Located in the Andaman Sea, Phuket is the biggest island in Thailand. This mountainous island is made up of multiple cities and beaches, making it a very diverse land to explore. Nowadays, due to the heavy influx of tourism, Phuket has slowly become one of Thailand’s wealthiest provinces. Due to its vast popularity, booking where to stay in Phuket is almost essential as places get booked ahead of time, especially during peak season. With that being said, here are our top picks for the best places to stay in Phuket for both hotels & hostels.
- Best Places to Stay in Kata Beach
- Best Places to Stay in Phuket Town
- Best Places to Stay in Karon Beach
- Best Places to Stay in Patong
Best Places to Stay in Kata Beach
Budget: Fin Hostel Phuket Kata
Near: Kata Beach
Price Range: $12-60 a night
Located right by Kata Beach, this place is a great hostel to stay at if you’re looking for something that’s both clean and affordable. The place comes with a rooftop pool which makes for a great common area. Unlike most hostels in Thailand, the beds here are fairly large and not rock hard! A good plus! They have both dorm rooms and private rooms which are extremely well decorated!
Mid-Range: Chanalai Garden Resort, Kata
Near: Kata Beach
Price Range: $33-50+ a night
For those looking to splurge a little bit, the Chanalai Garden Resort in Kata Beach is a perfect spot due to its location. Situated in the relatively quiet Kata Beach, this place boasts of stunning coastal views with a long pool where you can lounge around and relax. The rooms come with a breakfast buffet with plenty of choices to help you start your day on the right foot. Apart from the excellent service, spacious rooms, the location makes it possible to walk everywhere to try to visit nearby restaurants and attractions. Rooms start at an incredible rate of $33-50 a night.
Luxury: The Shore At Katathani
Near: Kata Beach
Price Range: $500+ a night
If you’re looking for a fantastic getaway, these luxury villas at The Shore is the perfect spot. Located right by the main beach, you can lounge around their many beachside cabanas or soak up the incredible views from the poolside. The rooms are lavishly decorated and provides an excellent atmosphere for the ultimate luxury getaway. With each room boasting of a private pool and a breakfast buffet, you literally will have everything that you need right at your fingertips.
Best Places to Stay in Phuket Town
Budget: Chino Town Gallery Hostel
Near: 100 m from Old Phuket Town
Price Range: $6-17 a night
This hostel is located only 350 feet from Old Phuket Town and it features a restaurant and wireless internet. The Thai Hua Museum and the Chinpracha House is close by as well. The room is dormitory style with 6 single beds as well as a balcony and air conditioning. The rooms are clean, modern looking and is pretty centrally located, with the Sunday market being right across the hostel. We love the dorm beds as it also gives you a bit of privacy. This place is definitely a great choice in the old town. (Prices start at $6 a night for a dorm room bed and $17 for a private room)
Budget: Bed Hostel
Near: 500m from Old Phuket Town
Price Range: $11-27 a night
This hip and modern hostel is a great place for those who want a modern area while in Phuket. The room is a mixed dormitory style with 4 beds, making it quite spacious compared to other dorm rooms. There are shops on the property and guests will love the on-site bar, flat screen television, and wireless internet. The location is pretty central and everything is a short 5-minute walk away. We highly recommend going for an AC room as the fan rooms can get quite hot. (Prices start at $11 a night for a dorm bed while private double rooms for two start at $27)
Mid-Range: Good Day Phuket Boutique Bed And Breakfast
Near: Phuket Town
Price Range: $31 a night
The rooms at the Good Day Phuket Boutique Bed and Breakfast are bright, airy and comfortable. All of the rooms feature a private balcony and seating area. They also have a flat screen television, fridge and electric kettle. There are many stores and restaurants located close by that guests can go to after spending the day at the outdoor pool. Although this hotel isn’t close to the beach, you can easily rent a motorbike to go exploring. The pool is also a great perk after a full day of touring Phuket. (Prices start at $31 a night for two people)
Luxury: The Westin Siray Bay Resort and Spa
Near: 3 minute walk to the beach | 10 mins from Phuket Town
Price Range: $178 a night
This resort is located on the bay and guests can enjoy the quiet and tranquility of the coastline. All of the rooms have a balcony with outdoor seating that overlooks the sea with magnificent views. Guests will love the fitness center as well as the 3 infinity pools. Trust us, lounging around by their infinity pools, especially during sunset is pretty unreal. They also have yoga sessions at the beach, volleyball games, non-motorized water sports and free wireless internet throughout the whole resort. The beds are plush and very luxurious, making it very difficult to leave the bed every morning. (Prices start at $178 for two people with breakfast)
Luxury: Jindarin Beach Villas
Near: Coconut Island (minutes away from Phuket Town)
Price Range: $92 a night
