Because we went to Chiang Mai during peak season, I only managed to get Aruntara for 2 nights and moved to DusitD2 for 1 night (see my next review).
I have to say, when I walked into the main courtyard, I was totally smitten. The pictures of the hotel don't do it justice. The room was more than what I expected, it was huge and so romantic. And everything was well maintained, the amenities were all in working order. Apart from the bed being a little too hard for my liking and the hot water not working so well, I truly enjoyed my stay at Aruntara.
The staff in the hotel were excellent, from the driver to the kitchen staff, they were prompt in their service and most importantly knowledgeable. The front desk staff were especially great, always there to answer any questions and are able to arrange taxis, drivers and tours. They will even give you the estimate cost of those services.
The breakfast selection isn't big but what is available is good. The made to order omelette is my favourite, cooked to perfection!
The hotel may be a little farther away from the city but you have a fantastic view of the Mae Ping river and it's so peacefully quiet. Moreover, the city is just a short tuk tuk ride away. We walked back from the Night Bazaar one night and it took us about 20 minutes, but wouldn't recommend it as all the shops close by 9+ and the roads are empty so it's a little scary.
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay in Aruntara, so I would definitely be back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Aruntara Chiang Mai is a true treasure for hotel aficionados and the traveling cognoscenti alike. Its British colonial design is complimented by Northern Thai influences that embrace the present while respecting the past. High ceilings sit above beautiful towering teak columns traditionally crafted by Thai tradesman. Each of the luxurious guest rooms is designed to offer stylish accommodation with an expansive open-plan living area and an abundance of room to relax and unwind while glancing over Chiang Mai’s Mae Ping River. ... more less
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