Simple, tidy and a good base
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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.
The Old Town Hostel’s narrow entrance is deceptive – it’s a lot bigger than it appears from the street. Once you pass through the bright lobby and cafe area, you enter a narrow corridor that seems to go on for miles. Its large rooms are set along one side of the corridor, each of which have a private hot-water bathroom.
Fan-cooled rooms are the cheapest, at 450 baht, while 550 baht gets you a standard air-con room, both with a choice of either queen-sized or twin beds. Baht-pinching families or a group of friends will want to try to snag one of the standard air-con rooms that have an extra single bed wedged in.
The deluxe air-con rooms with twin beds, at 650 baht, offer the best value and the freshest look, having been built in a new section way at the back that opened in early 2014. Though the older rooms in front are clean and well maintained, we recommend taking a look at these new ones before committing — the extra 100 baht does give you a fair bit of added snazz plus sliding doors that lead to a small balcony.
Rates for all room types include Wi-Fi and self-serve coffee and tea at the cafe.
Though its Krabi Road location is nowhere near a beach, it offers a good base for exploration. The songthaew bus service to the beaches is just a hop over on Ranong Road, and some of Phuket’s best cheap eats, nightlife spots and the local downtown fresh market are just a short walk away. Thai Hua Museum and Baan Chinpracha heritage house are both a few doors down, and the Lard Yai Sunday Market is on nearby Thalang Road.
The reception desk staff can arrange laundry service, plus tours and transport, though we’ve heard the rates offered are not always competitive. You may wish to check around before booking anything.
Phuket Old Town Hostel is simply furnished and tidy, a warm but no-nonsense place ideal if you’re seeking a decent, price-friendly spot to make your base. Those looking for chic design flourishes or more colourful styles in a similar price range might prefer other accommodation nearby, such as the Ai Hostel, Rommanee Boutique Guesthouse, or the Memory at On On Hotel.
By Lana Willocks
Last updated on 3rd February, 2016.