What We Love
- Antiques from Thailand, Burma, China, Africa, and Europe scattered throughout the hotel
- A lovely open-air massage pavilion
- A sense of calm in the midst of bustling Chiang Mai
What To Know
- Children 12 and under are not permitted
- An airport shuttle is available for about $10 each way
- Pets are not allowed
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Designed by a Thai architect, the hotel is inspired by 11th-century BC Chinese dwellings, which influenced Northern Thai style—the effect is residential and respectful of the city’s history and culture. Hidden gardens and courtyards are full of surprises like antique artworks, and the library has more than 2,000 books, many on Thai history, art, and architecture. An open-air massage pavilion overlooks a serene swimming pool, and dinners (traditional dishes from Lanna Thai, Burmese, and Shan cuisines) often take place al fresco, on an intimate patio.
In the Area
The hotel is centrally located in Chiang Mai next to Wat Phra Singh, the city’s most famous temple (c. 1345), as well as several other major temples, and near Wiang Kum Kam, the recently restored ancient capital city (abandoned more than 700 years ago.) Also within range are the Tha Phae Gate, a historic site that’s also home to a colorful night market and the Meng Memorial Bridge.
How to Get There
For me this hotel was a retreat from the noise of Chiang Mai, they made us feel welcome and special. The architecture is beautiful. The bed was firm but not hard. The pool is perfect, the breakfast outstanding, there is a library, I want to live here! The only negative is that it’s not a great location for walking to places, some, but not a lot. Then again most guests seem to use cars to travel around so that’s not an issue of booking tours.
Standout: The quiet. The design. The impeccable and unobtrusive service. Staff were always attentive and available but never in our face. We were left alone and had what felt like the place to ourselves. It was perfect. Anything we asked for was immediately available and taken care of, no request or desire was unanticipated. We ended up eating our meals at the hotel since the restaurant was wonderful.
This is the place for a peaceful getaway within the city of Chiang Mai. We didn't see other guests for two days despite knowing they were there (we saw their shoes outside of their rooms). Our tuk tuk and cab drivers repeatedly thought they were pulling into a a temple because the entrance is so beautiful. Several tour participants in our van one day gasped because it's that stunning. It's exactly the place you want to retreat at the end of long days.
We travel alot so I am a bit critical of hotels. This one was a winner. The rooms are beautiful and the setting is gorgeous. Very calming. I loved walking around and looking at the beautiful artwork and furniture. The restaurant was excellent. The pool is fabulous. The service was also over the top. Highly recommend!