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
This hotel is a paradise island in hustle bustle of Chiang Mai . The interior of the hotel is Colonial romantic style, the pool is peaceful and beautiful. The rooms are big and beautiful. The bed is super comfortable makes you feel like you are sleeping on a cloud. Breakfast is served by the pool all the things we ordered were fresh and taste. And finally this review can’t be ended without mentioning the kindness of the staff. Certainly we will remember our stay!!!
My friend and I stayed at the hotel for three nights each in September and enjoyed spa treatments there several times. Everyone was helpful indeed - from the front desk and chauffeur to the restaurant and spa. The spa experience was exceptional: the receptionists offered great help with the arrangement, while the therapists were extremely thoughtful throughout the whole process. As many other reviews have mentioned, the hotel itself has a peaceful, lovely ambience, which makes it a great place to relax. It can be a struggle whether to go outside for sightseeing given the temptingly comfortable environment!
With many accommodation options in Chiang Mai, we did not know where to begin. By luck we chose to stay at Ping Nakara and have no regrets. Everyone there was extremely helpful. Thanks to Joe the manager for his restaurant and tourist recommendations, Nes for showing us the sights, Yam for treating us well every morning at breakfast, and everyone at the front desk. Attention to detail was obvious throughout. Ping Nakara is amazingly peaceful. It is a hidden gem.