The Old Phuket Karon Beach Resort

Phuket, Thailand

The hotel

Its name may suggest a hotel steeped in history, but The Old Phuket delivers both traditional Thailand and chic modernity in everything from its four dining venues to its choice of rooms. And it's all just moments from beautiful Karon Beach and a stroll from Aroona Karon's shopping and dining scene. You'll find heritage hints harking back to the spice trade days in the hotel's Sino Wing, with its rooftop pool featuring a children's pool (ideal when they're not enjoying their kids' club), and crisp white geometric minimalism in the Serene Wing, which frames a smart urban-style pool with little nooks for peaceful reflection.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Swimming Pool
  • Babysitting service
  • Room Service
  • Games Room
  • Close to Beach
  • Restaurant

Where is it

Located in central Karon with Karon Beach just a short walk away. Patong Beach is 8 km away. Transfer time from Phuket Airport: approximately 50 minutes.

Hotel information

184 rooms split over two wings: the Sino Wing is influenced by Sino-Portuguese architechture and offers 88 rooms and the Serene Wing offers 96 rooms contemporary rooms designed for the modern day traveller. All rooms have a private balcony, air-conditioning, TV, tea/coffee-making facilities, mini-bar* and safe. Sino Deluxe Rooms have a garden view, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Terrace Deluxe Rooms have a private furnished terrace and a garden view.

Spa Deluxe Rooms are like the Deluxe Rooms but with a Jacuzzi on a private balcony. Private Jaccuzzi Rooms are also available. 

Serene Wing:

Deluxe Pool View Rooms offer mountain or pool views.

Deluxe Pool Access Rooms are as above but offer pool access from a large terrace.

Deluxe Family Rooms are located on the 2nd-3rd floors and has a bunk bed, as well as 1 king-size or twin beds.

Shark Restaurant (daily buffet breakfast), Chili Restaurant (International and seafood), Bai Toey (à la carte Thai cuisine), Al Dente (à la carte Italian cuisine for lunch and dinner). KO-I Bar (Sino Wing), The Pool Bar (Serene Wing), Lobby Corner (selection of drinks) and Blue Cafe’ (bakery). Swimming pool with child pool. Fitness room. Massage by the pool* (Serene Wing). Kids' club. Table tennis. Games room. Room service*. Complimentary shuttle bus serivce to Patong, Phuket Town and the Weekend Market.

* Denotes local charge.

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Mar 22, 2019 libertyboyd Wallingford, United Kingdom

Wow! What an amazing two week holiday I’ve had here! Thailand is beautiful and this hotel is a must. Breakfast was really good and lots to choose from, there was an egg station where you could choose what egg you wanted which includes an omelette which is amazing! Breakfast also included fruit, bacon, sausages, a salad bar, yogurts and lots of… Read more
Wow! What an amazing two week holiday I’ve had here! Thailand is beautiful and this hotel is a must. Breakfast was really good and lots to choose from, there was an egg station where you could choose what egg you wanted which includes an omelette which is amazing! Breakfast also included fruit, bacon, sausages, a salad bar, yogurts and lots of different pastries to choose from. The room was very big and clean it included a mini fridge you can take what you want and then your charged at the end it had a choice of beer, coke and water although you do get two free bottles of water a day which was really helpful to have. The shower was lovely had a choice of two shower heads and your given quite a few complimentary toiletries. There are two pool areas which are lovely a few days we struggled getting a sun bed, they don’t like you to reserve beds early but I would recommend it otherwise your left nowhere to sunbathe which is frustrating it would be handy if they had more beds put out. The cleaners are very good and leave the room very nice and tidy every day leaving fresh towels in the room. The room also includes a kettle with all sorts of tea and coffees there for you. The beach is a 5 minute walk away which is lovely and only 100bhat for a sun lounger which is super cheap. On arrival we met with a lady who told us about lots of different activities we chose to go to phiphi island and the elephant sanctuary which are both AMAZING and would highly recommend there amazing day outs which include a buffet lunch. The hotel doesn’t have any entertainment or a bar where you can sit and relax if you didn’t want to leave the hotel but there are endless restaurants and bars just outside the hotel. Karon has a few lively bars which are around a 10-15 min walk. If you are looking for a better night life get a tuk tuk to patong Bangla road which is 400bhat and has far to many bars to count and has better deals than Karon. Karon is a lovely place to stay the food is so cheap it’s worth looking around and not going in the first restaurant you see as we found some restaurants where you could get a meal for two including drinks for 500 bhat which is only around £11. The hotel owns a few restaurants which are just outside of the hotel and on arrival you will be given 10% discount cards for those restaurants we ate in both and they were both very good but a bit more expensive than the restaurants further out. Staff are really friendly and try and help you as much as possible there was a few times where the language barrier was difficult whilst calling the reception so would recommend going down there and speaking to somebody face to face it can be a lot easier! Over all an amazing hotel and would love to come back. I’ve attached some images of the restaurant food owned by the hotel. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Comfortable nice rooms, good brekfast great staff

