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The Front Village

3.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We took up a last minute special for the week; flights, accommodation breakfast. Nice hotel we liked the location as it was in the middle of Kata Noi beach and Patong.Staff very accommodating. We found the meals and booze expensive though but we ate out all the time. Tip: Go opposite to the Village for a spa before you leave well worth it!

Location: 10mins walk to Karon beach and shops - super convenient The staffs were very friendly. We had problems in the toilet and called the front desk to fix it. The staff came to our room to check on us within 15mins in the middle of the night. Most importantly, they all speak English. The hotel environment is very quiet as it is a relatively small hotel. The room was clean and cooling as it can get very hot in Thailand. The pool size was decent. There's a pool-side bar at the hotel where you can chill after a swim. p.s. Wouldn't recommend to stay at this hotel if you have children as there is no lifeguard at the swimming pool so it could be dangerous for young children.

We stayed at the Front Village Hotel for almost a week. I found it to be very average. They could do with some fluffier towels. The breakfast options are also quite limited. The staff are friendly though. I found it centrally located to be able to walk to Patak Road. It's opposite Karon Beach. There is a dam in front of the hotel with a running/walking circuit. For excursions the hotel is out of the way. With the tours picking you up first and dropping you off last.

We stayed at this resort back in 2002 and it was pretty new at the time. The resort grounds was clean and very beautiful back then. The staff was beyond friendly and helpful. We are planning a trip back to Thailand and I was surprised to see that the hotel was still there. For old times sake we will have to make a stop here again and hopefully the stay will be as good as our one back in 2002. Please Note:The when did you travel link is required to leave a review. My stay was January 2002 not 2017. My review is based on our experience back in 2002. The resort looks very much the same as it did back then.

Karon Beach is one of the largest and beautiful beaches in Thailand stretching for miles in both directions. Most hotels/resorts in Karon are separated by the main road running Patak Road) through the town. The Front Village is a two hotel complex a few minutes walk from the main beach and all rooms are orientated towards the ocean so on the upper floors you do have a view of the ocean across the lagoon which separates the hotel from the ocean. The rooms are clean and typical hotel rooms. They do provide a stocked mini bar at mini bar prices so we emptied their products and kept ours in there to cool, replacing theirs upon leaving. They included a small breakfast buffet in our room charges and although there wasn't unlimited choices they did offer appealing food along with the cooked to order egg station. The pool is small, does have a pool bar but prices were quite expensive unless you hit the happy hour where they offer drinks 2 for 1. For our 13 day stay we walked the 5 minutes to Karon Beach each day and used the pool to cool off and have a couple of drinks at. They try to discourage you from consuming your own beverages pool side but we had friends that had a main floor pool access unit which is really a 3' deep narrow waterway that runs in front of those units and were never bothered if having a cocktail their. They left about 3 days before us and we had no confrontations about consuming our own drinks in that section. Ice was a tough get here and we often purchased ice for cocktails on the way home form the beach. Main floor units will smell musty, we stayed on the 4th floor with the views and it was barely noticeable. The Front Village is about a block from the beginning of the strip that local stores, vendors and restaurants start and there is no shortage of places to check out while walking the streets. The night life in Karon Beach was good, lots of choices for food and if you wanted to have a drink on the street, it is a bit like Las Vegas, you seem to be allowed to drink where you like if responsible. As I compared the Front Village to other nearby choices I think we did well following our Swedish friends recommendation to join them here. You will be charged for in room WiFi (1000 Bhat for a week) if the free WiFi isn't enough for you which you can access in the lobby or common areas including the pool area. I did find the beds and pillows to be very firm, a bit beyond my comfort but the rooms were clean. It would be nice to have a mini coffee pot but they do offer a kettle and leave two instant coffee servings each day. We divided our 3 week trip between Bangtao Beach (beach front resort) and Karon Beach staying here for about 12 days paying the same for 12 days here as 8 days at the Sunwing Resort in Bangtao. The two are much different but I really liked being in the midst of the Thai people and their culture, and that is a more prevalent in Karon than Bangtao simply because of the difference in size between the two. If you get to go to the Temple market you will find some of the best prices for goods you will find anywhere and don't be afraid to negotiate especially with the beach vendors who are up and down the beaches all day long. If going to the beach, take advantage of the umbrella areas, $100 Bhat for a matt and some shade will be money well invested when the sun is out! Mosquitos only a factor after sun sets especially on you balconies at the resort. Excellent AC overcomes the heat and you don't really hear any traffic noise once in your unit despite it being a busy road especially as locals make their way to and from work each day.

