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Banilah
Ranked #36 of 834 Chiang Mai B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 22 September 2011

Just came back from Chiangmai, stayed in Banilah for 5 nights. Love the place and the people there so much. The manager, Ob is a great lady, who showed us a detail map and tell us where to go, how to save money on the trip, which cafe or restaurant is good and so on... and we had good chats everyday!
The guesthouse doens't serve breakfast, but they sell very good coffee. You can bring your own food and enjoy their coffee at the lobby. Don't have to worry about food, a local market and some small restaurants are just 5-10 mins walking distance. What I love about this location is it is not too far away from "Old city" yet it is not a foreigner place. You can't find much foreigner bars and restaurants nearby, but mostly local market and shops.
The room itself is good as it only cost about USD15 for an air-conditioned room with private bathroom. But it will be good if you bring your own little thermo flask with you as you can't boil hot water in the room, but you can get free hot water from the lobby. Also, bring your own hair dryer as well. They will give you one lovely handmade soap everyday, which smells really good. I bring home some as a souvenir.
They have plenty of cats walking around, but it won't bother you much as they normally sleep at a corner, so those who are afraid of cats no need to worry.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 August 2011

Cat-lovers would definitely like this guesthouse cos there are cats everywhere-real cats, stone cats, wooden cats...on the tables, by the pond, under the trees etc. They are like playing hide-and-seek with the guests here.

Pay only 500 baht a night, you get:
-an air-conditioned/fan room with private bath
-a cable TV
-a comfy bed
-free & fast wifi internet access
-two free big bottles of drinking water
-a little handmade Ylang-Ylang soaps
-free use of computers in the lobby
-personalized service by the staffs

Cheap & delicious chicken rice restaurant is just around the corner. For breakfast, the Na Na Coffee Corner nearby will be a great choice, especially for coffee, croissant & muffin lovers.

Local market, 7-11, mini marts, pubs, massage, beef noodle & spicy noodle shops & stalls, night food market are all within walking distance.

However you will have to get a tuk-tuk or song thaew to go to the old city, night bazaar & the famous Nimmanhaemin Road and Charoenrat Road. The fare is around 60-80 baht.

Conclusion: Banilah, a cozy place to stay in.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank AngChiaLing
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Reviewed 19 August 2011

Stayed here for 5 nights in mid august and found it to be great apart from a couple of key things that let it down...

There are a number of good things about Banilah...firstly the staff. Much like other reviewers have mentioned we were sat down on arrival for about 20 mins by one of the girls who runs the place and given a number of maps of the immediate and wider area and loads of helpful advice on places to eat and things to see/do. They were also happy to help arrange days out - we did flight of the gibbon and a cooking course - and tuk tuks into the centre of Chiang Mai. The guesthouse itself is nicely decorated and pleasant to be around (and very reasonable at 500b a night) save for a couple of things...

Firstly the location. Basically there are no restaurants in reasonable walking distance. There is a tesco lotus just round the corner and food being sold on the street nearby but nowhere to relax and have a meal. You need to take a tuk tuk into town which will cost about 60-100b. Obviously this isnt going to break the bank but it adds up and could be spent on a more expensive guest house by Thapae Gate or the river where there are loads of places to eat/drink. The only other problem is the bathroom. It is a pretty standard bathroom for the price range except for the fact that it is outside. You have to step out onto your tiny balcony to access it. Not a problem most of the time but not great after nightfall and when the mosquitos are out in force. Might not be an issue to alot of people but made me and my other half a little uncomfortable.

If a few tuk tuk rides a day and the bathroom situation dont bother you then I would wholeheartedly recommend Banilah but if i were to return to Chiang Mai id stay more centrally.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank doedeer
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Reviewed 2 July 2011

This is a great guest house! I highly highly recommend it! The staff are amazing and will help you book anything and show you on a home made map where to go. The rooms are very nice and the price is great. Location is very good as well. Can't go wrong.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 4 June 2011

There's a lot hotel in Chiang Mai, from 100-10000 Baht
How to choose your best one, you have to make a decision for price range first
We stayed this one for 6 days, almost one week
What we choose this one, we consider location, price and facility, of course review
This Hotel is really worth the price, We stay at 500Baht with air condition per night
We like the room very well, the design and service is fantastic, especially the night security guide. He take care of our motor and always smile to us
Everyday they have room service to set your bed sheets & blanket, refill shampoo, water
You feel like stay a 4star Hotel. they take care of what you want
I sincerely recommend this hotel to everyone

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank JudyBUBU
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Reviewed 22 May 2011

Yes, the room is a bit cramped, the bathroom is separate from the room (on the terrace) but so what!? I really couldn't complain for 500 baht a night. Here's what 500 baht can give you:

- Airconditioned room with cable TV
-Comfy bed
-Really fast wi-fi internet that was free
-Free giant bottles of water
-Little handmade soaps that smelled great
-Free use of the computer in the lobby.
-Personalized service by the staff (great recommendation on the best khao soi in Chiang Mai)
-Staff can arrange tuktuk for you

For such a small guesthouse, they have a great design aesthetic. I'm not a cat lover but the feline theme they had was actually cute. The real cats who were well-behaved made the place very homey. They play great music too that adds to their cool vibe. Banilah doesn't serve real meals so just take a walk to the nearby 7-11 and Tesco Lotus Express (really good and cheap microwavable food!) With its offbeat location, Banilah is really a great place for relaxation.

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank cargog
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Reviewed 1 April 2011

Would recommend this place to all. The staff are really lovely and are so keen to help where they can. Rooms are cute and comfortable and the place itself is modern with plenty of authentic charm. Only down fall is that it's a little out of town, but only encourages you to explore the wonderful city of Chiang Mai.

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  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Jenjulah
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Address: 11 Sotesueksa Road | Changphuek Subdistrict, Chiang Mai 50300, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Chiang Mai Province > Chiang Mai
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #36 of 834 B&Bs / Inns in Chiang Mai
Price Range: £9 - £16 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Banilah 3*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Chiang Mai and warm welcome to Banilah guest house. Banilah has renovated a building and transformed it into a unique style, comfortable, eye-pleasing fusion with Lanna senses. The combinations of Lanna arts and modern designs will penetrate through your please and touch your heart. You will value your relaxation time more than ever at Banilah. Banilah offers more than what you've expected for what you pay. All of our rooms are decorated with boutique and unique stye, with en-suite bathroom. ... more   less 
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