For those looking to immerse themselves in Phuket City’s rich history, the city centre’s Old Town is an area bursting with life and colour, with colonial-era Sino-Portuguese mansions, bustling markets and Chinese temples. There’s a wide range of accommodation here to suit most budgets, from cheap and cheerful hostels to intimate guesthouses and luxury boutique hotels.
For a peaceful stay away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre, the leafy western neighbourhood of Wichit is ideal. A top pick here is the 4-star Little Nyonya Hotel, a white colonial-style property with balconies and columns overlooking a stunning central pool, and one of Thailand’s best Nyonya cuisine restaurants.
If you’re travelling with a family, or simply like to feel like king of your own castle, then booking an apartment might be just the thing. Sugar Palm Residence in the city centre offers contemporary suites gazing down onto lush tropical gardens, with amenities including a rooftop infinity pool and fitness room.
Backpackers looking to stretch their budget in the city centre will find no shortage of hostels offering rock-bottom prices. Many are found along the city’s main arteries, a stone’s throw away from Phuket City’s best nightlife. Eco Hostel Phuket on Phangnga Road has a youthful vibe, with quirky furnishings and a café stocking organic coffee and herbal teas, while the amenities at At Nights Hostel on Phuket Road include high-quality bathrooms, lockers and access to computers.
Which neighbourhoods are close to Phuket City’s most important attractions?
Thalang Road is slap bang in the centre of popular attractions like the Phuket Trickeye Museum. The road is peppered with budget designer guesthouses including the Chinese-inspired 99 Oldtown Boutique Guesthouse and the Rommanee Classic Guesthouse on nearby Krabi Road.
What hotel area is especially good for shopping in Phuket City?
North of the city centre, Chillva Market on Yaowarat Road is a trendy flea market popular with young people. In nearby Samkong, the Blu Monkey B&B complements the vibe with funkily-designed rooms and complementary baked goods. Phuket Weekend Market on Chao Fa West Road is a more traditional affair, selling everything from religious carvings to street food.
What hotel area is good for a romantic trip in Phuket City?
The Old Town boasts some of the best boutique hotels in Phuket City, including the 4-star Casa Blanca Boutique Hotel, an elegant colonial-era mansion decorated with exotic flowers and plush furnishings, and the 3-star Sino House Hotel Phuket Town, with a beautiful glasshouse restaurant, lush gardens and rainforest-themed spa.
What hotels in Phuket City have especially good spa services?
The aptly-named Heavenly Spa at the 5-star Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa, a 15-minute drive from Phuket City, uses only the best revitalising ingredients to pamper body and soul. Closer to the city centre, in the entertainment district, the spa at the 4-star Novotel Phuket Phokeethra offers traditional treatments such as Thai massages and aromatherapy.