My first trip ever to Thailand and I was landing in Phuket at 8 in the morning – 4 hours before the hotel check-in time. My travel buddy and I had already prepared ourselves for a chill morning at the beach once we drop off our luggage at the hotel lobby. Little did we know that it was just the beginning of a very NOT chill morning.
The first mishap occurred when our pre-booked airport taxi was nowhere in sight. Right outside the arrivals gate, there was an array of drivers holding boards with people’s names on them. We were actually excited to see someone waiting with our name – I know it sounds a little pathetic, but this was going to be a first for both of us! You’ve probably already guessed this – there was no one waiting for us. We waited and looked several times to no avail. After a lot of confusion and questions, the travel company sent us another taxi and we finally got to our hotel.
This hotel was in the corner of a small secluded street, it had the word ‘beachfront’ in its name but there was no beach in sight. We asked to see the room and soon realised booking this hotel was a bad idea. There was no lift and the stairs were steep, our room was on the 4th floor and we knew we would have to climb up and down several times a day. The room had a weird smell which also put us off.
So here we were completely shelter-less and wheeling around our hand carry luggage along the Patong Beach Street like lost puppies. I’m not even exaggerating, we spent an hour frantically going into hotels, asking the prices, seeing the rooms – and then walking out because they were either too expensive or not appealing.
Our hunt FINALLY ended when we came across the Modern Living Hotel, it was right by the Tourist Clinic and didn’t stand out much. As soon as we walked in we had the feeling that this was it. Needless to say we were exhausted, and ready to just settle for anything, but this place exceeded our expectations. Yes it was a little more expensive than our original, but it was totally worth it.
One of the most important factors for us was the pricing, as we had a limited budget for our trip. For our stay of 4 nights at Modern Living Hotel, we paid THB 5198 for a twin bed room, which means each of us only had to pay THB 2599 (MYR 321), a total steal.
Besides the beach front view and the SUPER comfy beds, one of the best things about this hotel was the breakfast. All those plates you see there? No we were not a group of 5. It’s just that there were so many items on the breakfast menu (which is free with the booking) that they had to give us three plates each: eggs plate, bread plate and fruit plate. So there was no room for disappointment at the fact that there was no buffet breakfast. It was like having a buffet served right to your seat!
This hotel is highly recommended for those who are on a budget, but still want to have a luxurious place to come back to after those long days of island hopping and sight-seeing! For more, check out their website: http://www.hotelmodernliving.com/