I wanted to show another one of the hotels where we were when we went to Thailand, particularly in Chiang Mai. The Empress Hotel. It is a charming hotel situated in an eastern town within walking distance of the market and close to Spanish restaurants, because yes, there are Spanish restaurants and more than one, yes sir. Well I leave you with these photos showing a bit of what I'm saying. Travellers Greetings.
The Le Meridien Chiang Mai has the best location you could possibly ask for in this city, right by the night market. Honestly, I couldn't find a single fault with the service. It's a very Western-style 5-star hotel and has an English-speaking staff. My room was huge and would be perfect for a honeymoon. I especially liked the huge window over the bathtub allowing you too look out. I also loved the way the shower was separate from the walk-in tub. As for the facilities, there's not much I can tell you as I didn't stay too long in the hotel, but it does offer a meeting room that, at 1800 square meters, is one of the largest in Chiang Mai, as well as a pool, gym, spa and two great restaurants. I can't think of a single thing I didn't like about this hotel, and would gladly recommend it to everyone.
Chiang Mai counts itself among one of the hundreds of hostels for backpackers, but Julie's hostel is definitely a favorite of the people We had to wait several days to get a bed for 2 € in their colorful rooms. More than accommodation, Julie is known for its great food in the attached cafe. There's also a travel agency that organizes all kinds of tours, such as elephant rides, hikes to hill tribes, and activities such as cooking classes , massage, and even rock climbing.
This is a guesthouse that feels like home. Tiki is a person that does the business, a nice Thai woman, a good time is the general atmoshpere, a place for travelers and some people stay for weeks at the guesthouse. The owners are the owners of the raggea bar and only 5 minuts away you have have some beers and enjoy the market. The room with bathroom comes out to 25 Baths, or 5 Euros. A great place only 5 minutes away from the night market.
Near the Julie Guest House is JJ Guest House, where we stayed. There are clean rooms with bathrooms and space for hanging your clothes. There is a chill-out area in the hostel, which is right in the heart of Chiang Mai. At first, I went to Julie Guest House thanks to the recommendation of a recognized guide, but the service was so bad that I turned around and found this smaller and cozier place. It's just my humble opinion, and I know that many backpackers would have stayed in Julie and would have been happy, maybe they were having a bad day, but we were not at fault. Here are some photos of the sleeping area.
To have 4 stars, the Imperial Mae Ping Hotel, is fantastic and it has nothing to be envious of the many 5 star hotels that are much more simple than this one. Also its location is unbeatable as it is along the Mae Ping River (hence the name of the hotel) and right next to the center of Chiang Mai and a night market. It is a rather large hotel with about 400 rooms, but like many hotels, I could see many differences between rooms, since they have some that are very different and other too simple. Although all are equipped with safe, hairdryer, coffee-maker, minibar and the TVs were old and not renovated this hotel. Their facilities include swimming pool, spa, gym, a large reception with a large lobby, 2 bars and 4 restaurants, among which I would highlight the restaurant Mae Ping Coffee Shop which was where I ate. I think it's a good choice among 4-star hotels in Chiang Mai and an option to consider if you do not want to spend too much on accommodation.
The Hotel Holiday Inn Chiang Mai is very close to the tourist center and not even 5 minutes away. It was a 4 star hotel and is very simple, but it is very well equipped with a gym, pool, conference rooms, 3 restaurants and a bar. The rooms are very basic with carpeting, an old air conditioning, as is furniture whiche seemed very outdated. The best thing of all for me were the room views because they are unbeatable, as some were of the Mae Ping River and others overlook the sacred Doi Suthep mountain. It is a great choice for people who want to visit Chiang Mai without spending a lot of money, because although it is a 4-star hotel it is very average, always considering the high quality of the Thai hotels. Here you know that if don´t want to spend a lot of money and you want a basica hotel, this is your option. But don´t hope for big luxury because the rooms are standard.
This hostel is very well located in the old town of Chiang Mai, just a few meters from the night market, bars, restaurants, and train station. The rooms are shared, with an option to book double suites with private bathroom. The communal area is filled with tables and chairs outside, where the guests can interact and make new friends, and the climate is very pleasant and quiet, to spend a few fun days in Chiang Mai. The staff is very professional, and with good advice, and help with bookings of the best hiking places in the region. Good price, and perfect localization for those who want to be close to everything without having to travel.
This family hotel on the main street of the ancient city of Chiang Mai, is a good find. The hotel is within walking distance of the night market, bars, restaurants and the trainstation. It has comfortable facilities with air conditioning, minibar and balcony overlooking a super quiet street and away from the noise. A team of efficient employees to help with advice and reservations for tours. In short, an option of accommodation that's worth it if you want to save money, and at the same time be in a good location.
