We stayed this year March 2013. This hotel has in it the spirit of Chiang Mai : serenity, gentleness, respect and a friendliness. Its a small place but with no compromise on four star quality. Despite the fact that it does not have lot many storey levels, the elevator was excellent.
Beautiful wood work using a dark sturdy wood, probably walnut or teak wood. Rooms are decorated tastefully, supplied with all amenities. A very palatable natural smell is all around. I especially remember the greeting drink. I forgot to ask what it was but it was very smooth and aromatic.
A good medium range working breakfast with fresh fruits (we had water melons and pineapples the most). The tea served at breakfast was relatively light and aromatic. My wife used two tea bags to make it stronger while i liked the way it was. Breakfast is served in the back yard, which is connected with the lawn and the pool. Lawn is lush green with some big trees and lots of different herbs and flowers. There is a small open worship place at the end of it. The lawn stretches out to the river that flows just a few meters away from where the grass ends. A brief staircase goes down to the river.
My wife fell ill on the last day of our five days stay. Hotel staff took us to the nearest hospital and then brought us back. They were really concerned about her health. The whole experience of Chiang Mai was out of this world into an entirely new mythical one. And now that i am back home with all those memories distant and evanescent every passing day, Hotel Arun Tara has become for me the place where i would like to see myself in a good dream.
Sharmeen Shahid/Abdul Rehman
- 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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