Just an hour away from Bangkok by air, Phuket has a well deserved reputation as a great weekend escape. While it might be one of Thailand’s most touristy islands, it’s popular for plenty of good reasons — the beaches are great, the dining is wonderful, the nightlife second only to Bangkok and the island easily accessible thanks to its own international airport.
Phuket has one of the best selections of hotels of any destination in Thailand, with options ranging from ultra-budget to some of the world’s most luxurious resorts. We’ve shared our top picks below, as well as location information for each hotel.
An old favorite in Patong, Jinny Guesthouse is one of Phuket’s most popular budget guesthouses. The rooms here are a little on the simple side, but it’s about as cheap as you can get. It’s also guest friendly (listed on GuestFriendlyPhuket) and located just outside the center of Phuket’s nightlife and party area.
Casa E Mare Hotel
Comfortable and super cheap, this budget hotel near Kata Beach is a good choice if you want to be close to one of Phuket’s best family beaches but far away from the nightlife. Another one of our favorites.
Hotel Sugar Palm Grand Hillside
With panoramic views of Kata Beach and a great hillside location, Hotel Sugar Palm Grand Hillside is one of the best medium price hotels close to Kata Beach. A good choice for couples, since many rooms have balcony jacuzzis or direct access to the swimming pool.
Summer Breeze Hotel
Summer Breeze Hotel is one of Phuket’s best medium price hotels if you’re looking to enjoy the nightlife, although it’s far from ideal for couples or anyone seeking peace and quiet. Close to the island’s nightlife epicenter, this is a comfortable, friendly place to stay if you want to be right in the action with the conveniences and comforts of a medium quality hotel.
The Shore at Katathani Resort
One of Phuket’s most luxurious resorts, The Shore at Katathani is the place to stay if you’re visiting for a honeymoon or other romantic trip and have plenty of cash to spare. Private pools, direct sea views and easy access to one of Phuket’s most beautiful beaches make this the place to stay, provided you can manage the costly room rates.
IndoChine Resort & Villas
About 10 minutes from Patong, IndoChine Resort & Villas is a good option if you want to go out and enjoy Phuket’s nightlife then retreat back to your luxurious room afterwards. The resort has a beautiful pool with views over Patong Beach, as well as facilities that mean you might never want to leave.
Feel like a break from Bangkok?
Phuket isn’t the only option for escaping Bangkok for the weekend. For more weekend breaks and short vacation ideas, check out our guides to Pattaya and Krabi, two of Thailand’s other best weekend break locations.