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Published August 5th 2013
The meaning of service with a smile
Phuket, Thailand is fast becoming Asia's most popular place for beaches, scenery and nightlife. None more than Patong Beach. That is where you will find an endless sandy beach, excellent food, drink and shopping, a legendary nightlife scene and one of Phuket's best loved hostels and cafés; Bodega.
Bodega is located on a small street just off Patong's main Rat U Thit road, which takes you into the heart of the shops and nightlife. It's the ideal location for visitors, all the main attractions being minutes away on foot. However, its location off the main street means a peaceful night's sleep is never a problem. Essential for prolific travelers and one-off holiday makers alike.
First and foremost, Bodega is a hostel, boasting 12 private double rooms with en suite and 16 shared dorm beds. Every double room provides a king size bed, much needed air conditioning, shower facilities, cable television, complimentary wifi access, a safety box and a mini bar. Every dorm room provides a reading light, electrical socket and locker per bed, and a hot water bathroom for every 4 beds.
Bodega - Interior bodegaphuket.com
No issues, then, when it comes to providing the basics. However, Bodega really comes into its own once you step into the café. It puts you right into the heart of local culture. The local and international cuisine is of a standard you wouldn't normally expect unless you were visiting a restaurant; the Thai really care about their food and Bodega is no exception. Drinks are, of course, widely available at great prices, especially during happy hour.
Bodega's well-travelled owners are dedicated enthusiasts of local art and performing arts; a dedicated gallery allows you to take in the unique works of local artists that you wouldn't otherwise get a chance to see. This does so much to enhance the warm, friendly atmosphere. Local musicians and DJs are also regularly invited and encouraged to perform at the café, as are musicians from all over the world who choose to stay there. The Bodega Project sponsors art workshops for young aspiring artists; a testament to how much they care about the community that they've made their home.
Bodega's passion of nurturing young talent is well known bodegaphuket.com
It's an attractive choice for those who have chosen Patong Beach for it's lively party atmosphere when the sun goes down. At the same time, however, Patong Beach boasts white hot sands and luxurious scenery for those who want to get away from the bars and clubs of the town centre; for either enthusiast, Bodega is both a tranquil oasis by day and a vibrant party at night.
Both local bands and guests are invited to perform live
Bodega's friendly and knowledgeable staff will encourage you to get out and discover Thailand and will guide you every step of the way. Whether it's a day trip to one of the iconic remote islands, an elephant trek, an ATV Tour or a relaxing spa day, Phuket has something you will love on offer and Bodega's staff have done it all; they will get you there.
For the third year running, Bodega is the recipient of the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award. Likely due to the standard of service, hygiene, quality of food and drink and having written the book on the term "service with a smile." Spend one day and night at Bodega and the message is loud and clear; the owners truly fell in love with Phuket and they're doing everything possible to make sure you do too.