Having read a really terrible review by an American lady I thought that the hotel must have suffered a change of management... fortunately it seems that it was simply that the reviewer had a bad start arriving just before the hotel's restaurant was closing - which is quite late - and simply allowed her frustration to bias her view of the hotel.
The showers in the cheaper rooms are the standard shower in the bath - which is very common in Thailand - but we have friends who are in their 70's who despite suffering from arthritis have not had any problems using the shower.
If you would prefer a large shower with separate bath and toilet then it will cost you more but you get much more space, lots of extra furniture and the added comfort that these extras provide.
Breakfast is always very good considering the very reasonable rates charged by the hotel.
Essentially you help yourself from several choices of main dish - usually chicken and pork with occasional fish dishes; rice, salad, toast, breakfast cereal, tea, coffee, and fruit juices and there is also a chef available to cook bacon, egg, omelette and pancakes on request.
It's great to be staying in a hotel which has two swimming pools because it means that if one pool is full the other is usually either empty or fairly quiet.
All in all the Rainforest is a great getaway at a relatively budget price and yet, the city is a short tuk tuk ride away. There is a lovely park less that a 10 minute walk away - almost opposite the train station - and a nice little noodle café just across the road.
I stay there frequently and so do many others... for most guests it is a place you don't want to leave and you are very happy to return to!
I always stay in the cheap rooms because my partner likes a balcony but I convinced her to try a week or so in one of the bigger rooms in the wing beside the old pool... believe it or not she still prefers the cheaper room because she loves to hang her washing on the balcony... I wouldn't mind but you can get your washing done locally for 20 or 30 Baht.
I've added pics of the superior room which I preferred but nagging Nom has triumphed and is happily hanging out washing on the balcony as I type :O(
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rainforest Boutique Hotel is perfectly situated in a serene area just off the main road and less than half a kilometer from the Railway Station.Our hotel allows you to take in the beauty and sounds of nature, offering a relaxing and tranquil environment, while still delivering all the amenities and facilities of larger hotels in town.Stay with us and enjoy peace and tranquility away from the noise and traffic fumes while still remaining quite close to the hustle and bustle of vibrant Chiang Mai. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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