For budgeteers and surfers
With dorm beds, a swimming pool and a cheery surfer theme, Fin Hostel Phuket in Kata beach is a little piece of budget travel heaven in an area better known for its pricey resorts and uninspired concrete shophouses.
Set over a Coffee Club cafe in the Kata night plaza just behind Club Med on Kata’s north end, Fin currently offers 54 beds with a choice of mixed dorm rooms for 600 baht a night, women-only dorms for 800 baht a night or private rooms for 2,500 baht a night. These rates are for the high season months — discounts are available for Phuket’s off-season months of May through October and for longer term stays.
The price includes breakfast for the private rooms only, which have terraces and TVs in the room. All the dorms and rooms are air-con, with shared hot-water shower bathrooms for the dorm. More building is underway with about 100 beds planned for the future.
Full payment is required upon arrival and for now Fin accepts cash only at reception, though credit card payment is possible if booking online at Agoda.
Also included in the price are WiFi, lockers in the room plus a safety box at reception and use of the rooftop pool, common kitchen area and living room with a flat-screen TV. Surprising for a budget-oriented place, there appears to have been no scrimping in setting up the place. The rooms are inexpensive but they don’t look cheap. The bedding is of good quality, the floors are in polished wood, and clearly someone with an eye for colour and a mind for comfort was in charge of the design.
The lounging area and kitchen especially are brimming with colour and strewn with cool and comfy sofas and beanbags. Bookshelves are stocked with books and VCDs. Keeping with the surfing theme, surfboards form part of the decor throughout.
The Kata night plaza area is undergoing a redevelopment, so in the coming months expect to hear a lot of construction noise if staying here. Hopefully with the addition of Fin and other new hotels and restaurants the area will have more life than it did in the past, when it had a bit of a wasteland feel to it. In the immediate area are several souvenir and beachwear shops, tour agencies, a scattering of restaurants including a large Wine Connection, and the beach is a five-minute walk away.
Surfers will find plenty of surf, SUP and boogie board rental vendors on the beach, and in the months from November through April when the water’s usually too calm for surfing, they could wander down the street to Surf House for some flowboarding action.
It’s rare to find a place to stay near the beach in Phuket in the sub-1,000 baht range with this level of style, character and facilities, thus we rate Fin a win for budgeteers and surfers alike.
Address: 100/20 Kata Night Plaza, Kata Road, Karon sub-district, Kata beach
T: (088) 753 1162;
Coordinates (for GPS): 98º17'49.94" E, 7º49'29.98" N
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Room rates: 600B to 1,500B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
800 for women only dorm
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Lana Willocks is a freelance writer from Canada based in Phuket. Her love affair with Thailand began on a university exchange programme in Bangkok, then she returned to Phuket on the auspicious date of 9-9-1999 and never left.