We stayed at Front Village in Jan 2015 and were pleasantly surprised by very friendly staff, clean rooms, perfect location!!! They even have a guard that literally stops traffic to get their guests across the street! Will most defiantly recommended it! Only thing that we didn't enjoy was the bad tasting coffee at breakfast and very strange and hard bacon and the fact that we couldn't book in when we arrived as the room wasn't ready, we were EXHAUSTED!! But we THOROUGHLY enjoyed room service with a big smile for the days we didn't want to go and explore the streets. But absolutely nothing wrong with this hotel. LOVED it!!!

Absolutely loved this hotel great room, great service, great location, great food. A good location just round the corner from a strip of bars and restaurants but not to close to be noisy. Wonderful staff members really enjoyed our stay there and we will be back next year

This was our second stay here and as usual we were greeted with a cold drink and a friendly smile. Our room was spacious, clean and comfortable. The bed was abit more comfortable than our last stay. The location is perfect for us as we are a mature aged couple and enjoy peace and quiet. Its a short 300-400 thb tuk tuk ride into Patong . The only complaint I have is that the towels, hand towels and face washers are in desperate need of replacing as they were a terrible grey colour. But over all we love The Front Village and will definitely be back. Thank you for a lovely stay.

Along with the other reviews for this hotel I think the hotel; has attentive staff, is nice and clean and is good value for money. August is a little bit out of season so there didn't appear to be lots of other people in the hotel. Each day there seemed to be a bus full of tourists roll up so maybe its on a tour route, but that didn't affect our stay. The pool which is extensive was nice and clean and there's a pool bar. You are just off the main road and you hear the traffic if you're by the pool but not in our room which was by the pool at ground level. Breakfast is buffet style, aimed at the Asian tourist, and eat as much as you can handle. The menu/cocktail prices where a little bit expensive compared to outside and there is a 1000brt change to bring people into the facilities. I think this is a bit steep but maybe it also means that it remains an oasis which is what the hotel wants. We walked everyday into Karon centre which was about 10 mins along the coast. The hotel provides umbrellas both for the sun and rain which we needed on our trips into town.

We stayed in April arriving on my boyfriends birthday at the front village, when we arrived at our room on the top floor there was the biggest bed I've ever seen and very comfortable, on the bed was towels that were made to look like bunny rabbits and happy birthday laid out in petals ( a lovely surprised) after 15 minutes there was a knock on the door and staff arrived with a bottle of champagne and a birthday case with candles. We moved to a swim up pool after 4days when one became available it was worth moving for we still had a huge bed. The pool area & pool bar was nice it's more of a couples hotel than a family one in a nice quite area but 5mins down the road there's plenty of bars and restaurants to choose from all at reasonable prices and all offer free wifi. You get an hours free wifi per person per day at the village. The staff were lovely very helpful and always smiling. It's classed as a tree star but I would say its worth a 4 star. Great if your on a budget and I would stay here again. Karon beach can be rough on the sea very strong currants but we went to kata beach which was a lot calmer and nicer

566 Patak Road Karon Phuket

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining
  • Spa
  • Outdoor pool

The Front Village places you within a mile (2 km) of Karon Market and Karon Temple. This 71-room, 3.5-star hotel welcomes guests with conveniences like a full-service spa, an outdoor pool, and free in-room WiFi. It's also close to Patong Beach and Big Buddha.


Dining

Enjoy a leisurely bite to eat at AH MA HOUSE Restaurant, the hotel's onsite restaurant. Satisfy your hunger from the comfort of your room with room service. Buffet breakfast is offered for a fee each morning from 6:30 AM to 10:30 AM.


Rooms

The Front Village's 71 air-conditioned rooms provide balconies, refrigerators, and minibars. Guests can expect free WiFi and LCD TVs. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries. Other amenities include coffee makers, free bottled water, and safes.


Property features

Guests of The Front Village enjoy a full-service spa, an outdoor pool, and a children's pool. Airport transportation is made easy with an airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for THB 1200 per room one way. A multilingual staff is on hand to assist with dry cleaning/laundry, tours or tickets, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this spa hotel include free WiFi in public areas, a garden, and a TV in a common area.

Room options

Studio

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

83% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 225 reviews