Crowne Plaza Phuket Panwa Beach Resort

Old May 13, 12, 7:13 pm
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Crowne Plaza Phuket Panwa Beach Resort

Looks like this property just opened. I am considering staying there in a couple of months. Does anyone have a review on this place?
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Old May 13, 12, 10:39 pm
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I was chatting with the GM at IC Singapore today and she mentioned it's been open one week. Looks like the Rooms Manager from IC SIN will move over there, and he's excellent. However it's Thailand, I'd give it a while to "settle down"...

The Panwa area is pleasant though, not commercialised.
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Old May 14, 12, 5:47 pm
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How long do you think we should give it? I was thinking of staying in early July.
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Old May 14, 12, 9:50 pm
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July might be OK, just be prepared for under-trained staff and some operational hiccups. Mind you, I hope I'm wrong! Let us know how it goes...
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Would be interested in what elite benefits they offer if someone does end up going soon.
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There is a review now up on trip advisor. Going by the pictures this looks like a nice hotel. I've got a 5 night reward stay in the Holiday Inn in October that I might change to this.

http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_R...wa_Phuket.html
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Old May 23, 12, 6:55 am
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It's now on points breaks so I'll be trying this one out!
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Same here...looks rather decent but obviously tremendous value at 35$/night. Will hopefully see some kind of reviews either here or TA before fully committing and booking tickets.
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Old May 23, 12, 8:38 am
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looks like it's not quite ready for guests yet. might be worth waiting it out a bit
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Old May 23, 12, 1:47 pm
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Originally Posted by benzemalyonnais View Post
...obviously tremendous value at 35$/night...
I apologize - where do you find such rate? or you are referring to 5k points and putting $35 value to it?

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Old May 23, 12, 5:10 pm
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Originally Posted by ellylex View Post
I apologize - where do you find such rate? or you are referring to 5k points and putting $35 value to it?

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5K points = $35 when using points plus cash
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So there are some new reviews on Tripadvisor

Just wondering if any FTer has stayed here during PB? Want to know what kind of upgrade is offered and how the hotel is in general.

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Old Jun 7, 12, 11:25 am
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So there are some new reviews on Tripadvisor

Just wondering if any FTer has stayed here during PB? Want to know what kind of upgrade is offered and how the hotel is in general.

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I have stayed here. They do upgrade you one level. Hotel was pretty much deserted when I went. I could count the number of guests I saw on my hands. They offer taxi service to the hotel from airport for 900 baht. If you try to get a taxi at the airport, the fare should be 600 baht but you must negotiate it and there is the chance of being scammed. I strongly recommend pre-arranging transport to the hotel.

Overall, I thought it was a pretty good hotel with some stunning views. If you want peace and quiet, this hotel would be a good choice. Food prices are also reasonable. Breakfast was also extremely good and had a juice and omelet station.

Pros: free wifi, no insects in rooms, rainfall shower, good staff, free kayaks, cheap food/room service
Cons: not much around area, taxis will have trouble finding it since its a new hotel, long walk to reception

Another thing I would keep in mind is that point breaks might not be the cheapest option. You can get a room for <$100 with breakfast included and qualify for points, $50/$75 IHG rebate.

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Old Jun 11, 12, 9:30 am
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Just stayed there on PB this past weekend. Booked the Sea View room on the IHG website and wasn't offered or given an upgrade despite Plat/RA status. The sea view also wasn't really a sea view but from one angle in the room, was really overlooking the pool.

Otherwise quite good. Decent rooms, great service, the Italian restaurant is really good. Breakfast was below average, everything was cold. But the staff were nice enough to do fresh waffles and squeeze oranges even though all that was on offer was quasi-juice.

It was difficult to find from the airport, and ended up costing 750, so I would definitely recommend arranging a pick up. Also, getting anywhere from the hotel is a rip off as well, so best to rent a car/ scooter or something. The beach was nothing to write home about, but if you're happy sitting by the pool it's nice.

I probably wouldn't stay here again on a paid stay, but on PB can't really complain about much. Worth it if you're in the area and just want to relax for a few days.
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Old Jun 11, 12, 8:41 pm
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Got a stay there in July on a pointbreak. Just checked the reservation - they upgraded my room. Not bad - as for the reward stay!
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