A popular classic hotel in Patong Beach
Patong Merlin Hotel is a long-established popular hotel by the beach road of Patong Beach. The hotel is very big but spacious, with large rooms and vast swimming pools in large central areas, so it does not feel crowded. The hotel benefits from an excellent location with the beach just across the street, and the vibrant nightlife of Bangla Road is just a short tuk-tuk ride away. You can even walk there if you don’t mind a bit of casual walk as there are many restaurants, bars and shops to enjoy on the way.
While the front of the hotel is just across the street from the beach, the back of the hotel is very near the popular OTOP Night Market, where guests can enjoy fun shopping and cheap but good local food.
The hotel is has been around for decades but was renovated several times and is well designed. The rooms are large enough and well prepared. We stayed in a pool access room, and it was an excellent choice with 38 sqm and a nice pool in the back, with large wooden decks and more privacy than the other immense central pools.
The two main positive points of Patong Merlin pool access rooms is that, contrary to many hotels in Patong, 1) the rooms feature a small but comfortable terrace and 2) the sliding window is not facing a busy walkway and therefore offers more privacy. The access down to the water is easy, and the water is always warm, which makes it a perfect place to enjoy after the beach or even on an occasional rainy day.
The rooms and bathroom are well equipped with all the basic facilities you can expect to find in a 4-star hotel, including a large and very comfortable bathtub.
Remember that the mini-bar is empty as it is now standard in 4-star hotels. Luckily, several convenience stores nearby, so don’t forget to stop on your way back to buy the drinks you wish to enjoy by the pool. Another interesting fact: in Thailand, You can only buy alcohol between 11 am to 2 pm and 5 pm to midnight. So don’t be surprised if the cashier refuses to take your bottle.
There are three restaurants and two bars in the hotel. Note that not all the facilities were open at the time of our visit.
Cafe del Mar
Cafe del Mar is located on the beachfront road, a perfect spot to drink at any time of the day and a cocktail before dinner. It has nothing to do with the beach club of the same name located in Kamala Beach. The restaurant serves Thai and Asian cuisine from 11 am to midnight. There is a little coffee shop and bakery attached to it.
Coconut Coffee Shop
Coconut Coffee Shop serves international cuisine and is where guests will enjoy an impressive breakfast buffet from 6 am to 10.30 am.
Seaside Terrace is a beachfront buffet just next to Cafe del Mar, open from 6 pm to 11 pm.
The Pool Bar
Open from 8 am to midnight
Patong Merlin Info
Swimming pools: 4 pools
Restaurants and bars: 5
Distance to the Beach: across the street
Distance from airport: 37 km
Distance to Phuket Town: 14 km
Distance to Patong Center: 1.6 km
Patong Merlin Map