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The Memory at On On Hotel in Phuket Town

The Memory at On On Hotel Review

The Memory at On On Hotel is undoubtedly the most iconic and best-known heritage hotel on Phuket Island, and this is for a few reasons. Built in 1927 and called Un Un Hotel at the time, the hotel possesses a strong Sino-Portuguese personality in a very central location on Phang Nga Road, the heart of Phuket Old Town.

The hotel was later called On On Hotel and was a rather shabby backpacker spot. These are probably the two reasons the hotel was selected to be in the movie ‘The Beach’ with Leonardo DiCaprio in 2000. We visited the hotel at the time and took some photos. See them at the bottom of the page. It was really cheap, indeed! The most expensive room (standard aircon twin bed was 400 baht, and the cheapest one was 180 baht! (standard fan room, 1 bed, shower outside!)

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If you look at the photos, it was pretty much like in the movies, except that we never saw the lady washing the walls. The hotel was entirely renovated a few years back, revealing a true hidden gem, and renamed “The Memory at On On Hotel’.

The rooms and suites

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The On On Hotel in Phuket Town offers a charming blend of history and comfort. Its classic rooms feature colonial-style decor with antique furnishings, air conditioning, and private bathrooms. Guests can expect 4 room types with various room sizes and beautiful colour tones: Superior Room, Deluxe Room, Junior Suite, and The Memory Suite.

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Modern amenities, including WiFi and key card access, complement the historical charm. With high ceilings and unique architectural details, the rooms provide a glimpse into the hotel’s rich heritage.

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Lady Coco

Lady Coco in Phuket Town

Lady Coco is a restaurant, coffee shop and Salon de Thé, part of the now legendary ‘The Memory at On On Hotel’ on Phang Nga Road in Old Phuket Town. Such a restaurant in a heritage hotel is an excellent opportunity to stop for lunch, dinner or just some lovely pastries and ice creams. Guests can choose to sit in any one of the five areas, including at the beautiful bar.

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The Memory at On On Hotel Photos

The Original On On Hotel

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This is On On Hotel BEFORE, as it appeared in the movie ‘The Beach’ in 2000


The Memory at On On Hotel Info

Location: Phuket Town
Range: 3-star
Restaurants and bars: none
Swimming pool: none
Address: 19 Phangnga Rd, Tambon Talat Yai, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000
Phone: 076 363 700
Open: 24 hours
Distance to the night market: 250 m
Distance to the closest beach (Patong): 13.4 km
Distance from Phuket International Airport: 33 km

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Willy Thuan

Born in France a long long time ago, I started to travel the world early until I settled in Phuket in 1994. For the past 30 years, my passion for photography and my curiosity have taken me to every corner of Phuket, Bangkok and everywhere I could go in Thailand. My goal is to share my discoveries, photos and tips to help travellers plan their holidays by making Phuket 101 as easy as possible to use for everyone!