After a week in Ko Samui (great) we spend the second week in Patong Merlin. We had been here before the tsunami and wanted to find out what had become of the Patong people. The hotel was still great, the garden with pools is an oasis of tranquillity compared with the very busy beach boulevard. The hotel is getting older, you can see that in the stairwell cases and balconies. Indeed, there are many Australians; at 9.30AM a beer at the pool, that sort of thing.
Bring a flash light, we experienced loss of power a couple of times. We again had dinner at Sabai-Sabai, at one of the side streets of the boulevard; good Thai food for little money is served quickly. Patong is beginning to resemble Torremollinos, we will not go back here. It's recommendable to make the day trip by speedboat to Phi-Phi; that's paradise, we snorkelled among the tropical fish, great! Give the maids a 100 Baht tip a day, everything will run smoothly. Have a nice holiday!
We stayed in this hotel twice. Nothing but good! Beautiful, spacious, clean rooms, friendly staff, good food, beautiful garden with three swimming pools and enough sun beds. Directly on the beach and the boulevard. We're definitely planning to come back here.
Hotel is located in the middle of the entertainment district of Patong Beach but once you´re inside the hotel, you´re surrounded by serene piece. Beautiful swimming pools (3), spacious, tidy, clean hotel room with balcony. It caters mainly for Australians though, you notice it with breakfast, toast, sausages, bacon etc but there is something for everybody. The hotel staff are very friendly but barely speak English. Hotel desperately needs renovation when it comes to furniture and woodwork. And the toilets at the swimming pool and the lounge could be a bit cleaner too! Patong Beach is very commercial, shops everywhere all with the same "rubbish". Many places where you can eat and drink for 5 Euros with 2 people and a lovely relaxing massage is available anywhere. We did have rain though (cyclone Birma) but the temperature was constantly around 35 degrees. Nice excursions are: Phan Nga with Chinese junk and jungle travel with elephants and Phuket explorer.