Tumbol Talad Nua Travel Guide

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On-On Hotel Offers History, Leo DiCaprio, and A Lousy Night's Sleep

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  Site Where: 19 Phang Nga Rd, Tumbol Talad Nua, Phuket, Thailand
January 9, 2009 at 9:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

All this week, HotelChatter's roving correspondent Claire Duffett will be reviewing several beach hotels that she visited during her trip through Thailand. Got questions or suggestions? Send them to us and we'll have Claire answer them for you.

On On Hotelís name is a little deceptive because it isnít technically a hotel. Itís more like the hostel from hellÖ and we mean that in the best way possible. Though we try to steer clear of hostel living, there are times when a placeís historical significance warrants an exception. Plus, we have a motto that always serves us well: If itís good enough for Leonardo DiCaprio, itís good enough for us.

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A Taste of Stylish Phuket

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  Site Where: 16-18 Rassada Road, Tumbol Talad Nua, Phuket, Thailand
January 8, 2009 at 9:14 AM | by | Comments (0)

All this week, HotelChatter's roving correspondent Claire Duffett will be reviewing several beach hotels that she visited during her trip through Thailand. Got questions or suggestions? Send them to us and we'll have Claire answer them for you.

It took us a while to drag ourselves away from Koh Lanta but we were grateful we took time to explore the Andaman Seaís other largest island, Phuket. We were particularly grateful that we took a chance and stayed in the city, away from the beach.

Phuket Town is one hip place. With its cafť-lined streets and residents who are stylish in that pretending-not-to-care way, itís like the Williamsburg to Bangkokís Manhattan. So itís fitting that the capital of Thailandís largest island offers some understated, ultra-chic boutique hotels.

Case-in-point: The Taste Phuket.

We spotted the unassuming hotel while walking along one of the main streets in the Old Town section of Phuket, which resembles a cross between Paris and Brooklyn. It looked like the store front for an Anthropologie clothing store. White, wrought-iron chandeliers, surrounded by beaded curtains line the hotelís narrow lobby. Guests sit at tables playing classic board gamesótypical hipster activityólike Scrabble. Some visitors stop and play a few notes at the upright piano near the entrance.

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