Ping Nakara Boutique Hotel & Spa
What We Love
- Just 19 large guest rooms, each decorated with handcrafted furniture and Thai silks
- A spa that specializes in Ayurvedic treatments
- Relaxed French dining in the Nakara Jardin, thanks to a Cordon Bleu–trained chef
What To Know
- The airport shuttle fee is $20 (one way) per vehicle
- Children 12 and under stay free in their parents’ room
- Pets are not allowed
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
One of Chiang Mai’s loveliest colonial-style hotels, the Ping Nakara is a vision of graceful gingerbread architecture with fretwork made of the teak that gave the city its colonial-era wealth. The designers made abundant use of natural materials but added modern conveniences and comforts like free minibars and WiFi throughout. The restaurant specializes in high-quality renditions of traditional Thai fare, and by request, the chef can prepare a special tasting menu of dishes that date from the Teak Wallah period. A second restaurant in a garden specializes in French cuisine and pastries.
In the Area
The hotel is centrally located in Chiang Mai near Wiang Kum Kam, the recently restored ancient capital city (abandoned more than 700 years ago), and the Chiang Mai City Arts & Cultural Centre, the modern city’s premier museum. It’s also near the Tha Phae Gate, a historic site that’s also home to a worthwhile night market, and the Meng Memorial Bridge. Any visit to Chiang Mai should include a day or half-day trip to Wat Pra That Doi Suthep, a temple on a hill about ten miles from the city, that’s sacred to Thai people.
How to Get There
Everything is okay for us, from the moment of check-in until check-out.
1/ Check-in is really fast, maybe because there are not a lot of tourists during this time of the year.
2/ The room is spacious with a balcony.
3/ Mini bar is free and refreshed everyday.
4/ Check-out is really fast and with small souvenirs to take home.
One minus point is the breakfast. Because this is a boutique hotel with around 20 rooms, they cannot serve an extensive breakfast like large hotel chains. So if this is your concern, you should consider another property.
And please note that the air pollution in Chiang Mai has gotten really worse, especially in March and April. The air quality index can reach more than 400 some days.
We stayed at the Ping Nakara for 5 nights in March. What a charming hotel. Lovely and clean, very attentive and friendly staff and a great location. The day spa was fantastic as well. Close to the Night markets and the Ping river.
Definitely the most charming hotel I have ever stayed at! The building is beautiful and it is like stepping back in time: it is indeed a "return to elegance". My room was lovely, beautifully decorated, and very comfortable. The little balcony and the bubble bath were real luxuries. A delicious selection of complimentary treats was provided everyday. Everywhere, great attention is given to detail. Perfectly organised and stylish (!) airport pick-up, helpful staff, wonderful breakfast, nice swimming pool. The location is perfect, in a quiet and convenient area. I absolutely LOVED staying there and would love to come back !
This is the 3rd time I am staying at Ping Nakara. Something about this place that makes me want to keep going back. The rooms are spacious. The service is excellent. The place is clean and serene. Spa is wonderful. Nice to enjoy the holiday away from the crowd. It feels like home to me. Highly recommended to those who look for a quiet and relaxing getaway.
Ping Nakara is a wonderful Boutique hotel. Only 19 rooms and the furnishings and standard of room was excellent. The staff arll wonderful 'O' in the resturant provided fantastic unobtrusive service, along with the other F&B staff (ladies) made the stay perfect. I stayed here for 7 nights. My first time in Chiang Mai, you cant go past Ping Nakara. Location also great