FlipKey House Rental, Phuket

Posted March 28, 2014 by in Thailand
FlipKey apartment in Patong

Rating

Value
7.0


Location
7.0


Sleep Quality
7.0


Cleanliness
9.0


Service
9.0


Room
7.0


Total Score
7.7

7.7/ 10

Price: From $60 to $200 per night for the entire house
 
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Pros:

The central location in Patong, the amount of facilities and comfort level that the house offered.
 

Cons:

The house was too small for our big family of seven, but it would have been perfect for four to five guests.
 
Verdict

Staying in a house rental was an excellent arrangement for my family. We loved the convenience that came with having our own apartment, as well as the freedom and space, and most of all, the opportunity to experience a place like a local.

by Nellie Huang
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During our recent trip back to Asia, we had the opportunity to go on a short but wonderful vacation with my family in Phuket, Thailand. Since it’s rare for the whole family to be together in Asia, we wanted to spend as much time together as possible, and booking a vacation rental that fits the entire family seemed like the perfect idea. We decided to try out short-term apartment rental with FlipKey, a new holiday rental website that offers rentals across the globe that fits all types of budget. The booking process was fast and easy, and our host Fred Sto was always fast to respond to my messages and answer any inquiries I had. Prior to this, we’d tried other rental sites before and had excellent experiences each and every time — and this was no exception.

LOCATION

Having been to Phuket several times now, we all knew the area really well so it was easy to decide where to stay. The two-bedroom house rental we picked out was located on a quiet street off Nanai Road, just a ten-minute walk to the center of Patong. But because we had a baby with us, we took the tuktuk most of the time – they were easy to find on the streets and cost no more than 100 baht (US$3) each way. We were also steps away from a few cafes and bars that served up a mixture of traditional and Western breakfast as well as a supermarket and a few small shops. Right along Nanai Road were also a few street food stalls at night, which was great for a food-loving family like mine.

FACILITIES

For the relatively low price of the rental place (US$140 per night), we were pleasantly surprised by the amount of amenities and comfort level that the house offered. It was equipped with a full kitchen, TV, DVD player and air-conditioning. With the stove and fridge, we could cook breakfast and my sister was able to prepare milk and stuff for her baby. We also had access to the swimming pool next door that belongs to the Royal Prince Residence and it was definitely a relief to cool off in the water after a day under the sun. Because the house was owned by the Royal Prince Hotel, there was always someone at the reception to help us whenever we had any questions.

INTERIOR

The interior design and decór of the apartment was simple but fresh and stylish. Featuring light aqua blue walls and shiny tiled floor of the same color, the house had a clean, sharp look that was well maintained and kept up to standards. Large glass sliding doors opened up to the street, letting in plenty of natural light but not much privacy. A slick wooden stairway led up to the two bedrooms on the second floor. Only one bedroom had a door (the other had an open concept and a concrete floor), so unfortunately there wasn’t a lot of privacy for some of us.

Spreading across two levels, the 90-square-meter house had two bedrooms, one bathroom, a living area with a large chaiselounge sofa and a large daybed that doubled as an extra bed for us. A baby cot was provided for us without any extra charge. There were eight of us including my sister’s one-year-old baby, so the two-bedroom house was a little tight for us. Nonetheless, we had a comfortable arrangement and this house was just the right place for all of us to spend quality time together.

ADVANTAGES OF APARTMENT RENTAL

Staying in a house rental was an excellent arrangement for my family. Rather than staying in a pricey hotel with other tourists, we wanted to be together as a family and not spend too much — and that was exactly what we did. We also loved the convenience that came with having our own apartment, as well as the freedom and space, and most of all, the opportunity to experience a place like a local.

Click to book this apartment on FlipKey.

The living area of the house

The living area of the house

Large sofa for the entire family

Large sofa for the entire family

A daybed that doubled as a bed for the night

A daybed that doubled as a bed for the night

Bedroom 1 upstairs

Bedroom 1 upstairs

Bedroom 2 with open concept

Bedroom 2 with open concept

The kitchen

The kitchen

Royal Prince Hotel next door

Royal Prince Hotel next door

Pool time

Pool time

Disclaimer: FlipKey kindly provided us with a free trial, but as always, all opinions expressed above are our own.


About the Author

Nellie Huang

Nellie Huang is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of WildJunket. As a professional travel writer with a special interest in offbeat destinations, she has written for numerous publications including CNN, International Business Times, BBC, Wend, and Lonely Planet. In her quest for adventure, she’s climbed an active volcano in Guatemala, swam with sea lions in the Galapagos, played with lemurs in Madagascar and cruised alongside penguins in Antarctica.

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