Staying at Vanilla Place Guest House in Chiang Mai was the highlight of our 2 week Thailand adventure. The location was PERFECT and the owners really make the experience. After staying there, I am actually surprised we were lucky enough to get a reservation and when we left we told him that his new hotel would soon be very popular. Mr. Kem (the owner) picked us up from the airport (for free!) and drove us back when we departed Chiang Mai as well. He was so kind on both trips and we talked about his family and previous jobs. We even got a GIFT when we checked out!
I had told Mr. Kem before arriving in Thailand that we were interested in a trek in Chiang Mai but didn't know much about what we wanted to do and pricing and we definitely didn't want to get ripped off. He has a book at the hotel with all sorts of different trekking companies and prices that he personally has collected for his guests. He will arrange everything for you and even give his opinion (good or bad of the trek company), even though he wasn't getting any sort of commission. He's just an honest, genuine hotel owner trying to make sure his guests have an amazing experience. When we were deciding between 2 treks, we asked him for his advice and he gave us a very honest answer.
Upon arrival (the hotel smells like vanilla, which was nice!), the owners gave us a map and asked us what we liked to eat. He drew on the map where all of the good restaurants are and where all of the "not so good Thai food and over-priced!" restaurants are. He definitely recommended some amazing places and yummy stalls.
Free breakfast is included and they will offer it to you whenever you get up, no set times. It was decent sized - toast, peanut butter, jellies, juices, fruit, tea, and pastries. Every time you walk down to the lobby, you are greeted personally and with big smiles.
The owners would also help you negotiate tuk-tuk, red truck, or taxi fares. He was constantly telling us that tourists are easily ripped off in Chiang Mai, so he always told us how much to expect to pay. He would come out on the street with us and negotiate in Thai. What a blessing it was and a money-saver!
The rooms are good size; we had a queen bed (we were on the street side which is slightly loud at times, but everywhere in Chiang Mai is from what I have read), tv, phone, refrigerator, AC, fan, and nice bathroom with warm water of course. We were also given 2 free bottles of water every day. The bed was comfortable enough, though slightly firm.
The owners really do make this hotel great. It is a very nice accommodation, great location (on river, walking distance to night markets), and amazing value considering how hard the owners work to make sure your stay is perfect. Mr. Kem will save you money in the long run what with his dining advice, trek advice, and tuk-tuk negotiations. We want to go back to Thailand just to stay at this hotel again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Vanilla place a boutique guesthouse located at the heart of Chiangmai. Our 15 beautifully decorated rooms can offer you the convenience and comfort like you are living in your own house. All rooms are fully furnished with teak wood. Night Bazaar is around 5 minutes walk and we're also close to all tourism areas such as Anusarn market, Ta Pae and Rim Ping, which can be reached very easily. Warm welcome is awaiting for you! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Vanilla Place Guest House Hotel Chiang Mai
- Vanilla Place Hotel
- Vanilla Place Chiang Mai