The Imm Eco is more than just a hotel, it has a familiar and welcoming environment, clean rooms and a great service. They donates part of its profits and the efforts of its employees to help the environment and underprivileged children. Its gardens are botanical garden, where they grow all kinds of local exotic plants. Children go to botany classes and English classes, you can see them run around the gardens and it becomes an incentive to stay in this great place. The hotel has a nice double room, you can choose a shared or private bathroom. It also has a octagonal rooms for 8 people, in which the price is really cheap. If traveling in a group it is a safe place in the city. You can swim in the 25 meter pool, get fit in the gym, hang out with friends in the recreation area with ping pong and foosball, watch television with hundreds of international channels , wash your clothes with their washing machines, have a tasty sandwich at the cafeteria of wood or surf the Internet (free if you bring your laptop with wifi or paid in your computer room). If you want to go hiking or receive any kind of tourist info, the friendly staff will help you. On the same street is a trendy restaurant, where, at night, the high society of Chiang Mai meet for dinner accompanied by live music. You can go to dinner or simply have a drink, for our pockets it is not overspending. Nearby there is also a chocolate store where you can have breakfast or a coffee like you're in the Champs Elysees. The hotel is a 10 min walk from the Night Market and about 20 from the center, but that should not be problem, you can move tuktuk, almost anything 24 hours a day in the city's most charming land of smiles .
The hostel Green Tulip House is one of the best in Chiang Mai if you want to sleep in a bedroom, in which case the price is 150 Bhats (just over 3 €) per night, breakfast not included. This is a relatively new hostel and known for its cleanliness, which led it to win an international award in 2008. The Hall of the hostel has a diningroom, living room and internet room with a couple PC's, but they are free of charge to use. Guests can use the wireless Internet (WiFi) for free if you have your own laptop. They also have a garage for motorcycles and good music blaring in the Hall. The price for a double room is 450 Bhats, breakfast not included and the price for a double room 2 Bhats is 850, including breakfast. For that price there are better options in Chiang Mai. The staff is very fun. They have lots of tourist info and good prices for trekking and cookery courses. In short it is a highly recommended place for backpackers when visiting this city in Thailand.
I stayed in plenty of hotels during my stay in Chiang Mai, but on my last night I decided to stay at the Shangri-La Chiang Mai. It's right in the heart of the city, and although it's a very luxurious hotel, it wasn't my favorite - it would be fourth in my personal ranking, behind the Chedi, the Dusit D2, and Le Meridien. It's not that it's bad, but it's just not as charming as the others. The decoration is similar to other Shangri-La hotels, with a very Thai theme.
The suites weren't great...I didn't like the overly oriental decor...made you feel like you were sleeping in a Chinese restaurant! My standard room had a fabulous king size bed, plasma TV and, best of all, large windows. Personally, I liked the pool area, with wicker type chairs and umbrellas, and two wooden elephants. I also loved the gym overlooking the garden. The spa area is great too, and I was delighted with the massage service. A good place to stay in Chiang Mai, though not my favorite.
This hotel will strike you from the moment you walk through the front door. It's a real treat for the senses, giving a sense of tranquility. Everything is based on the Zen style, with teak flooring, open spaces, a lake with lotus flowers, large landscaped gardens, stunning Asian art pieces, huge vases, etc ... What really impressed me was the view from the balcony. Needless to say, the room is really awesome, one of the best I've ever stayed in, with a huge bed, a rotating plasma TV which you can watch from bed or from the sofa, and a Japanese couch. There was a bath with glass shower, separate from the toilet. The reception is wonderful, and overlooks the gardens and pool. And the restaurant is great, with a wide range of international dishes to suit all tastes. Needless to say, this is a fantastic 5-star hotel, designed for absolute luxury.
The Dusit D2 Hotel Chiang Mai is loved for their treatment and their environment of only youth, led by youth both in reception and in the bar, restaurant, gym or spa. It is a 5 star hotel. Although to be 5 stars did not have many rooms as they sought to preserve its minimalist style with just 131 spread over 10 floors. Everything was fully equipped with the best infrastructure: widescreen plasma televisions, DVD, safe, coffee and tea, etc. Facilities include a business center, conference rooms, 2 restaurants, a restaurant-bar, etc. The restaurant I liked most was the Moxie. It also has a fantastic outdoor pool and Spa, known as Devarana Spa, where we could enjoy a Thai massage, and a fitness center with all new cardio machines on the market . The touch of color on my visit by land precisely this puts Thai Dusit D2 Chiang Mai, as it was decorated in bright orange and used huge vases full of green pears, type a Granny Smith apples, but of course had to look closely they were pears and apples. I think it's a very original which deserves to be known, since it did not have a lot of influx of Western tourists given our ignorance of the chain, especially in Spain.
Again, the friendly and welcoming owners of a hostel earn points. Well, and also preparing breakfast. Thailandwow is a hostel in Chiang Mai, one of Thailand's tourist spots (and thus, full of hostels), in which you feel at home and breakfast is great. Neuyna and Key, pictured, are brothers and opened this guesthouse, a little further away from the heart of the city, not a long time ago, so when I was there there were still renovations underway. But the rest is fine: in addition to some common rooms with bunk beds, they have a bathroom in the middle of the courtyard for brushing teeth or combing hair outdoors. The entrance courtyard is the best, with its sun loungers, cat (in the other photo), tables and even a swing. They sell beer and the owners are usually there, talking about their day or doing chores. It´s a god-sent guesthouse. Thai prices and a good time.
It is lovely place, where you feel like you are in paradise. At night it is even more lovely, with candle lights and the tinkling of the bells, which makes it an exotic and relaxing place. We will go back.
The Tao Garden Wellness Retreat can be found in the town of Doi Saket and it lies only 30 minutes away from the important and exciting city of Chiang Mai. This place has an unparalleled mystique that you can experience from the moment you arrive at the hotel. It has spectacular gardens and an important and comprehensive Spa for families to enjoy.