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Reviewed 18 October 2011

Smith Residence gets my "ok" rating. I have stayed in quite a few places in Thailand and it is convenient as a long term apartment type rental.

We rented the one bedroom suite for one month and were placed on the top (8th) floor.

The rooms are somewhat like the photos but expect "modern on a budget". Even by Thai standards. It's starting to show some wear but it was nice and clean. I will admit, I was disappointed compared to what I saw on the website.

The kitchenette wasn't very well appointed making it not very practical for cooking. Not even a kettle to boil water in. This was advertised as a service apartment so I expected more of what I needed to live a long stay life. Two cups, two plates, a frying pan, hot plate and microwave are pretty slim. Definitely not family friendly. No bottle water provided so be sure to bring your own.

The room size is nice and big and this unit had two bathrooms...one off of the bedroom with a full bathtub/shower (with shower curtain), and a guest half bath off of the balcony. Only two towels provided which is a little tough if you expect to use the pool. Fresh linens and towels were provided twice a week (although I had to remind them on two occasions during the month). No soap, shampoo or toilet paper....bring your own.

Air conditioning worked well. There is a separate unit in the bedroom which is nice. Electricity was extra on a monthly rental (not sure how it works for daily).

Probably the biggest draw-back to Smith Residence is that the walls are very thin and I could constantly hear the TV or people speaking in the next room (almost like they were in an adjacent bedroom).

The pool is quite small but clean with nice views of the city. The work out room has some basic adequate equipment...nothing special...one treadmill, eliptical, uni-gym and a couple stationary bikes. No AC though so you work up a good sweat.

The location... depending on what you're here for, it can be good or bad. It isn't really near anything so if you're here to do the tourist thing, be prepared to constantly paying for red car or walking a lot. If you're looking to live like a Thai in a Thai neighbourhood (there is authentic Thai street food at the night market very close - Chiang Mai Gate), you may like this place. The large grocery stores are a loooong way away (walkable but not with bags full of food and beverages). However, you can find most necessities (TP, Water, Beer ;)) for good prices at the Tesco Express a block away.

The staff were ok. Not really doing anything special for you but always available to answer questions with a smile. The reservation process needs work. I e-mailed them to ask for a suite and could never get a solid confirmation on whether I had a reservation or not. I'm assuming this was a language barrier. I did, thankfully, have my requested non-smoking suite when I arrived. They only accept cash for payment and I had to put up a full additional month of rent for deposit.

All in all, Ok place. Would I return? Maybe...it depends on what I'm in town for.

Pros: clean, large rooms, good AC, true non-smoking room, Thai street food.
Cons: insufficient room amenities, location could be tough for some, noisy, mediocre service.

Room Tip: Getting around the main town of Chiang Mai is easy and cheap once you know how. Flag down a red pickup truck as they approach and say your destination...if you get a nod... just get in the truck and it'll be 20 baht for each person. If you're going over the Ping river or to the airport, expect the price to be higher. Still a cheap, convenient way to get around. Don't bother with the trucks that are parked...they will charge you more... flag down one that is moving.
  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled on business
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10  Thank Mowgus
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Reviewed 6 August 2011

July is kind of hot so its great to stay on a place that has a pool. The rooms are spacious and cleaned daily. The decor is a bit sparse, but they have nice bathrooms and its all tiles and modern.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled solo
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5  Thank bluewrenrest
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Reviewed 20 June 2011

My husband and I stayed in a 1 bedroom apartment on the 8th floor for 2 months.

The apartment has modern decor, a small kitchen with hot plates and microwave, decent sized refrigerator with icebox, good bathroom, extra toilet, large comfy bed. LCD TV, aircon x2, DVD/CD player, electronic safe. Good sized wardrobe too. Great pool on the roof.

Apartment was well cleaned twice per week with new bedding, bathrooms cleaned, surfaces wiped, floors vacuumed and washed.

We had a view of the city, apartments on the other side of the corridor looked towards Doi Suthep - but they are 19000 bath per month.

Fast and STABLE onternet is exceptionally important to us as we need it for work and study. Happy to report that Smiths wired and wireless internet (which came free with the apt) was both speedy and reliable. We never had problems with our voip/skype calls. It just worked. It also had a 4 seat dining table from which to work.

There's a shop, a smiley laundry lady (40bt per kg), and a Thai restaurant downstairs. Food at the restaurant was ok - except for their curry - which was yuk. You can just call 102 and they will deliver food to your room.

Location is good with Chiang Mai Gate market at the end of the road. Of the nearby restaurants Ciccia's House restaurant 50 metres down the road is the best. It serves excellent Thai and Italian food.
It's an easy walk to bars and restaurants inside the Old City. It's easy to find tuk tuks and songthaews to take you futher a field.

If you rent a bicycle or motorbike, or even car, Smith has plenty of parking space.

Only downsides were that the walls are pretty thin, so noisy neighbours can be a problem. And (english) TV channels are limited to 3 movie channels, Al Jazeera, CNN, and AXN. Discovery Channel, Nat Geo etc would have been good to have.

At 18000 baht plus water + power its not cheap by Chiang Mai standards, but given the location and everything I've said above it is a really good, safe, pleasant place to live.
If we come back to Chiang Mai we would definitely stay at the Smith again.

Room Tip: Go for a 1 bedroom apt
  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank vickie710
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Reviewed 13 June 2011

I was paying < 600BHT a night for a nice sized room with little balcony.

There's a good restaraunt in the lobby with reasonably priced meals, a convenience store too, and laundry in the car park. Pretty much everything u need is in the complex.

Cheap wifi internet is also available.

Staff were firendly and helpful.

Your an easy walk to the markets near the CM central gate. Plenty of tasty meals to buy there.

I'd def stay here if I get back to CM.

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled solo
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2  Thank sydboy07
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Reviewed 11 May 2011

I've stayed at Smith Residence three times over the past four years, each time staying for about one month. The staff are friendly and helpful and the place is always very clean and I would say that it is a good value except for one MAJOR problem -- noise. The building is cramped between two busy streets with constant traffic. There is construction going on next door, a motorcycle repair shop right across the street (they love to rev up the bikes at all hours of the day and night), a hospital nearby with a lot of ambulance traffic, and the neighborhood is overrun with yelping dogs that never shut up. It's too bad, since this is such a clean and well-managed apartment. But I will never stay here again.

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled solo
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4  Thank Thaimeup05
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