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The Royal Guest House
Ranked #251 of 383 Hotels in Chiang Mai
Granville Ferry, Nova Scotia
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“Ambience: 2 star; service: 5 star”
Reviewed 25 February 2012

We arrived hot and tired from a long bus trip and were greeted with a big smile and a choice of rooms in this funky crumbling hotel with seven floors and no lift. After settling for a room on the third floor that smelled the freshest, my husband realized his computer bag was nowhere to be seen. We galloped downstairs to see if it was in the lobby. No! The smiling receptionist noticed our distress, and after we explained the problem, she showed my husband the CCTV of the lobby. There we were with bags but no computer. Ergo we had left it in the songthaew from the bus station. She then put in a call to the bus station and managed to get the driver's name and number. Soon my husband was happily reunited with his machine.

So while our room had seen better days, and we would not have been surprised to see the cast of 'Hair' appear in the lobby, with young guitar playing backpackers sitting among the potted palms and by the tiny pool, the service went beyond the call of duty and the beer was ice cold.

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Reviewed 4 February 2012

When we arrived at the Royal Guest house we were met by a very rude receptionist who became even more hostile when we asked to change rooms as we had paid double for the deluxe and got the same room as our friends (staying in the cheap room) to which the initial response was "all rooms are the same"
We eventually got moved to our deluxe room which was fine for the price of the hotel.. But the bathroom was very disappointing, the door had mold from top to bottom and was breaking apart at the bottom, the shower flooded the bathroom and the water smelled like egg! All in all I would opt for a newer guest house as it is very run down!

  • Stayed February 2012
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Den Bosch, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 1 February 2012

For every budget. When we arrived we paid about 500 thb for a room on the first floor with private bath. Room was not special but reception, restaurant and pool were great. Second night we stayed on the 7th night in a basic room with shared bathroom for only 150 baht. Still free WIFI and a refreshing pool on a short walk (5min) from the center. Would definitely go back there!

Room Tip: Cheap is 7th floor but NO lift and just the basic! lower floor are more expensive and okay.
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Bangkok, Thailand
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Reviewed 6 January 2012

The room was basic and on floor 2 the Lanna room.
The area was good mid range between the bar area and the night Bazaar markets.

Room Tip: Good area not far from food, fun and bargains
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 January 2012

We arrived late in chiang Mai after our bus broke down of the side of the highway (think a giant bus wheel with a completely cracked rim - yikes!). We befriended a few others on the bus who were from various countries, Korea, china, Japan. Together we boarded a tuk tuk and asked to be taken to a reasonable guesthouse. Behold how we discovered royal guesthouse. As the others say, it is quite charming. Honesty its a bit run down and stuck in the 50s but the amenities are up to Thai standards for a 350 baht room in high season. (We took fan only with an in room toilet). The service is top - we booked two day trips with ease at the front desk - one to ride elephants and go rafting, the other to chiang rai for a day. Definitely negotiate these prices! The breakfast was yemmy and available from 7am, and the bar stayed open late. Nothing like a 2 am watermelon shake!

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Varese, Italy
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Reviewed 20 November 2011

I was in this guesthouse in November 2011. The guesthouse is a very tall building placed near Tha Phae Gate. The staff was super friendly and breakfast quite good. The rooms are big, with Hot water, TV, Air-Con, free bottles of water. Said this, the rooms need a refresh and I think that could be nice some works, especially in the bathrooms. But the guesthouse is still a very good value for the money.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled solo
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 October 2011

Backpacking through Thailand? A room here on the seventh floor (99 steps, no elevator, feel the burn!) with a big bed and a ceiling fan will set you back 150 baht (low season). Bargain! There were 2 communal bathrooms on our floor where one of the showers was hot. The pool at the front of the guest house was a pleasure to cool off in after a hard day's trekking and is cleaned daily in the morning. Laundry service was extremely efficient & the staff were friendly. Guest toilets on ground floor had loo roll and were clean and tidy. Have to say we weren't impressed with the food so we went out for dinner, not a prob as so many places around. The downstairs is mossie heaven so slap the 95% deet on. There is a tv down there (and free wifi for those with own electronics). Very close to the centre so expect street noise & karaoke at night.

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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Royal Guest House
Address: Kothchasarn Rd. Soi 4 T.ChangKarn | A.Muang, Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Chiang Mai Province > Chiang Mai
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #251 of 383 Hotels in Chiang Mai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — The Royal Guest House 2*
Number of rooms: 70
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Royal guesthouse Chiangmai is only five minutes away from Thapae gate. It has over 70 rooms (air-conditioned and fan). A swimming pool and wifi are available for free. We have a restaurant and bar than serve all-day American breakfast as well as local dishes. Tour booking can be made at the lobby (e.g., one day trekking, elephant riding, bungee jumping). Motorbikes and cars rental is also provided. Although there is no elevator, you will find better views on the higher floors overlooking Doi Suthep temple. Friendly and helpful staff are here to make sure you enjoy your stay 24/7. One guest summarized our strengths as "good Price, Place (location), and Pool". We agree and call it "3Ps". Follow us on our FB page: Chiangmai Royal guesthouse ... more   less 
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