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
We (Swiss couple, 42 & 45) spent 4 nights at Ping Nakara. The hotel is wonderful, the service fantastic and the location convenient because it is calm but not far away from the night markets (walking distance).
Stayed for 1 night. Everything was perfect from check-in, service to breakfast. Room was spacious with a bathtub which provided us with a much needed relaxation. There are mosquitoes in the pool/breakfast area but the hotel is on standby with insect repellent by the side.
A treat back to yesteryear. A real treat to experience the hospitality, space and boutique charm of a bygone time.
Rooms are really spacious with high ceilings and all the mod cons one needs.
Serviced twice daily and free mini bar that’s regularly refreshed.
I almost don't want to write a review because I want to keep this gem to myself! I recently stayed for four nights with my daughters and my parents - everything was seamless. From airport pickup, amazing check in, friendly staff, delicious breakfast, lovely rooms, awesome location - I don't have a single complaint! We all can't wait to return!
Big spacious rooms. I loved the bathtub and the refillable mini bar was a treat.
Walking distance to night bazaar.
Nice breakfast. We loved their French toast and often ordered 2-3 servings every morning. It was great they also had mangosteen. Only hotel I’ve been at that offered this. When mangosteen would run out at the counter, the staff would bring me plate full because they knew I liked them.
Very nice and accommodating staff.