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Best Western Patong – quality and affordability reunited

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PHUKET: It’s easy to spend big bucks in Phuket. Those who arrive to the island with the popular misconception that “Thailand is cheap” might be sorely disappointed when faced with local prices.

They can be easier to swallow when you get what you pay for, such is the case of many high-end resorts and restaurants. Less so, though, when the quality obviously doesn’t reflect the price tag, with the island’s transportation being the best (or rather worst) example.

Luckily, things seem to be beginning to change, and soon, taking a reasonably priced metered taxi to the beach and spending a day sunbathing on clean sand, rather than shabby, overpriced plastic beach chairs, might one day become a real option in Phuket.

This emerging vision of a more visitor-friendly holiday destination is great news for the Best Western Patong Beach – a hotel offering high-level international standards at reasonable prices in an ideal location in the center of Phuket’s entertainment capital.

“Affordable, yet high quality, accomodation is on the rise and Best Western Patong Beach is here to capture that market,” explains Maetapong Upatising, the managing director of Phuket Villa Hotel Ltd, the new hotel’s operator.

Representing a brand which operates the world’s largest hotel chain of 4,000 lodgings in 100 countries enables the new hotel to offer attractive rates while keeping the room and service standard on par with the guests’ high expectations.

In the words of Mr Maetapong, Best Western Patong Beach is aimed at, “Budget-minded travellers who want a room with the minimum services and amenities required for a comfortable stay, without unnecessarily paying extra for costly services.”

This might sound modest, but the list of amenities is long and features air conditioning, private balcony, flat screen television, free Wi-Fi, mini-bar, key card security and much more.

The hotel’s 224 stylish rooms are spread over seven floors serviced by elevators and are available with a choice of a double or twin single beds. All rooms feature en suite bathrooms and are kept in a cool white decor complimenting the tropical surroundings.

“The style is modern oriental, a blend of Phuket feeling with elegant, modern architecture. The result is a refined, relaxing ambiance combining a lively and active atmosphere with timeless elegance,” explains Mr Maetapong.

Best Western Patong Beach offers a range of facilities including a rooftop pool and bar and a large swimming pool featuring a Jacuzzi and kid’s splash area. Guests can opt for a lazy day on a sun bed or some active time in the well-equipped fitness center. A visit there might be well worth considering after dining in the on-site contemporary, all-day dining Mana Restaurant, perfect for a romantic wine dinner under the stars, as well as a quick snack. The choice of local flavors and international favorites will leave no one hungry.

“And don’t forget our friendly team who will make each stay one to remember,” adds Mr Maetapong.

The Best Western Patong Beach is located at 190 Pangmuengsai Gor Road, Patong, Kathu, Phuket, Thailand 83150. The promotional rates for the opening month of October start from 1,599 baht per night. For more information call 076 360200 or go to bestwesternpatongbeach.com

— Maciek Klimowicz

 

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