Sleep in Phuket:
Pimnara Boutique Hotel

I love hotels that strive to bring their best unique identity forward and be known for something other than “just another place to stay the night”. Some hotels thrive on their unique hotel facilities, some for their design and in the case of Pimnara Boutique Hotel, they are known for their uniquely decorated rooms which were designed by 11 well-renowned Thai artists, each with their own unique flavor.

Overview

Pimnara Boutique Hotel is situated right within Jungceylon Shopping Centre, which is conveniently located in the heart of Patong, Phuket and is just minutes walk away from the famous Patong nightlife scene – Bangla Road (Soi Bangla) – and Patong Beach.

Upon entering the hotel lobby, you will see that the entire area quite plain but bright and airy. There aren’t too many interior design work done but most of the plain, bright walls are covered with unique sculptural art pieces. I’m guessing most of these walls act as canvases for the Thai artists to work on and showcase their artworks.

It’s also interesting to note that while most areas of the hotel are bright and filled with lots of sunlight, the walkway between the rooms are narrow and very dimly lited, complete with random art decor hung on the walls.

The Standard Room

The standard room I got was a cloudy room where the walls are painted in a very light blue shade and sprayed with white to give that whole feeling that the whole room is the sky.

I don’t know if the artist was trying to play on irony, since the room does not have any windows (not even a fake one) and feels very enclosed, so perhaps the artist saw how constrained and small the room looked and therefore became inspired to create a whole sky look, where guests will feel like they are actually in a big, open sky and floating on clouds.

I personally thought that the room was a bit too cramped and enclosed. However, the room was really clean and the “sky walls” seemed like a nice backdrop.

Amenities & Room Features

The room had all the essential amenities nicely and hygienically packed in sealed individual plastic bags. You’ll find what you need in clean condition. Also, seeing that the hotel is minutes away from Patong beach, extra beach towels are also provided.

The Vibe

The hotel definitely gives off a very quirky vibe from the creative artworks by the various artists. However, I can’t help but feel a bit creeped out by this whole load of quirkiness. Maybe the vibe I’m getting from all these “art pieces” just didn’t contribute to the hotel as being a very comfortable place overall, since they are really edgy and abstract. But, whatever it is and whether I am a big fan of this peculiarity a not, the hotel is very creatively designed and proves to be one of a kind.

Usually, it’s easy to get a feel of what type of guests a hotel is attracting. However, in the case of Pimnara Boutique Hotel, I don’t really have a clue. The hotel seemed rather intimate but it’s not exactly sitting on the romance side. With its quirkiness, it also doesn’t seem to be very family oriented and definitely doesn’t seem to be a business hotel. If I have to decide, I would say that this hotel is for explorers and guests who would like to have a different (slightly more artsy-fartsy) experience.