Phuket Thailand with Roomorama
When I looked into the prices of reasonable accommodation in Phuket, as my dear old Ma likes to say, I nearly pooped a rib. (That’s not a good thing.)
Phuket can be a budget-buster when it comes to accommodation.
So when Roomorama asked if I would review their service in exchange for a credit to use towards one of their partner properties, well then, how could I say no?
What is Roomorama?
I had actually never heard of Roomorama until Beth and Randy from BeersAndBeans had written about them. Bananarama? Sure. They’re the go-to for all my 80’s girl band music. Roomba? Of course. It’s THE name in robot vacuums after all. But Roomorama? That one was a bit of a mystery. So I was certainly interested.
Turns out, they provide short-term rental transactions quickly, easily and securely (that’s Roomorama of course, not Bananarama).
How does Roomorama work?
You input your destination, the dates you want to go, and a listing of available accommodations is displayed. You then send a message to the host to signal your interest, and the host responds back with a yay or nay. It’s not rocket science (thankfully, as even the most basic of sciences escapes me).
Within a couple of hours of sending my request, I had a response back from Fred that the 12 Rooms Guesthouse was indeed available for the nights I wanted.
I sent my payment (plus the small fee that Roomorama gets) and I received my confirmation. Easy stuff this internet is these days.
The Roomorama Verdict
My only complaint was the name of the guesthouse as listed on Roomorama was “12 Rooms Guesthouse”. When I told the shuttle bus driver from the airport, he looked at me like I’d just asked to put a dead hooker in the trunk. (Cue the crickets.)
Even the travel agency we stopped at en route did not know “12 Rooms”. Thankfully my trusty travel companion remembered the name Baan Nitra from a Google search of the address, so we were good to go.
I mentioned this to Fred — the owner of Baan Nitra Guesthouse – so he emailed Roomorama, and it was fixed the next day. You can see the Baan Nitra listing here.
Baan Nitra itself is a pretty good budget option if you’re looking for clean, reasonably-priced accommodations in Patong Beach, Phuket. Our room had a balcony, free (albeit sketchy at times) wi-fi, air conditioning, a small retro fridge, and some funky murals to boot. The free water on the first day was a nice touch too.
And although the guesthouse is not near the beach (this is why it’s a good budget option!), a scooter rental next door only cost about $7 a day.
I was also under the impression that Roomorama only had rooms available for rent from locals. And while there is certainly a fine selection of “alternative” accommodations available in private homes, cozy cottages, and luxe penthouses, there is also a stellar selection of smaller guesthouses and boutique hotels to choose from as well. Hence why Baan Nitra was on the list of rentals.
Would I use Roomorama again? For sure. They have listings you probably are not going to find on places like Agoda.com, Booking.com and Hotels.com. And if you already use AirBnB.com, then this is similar to be sure. The difference will be in the properties available and the system used to book.
Roomorama Voucher Giveaway
To persuade you to at least check out their site, Roomorama has graciously offered a $50 US credit voucher to one lucky reader of Man on the Lam.
All you have to do is leave a comment below stating which Roomorama city you would use the voucher in and why.
The most creative answer as judged be me (and whoever happens to be sitting next to me on the day of judging) will win the $50 US Roomorama voucher. Plus I’ll throw in my Bananarama mixed-tape if the answer is really creative.
I’m keeping my Roomba though.
Contest runs until January 31, 2012.
The contest is now closed!
Congratulations to Clara Siguenza who won with her clever comment pulled from Bananarama song titles. Thanks everyone for your participation! And thanks to Roomorama for making this possible!