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“Awesome hotel! Real gem!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Aruntara Riverside Boutique Hotel

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Aruntara Riverside Boutique Hotel
Ranked #34 of 374 Hotels in Chiang Mai
Certificate of Excellence
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Awesome hotel! Real gem!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2009

Aruntara really exceeded our expectations. This hotel was newly renovated: the facility is just gorgous and the service was awesome. The pictures don't do justice to this place. It is way better than the pictures. The hotel is 3 minutes of tuk-tuk drive from the night bazzar. The hotel has a nice shuttle to the bazzar. When we stayed there the first two nights there were no guests but us. Strange, but really quiet. We stayed in a regular room; we saw the suites, but the regular room was so good that we didn't feel a need to upgarde.

Here is some info:
PROS:
Beutiful facility; beutiful rooms (5 star level)
great service
good location (not inside the craziness of the night bazar, but within 3 mins drive)
very clean; great bath and shower (all new and beutiful)
CONS
The breakfast was suitable for Thai size people. No buffet; you choose your dish and they make it for you, but the portion was not great for big people like us (standard USA size).

I can't wait to get back there.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2009

Stayed 3 nights - Hotel was not busy at all (not sure why - low season I suppose). Staff was extremely attentive and hotel had every amenity you would need. Boutique hotel design is calming & peaceful, room was a nice size, room lay out was perfect, fruits in the room at arrival, loved the lemon grass shampoos/lotions/conditioner, spa massage was great, breakfast was filling. I recommend this to anyone going to chaing mai whether for work or holiday.

The only problem is it is a little ways from the city center - but a tuktuk only costs $2, so it really shouldn't be a big deal. Be sure to let the front desk know if you need a taxi - they will call ahead for you.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2009

We stayed only two nights in the Aruntara but would have stayed longer if we had known how nice and good value it was; we paid $80 with breakfast in high season! The Aruntara is Asian chic decor with good use of whites, woods and silk. It is newly built featuring nice bathrooms separate tub and rain shower with designer fancy glazed tiles, big nice LCD TV with remote control and DVD. The rooms are quiet with black out draperies for a good nights sleep. Everything was super clean, big new towels and lovely light robes. The restaurant served excellent quality food with nice presentation and taste. The landscaping is good taste, with a peaceful beautiful look and feel. The management, hotel front desk and restaurant manager were eager to please. We got the airport pickup which was perfect in a nice new van with water waiting for us.
In Chaing Mai you are out all the time at the markets and activities and nice spas for better value than the hotels so there is no need to pay for the extras of a 5 star hotel. It is a little out of the center but better because it is quieter and cleaner air...still easy to get anywhere by tuk tuk.

  • Liked — Clean, Beautifully designed and nice bathrooms, Quiet, Great Value
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed January 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Property: Aruntara Riverside Boutique Hotel
Address: 351 / 1 Charoen Prathet Road | T Changklan, A Muang, Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Chiang Mai Province > Chiang Mai
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #34 of 374 Hotels in Chiang Mai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Aruntara Riverside Boutique Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 28
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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