WHERE TO STAY IN PHUKET, THAILAND? Safari Beach Hotel Review

Accommodation is the first thing we think about when planning a trip – so, where should you stay in Phuket?

During our stay in Phuket, we spent 5 nights at the Safari Beach Hotel located on Patong Beach. It was a pleasant stay and good value for money with rooms costing just under £50 a night (around 2500B).

Here are the Pros and Cons to our stay at Safari Beach Hotel.

Pros:

Location – The hotel was just a short walk from the beach of Patong as well as being just a few buildings down from the lively Bangla Road. The short walk was ideal for late nights out and the large selection of restaurants that surrounded the hotel meant we had a lot of meal choices. There are also convenience stores such as FamilyMart just a short walk away, ideal for stocking up on water and snacks for the room.

Breakfast – The Safari Beach Hotel offers a breakfast each morning with continental choices such as cereal, toasts and bakery products along with a few western and thai hot items such as noodles and scrambled egg. The breakfast was nice considering it was included in the price but more of a choice would have made it even better.

Decor – With an open reception and authentic wooden styled restaurant and lobby area, the hotels decor is typically Thai and fits well with its tropical surroundings. The pathways to each of the buildings weave through palm trees and greenery – creating a unique, relaxing, tropical atmosphere that contrasts greatly with the bustling rowdy pub area nearby.

Staff – The staff were incredibly friendly throughout our stay and were very helpful when Calum was unwell one day during our stay. The ladies at the reception were always polite and cheerful, greeting us by name and with a smile each time we returned to the hotel.

Hotel Facilities – In the centre of the collection of buildings that make up the hotel, is a nice pool that was fairly quiet during the majority of our stay. Airport transfers are also available as is WiFi throughout the hotel and rooms. The hotel also offers free parking, laundry services and tours that can be booked from the front desk – like a day trip to the James Bond Island or a day trip to the nearby islands. 

Cons:

Restaurant – The Savoey Restaurant is attached to the hotel and we heard about how popular and liked the restaurant was. In fairness, in comparison to the other restaurants along this beach front, this restaurant does appear to be the nicest looking place, with the hotels authentic Thai feel being used within the restaurant as well. Unfortunately, the quality of the food didn’t match the decor and neither of us particularly enjoyed our food at this restaurant.

Rooms – The atmosphere and Thai feel of this hotel is lovely but unfortunately the rooms let the hotel down just slightly. Our room had a comfortable bed but was two twin beds pushed together instead of one double bed and the room was spacious with a desk, flat screen TV and balcony. The bathroom had an OK shower but water pressure wasn’t particularly great and I did miss a bath tub. The room itself also felt just a little bit too dark and could have done with some more light. The room was nice and if the price was fair I would stay here again but I felt the rooms needed a little bit more TLC to meet the price of the hotel and the high expectations of luxury set by the rest of the  hotel itself.

This was a good choice for a couple on a budget but I think we will be looking for other options when we return to Phuket. Our stay was fairly good value but it appears the hotel price has risen since our trip, making it overpriced for the quality of the room.

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  • Shibani
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    The hotel under 50 pound and still including breakfast, looks nice. I agree with you the location of the hotel sounds good enough to stay but sometimes the ones with nice locations are a little letdown in terms of food. The food looks delicious though we can never judge anything just by the it looks. Nice detailed post 🙂

  • Luzel
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    firstly, I know we don’t know each other, but I feel offended that I wasn’t invited to this stunning place. Secondly, I love the way you described it! 🙂 great post! I wana book a trip there now hehe

  • Suzanne
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    I have never been to Phuket but I can imagine how many hotels cater to tourists there. Safari beach hotel looks comfortable enough. I always appreciate breakfast and pool amenities. Sounds like a thumbs up!

  • Lisa
    Reply

    I haven’t been back to Phuket in years, but I do remember staying in a similar looking location! For the price, I think you could have got a better room, but it’s all experience. Anyway, end of the day, you’re there to see the sights and not the hotel 🙂

  • Reply

    Even though the price has increased since your stay, the property still seems like pretty good value for what was provided. Although the restaurant didn’t sound good, it is always nice to try as many other experiences in the region as possible and at least breakfast was included. All in all, I think this place would be OK to stay in as a base for seeing the rest of Phuket.

  • Abigail Sinsona
    Reply

    This post is making me miss Thailand! My friend just got back from phuket and he has some great things to say! I also miss Pad Thai so much – your photo is giving me serious cravings right now!~Hope to visit Phuket someday and will have this hotel in mind. 🙂

  • Joella
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    Thailand – A place I need to visit. I think for the money these were really nice accommodations. I like a nice balance between budget and good amenities and I think this is a good option. Maybe the food was not the best but you can always find food elsewhere and the room not as modern but as long as it is clean and comfortable that is good for me. Thanks for the review it really helps when looking at accommodations to see what others experienced.

  • Suzannah
    Reply

    Looks good! When I was in Phuket we decided to stay on Karon Beach as I was concerned with how I’d feel about Patong haha! This place looks lovely though!

  • Rashmi and Chalukya
    Reply

    The Safari Beach Hotel sounds like a great place to stay, its proximity to the beach would be a bonus for us. Thailand is on cards and we would definitely keep this hotel in mind when looking for accommodation though we may have to look for better food options around in the locality. Thanks for this review.

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