The Fishermen’s Harbour Urban Resort doesn’t officially open until Nov 1 which might have been the reason it was a little difficult to find despite six stories, 390 rooms and positioned a stones-throw from the shopping and partying hub of Patong Beach.
The property is around the corner from Patong’s most identifiable landmark, Simon’s Cabaret and whilst they are taking bookings following a soft opening in May the staff is still getting acquainted with facilities and only one of the four wings is operational.
In the making for more than two years, the property has builders and staff heading towards the November opening deadline. The aesthetically designed property features stylish modern contemporary wings around a large inner courtyard featuring three swimming pools, garden and walkways which gives the guest a sense of being in a smaller hotel. Rooms are spacious with a very comfortable beds and settees and include tea making facilities, a large wall mounted TV with channels from most countries and a small refrigerator which you need to stack yourself. The bathroom has a large walk in shower, quality toiletries and luxurious large towels. A ceiling to floor window between the bedroom and the bathroom can be shut off by a sliding wooden louver door.
Breakfast will be a buffet when the hotel is fully operational but now you order from a menu of fresh fruits, juices, yogurts and the usual eggs and bacon and cooked dishes. Coffee and service are all good.
The friendly English speaking staff go out of their way to greet, chat, and offer assistance.
As there was only a handful of guests they had time for these niceties, hope it continues when the property is in full swing.
There is a regular shuttle from the hotel to the popular Jungceylon shopping centre although it is only an interesting 10 minute walk passing coffee shops, cafes, restaurants, convenience shops and of course the famous and fabulous Thai Massage.
Free parking is available on site and free WiFi throughout the hotel.
General Manager, Chia Ai Lian is not new to overseeing the opening of new properties. She was instrumental in the launch of the Phuket Sofitel Hotel and Resort and a number of others both in Thailand and Singapore. Ai Lian is delighted with the way the property has come together and believes it will make a five star mark on the opposition.
Written by : John Savage