Accommodation on Phuket is definitely geared towards the needs of a more upmarket clientele. There are, of course, beach huts and bungalows available on the island, but don’t expect them to be anywhere near the beach. Some places at the back of Patong offer cheap rooms that can cost as little as 300 Baht in the low season, although they’re a fair way back from the action.
Patong offers many cheap hotels, from as low as 500 Baht a night, depending on the season. Phuket Town also has lower-end accommodation from about 500 Baht a night, and a good time can be had by those on a tight budget even with the help of a rented scooter to get to the beach.
Many of the Phuket guest houses are concentrated in Phuket Town, conveniently close to the old bus station and close to much of the central area. Chao Fa West Road, before Chalong Circle, also has a number of relaxing places that cater to those who wish to avoid the commercialism of the tourist hotels. You’re still only a 15-minute ride from the beach.
Recommended Phuket Guesthouses
Note: Patong guesthouses tend to be about 30 per cent more expensive than the rest of the island. Many places offer daily, weekly and monthly rates and usually have a small restaurant on the premises. Some also offer laundry and wireless internet. Rates range from 250-500 Baht a night but can go up as much as 50 per cent during high season (November-April).
Shanti Lodge: between Phuket City and Chalong; a relaxing place with nice rooms, good food, a lovely pool and a friendly atmosphere. Shanti Lodge is home to many long-term guests, especially during low season (May-October)…more details and booking.
The Memory at On On Hotel: one of Phuket’s oldest hotels, long predating the arrival of tourism on Phuket. If you’ve seen the movie The Beach, then you’ve seen the On On Hotel – Leonardo Di Caprio’s room supposedly on Khao San Road, Bangkok, was actually a room at the On On…more details and booking.
Karon Sunshine Guesthouse: this bar, restaurant and guesthouse is just five minutes from Karon Beach and features boutique rooms in a quiet road near all the nightlife, shopping and entertainment. Cable TV, wireless internet (wifi) and great food put this Australian-owned establishment above the competition…more details and booking.
Royal Crown Hotel & Palm Spa Resort: one of the best options for budget accommodation in Patong, this venue is located close to Bangla Road and the beach. Facilities are basic but comfortable…more details and booking.
Hilltop Hotel by the Lantern Group: located just 2 km from city center. The hotel offers a full of facilities e.g. free WiFi in all rooms, daily housekeeping, taxi service and fitness center. t’s good value for long-staying guests…more details and booking.
Surin Bay Inn: the restaurant serves a good Sunday roast and the inn is located close to Surin Beach; just minutes from the world-acclaimed Amanpuri. The rooms are comfortable and spacious and free wireless internet is available…more details and booking.
2gether Hotel: is a down-to-earth, slightly upmarket guesthouse in the back lanes of Karon, a few minutes’ walk from the beach. Run by Swedes, it is friendly, has a good restaurant and guests can make use of a nearby hotels’ facilities…more details and booking.