Mar 20, 2019 Kazzer2014 Minster on Sea, United Kingdom

Stayed here for a week with a swim up room, it was beautiful dark furniture with crisp white linen with a splash on red for cushions and throw. The floor and walls are all white with a bathroom that is the length of the room, you walk through the shower to get to the sunken bath which looks out to the pool. Nice toiletries are left for you as… Read more
Stayed here for a week with a swim up room, it was beautiful dark furniture with crisp white linen with a splash on red for cushions and throw. The floor and walls are all white with a bathroom that is the length of the room, you walk through the shower to get to the sunken bath which looks out to the pool. Nice toiletries are left for you as well as swim towels and nice fluffy white towels for inside your room, flip flops and light cotton dressing gowns are provided too. You really need the flip flops as the floor can get wet and then a bit slippery. beds are comfortable, you have a TV which you can hire dvd's if you want to from the reception staff. Tea coffee making facilities and also a mini bar which it so cheap as with a lot of things in Thailand. This combined with the fact that the pool is just outside by your patio area with stairs going directly into it, and a seat with a Jacuzzi button too, you have your own chairs on is a real bonus. Our stay was very comfortable and we recommend it maid service every day, towels were change most days although we did not need them to be fresh swim towels daily. Great snack bar with drinks form 10 to 7 the times of the pool, I think it does need more loungers as they get reserved (even they don't like you to) very early in the morning, my solution was to be a Lillo and bob around the pool all day great way to keep cool and get a tan as well, very relaxing. We had a bed and breakfast the breakfast was served in he restaurant area, which was outside, the staff were great, lots of tea and coffee good choice of things to eat, bacon goes really quickly and there is a chef to cook eggs in lots of different ways for you. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating 3 night break

Mar 18, 2019 mllenihan60 London, United Kingdom

Stayed for 3 nights & was upgraded on arrival to a lovely jacuzzi room. The hotel is nice enough although definitely 3-4* & no more. The breakfast is really not good at all as the selection is extremely limited therefore the lady at the egg counter is totally overwhelmed with a 10-15 minute wait at the busiest times, the pool area is also far too… Read more
Stayed for 3 nights & was upgraded on arrival to a lovely jacuzzi room. The hotel is nice enough although definitely 3-4* & no more. The breakfast is really not good at all as the selection is extremely limited therefore the lady at the egg counter is totally overwhelmed with a 10-15 minute wait at the busiest times, the pool area is also far too small for a hotel of this size with beds crammed together but there is not a lot they can do about this now. I don’t mean to sound too critical as we enjoyed our stay & it is in the perfect location but just not my kind of hotel. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating 3rd Visit, still a good option for Karon

Mar 17, 2019 Teeny_13 Kent, United Kingdom

This was our third visit to The Old Phuket after a 5 year gap. We upgraded to the swim up room in the Serene Wing prior to arrival and it was lovely to have pool access straight from the room. House Keeping were very good and the rooms are spacious and clean. The only negative we found was the selection on the breakfast buffet seemed to be much… Read more
This was our third visit to The Old Phuket after a 5 year gap. We upgraded to the swim up room in the Serene Wing prior to arrival and it was lovely to have pool access straight from the room. House Keeping were very good and the rooms are spacious and clean. The only negative we found was the selection on the breakfast buffet seemed to be much more limited than on previous visits. A good number of little restaurants on the quiet road that takes you from the hotel to the beach, though the beach itself has become a lot more crowded than we remembered. If we return to Karon again we would definitely stay at The Old Phuket again. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Didn't live up to the hype

Mar 11, 2019 Alexsymonds1604 Birmingham, United Kingdom

Upon arrival at the Old Phuket on our first night in Thailand we were told that a burst water pipe meant that our room was out of action so we'd have to be moved to a different hotel. I'm unsure if this was actually the case - we suspected that they'd perhaps overbooked the rooms. We were moved to a hotel down the street which appeared to be… Read more
Upon arrival at the Old Phuket on our first night in Thailand we were told that a burst water pipe meant that our room was out of action so we'd have to be moved to a different hotel. I'm unsure if this was actually the case - we suspected that they'd perhaps overbooked the rooms. We were moved to a hotel down the street which appeared to be comparable. The next morning, The Old Phuket arranged collection from the other hotel and after several phone calls they turned up half an hour late. We arrived at The Old Phuket at around 11am but we weren't allowed to check in until 2pm (reinforcing my suspicion that they'd overbooked our room) but we eventually checked in to an upgraded room. They also included two dinner vouchers for a local restaurant that they'd said we could use during our stay. We redeemed one voucher without problems before going on a snorkelling trip for a few days. When we returned we checked into a different hotel for our last few days. Upon trying to redeem our second voucher at the local restaurant, the Old Phuket Restaurant Manager turned up at the restaurant and told us that our voucher was no longer valid and that we'd have to pay for the food we'd now ordered. Given the inconvenience of being relocated at midnight after a 23 hour journey, we felt it was a little unfair to later remove this compensation. Aside from this, the hotel seemed nice enough and a good location but our overall experience was tarnished by these unforeseen circumstances which we felt could have been handled better. Read less