Veranda Chiang Mai The High Resort – M Gallery by Sofitel
What We Love
- Private balconies with day beds in the 80 guest rooms
- A cultural pavilion with daily classes in Thai cooking, flower garland making, fruit carving, and basket weaving
- Two restaurants serving international and Lanna (Northern) Thai food
What To Know
- The “Comfy Studio” rooms are a little on the snug side
- Check-in time ends at 9:30 p.m.
- The property declines certain group bookings, such as bachelor or bachelorette parties
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Veranda, set on valley slope just outside of historic Chiang Mai, offers 80 rooms with tremendous views over a mountain landscape of meandering streams, rice, and tea terraces. The rooms vary greatly, covering seven categories, but all have sleek furnishings, cushy duvets, big bathrooms, and private balconies with inviting daybeds. The spa offers signature treatments using products that were developed in-house, and the two restaurants offer European and local Lanna Thai fare, both with a choice of air-conditioned indoor or breeze-cooled outdoor seating with views of the infinity pool and the valley beyond.
In the Area
Although the Veranda is outside the city and relatively far from its temples, museums, restaurants and other attractions, it’s close to Wat Pra That Doi Suthep, a temple on a hill about ten miles from the city, and Wat Umong, another beautiful 700-year-old temple. It’s also very convenient for the Chiang Mai Night Safari, which offers after-dark tram rides though animal parks, and the riotously colorful botanical gardens of Royal Park Rajapruek. A trip into the city itself should include a stop at the Chiang Mai City Arts & Cultural Centre, the modern city’s premier museum.
How to Get There
We ended up choosing the Veranda resort to hold our wedding ceremony and reception. The organiser Miss Anchalee was very experienced and organised and we had locked down the venue at least 6 months in advance (without viewing the venue as we were located overseas). We were a little nervous in approaching our wedding day but Miss Anchalee communicated very well on emails prior to the months leading up to the day. We were also asked for ideas on flower arrangement and decor which the resort did a good job in keeping faithful to. Overall the day went very smoothly and fantastic, the mood, ceremony and decor were commended by our wedding guests. If you are looking for a wedding venue in Chiang Mai, we would highly recommend Veranda Resort.
Impressed in nice welcome by professional staff at reception and also in room. Feel fresh & good among natural surroundings. Comfort stay in valley deluxe with good view (corner room) and tight sleep. Overall are nice but breakfast look a bit lower.
Booked 5 nights in whirlpool apartment for eur 400 a night. Nice location but service far away from luxury experience. At arrival nice welcome but the 2 prepared drinks were not offered until we asked if they were for us. Arrived at the room we were surprised how beautiful it was. Really! But It was midnight and therefore dark.
Next day we were waiting for the sun on the veranda. Forget it! No sun until afternoon and then it’s over. Rain shower was hard as full of lime and conditioner was empty. Anyhow! We asked to move downstairs into the pool Appartement. Functioned properly with no additional costs and very helpful staff. Well done! Downstairs the same problem with rain shower full of lime. No one cared about. Had now a Terrasse with sun and pool but no umbrella. Think it should be normal to put an umbrella near a pool.
Infrastructure seems old and they were lots of work in progress. From falling trees to other loud things in the main building. (How about doing this out of high season?)The hotel is very oriented to Asian tourists (China). breakfast buffet wasn’t that rich and predominating a lot of Asian food. Breakfast not presented nice. Peanut butter presented directly from original plastic package and until the end... looked horrible. Tables not so clean. In general the staff is very friendly. Specially those driving the caddies, the cleaning ladies and those serving in room service. Kitchen is nothing spectacular. Thai cuisine is good. Some international dishes like club sandwiches as well. But A catastrophic Italian interpretation of food. Seemed to be a Thai Italian fusion which was not really high class. Italian cooking class for the chef maybe? Pizza for our daughter seemed to be a frozen one. Please convince me it was not...
Staff doesn’t speek English in a good manner and therefore often difficult to communicate. Asked for a elephant attraction and they offered us through one of their contact a full day elephant care day for 2 adults and 1 child for approx usd 440!!!!!!! (Average monthly salary in Bangkok is usd 800) wow!
What to say: a nice location but definitely not a high class resort. I really apologise that I am forced to write it here. But for those who spend 2000 eur for 5 nights a little bit more can be expected. Others shouldn’t pay that much. Dear hotel managers, I am pretty sure you will read this. Take it as a challenge and show that you can do better. There is some good Basis to work on and a lot of potential to improve.
We stayed here for one night only, prior to our travel to Laos. Our flight arrived early in CNX airport and we took a taxi to Veranda Resort.
We were very lucky that when we got to the hotel, there was Muayli on reception, who was absolutely amazing and she is a credit to this hotel!
The room is large with very comfortable bed. Whilst waiting for our room, we went to the top restaurant to have a drink. The views are absolutely amazing!
There is a few coffee shops and restaurants outside the resort. We walked to Field Good restaurant for lunch, which is on the way to the temple, maybe 15 minute walk from the hotel. The dinner in the hotel was beautifully presented and tasty.
This hotel is not too far from Chiang Mai but far enough to feel completely relaxed from all the hustle and bustle.
This resort is 20-25 minutes from downtown Chiang Mai’s hustle & bustle. We had 2nd thoughts of the distance but suggest you try it, property is beautiful. We rented a daily van that made the difference. We arranged the itinerary for the driver and saw 5-6 sights everyday. Cost varies, we rented a 9 person van for $85/day.
10 years old and yes there is some wear & tear of the property, but being in the mountain jungle of Chiang Mai, it’s to be expected.
Price is reasonable and the room & grounds are pleasant. Photos attached
Bellmen, greeted us and secured our bags.
Check in was quick and efficient.
Room was clean & requested housekeeping to light candles as there was a smell but once the candles were lit it was gone. This is the tropics.
Breakfast was good, & the restaurant was also very good.
Will return again! Thank you Veranda - M Gallery.