If you're going to stay in Patong, then the Holiday Inn is a great place to stay. It's a short walk from the centre of town, and just across the road from the beach. However, it's far enough away from the nightlife to be virtually noise free - I had no problems sleeping at all.
The hotel is split into 2 parts - the main wing, which is pretty nice, and the Busakorn wing, which is more modern, and built around a fancy swimming pool and looks great. It wasn't much more for the Busakorn when I booked so that's what we went for. The room was good, the only real drawback was that there was no bathtub - only a (pretty deluxe) shower.
Apart from the slightly frosty reception staff, everyone was friendly including the numerous security guards. One unusual thing was that the minibars were empty and there were 2 shops on the premises to buy drinks etc - at reasonable prices - a great idea!
We ate in quite a bit - as the food was really good, although if you're looking for really spicy Thai food you may want to head out to a restaurant.
Update: After the damage from the 2004 tsunami, the hotel was completely refurbished. While the Busakorn wing now looks much the way it was, the main wing took a bit more damage at the time and has had more extensive renovation - all now finished - and should be even better than it was prior to the tsunami.
Directions: Southern end of Patong Beach.
We stayed at the Holiday Inn Phuket in September 2003, it was a lst minute deal and I can honestly say that it was one of the most enjoyable 2 weeks I have ever had.
The hotel is across the road from the beach and all the pubs etc.. can be reached by foot within a couple of minutes.
The Spa is fabulous and the staff are extremely helpful and they go out of their way to make sure you have a really good stay and also to make you feel that little bit special. It was my husband's birthday during our stay and without asking they made a birthday cake for him and placed it in our room.
The gym is also well equipped.
The food in the 3 restaurants was excellent, the best mussels with chilli and garlic I have ever eaten, The large restaurant has a buffet style menu each night with a different them each night. The steak house reputedly has the best steaks in Phuket (I can testify they are really good).
Excursions may be booked through the Hotel.
My stay at this hotel has made me want to return to Thailland again and again.
Unique Quality: Great Spa and fitness facilities
Nice view of the garden
Wide range of Excursions
This Tip was written before the tsunami. I read that the ground floor of the hotel was badly damaged, but I understand it's now even better than when we stayed.
Low-rise building around a garden courtyard in a great location, just across the road from the beach.
Unique Quality: Good rooms, excellent coffee shop with buffet meals plus great Thai restaurant in the garden, open plan bar also in the garden, a very good steak house and a pizzaria by the pool. Whatever your taste in food, you'll find something here that you'll enjoy.
Directions: At the main Patong Beach in a strip of hotels.
Gorgeous-one of the best on the main Patong Road! Nicely done up surroundings, unique restaurants,large rooms,and a grand new Busakorn Wing-for a real taste of the exotic!
Unique Quality: Great Location, jump out into the ocean!!!
any reviews about the holiday inn welcome thank you
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We stayed there before the tsunmai and it was excellent, and I understand it's even better now. I have info in my Phuket Tips.
I also stayed there pre Tusnami,excellent especially Busakorn wing.
Saw it last Christmas, 2005, and it is completely brand new, it looks great.
We have been to Holiday Inn before and after the tsunami - 6 times in total and can definitely recommend it.
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Address: 52 Thaweewong Rd, Patong Beach, Patong, Phuket, 83150, Thailand