Photo: The On On lobby.

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Phuket Town

Phuket Town has a wide array of accommodation well spread out across the city, such as ancient Chinese inns, pretentious boutique hotels, grungy motels, towering resorts, and even a few hostels. It's easy enough to find a cheap room but some are dreadfully lacking in quality.

Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
133-135 Ranong Rd, Phuket Town
T: (076) 214 4556

Opened in December 2010, this new hotel is a breath of fresh air along Phuket’s busiest of streets. It is a slice of luxury with friendly prices, boasting 24 immaculate rooms in a tall townhouse. The standard rooms are not the biggest but the deluxe rooms are quite sizeable with decks overlooking Ranong Road. If booking a deluxe be sure to get a room on the fourth or fifth floor to avoid views... Read our full review of Chinotel.

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Sleep Sheep Phuket Hostel
Backpacker - Under 600B
243, 245 (Soi Dtac Shop) Talang Road, Phuket Town
T: (076) 216 464

Following in the footsteps of the Phuket Backpacker, this guesthouse was built in December 2010 and has dorm and private rooms available. The dorms are not the best deal in the area but the privates are great value. All private rooms have a giant soft bed with white linen, brightly-coloured walls with LCD TV, modern bathroom and free mineral water. The dorms have up to four sets of bunk beds,... Read our full review of Sleep Sheep Phuket Hostel.

99 Old Town Boutique Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under 600B
99 Talang Rd, Phuket Town
T: (076) 223 800

This very smart addition to Phuket's boutique backpacker scene had only been open a few months when we wandered through in August 2011, and it impresses. A converted shophouse, 99 Old Town has a couple of floors of immaculate (and we mean immaculate) and cleverly designed, albeit compact, rooms. While if anything perhaps one less room would have given everyone a bit more space, they've done a... Read our full review of 99 Old Town Boutique Guesthouse.

Ai Phuket Hostel
Backpacker - Under 600B
88 Yaowarat Road, Taladyai, Phuket Town
T: (076) 212 881

Set in a restored century-old shophouse, Ai Phuket Hostel is a cheerful place to stay with a mix of dorm and private rooms in a central Phuket Town location. A happy little lounging corner. Phuket Town is the heart of budget accommodation in Phuket, and in the Old Town area more hostels with some added design flair have been opening up. Among them is Ai Phuket, which opened in early 2013 with... Read our full review of Ai Phuket Hostel.

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Fulfill Phuket Hostel
Backpacker - Under 600B
73/4 Rassada Road, Phuket Town
T: (076) 210 364

Another addition to Phuket Town’s ever-growing hipster hostel scene, Fulfill Phuket Hostel offers a mix of dorm and private rooms in a four-storey shophouse on Rassada Road. The lobby reflects the blend of industrial and Sino-Portuguese style. Open since August 2014, Fulfill has an industrial look with polished concrete floors and walls, sprinkled with intricate tiling and other... Read our full review of Fulfill Phuket Hostel.

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Lub Sbuy Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under 600B
183/79-80 Phang-nga Road
T: (076) 23 2210

Immaculately modern Lub Sbuy is a big step up from your typical bus station guesthouse. Private rooms are huge with one queen or two single beds plus TV, mini-fridge, safe, and ensuite rain shower — ground level rooms even have an enclosed terrace into the back lane. For solo travelers, the 10-bed mixed dorm is comparably clean and spacious, but without the air-con. WiFi is fast and free for... Read our full review of Lub Sbuy Guesthouse.

Phuket Crystal Inn
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
2/1-10 Soi Surin, Montri Rd, Phuket Town
T: (076) 25 6789

The Phuket Crystal Inn (not the unrelated Crystal Guest House down the street) is a centrally located midrange hotel near Phuket Town's shopping centres and cinemas. The hotel is contemporary in style and the 54 tastefully decorated yet compact rooms come fitted out with air-con, cable TV, a mini-fridge and hot water shower. A cafe is located in the breezy lobby and a pleasant massage spot is... Read our full review of Phuket Crystal Inn.

