Little Nyonya is a small but fun new hotel located on the outskirts of Phuket town. While it is somehow modest and a little basic it combines old Phuket heritage style and affordable price. Seen from the outside the hotel looks beautiful with a large white facade and well lit swimming pool and the Sino-Portuguese inspiration (some say Sino-Colonial but I can’t really tell which is right), the arrival place missed that inspiration.
Little Nyonya hotel consists of 3 room types, all with exaggeratedly fancy names that make them look bigger than they really are: ‘Superior mansion, Deluxe Colonial (27 Sq m), and Junior Suite Balcony and since the rate is quit low, we picked the best one: a Junior Suite Balcony room. The room appeared small because of the high ceiling and the bathtub being located in a tiny garden in front of the room was a nice idea until we realized that all the rooms above had a bird view on you.
The reception is beautiful, using a lot of elements from the old Phuket era, especially those popular decorated floor tiles. Below it is the restaurant where a very basic breakfast is served. The restaurant is bright and quite attractive. Of course it is inspired by old Phuket, mostly the big wooden counter that is found in so many shops and restaurants downtown. The staff and the lady behind the counter didn’t really smile or greet us, which is very surprising in Thailand.
So even though this review seems to be less enthusiastic than any other reviews we ever wrote, Little Nyonya has some positive values: the design is bright and pleasing to the eyes, the price is very friendly and the location is convenient if you have to work in town but you’d rather not want to stay downtown. The pool is larger than any other pools for this price range and the Naka Weekend market is at walking distance and Central Festival shopping mall is nearby. Our recommendation would be to pick rooms at a higher floor, they are smaller but probably brighter and feel less humid.