I booked this boutique hotel because the previous reviewers said it was quiet and they were dead on the money. Speaking of money, we got the place at a half price rate on their website special. I'm reviewing it as such. If you're looking at the full price rate, it may be worth seriously considering what you want in your stay and shopping around.
We stayed in the White Elephant Suite on the third floor for 8 days and I can honestly say noise was not a problem once even though the hotel is situated next to a busy road and local housing with the usual roosters and dogs.
The view of the Ping River was nice, as were the hotel grounds. Our suite was a comfortable size, the usual hotel room and the balcony was generous. The beds are hard. If that's your thing then great, if it's not, you may have a few problems adjusting. Personally I would prefer a harder bed than the more saggy variety I have experienced in high end hotels in the past, the Mandarin Oriental being one of them.
The pool area is small so if you're looking at swimming and lounging during your stay for more than a few hours, I'd suggest somewhere else. That said, it is quite lovely to swim in the small nature of the hotel means that you are never surrounded by too many people when you swim, if any. (I should note we visited in July)
Although the hotel information states that it is 15 minutes out of the old city, we managed to easily make it there in under ten every day via tuk tuk. The staff were brilliant, really helpful from reception to the spa which was surprisingly good.
Breakfast was small but well done with all the usual suspects, cereal, croissants, noodles or fried rice, fruit and bacon, eggs or an omelette on offer. Overall I was satisfied. It's not as good as some but still well done and, let's face it, you're in Chiang Mai, you don't want to fill up on breakfast, you want to eat out as much as possible.
My only main two criticisms are the restaurant during the rest of the day. We were really uninspired by the food. It's seriously much better to leave the hotel and go into the city where there are so many much better options. Also, each table features flower arrangements which were left to die slowly over the course of the eight days we were there instead of being replaced. A tiny thing but worth noting if that kind of thing bugs you.
All in all, if you're looking for a quiet place to relax after touring, eating out and sight seeing, stay here.
- 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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