Phuket Merlin Hotel
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
158/1 Yaowarat Rd, Phuket Town
T: (076) 21 2866

It’s a bit of a hike from the centre of Phuket town but if you're after a reliable upmarket hotel the Merlin is a fine choice. They have a big swimming pool, coffee shop, Chinese banquet restaurant, spa, and a few bars that are popular with regional tourists. The rooms are clean and fully equipped with recently renovated bathrooms. The few extra square metres you get with a deluxe room isn't... Read our full review of Phuket Merlin Hotel.

Phuket Old Town Hostel
Backpacker - Under 600B
42 Krabi Road, Talad Neua, Phuket Town
T: (076) 214 372

With its choice of private fan and air-con rooms, the Phuket Old Town Hostel is not really a hostel at all. But it is found in the heart of the Old Town area of Phuket Town, and its facade is that of the classic Sino-Portuguese shophouse seen along the historic streets. Freshly-painted shutters front the Sino-Portuguese facade. The Old Town Hostel’s narrow entrance is... Read our full review of Phuket Old Town Hostel.

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The Rommanee Boutique Guesthouse
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
15 Soi Rommanee, Thalang Rd, Phuket Town
T: (076) 214488

Found in the heart of the Old Town district in Phuket Town, the Rommanee Boutique Guesthouse is a clean and cheerful place set in a skilfully restored Sino-Portuguese shophouse. The modern Chinese room has an Old Town flavour and a street view. The Rommanee is “boutique” in both senses of the word. It’s definitely small, having only four rooms to choose from, with a design leaning towards... Read our full review of The Rommanee Boutique Guesthouse.

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Casa Blanca Boutique Hotel
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
26 Phuket Road
T: (076) 219019

Found on Phuket Road near the Old Town streets of Phuket Town, Casa Blanca Boutique Hotel offers a good base for exploring the area’s restored Sino-Portuguese buildings and sampling some of Phuket’s tastiest and best-value local food.Casa Blanca’s entrance: styled after the Old Town’s Sino-Portuguese buildings.Its rather grand lobby with a chandelier is a cool and tranquil retreat from... Read our full review of Casa Blanca Boutique Hotel.

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Eco Hostel
Backpacker - Under 600B
156/44 Phang Nga Road, Talad Yai, Phuket Town
T: (076) 212 652

Eco Hostel is a clean and cheerful spot offering dorm and private rooms set in a narrow four-storey shophouse in Phuket Town. An odd array of items get a new lease on life as the hostel’s cafe furniture. Phuket Town has long been the go-to location for budget travellers on Phuket, and Eco Hostel is a recent addition to a growing number of places offering good design as well as good value.... Read our full review of Eco Hostel.

InnTown Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under 600B
147 Phang-Nga Rd, Phuket Town
T: (084) 119 4094

This place advertises itself as a cool new guesthouse in town — and it's easy to see why. The fan-cooled rooms are decorated in contemporary style with colourful walls and bright bedding. Rooms are quite simple but the place has a good atmosphere. The lobby has a massive flat screen TV with DVDs and books free to use. Free WiFi is available throughout. Rooms may be a bit overpriced for what... Read our full review of InnTown Guesthouse.

Joe Mansion
Backpacker - Under 600B
95/21 Phuket Road, Phuket Town
T: (076) 230 1456

This place wasn’t busting at the seams at the time of research, but it had no reason not to be. Near the clock roundabout in downtown Phuket town, Joe Mansion has air-con rooms with all the comforts of home. In fact, if you'd like to make it your home for a month or more, they offer steeply discounted long-term rates. Some rooms are more spacious than others, but all have a fridge, cable TV,... Read our full review of Joe Mansion.

Ming Shou Boutique House
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
34 Krabi Road, Phuket Town
T: (086) 266 5524

Set in a traditional Sino-Portuguese shophouse with an ornate golden entrance, Ming Shou Boutique House is an eye-catching sight along the Old Town’s Krabi Road in Phuket Town. Rooms are a bit more stylish than their price might suggest. Beyond its flashy frontage, a couple of things make Ming Shou an appealing place for budget travellers. The price is right: 780 baht any time of year for a... Read our full review of Ming Shou Boutique House.

