Just left The Dome Residence after 6 weeks there and liked it. Have to say up front we are not high maintenance people and prefer to be left alone to do our own thing.
One of the best things about the Dome is the location. We could walk to just about everything! The zoo was only about 25 minutes walk, the center of old town was about the same - we walk briskly. The brand new Maya mall (with food court downstairs) was about 5-10 minutes walking west and so was Kad Suan Kaew walking east (3 food courts and night food market out front 5 nights a week and a supermarket downstairs). Since we don't speak Thai it was great to be able to tell a songtao or tuk tuk driver we wanted to go to Kad Suan Kaew and everyone knew where it was! Also, since we were just off Huay Kaew there were tons of songtao whizzing past all the time. I'd think the further you are off of a large street the more difficult to convince a driver to take you there or to find one driving past.
We thought The Dome was very quiet resident-wise. I read someone say the halls were dark - how could it be when the entire center of the building is one big atrium with a opaque ceiling! We were on the 7th floor so perhaps the lower floors were darker but we could see all the way down to the garden on the bottom floor. Some folks did slam their doors but wasn't anything you couldn't forgive, right? OK, there is traffic noise but it was because we had the room overlooking the busy street and Doi Suthep on the hill. We liked the view and watching the traffic so that was the compromise we had to make - we slept with the balcony doors opened but if you closed them it got quiet. One thing to mention with any place you choose, be aware of the sun direction because certain sides of buildings are much cooler than others, but that's not a flaw of the Dome it goes for everywhere.
The actual room doesn't have many amenities. We had a deluxe room so it was bigger than the basic room but all there was inside was - a double bed, an armoire, 2 night stands, a built-in desk with one chair (asked for another, no problem), wide screen TV and a fridge. I read other reviewers mention microwaves, we didn't have any nor any other kitchen equipment. Oh, we had one plate and 2 glasses. Got a few supplies at the Central Dept. store to round things out. But I'd suggest buying any short term living supplies at a number of small shops that are meant just for people like you. They have everything needed, laundry baskets, dinnerware, storage supplies, detergent, etc. We also bought a light socket on a long cord and a light bulb and mounted it in place with a Command Strip plastic hook. I like things bright!
Important for me was that there were no bugs, the drains were quick, the shower was hot, the air con worked great. BTW the total electrical use for us for 6 weeks was about 38 cents usd per day but we didn't use the aircon but did have our computers on all the time. OK, they do ask an extra fee for a second computer but it's only 50 cents a day and the connection was really strong. There are two elevators in the building and both were quick and we never had to wait more than a few seconds till one arrived.
We never asked much of the front desk crew but there is one lady in particular who speaks really good English. The others not so much but we just kept our questions until we saw this lady.
Just to let you know, a new building is going up about a block away but we weren't bothered by the noise. They begin work around 8:00 am or later and quit around 4:00-ish. We were out of our room for most of the day anyhow and it was fun to watch the progress and definitely not a bother.
If we were to stay in Chiang Mai again we would definitely be happy to stay at The Dome. People unhappy with places always say, "I found a much better place and cheaper, too!" well, would you mind telling us where that is??
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