Guesthouses, hotels and resorts
Northern Karon Beach
Most of the hotels here are found just to the south of the round-about while the guesthouses are clustered around the seedy Soi Islandia.
A new resort with a youthful vibe542/1 Patak Road, Karon
T: (076) 39 6611-5; F: (076) 39 6618
We snickered at the Sugar Palm brochure with photos of gorgeous 20-somethings rough-housing in the pool and a description that alleges this new resort is ultra-hip, but it's true: the atmosphere here ... Read the full review of Sugar Palm Karon Resort.
A fun, mid-priced resort families will love538/3 Patak Rd, Karon Beach
T: (076) 39 8140; F: (076) 39 8145
Even though the resort has taken the aquatic mammal theme a little too far, your children won't be the only ones with a smile on their face when walking in here. If you weren't paying close enough ... Read the full review of Karon Whale Resort Phuket.
Sleep on the sand, almost697 Moo 1, Patak Road, Karon Beach
T: (076) 39 8220; F: (076) 39 8225
Just past the food stalls and sitting directly on the sand towards the northern end of Karon beach is this small resort. The 26 rooms and four suites are set in three wings of a two-storey building ... Read the full review of In on the Beach.
Very good value in a bit of a sleazy area526/21-22 Patak Rd, Karon Beach
T: (076) 286 500; F: (076) 286 501
This is the heart of northern Karon's sleazy area and we wouldn't actively choose to stay here, but if, for some reason you are, the Welcome Inn is a decent place to rest your head. At the top end of ... Read the full review of Welcome Inn.
A little bit of luxury across from the beach208/2 Karon Rd, Karon Beach
T: (076) 286 464; F: (076) 286 457
On the main road that runs along the length of Karon Beach, the Sea Sands resort is set back far enough to offer plenty of space and privacy for its guests. Prices are high but so are the standards. ... Read the full review of Karon Sea Sands.
Backpacker favourite643 Patak Rd, Karon Beach
T: (076) 396 580; F: (076) 396 584
Many moons ago the Crystal Beach hotel, this ageing building is run by the same crew behind the Little Mermaid in Kata. The rooms have received a mini-makeover — the fresh coat of paint helps, ... Read the full review of The Little Mermaid Hotel.
No frills514/1-8 Patak Rd, Karon Beach
T: (076) 396 415-7; F: (076) 396 418
A mid-sized hotel among Karon's shopfront guesthouses, the Rattana Beach Hotel's exterior is much more attractive and has higher standards than its neighbours, but very few frills. The rooms have new ... Read the full review of Rattana Beach Hotel.
Bright rooms and good value526/4 Patak Rd, Karon Beach
T: (076) 398 066; F: (076) 28 6341
One of the dozen or so guesthouses down the the cluster of sois near the roundabout, the Karon Beach Inn stands out from its identical-looking competition by actually offering some pretty attractive ... Read the full review of Karon Beach Inn.
Central Karon is dominated by large hotels, but budget travellers should head to Luang Pho Chuan Road which has a few good spots to stay.
Top spot9 Luang Pho Chuan Rd, Soi 1, Karon Beach
T: (076) 396 317;
This whimsically colourful place does double-duty as an art gallery. The minimalistic but cosy rooms all have a mini-fridge, cable TV, hot water showers and a private balcony. They haven't gone ... Read the full review of Casa Brazil.600B to 1,500B 2 votes Flashpacker
Huge resort, popular with families34 Luang Pho Chuan Rd, Karon Beach
T: (076) 396 519-23; F: (076) 396 526
This is a massive, family-orientated resort that's frequented by tour groups. It has some completely over-the-top design touches like gigantic Angkorian bas-reliefs and water-spouting elephant ... Read the full review of Phuket Orchid Resort.4,000B to 8,000B 1 vote Toprange
Long running and comfortable47 Karon Rd, Karon Beach
T: (076) 330 625; F: (076) 330 516
The Marina Phuket Resort is a top-notch place that's set way back from the road on the southern headlands of Karon Beach. The sprawling grounds were once a coconut plantation but now host an ... Read the full review of Marina Phuket Resort.4,000B to 8,000B 1 vote Toprange
Friendly, comfortable and simple24 Moo 3 Luang Pho Chuan Rd, Karon
T: (089) 874 0928;
A short walk to Karon Beach, the Smile House is a new guesthouse surrounded by flora and fauna with appealing rooms at a great price. The rooms are spacious and bright with a king-sized bed, TV, ... Read the full review of Smile House.
Passable rooms, great location100 Karon Road, Karon Beach
T: (076) 33 3030;
Just a stone's throw across from the beach, even though the title suggests it's in Kata, Kata Villas is indeed on Karon's southern end. The resort is ageing but was completely jammed at the time of ... Read the full review of Kata Villa.
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