Novotel Phuket City Phokeethra Review
Novotel Phuket City Phokeethra is a 4-star hotel located near the heart of Phuket City. The hotel offers 180 modern and comfortable rooms and suites equipped with modern amenities such as air conditioning, Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and minibars. The hotel features a fitness centre, a rooftop bar, a spa, and a restaurant serving Thai and international cuisine. The hotel’s location makes it a convenient choice for both leisure and business travellers who want to explore Phuket’s cultural and historical attractions, local markets, temples, and museums of Phuket city.
International brands usually come with standard features and thus with customers’ expectations. Considering that Novotel Phuket City Phokeethra wants to be a 5-star resort, those expectations were unfortunately not met this time. Novotel Phuket Phokeethra used to be the old ‘Thavorn Grand’ has been beautifully redesigned and refurbished to look modern and quite elegant; the service was surprisingly below Phuket standards (Such an international brand combined with the legendary Thai hospitality placed the bar rather high).
The reception went quite smoothly, and soon we were in our room on the 14th floor. Very space brand new room, oversized bed, plenty of closets and more amenities than average: Illy espresso machine with 4 free coffee capsules, bathrobe, slippers, iron and ironing table, mini-bar with drinks and a decent size safe box that can accommodate a 15-inch laptop (it’s not always the case).
For working, there are a good working station and enough electric plugs for our many electronic devices (we do have many!) Novotel Phuket Phokeethra is designed for business people; tourists would pick a hotel closer to the beaches or the old streets of Phuket Town.
The view from the 14th-floor rooftop bar is kind of nice, a bird’s view of the low-rise part of town, including several local markets (Expo Phuket Bazaar and the new Grocery Phuket). It’s not as good as a sea view would be, but it’s entertaining.
The best view is from the back of the building, and the best place to enjoy it is the Estrella rooftop lounge on the 18th floor. Estrella is a surprisingly cosy wine and whisky bar in this modest part of town with a small terrace on each side. The place creates an intimate atmosphere with dark woods and artificial candlelights. This is a good place to enjoy the sunset and the blue hour with a good cocktail. The sea is closer to the hotel than we thought it was, as well as Koh Sirey and its temple.
In the morning, we had breakfast at Amor, the ground-floor restaurant, and the buffet was good and sitting comfortably. The restaurant is vast, well designed and brightly lit from the floor-to-ceiling windows, which is definitely a plus. Check-out was a little off again, but at this stage, we had already started getting used to how things were working here.
Verdict about Novotel Phokeethra
- The hotel is modern, bright and well-designed for Phuket Town
- Rooms are also comfortable, very clean and adapted to modern travel
- Estrela Rooftop is quite nice. The glass walls spoil it a little
Novotel Phuket City Phokeethra is a modern and comfortable 4-star hotel located in the heart of Phuket city, offering guests easy access to the city’s cultural and historical attractions. The hotel’s amenities, such as the fitness centre, rooftop bar, spa and restaurant, are well-designed. However, the spacious rooms and abundance of amenities, include an Illy espresso machine and mini-bar. The Estrela Rooftop bar provides a cosy atmosphere with a decent view, and the breakfast buffet at Amor is good. Overall, Novotel Phuket City Phokeethra is a solid choice for business travellers or tourists who prefer to stay in the city centre.
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Novotel Phuket City Phokeethra Info
Location: Phuket City
Address: 40/5 Chanacharoen Rd, Amphur Muang, Phuket 83000
Open: 24 hours
Phone: 076 397 777
Range: 5-Star Hotel
Rooms: 180 rooms, 18 floors
|🚙 Distance to Phuket City Center:||600 m|
|🏊♀️ Swimming pools:||1|
|🍴 Restaurants and bars:||2 + 1 rooftop bar|
|🛍️ Facilities||Spa, Fitness|
|⛱️ Nearest main beach:||Patong Beach|
|🚙 Distance to Patong Beach:||15 km|
|✈️ Distance from Phuket International Airport:||33 km|
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