Old Phuket-Karon Beach Hotel
The hotel offered different prices depending on what type of room you booked. There are 2 wings the older Sino wing, which has recently (October 2015) reopened after refurbishment and the newer Serene wing. I stayed in a balcony room in the Sino wing which was the cheapest option and was very happy with it.
The Sino wing, the building was in the style of the old Sino-Portuguese buildings that can be found in Phuket. Not sure if this building was an original or recreation as I couldn't find any information on the history of the hotel.
The next cost option up were these terrace rooms in the Sino wing, they had 4 poster beds in them.
This was the view off my balcony, looking down onto another level of accommodation, these villa style rooms had a spa.
The Serene wing was much newer with rooms all facing a pool. The most expensive option was to have a pool side room that you could swim up to.
As the name points out, the hotel is located at Karon beach, the beachside exit has a small pedestrian street with restaurants and massage places and a convenience store. The beach is across the road, all very convenient. Karon Beach is a lovely quiet location, much less busy than the popular Patang beach area.
There are 2 pools, the Sino wing has a small pool on the 3rd floor, as well as the larger pool in the Serene wing. Breakfast was included in the price of the room, it was served in the restaurant in the Sino wing on the ground floor. Each pool area had a bar that served food and drinks.
The rooms are well equipped with a room safe, minibar as well as free bottled water restocked each day. There is free wifi, towels are provided for the beach and pool.
The little window looks into the bathroom, it does close! I thought it was cute regardless!
The bathroom had a walkin shower, I've noticed that as older hotel rooms get refurbished the bathtubs get removed and large showers installed instead.
Behind the lobby there was a reading room, interesting to me was that the majority of the books weren't in English! Reflective I thought of the international guests who are at the hotel. The books are mainly in Russian, German and Scandinavian languages.
There is also a small gym for those who like to exercise on holiday! A games room and a small children's play area.
The hotel has a free shuttle service 3 days a week which takes guest to a shopping complex in Old Phuket Town. Easy enough to get a taxi from there to see the old town itself.
There was a small altar with offerings near the lobby.
Balcony view, looking towards the mountains with the lobby building on the left.
I would stay in this hotel again, I like the idea of staying in one of the villa rooms. The staff were friendly and helpful, the location was good and the hotel itself was very quiet, which is what you want for a relaxing holiday.