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
- 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
Arrived at the airport and were greeted by a hotel employee there to pick us up in one of their vintage Mercedes. This made it very easy to get out of the airport, which was very crowded, and over to our hotel.
The front desk person was very friendly and check-in was easy.
Our room was on the 3rd floor overlooking the pool - high ceilings and a small patio - next time I would see about a different room as our patio was almost too small to really use. The room was spacious quite and clean. Shower was wonderful and the hotel provided us with lots of water, soft drinks, and snacks every day.
Breakfast was included and was incredible - we could order off the menu or go through the buffet - or both - we did both. Lovely assortment of Thai dishes as well as some USA - type dishes.
They had a 2 for 1 happy hour which we did a couple of times - it was nice sipping our cocktail outside around the pool very peaceful.
It was very easy to get a tuk tuk to go into the city and to get home - very cheap transportation.
I thought the Mercedes transportation was nice but not worth the price (about $20 US) each way - a taxi costs around $5 US.
I would stay at this hotel again and highly recommend it.
My wife and I stayed for two nights in January, 2019. We had a beautiful room on the second floor, overlooking the pool. It was the perfect location. A Deluxe whirlpool room I believe. When we arrived the bath was filled with rose petals. Obviously not for us to use that way but a striking touch to see upon entering the room.
We used the hotels pickup service in the classic Mercedes. It was fun. They have three of them ranging from late 60's to early 70's. It was a nice touch to have them pick us up with the driver in a fine uniform!! Only 650 baht. Sure you could take a cab for 200 but why not splurge a little. Part of the whole experience and still a fraction of airport transfer costs in other cities around the world.
I think there are only 19 rooms here. There were no children during our two night stay and it was so peaceful and relaxing. Very civilized! The staff are so nice and welcoming.
Restaurant was great for breakfast. Had some drinks by the pool too. Service was not pushy and very laid back.
Location is great. We walked to a couple of nice restaurants within less than 5 minutes. There is a neat temple right next door. Also you can pick up the Ping river cruise there which we recommend for the price. Nice to see the city by boat.
If you are looking for wine and groceries, there is a store located about a kilometer walk away, on the other side of the river. It may have been called Tesco. Great store and closest we could find.
If you are wondering about being within the old city or outside like this place, we found this to be a great location even though we rented a house for 7 nights afterwards right in the middle of the old city. It's not quite the same but transportation is so cheap by taxi and even by tuck tuck. You pay a premium for the tuck but it is worth the convenience. Most rides are 150 to 250 baht so approximately $5 to $ 8 USD. Taxis can be as little as $3.
I definitely recommend this hotel as a quiet refuge and classy place. If you have kids that want to play and splash in the pool, then this is definitely NOT the place for you. The other guests are expecting the opposite!
Hope this was helpful! Thank you Ping Nakara for an awesome 2 night stay.
Also, there is an elevator on site if you are on the 2nd or 3rd floors.
We stayed at Ping Nakara for 2 nights and wished we had stayed longer. The hotel is in a wonderful colonial style within easy walking distance of the old town. The staff were lovely and all very helpful. Would highly recommend for couples who like a bit if old style luxury in a boutique hotel.
The Ping Nak is a beautiful colonial style hotel in Chiang Mai with large, comfortable rooms, a beautiful central pool and a wonderful spa staffed by professional Thai masseurs. The breakfasts have a small selection of fruit, cold meats and breads complimented by a menu with a reasonable choice of cooked items. The food is good and the service is fast and friendly.
The rooms have good air conditioning and large flat screen TV’s although the choice of English channels is limited to just one or two, including BBC World.
Located within walking distance of the night market and the main river it is very convenient for shoppers and foodies alike.
If you’re looking for somewhere clean, peaceful and relaxing the Ping Nakara is a great place to stay for a short vacation.
The hotel was absolutely gorgeous. Our room had a balcony and a huge bathroom. The mattresses were firm and the sheets of high quality. There was complementary strawberry and passion fruit juice. This is truly an excellent hotel. The level of quality is meticulous and consistent. All of the staff were both kind and very helpful. The hotel breakfast was full of treats from smoked duck and salmon to organic yogurt, Thai sausage, and much more. For us this was a much needed peaceful retreat. The overall effect is of serenity, elegance, and kindness.