My partner and i stayed for 6 nights in late february. We originally booked for 3 nights to keep our options open but enjoyed our stay so much that we booked for a further 3 nights. We spend 5 nights in an upstairs room (201) and the last night downstairs in the smaller room (101). I am struggling to believe that I stayed at the same place as the two previous reviewers on this site. The rooms are certainly quite dark but there is a lot of LED and spot lighting to create atmosphere. As this is a restored 130 year old Lanna style teak wood house (as it says on the website) you would expect it to be quite dark because of the teak wood finish. The upstairs rooms are larger and slightly more expensive but my partner and I had no problem finding space for ourselves, suitcases and lots of shopping. i would say that both rooms were larger than a typical hotel room would be for the same price . The rooms were clean (and made up daily) and well fitted. The towel folding was very imaginative to say the least.
It has been mentioned repeatedly that Manager and staff are very friendly and helpful and we definately found this to be the case. Tang and Andy and staff were fantastic. So polite and genuinly friendly and helpful that it was a pleasure to spend time with them. Some of the newer boys don't have great English skills but I did note that they are all studying to improve so practising their English with guests is a beneficial experience all round. I make a special mention of "Tuk Tuk" as he was such a delight and so very helpful when we had problems with our door lock.
The sauna side of things is certainly quiet with only a few thai visitors (mostly younger guys 20-30) during the week. So if you stay there with the expectation that it will be a frenzy of bodies and action like Babylon you may be disappointed. Saturday is by far the busiest night. The most popular time every day is between 7 and 9pm.
The location is great and quiet (we didnt hear any noise inside the rooms from either the street or the next room, contrary to one recent review). It is not in the busiest or most touristed part of town but getting a tuk tuk is easy either right outside or on the next street and never took more than 5 minutes. Maybe at 3am it might. It costs 80 to 100B to get to closer activities like the night bazaar and sunday market and up to about 150B to get to the other gay nightclubs & sauna. You should be aware that gay nightlife is not really crowded into one or two soi's like Bangkok or Pattata and things are relatively spread out.
As the location of C17 is on the Ping River there are mosquitos at sunrise/sunset so be prepared with some insect spray/repellent. The staff are very aware and generous with the distribution of mosquito coils. The breakfast is fine (try the pancakes - they're very special but also very filling) and the dinner menu small but quite nice dieshes. I would assume that a visitor would not necessarily want to spend all of their on the premises and would be venturing out reasonably regularly for meals/sightseeing/shopping. This area of town is near a mosque and there are quite a lot of muslim street stalls and restaurants in the area. This provides extra diversity for dining options. We discovered a small stall featuring a "Chicken Biriyani" sign immediately next to the 7-11 across the bridge and right at the first corner (very close to Holiday Inn) where the food was fantastic. We went back several times just to have chicken biryani for breakfast. This place is open about 18 hours a day as are many of the food places, except maybe on Sunday when they open a little later.
If you are looking for big smoke frenzied action this may not be your place. If you are not gay this may not be your place. For evenyone else, you should have a great, relaxing time here with beautiful and handsome staff. You will be treated like family.
- Also Known As:
- Club One Seven Chiang Mai Hotel
- Club 1 7 Chiang Mai
- Club One Seven Chiang Mai Hotel Chiang Mai
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built circa 1880, Club One Seven Chiang Mai, with its peaked roof and wide veranda porches, are a perfect example of an old-fashioned Thai style teak wood house that sits in a lush tropical garden. There's a real cozy ambiance that makes guests content to just spend time relaxing around the place particularly at one of the favored spots - overlooking the serene river. For those just looking to unwind, read a book and use up as little energy as possible, this is certainly a place to consider. Club One Seven Chiang Mai, is one of the more unusual places you will find. ... more less
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