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Old Town (O.T.) Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under 600B
42 Krabi Rd, Phuket Town
T: (076) 258 272

The already immaculate rooms and facilities at Old Town were updated in 2010, resulting in a significant price bump. The management has put in dark wood floors, contemporary lighting fixtures and bathrooms in every room. The beds are quite comfortable and free WiFi has been added to the list of things that make this spot a solid option in Phuket Town. Rates include a breakfast of bread, fruit and... Read our full review of Old Town (O.T.) Guesthouse.

Royal Phuket City Hotel
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
154 Phang Nga Rd, Phuket Town
T: (076) 23 3333

One of the flashier places in Phuket town, the 19-storey Royal Phuket City has over 250 luxurious rooms and full business facilities. Located just across from the bus terminal, it's one of the few places downtown with a pool, plus there's a fitness centre, two restaurants, and a spa. Rooms are a standard four-star affair with cable TV, air-con, in-room safes, mini-bars, and comfortable furniture.... Read our full review of Royal Phuket City Hotel.

Sunwest Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under 600B
37 Phang Nga Soi 2, Phuket Town
T: (076) 230 128

Located down a local soi with many streetfood options at its doorstep, the Sunwest was built in 2009 and has everything covered. This is one of the closest guesthouses to the bus terminal and was bustling at the time of research. Private air-con or fan rooms are available as are dorms. Dorm rooms are large and have 10 squeaky beds with shared facilities whereas the privates have firm beds with en... Read our full review of Sunwest Guesthouse.

The Memory at On On Hotel
Backpacker - Under 600B
19 Phang Nga Road, Phuket Town
T: (076) 363777

Open since 1929, the On On Hotel is Phuket’s oldest hotel and for the past few decades it was known for having cheap but dismal backpacker rooms. But extensive renovations have changed all that. A flophouse no more, the On On has blossomed into a bright, stylish midrange hotel in Phuket Town.The courtyard helps bring a bit of nature and light in.Found in Phuket Town’s Old Town district on... Read our full review of The Memory at On On Hotel.

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The Phuket Backpacker
Backpacker - Under 600B
167 Ranong Rd, Phuket Town
T: (076) 256 680

One of the first hostels in Phuket Town, Phuket Backpacker still dominates the budget scene. This European-style hostel has dorm and private rooms, all of which have free WiFi and use of computers, book exchange, a big screen TV and plenty of movies. The dorm rooms are fan or air-con, mixed or female-only, and share spotless bathrooms. The bunk beds are shoved close together leaving little... Read our full review of The Phuket Backpacker.

Pop Hostel and Tour
Backpacker - Under 600B
6 Rassada Rd, Phuket Town
T: (076) 216 001

From across the street it is easy to see the hostel as the name POP is the largest advertisement on the block. From the front of the hostel, you wouldn’t know if you were there to find a room, get your shoes shined or make a copy of your motorbike key. Pop Hostel and Tour is a family business and it seems each member is running their own part. The colourful hostel bit of Pop has several dorm... Read our full review of Pop Hostel and Tour.

Thalang Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under 600B
37 Thalang Rd, Phuket Town
T: (076) 21 4225

From the bright yellow exterior, lobby and stairwells, the Thalang appears to be the perfect guesthouse. Free computers and WiFi in the lobby, tour brochures aplenty and the free breakfast are all great but the rooms are starting to show some age with peeling paint — some even suffer from a musty scent. It is a popular place among budget travellers though so if you are really keen, shoot for... Read our full review of Thalang Guesthouse.

Pengman Hotel
Backpacker - Under 600B
69 Phang Nga Rd, Phuket Town

Only a short walk from the On On Hotel, the Pengman is a lot harder to find. There is a small English-language sign but it's easy to miss. You're better off looking for the yellow Chinese noodle restaurant, which doubles as reception. The restaurant is a busy one so the staff won't be too quick to give you a key to show yourself a room. Rooms are upstairs and contain a firm double bed, creaky... Read our full review of Pengman Hotel.

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Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Phuket Town? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Thailand.

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