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 said, here are our top picks for the best places to stay in Phuket for both hotels & hostels.
- 1 Best Places to Stay in Kata Beach
- 2 Best Places to Stay in Phuket Town
- 3 Best Places to Stay in Karon Beach
- 4 Best Places to Stay in Patong
Best Places to Stay in Kata Beach
Budget: Fin Hostel Phuket Kata
Room Type: Dorms | Private Rooms
Near: Kata Beach
Price Range: $12-60 a night
Located right by Kata Beach, Fin Hostel is a great hostel to stay at if you’re looking for something that’s both clean and affordable.
They have both dorm rooms and private rooms which are extremely well decorated.Unlike most hostels in Thailand, the beds here are fairly large and not rock hard — a definite plus!
When you’re done exploring Phuket, you can relax on their rooftop pool which makes for a great common area. This is an awesome budget pick in Phuket!
Mid-Range: Chanalai Garden Resort, Kata
Room Type: Private Rooms
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 and spacious rooms, its location makes it possible to walk everywhere to try to visit nearby restaurants and attractions.
With two outdoor pools, two pool bars, and two on-site restaurants, you’ll find it hard to leave the resort when everything you need is in it!
Luxury: The Shore At Katathani
Room Type: Pool Villas
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. It’s an adults-only resort which means you’ll get total serenity and relaxation here.
The rooms are lavishly decorated and provide an excellent atmosphere for the ultimate luxury getaway. When you’re not lounging on the plush bed, head out onto your private deck and enjoy a drink or two while you enjoy the seaviews.
As the hotel is located right by the main beach, you can lounge around their many beachside cabanas or soak up the incredible views from the poolside.
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
Room Type: Dorms | Private Rooms
Near: 100m 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 budget choice in the old town!
Budget: Bed Hostel
Near: 500m from Old Phuket Town
Price Range: $11-27 a night
This hip hostel is a great place for those who want a modern stay while in Phuket.
The location is pretty central and everything is a short 5-minute walk away. The rooms at Bed Hostel are a mixed dormitory-style with four 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.
We highly recommend going for an AC room as the fan rooms can get quite hot. Otherwise, this is a solid choice for backpackers or those on a budget!
Mid-Range: Good Day Phuket Boutique Bed And Breakfast
Room Type: Double | Twin
Near: Phuket Town
Price Range: $31 a night
Here’s a modern mid-range pick for those who want contemporary-style accommodations.The rooms at the Good Day Phuket Boutique Bed and Breakfast are bright, airy and comfortable. Plus, all 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, making it a convenient place to stay. 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.
Luxury: The Westin Siray Bay Resort and Spa
Room Type: Double | Deluxe Pool | Suites |Villas
Near: 3-minute walk to the beach | 10 mins from Phuket Town
Price Range: $178 a night
Enjoy a luxurious stay at the Westin Siray! Located on the bay, this is the perfect hotel for those who want to enjoy the quiet and tranquility of the coastline.
The rooms are super comfortable with plush beds that make it very difficult to leave the bed every morning. All the rooms have a balcony, with outdoor seating that overlooks the sea with magnificent views. It’s the perfect spot to relax after a day of activity!
To soak up some sun, lay by one of the three 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.
Luxury: Jindarin Beach Villas
Room Type: Double | Twin | Deluxe Pool
Near: Coconut Island (minutes away from Phuket Town)
Price Range: $92 a night
If you are looking for a tranquil escape, this is the place for you! The Jindarin Beach Villas are 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. This is ideal for those who want to be away from the main tourist track.
Best Places to Stay in Karon Beach
Budget: Doolay Beachfront Hostel
Room Type: Dorms
Near: Karon Beach
Price Range: $9 a night
For those that want to stay closer to the beach, Doolay Beachfront Hostel by Karon Beach is a great pick!It’s just a few steps from Karon Beach.
The beds are clean and comfortable and the mattresses aren’t paper thin. The hostel is very social with a great common area where they have movie nights, games, BBQs, and social evenings.
Affordable price, social atmosphere, great beachfront location: Doolay Hostel can’t be beaten!
Mid-Range: Chanalai Hillside Resort
Room Type: Double | Twin | Deluxe Pool
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 here are large, clean, and the view from the balcony is simply amazing. Spend your days relaxing and sunbathing by the pool. For an extra special stay, opt for the rooms with pool access.
Karon Beach is also just a 10-minute walk away, making this hotel’s location quite ideal. This place is definitely great value for money!
Luxury: Novotel Phuket Karon Beach Resort & Spa
Room Type: Double | Twin | Family Room | Suites
Near: Karon Beach
Price Range: $77 a night
Stay in style at the Novotel hotel in Karon Beach. 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!
During your stay, you’ll enjoy a whole host of facilities such as three outdoor pools, a waterslide for young kids, and even a fitness center. There are also three on-site restaurants, so you don’t have to venture about after a day of activity.
The beach is literally located right at your doorstep, making it a great base as you explore and enjoy Karon Beach. If you’re planning to splurge in Phuket, this should be one of your top picks!
Luxury: Mövenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach Phuket
Room Type: Villas | Penthouse
Near: Walking distance to Karon Beach; 10-minute drive from Patong Beach
Price Range: $198 a night
Indulge in top-notch stay at Movenpick Resort & Spa! This resort offers luxury villas, as well as pool villas, making it a top splurge when in the area.
This beautiful resort is situated right by the beach, making it a great spot for those who want to alternate between lounging around in a pool and taking a dip in the ocean. With four pools in the resort, you’ll be spoilt for choice!
For some true relaxation, we recommend checking out the spa while you are in the resort. And if you need a bite, head to one of the seven restaurants in the resort complex.
When you’re ready for some rest, pop back into your room. The rooms are beautifully decorated and designed for a comfortable stay. You’re sure to have a great night’s sleep here!
Best Places to Stay in Patong
Budget: Lub D Hostel
Room Type: Dorms | Twin |Private
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 it’s at.
Rated very well by 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.
They also offer private rooms here, if you’d like to enjoy some privacy while still being able to enjoy the social atmosphere of a hostel.
Mid-Range: Sira Grande Hotel & Spa
Room Type: Double | Twin | Triple
Price Range: $28-60+ a night
Located right in the heart of all the action, the Sira Grande Hotel & Spa is a pleasant stay for people who want to stay near all the main attractions — and stay within their budget at the same time.
While you can easily enjoy the best of Patong’s nightlife, this hotel provides a clean and quiet place to rest and relax. Sira Grande also offers a rooftop salt-water pool, gym, and on-site restaurant. For some pampering, their spa offers treatments that will rejuvenate your body and mind.
And when you’re ready for some beach time, Patong Beach is just a short walk away!
Luxury: Absolute Bangla Suites
Room Type: Studio | Junior Suite | Executive Suite | Penthouse
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 hotel 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 four-minute walk away, making it ideal for those who want an exclusive and luxurious stay while still being in the center of everything.
So there you have it — a mix of both budget and luxurious places to stay while exploring the province of Phuket. We hope you’ve found the perfect spot for you, but if not, there are lots of options available. Click the button below to check out more places to stay!
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