So we (four friends) finally arrive in Phuket and are all excited to start exploring Patong. After finding the hotel we head up to the reception counter expecting the trade mark "thai hospitality" welcome. The receptionist killed the excitement levels by putting on a fake & forced smile and then giving us crap talk. After checking the 2 room alotted to us, we discovered that both didn't have a balcony while all the other rooms had one and the ground floor rooms had a patio. The rationale given by the receptionist was that we had booked the standard rooms and the other rooms in the hotel with balconies costed 500 TBH more. Well, this was the crap talk as all the rooms as per the hotel's website are standard. The receptionist held her ground on this which really pissed me off. The other strange thing about the hotel is that the safety boxes are not provided in the room but in a common room close to the reception area which can prove to be a pain point.
The rooms, though cosy, are basic and were cleaned well everyday. Fresh supply of towels were given daily 2. Bathrooms are quite small but the hotel atleast provides free toiletries of reasonable quality. The pool is a free form one and small so even if 10 people decide to take a plunge together, it would look crowded. Sunbeds are provided by the hotel as well. The best part of our stay here was the buffet breakfast. Yummy selection of bacon, ham & sausages along with some local dishes, breads, 3 varieties of fruit juices and a live egg counter. I think the guy at the live egg counter did a splendid job. We had lunch at the hotel on one occasion and except one of my friends, we didn't quite enjoy it. A travel counter is present within the hotel near the reception area where one can book a tour (i personally recommend the phi phi island tour...the island is stunning) and hire car/jeep/bike. We booked our scooties from here for 200 TBH a day which we used for exploring the other parts of the island. Massage facility is also available but I think it is better to get it done from one of the numerous massage palours steps away from the hotel.
There are many 7-11s in the area which are open 24x7 and proved very handy for people like us who feel like munching at random hours of the night. It is a 5 mins walk to bangla road and a 10 mins walk to the beach. If you are a rock music fanatic, please don't miss visiting Rock city (near bangla road) for an electric time and avoid the dead feel hard rock cafe (also a 5 min walk).
My final verdict...sea sun & sand is not really upto a 3 star hotel mark and could do better.
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- Sea Sun Sand Patong
- The Viridian Resort Patong, Phuket
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