The Jindarin Beach Villas is located in a secluded and private beachfront area on Coconut Island. The rooms have a balcony with a view of the sea as well as air conditioning. Every guest has access to a full kitchen with a fridge. The hotel has an outdoor pool, wellness center and a spa. The beautiful resort compound is very private and secluded so take this into consideration before booking this villa. However, if you are looking for a tranquil escape, this is the place for you. (Prices start at $92 for two people with breakfast)
Best Places to Stay in Karon Beach
Budget: Doolay Hostel
Near: Karon Beach
Price Range: $9 a night
For those that want to stay closer to the beach, this modern hostel by Karon Beach is a great pick! The beds are clean and comfortable and the mattresses aren’t paper thin. The hostel itself is very social with a great common area where they have movie nights, games, bbqs and social evenings. The best selling point of this hostel is that apart from the affordable price, it is also very close to the beach. (Prices start at $9 a night for a dorm room)
Mid-Range: Chanalai Hillside Resort
Near: 5-minute drive from Karon Beach
Price Range: $64 a night
If you want a room with a view, look no further as the Chanalai Hillside Resort located in Karon beach provides you with everything that you need and more. The rooms are large, clean, and the view from the balcony is simply amazing. Karon beach is also just a 110-minutewalk away, making this hotel’s location quite ideal. This place is great value for money and is definitely as the prices aren’t even that steep. (Prices start at $64 for a deluxe pool access room)
Luxury: Novotel Phuket Karon Beach Resort & Spa
Near: Karon Beach
Price Range: $77 a night
This luxurious resort is a great place to stay for both couples and families. The rooms are spacious and very luxurious with beds that are ultra soft! The facilities of the whole hotel is great as they have a large pool area, a waterslide for young kids, and even a fitness center. The beach is literally located right at your doorstep, making it a great base as you explore and enjoy Karon Beach. (Prices start at $77 for two people)
Luxury: Movenpick Villas & Spa Karon Beach
Near: Walking distance Karon Beach; 10-minute drive from Patong Beach
Price Range: $198 a night
This beautiful resort is situated right by the beach, making it a great spot for those that want to alternate between lounging around in a pool and taking a dip in the ocean. The place offers luxury villas, as well as pool villas, making it a top splurge when in the area. The resort is only a 5 minute drive from Patong and a 45 drive from the airport. The spa is also something that we recommend indulging in while you are in the resort. The rooms are beautifully decorated and the breakfast buffet which comes with the room offers a good range of options. (Prices start at $198 for a garden villa for two)
Best Places to Stay in Patong
Budget: Lub D Hostel
Price Range: $15-50 a night
If you’re looking for a fun modern and clean hostel located in the heart of it all, Lub D Hostel is where its at. Rated very well amongst travelers and backpackers, this type of hostel is a far cry from what most places in Thailand look like. Although slightly pricier than what you would usually pay for, between the clean and comfortable beds, fantastic atmosphere and ideal location, this is one of our top recommendations for budget hostels in Patong.
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Mid-Range: Sira Grande Hotel & Spa
Price Range: $28-60+ a night
Located right in the heart of all the action, the Sira Grande Hotel & Spa is a pleasant enough stay for people who want to stay near all the main attractions. While you can enjoy the best of Patong’s nightlife, this hotel provides a clean and quiet place to stay for guests. With the beach being a short walk away, this place is a great pick for those who want to enjoy basic amenities like a pool, gym, and an on-sight restaurant.
Luxury: Absolute Bangla Suites
Price Range: $180-330+ a night
If you want to stay in the heart of Patong’s vibrant nightlife, we highly recommend Absolute Bangla Suites. Located in the thick of all the action, this place is a peaceful sanctuary from the hustle and bustle outside. The rooms are modern, trendy and fully furnished with everything that you need from a small kitchenette all the way to a jacuzzi hot tub. Their rooftop restaurant and poolside area are also great places to hang out in during the day, serving good food and happy hour deals. Despite being located so close to all the bars, the rooms are quiet and peaceful, with the softest bed imaginable! From Absolute Bangla, Patong Beach is a 4-minute walk away making it very ideal for those who want an exclusive and luxurious stay while still being in the center of everything.
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So there you have it! A mix of both budget and luxurious places to stay while exploring the province of Phuket. So while we encourage to explore the island fully, our tip is to not see everything at once. Instead, just spend a couple of days in a few locations and really get to know the area. Happy exploring!
Editor’s Note: Looking for things to do in Phuket? Make sure you check out our article for tips on the best things to see and do while in this paradise island.
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