huge spread (which is why i think they get so many comments about it being same-same) but there's enough hot & cold selection to keep you well fed. They have an omelette station and the hot food changes daily based on a weekly menu - so stay longer than a week and you'll see the monday menu back from last week.
We ordered room service (ours wasn't delivered by boat as we had a private pool suite) only becuase we had to as one of us wasn't well and we stayed in for the day. The room service menu was probably my only complaint. There is hardly anything on the menu and most of the items are not that appealing. We ordered a ham and cheese sandwich and BLT's both were ok BUT we were told to leave the tray outside our room for them to collect later and that's were it stayed for the next 2 days! even after our room had been cleaned twice?
We used the pool bars a couple of times and the cocktails were lovely. A little tip if you are using the bar at happy hours - you get 30% off of drinks but then you need to add back service taxes of 17% and you can only pay with cash (can't charge to the room) - which is a bit inconvenient when you don't have pockets or a bag because - you're in the pool.
It's a good hotel - feels secluded in the midst of crazy phuket. Definately reccomend for couples.
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- The only hotel offering direct pool access from all rooms, where room services serve by boat. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Access Resort And Villas
- Access Resort & Villas Hotel Karon
- Access Hotel Karon
- The Access Hotel
- Access Resort & Villas Phuket/Karon