I stayed here with my partner for new year's eve 2009. The hotel is very much in the city, right on the road and not outside the city limits like how I imagined it to be. It's in a residential area of sorts and is about 2-3 kms away from the famous night bazaar of Chiang Mai. We took a share taxi from the airport and the guy found the place without any problems.
The room (314) was very comfortable. Minus points for not providing soap bar(soap gel provided in shower, bath and basin area) and some basic toiletries like toothbrush, toothpaste etc. Luckily there were showercaps provided! The room was clean and comfortable and very spacious with a tub and a shower, both in separate areas.
The bed seemed hard but turned out to be super comfortable, and the pillows were super nice too, best ones I have ever slept on in a hotel.
The staff of the hotel were extremely helpful and do try to go out of their way to be as useful as possible. The airline misplaced my baggage and they helped me by calling them whenever I asked them to, and spoke the concerned people to convey my message in Thai. The receptionist also wrote out the word 'vegetarian food' for me in Thai, on my request; to make it easier for me to ask shops if they served veggie food. That was indeed very useful.
They also gave us the name and address of the hotel in Thai which made life easier when trying to find our way back to the hotel.
There are lots of share taxis(red pick up trucks with the back converted into seating area with hard tops) that pass in front of the hotel and we mostly used those to get to the night market and other places in the city from the hotel. Tuk Tuks were also easy to get. You can bargain for both.
Only drawback was the gala dinner that the hotel organised for New Year's Eve. The food was a disappointment, not much of a spread. The entertainment was average.
Breakfast was included in the price of the room for us and was good. Not a big spread but fairly good quality. The fried rice was tasty. We didn't eat any other meal at the hotel. There was free wi-fi in the rooms and a dvd player also along with a flat screen tv.
I want to mention that there is a Thai massage parlour about 1 minute from the hotel. when you walk out of the hotel, turn right and walk on the foot path, on the same side of the road as the hotel and look out for a sign saying Thai massage on the right. The sign is a cloth banner with the rates for the various massages the lady offers. My partner and I had a Thai massage and all my aches and pains vanished! The lady's prices are cheaper than the city and she is good. Do try her if you have time. I have posted a pic of the massage center with the banner, taken from the road.
There is a small pool in the garden area tucked away but didn't try it as it was the temperature was too cold for me.
All in all, we enjoyed our stay at Aruntara. A good hotel to try.
- 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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