Courtyard by Marriott Phuket Town

Review: Courtyard by Marriott Phuket Town’s budget-friendly luxury blends Thai tradition with contemporary comforts

Tucked away just five minutes’ walk from the heart of Phuket Town, Courtyard by Marriott – a brand typically recognized as being on the budget-savvy side of Marriott – surprises with an elevated experience that offers an appealing fusion of contemporary design blended with traditional Thai charm.

The hotel is a gateway to diverse local restaurants, stylish cocktail bars, and charming cafes bustling with digital nomads, tourists, and locals alike, offering a traditional atmosphere that contrasts with the lively nightlife of Patong Beach on the other side of the island.

For a taste of authentic Thai cuisine, the legendary Raya Restaurant and One Chun are just a stone’s throw away, waiting to tantalize your palate with green curries, noodle soups and milk tea galore.

Don’t be fooled by the unassuming exterior – the moment you step inside, you’re embraced by a spacious, high-ceilinged lobby, adorned with contemporary feature art that hints at the richness of Thai culture. The design narrative throughout the hotel weaves traditional arts and crafts into its fabric, creating a tapestry of heritage vibes that resonate in every corner, from the twin rooms to the junior suites.

Accommodations at the Courtyard offer exceptional value, starting at around THB1,500 in the quieter seasons, and rising to THB3,000 in busier months. Yet the facilities at the hotel and views from the rooms rival those of far more expensive properties nearby.

From rooms on higher floors, a picture-perfect panorama of Phuket Town can be glimpsed from the generous wall-to-wall windows, framed by the lush, forested hills that encapsulate the town’s beauty.

Room interiors echo the hotel’s design ethos, creating a comforting blend of modern amenities and cultural aesthetics – with simple black-and-white lines, decorative cornicing and framed sections of neutral grey allowing Thai artworks to stand out in the space.

If you’re hungry, one spot worth checking out is Krua Talad Yai, the hotel’s signature restaurant overlooking the lobby from the first level. Offering a vibrant range of international dishes along with an a la carte menu, the best time to visit is breakfast for the impressive spread of Southeast Asian and Western dishes.

The Talung Lounge, the hotel’s lounge bar, is a haven for relaxation and unwinding – or slurping down happy hour beverages at 50% off from noon-8pm on weekdays. It seamlessly transitions from a bright and breezy atmosphere during daylight hours to a sophisticated and intimate ambiance after sunset. While the terrace area overlooks a road, the scene is softened with a generous touch of lush greenery, offering a perfect spot to bask in the pleasant Phuket weather.

During the balmier seasons, when the sun seems to shine brighter and the temperatures soar, the hotel’s pool is as an oasis of refreshment. With panoramic views stretching over the town, a quick cooling dip in the pool’s soothing waters offers a delightful escape while embracing the stunning, picturesque scenery that surrounds them.

Service, the cornerstone of Thai hospitality, is friendly and efficient, echoing the warm welcome that Thailand is famous for. From check-in to check-out, the staff at the Courtyard by Marriott Phuket Town will ensure your stay is comfortable, enjoyable, and truly unforgettable.

Offering a serene retreat amidst the hustle and bustle of Phuket Town, the Courtyard by Marriott redefines budget-friendly luxury and emerges as an exceptional choice for travellers seeking to immerse in the rich tapestry of Thai culture without compromising on comfort.