Formerly known simply as P.U.
Guesthouse, this place probably wins a prize for the accommodation with the most mixed reviews in Thailand. Our impression remains the same as the last time we checked it out -- rooms are tacky in decor but spacious, clean, comfortable and good value for the money. P.U. also gets points for its location down a side soi off the backpacker strip, so it's close to the action but you won't need to stay up until the bars close to get a quiet sleep. Rooms are in a few different sizes but all come with big, clean hot water bathrooms and most with TVs, fridges and desks. We're not sure what the designers were thinking when they added purple and bright orange paint jobs to go with garish floral prints, but they have made good use of common spaces by placing tables on a pleasant shared veranda and couches in a large communal "living room". P.U. is also a licensed travel company and most of the bad reviews have involved a certain staff member who can apparently be pushy when trying to sell boat tours and other services, and perhaps touchy or quick to agitate in general. If you don't want to take the chance, but still want the comfy accommodation, you might seek out a brand new room at the recently opened P.U. Inn 2 right across the street, which when we visited was staffed by a polite and laidback young woman.
By David Luekens
Last updated on 3rd February, 2016.