Four nights in Aruntara proved to be a lovely stay in Chiang Mai. The hotel setting is on a main road but that does not transfer to the rooms at all. We stayed in an Elephant Suite and it was huge. Big Bathroom, huge bath and even a lounge area. Room and Mini bar serviced daily.
The room was clean, smart, contemporary with a view over the Garden and the river. We had a nice balcony and a troop of Geckos kept us entertained in the evenings. The staff in this hotel were fantastic, one even remembering my name and room number without any hesitation. Always smiling and willing to assist. The small dining area is a great watering hole for dinner or lunch but its worth noting its not a normal hotel restaurant. The menu choice is just enough and if you fancy something more substantial you can get out to the city and surrounds. The breakfast is great and sets you up for a day out and about. If you decide to stay at the hotel there are two therapy rooms for massage, etc.
Out in the Garden there is a small pool (very cold) as its at the side of the building and covered but on a hot day this is what you need. Nice area to sit out but my biggest issue was not enough beds to sit out. There are only around 10-12 and can quickly get snapped up if the suns out and its suitable for bathing. This could be a point to improve. Overall a great location to stay and if you are looking for boutique this is the answer. We will return!
- 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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