Foto Hotel Review, Phuket Thailand
We are always on the hunt for a fun boutique hotel and they are popping up everywhere these days. We have loved finding fun and quirky boutique hotels across the USA in Seattle, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. and were excited to see some new themed or boutique hotels sprouting up around us in Phuket, Thailand. We had seen signs for the Foto Hotel since we moved to Thailand, and being photographers it didn’t take us long to go and check it out. Here is our complete Foto HotelReview, Phuket Thailand.
Walking into the lobby you immediately pick up on the “photo” theme. The entire lobby is decorated in black and white themed everything, from the bright white couches with camera icons to the empty frames on the wall to the iMacs in the corner and the old film cameras above the check in counter. After check-in, each guest is taken to their room via golf cart, as the cascading style of the hotel requires a tiered layout for the best ocean views.
As soon as we walked into the room we were blown away by the thought that had gone into each aspect of the layout. A giant king size bed in the middle of the room, a submerged desk behind it, a flat screen on the side wall, a huge shower and bathtub behind a glass wall perched above the bed. At the front of the room lay two sliding glass doors which take over the entire wall. They open up to a very large balcony with a lounge couch love seat easily big enough for three. While each room has its own balcony and view, we felt we had total privacy during our entire stay and couldn’t see a single guest or other room from ours.
The rooftop restaurant/pool/lounge is easily the highlight of a stay at the Foto Hotel. Perched high up on the hill between beaches Kata Noi and Kata, the views are simply amazing and the their happy hour from 5-6 will get you a 100baht beer and 2 for 1 cocktails. The food is downright delicious and very fairly priced. This is the first place which we had ever been handed iPads in which to select our food items and order directly from. The Foto Hotel Pad See Ew and a Watermelon Mojito were especially delicious.
The infinity pool has a couple lounge chairs half submerged into it and the edges of the pool are lined by cabana style private areas. There is also a large grassy area covered with huge bean bag chairs and more lounge chairs, it really is the perfect place in Phuket to relax, have a drink and watch the sun set.
All in all this is simply one of the best hotels we have ever stayed in, and its not just because of the photo theme! If you find yourself in Phuket, and want to get away from the crowds and enjoy a quiet, luxury boutique hotel with a gorgeous view only minutes from the beach, this is the place for you.
Cost: Off-season rate of $59/night (Normally approx. $99/night)
Internet: Free wifi works great in main areas, slower in rooms
Beach Access: Free shuttles multiple times daily
Perks: Coupons for free appetizer and 10 minute Thai massage at check in
Location: Hillside between Kata and Kata Noi
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