I just came back from a holiday in Phuket. This time around I thought I wanted to stay around the Patong beach area. A while back I stayed at the le Meridien which was OK but was a bit of a bother in terms of getting to the Patong area, the hotel itself was very nice but very quiet.
Going through the Tripadvisor list of places to stay, I decided that I wanted to try Amici Miei hotel as a reasonably-priced hotel that is close to the beach, though as other reviewers mentioned it's about a 20 minutes walk to get to the beach. The room that was provided to me was nicely appointed with dark wooden furnitures. The bed was comfortable except the pillows were a little hard for me as I'm used to soft pillows. It was fine except for the last night when I slept wrong and hurt my neck. The room was kept clean everyday as was the bathroom, the bathroom that I got are of the "combine" shower/toilet type which was fine with me as there were plenty of hot water available. This room was on the 1st floor and faces the back of the hotel and like other reviewers mentioned it could get a bit noisy in the mornings.
After a few days stay there I was informed that they have some repairs to do in the room so they are moving me to another room on the 5th floor - a deluxe room, my previous room was a standard. I was fine with it. The hotel has a cafe that served Italian dishes and coffee but I only had their coffee which was very good (coffee at other places including Starbucks tasted a little "chalky", maybe the water used I don't know) as I wanted to eat as much Thai seafood as possible and there are many restaurant choices nearby for local food, arabic, indian and western food.
The hotel provide some toiletries in the rooms but the Jungceylon mall is not more than 10 minutes away where you can get anything you could want. At the mall you can shop or eat as there are many stores and restaurants situated there. Also near the hotel (200 meters away?) is the Banzaan local market where they sell local wet and dry foodstuff. Also every evening in front of Banzaan, there is a local night market where local stall food can be purchased cheaply.
Like I had mentioned, the Patong beach is about 20 minutes away which you get to by going through the Jungceylon mall and exiting it near one end of the infamous Bangla street. Then you just follow Bangla street to the other end which is on Patong beach itself. Another highly recommended place by Tripadvisor reviewers is the Sweet Lemongrass Spa which was mentioned to be close to Amici Miei but is actually about 20/30 minutes walk away, not really that near.
Overall I enjoyed my stay at Amici Miei, a nice place to stay with very nice local staff. The hotel is well kept by the team of local ladies. It is value for money in my opinion.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of Patong Beach, the Amici Miei Hotel is an elegant and comfortable hotel offering all guests a high value for money.The hotel is just 100 mt. from Jungceylon , the most famous shopping centre of Phuket , 100 mt. from Thai Boxing Stadium , 400 mt. from the night life of Bangla Road and only 10 minutes walk from the beach.The two Italian owners Mark and Frank will make you feel at home and your stay is sure to be unforgettable. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Amici Miei Hotel Patong, Phuket