2 weeks here and we felt like we were living in our own private Mansion. Only 5 minutes in tuk-tuk to the busy Old City (about 60 Baht) meant that we could do all the Tourist-y bits without the grime of living amongst it. The Hotel is absolutely serene, a feast for the eyes, and brilliantly located on the river, with huge sacred trees on the other shore. There are 3 sizes of rooms, deluxe ground floor have patio, upstairs more natural light, take your pick. Elephant (very spacious) and White Elephant suites (river views) are fabulous, worth the extra, ask for rate and availability. Pool is Italian glass mosaic, shallow, luxurious, perfect for laps and chilling in (can be a bit cool during Dry season). Restaurant area is open, breezy, stylish, with lovely staff, everyone. Food is affordable, mix of Thai and Western. Breakfasts are simple and coffee is really good :) There is a separate pavilion, The Tearoon, that was used for a small conference whilst we were there, hopefully it will be available to relax in next time. The overall feeling is like your own private residence, not at all big, impersonal, brash. Aruntara is a favourite venue for Chiang Mai socialite weddings by the way... We are returning in April, having searched around Chiang Mai for something comparable - not at this price! Oh, and make sure you get a massage from ?Mat? at the Spa - an ex-kick boxer, she will make you brand new!
- 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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