|“BYD Lofts Great Apartment Hotel”
Our group (3 couples) stayed at BYD for 3 nights in Patong Beach Feb 10, 11, 12... we also ordered the hotel van service for the 30 minute ride from the airport in Phuket. This was good, and not so good.
This being our first visit it was nice to be escorted directly to our hotel. However, our driver thought he was running an Indy 500 course, and that was unacceptable. We were not amused when one of our party got thrown forward when he had to stop abruptly from driving too fast and too close to others. We let the driver know our displeasure, but that didn't seem to slow him down.
We arrived to the Lofts and the front desk was very kind and helpful. We had requested a cott for each apartment and they were there along with fresh fruit. Our rooms were lovely, with high end fixtures, and kitchen appliances, a place you could call home. It is exactly as shown on the website, very hip, clean and inviting. I really liked the original artwork and the ultra modern furniture, including an IPOD docking station...We had a bit of trouble getting the IPOD to work, but two fellows were dispatched to help us and got the music going in no time The free wifi was great, there was a nice desk where we could skype home and upload our latest photos. The washrooms were huge and beautifully appointed with BYD ammenties. Closets contained 3 robes ( and extra one for the person who would be on the cott) big fluffy towels for the bathroom and big orange beach towels for everyone. We also had a private staircase to the very nice pool. We were virtually the only ones using the pool on Feb. 11, it felt like our own facility. We noticed that the restaurant next to the hotel was expensive so we went out to discover restaurants in Patong.
We took the advice of this website to seek out The Sandwich place which was virtually next door. It was very good. The breakfasts, including good Latte's and fresh orange juice could be had for very few baht. We bought bread there so we could make our own lunches, and picked up cheese and meat at the local Family Mart, along with wine, beer and munchies... so we had food in between early breakfasts and late dinners.
We also took the advice of the website and booked Simba Sea Trips for a day outing on Feb. 12. It was great with door to speedboat service.
Patong is a very very busy place. We wanted to visit to see what it was all about. It was made most comfortable by BYD Lofts. Upon return to the airport for our next flight, we had the same driver who drove much more within the speed limit which was appreciated. All in all, BYD lofts is highly recommended. It's located less than two blocks from Patong beach and is just far enough away to be quiet when we needed it to be.