The good stuff:
Pom is the happiest person in Thailand, what a treat she is.
The owner is a nice guy, gave us rides to airport and back, very nice!
Good view of the river from the pool and eating area.
Breakfast was GREAT! More then enough to eat and the omelet was yummy.
Great feel and vibe to the layout of the place.
Room and bed was comfy
Kept very clean
Areas for improvement:
Deposit of half of total stay was requested in advance via paypal. I have stayed at hundreds of hotels and this was a first. The amount was 4400 baht, I sent it and they returned an email saying they received 4195 baht towards our stay. I wrote back saying ...no, we sent 4400 baht, got a return email saying would settle it out when we get there.
Bottom line is... They want a deposit using paypal and make us/you pay the receivers fee, for us almost $7US. I brought it up again and was told we have to pay the fee. Every hotel that I have booked all over the world either take credit card or no deposit upon arrival. Especially not charge me their paypal fee, I didn't request to use it as I have credit cards. This was never disclosed... But now you know what to expect.
No TV, not a big deal but I missed knowing that somehow
They charge for the in room coffee..... Another hotel first for me.
This is pretty far from town. It's best to rent a scooter or you are going to pay 150 to 300 baht each way, no drivers would take less as they say it's far.
Owner is very nice and usually around in the evening, but not so much during the mornings. One night we asked for directions to drive scooter to, he said I will tell you in the morning at breakfast, had breakfast and he never showed up. We tried to figure it our by ourselves and couldn't. Basically wasted half a day driving to nowhere. So have your events planned ahead of time.
Book your tours too. We booked half day elephant, confirmed by email and when elephant van picked us up and took us for payment they wanted full day fee, they did settle for the half day. Upon checkout hotel had a full day on our bill as well. Lots of confusion, better to book at the many travel agents in town.
Lastly, the road noise was 24/7 and much more then expected.
Overall it's a nice place, clean and good people. Could work out just fine for many people. We would personally stay in town next time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tonnam is a traditional Thai house on the Ping River bank. The property includes 6 bungalows around an infinity edge swimming-pool and 4 bedrooms in the teak house. Each accommodation has its own private bathroom with hot water and its balcony with swimming pool and/or river view. At home, we organize Thai cooking classes and massages with professional masseuse. On your arrival, you will always be personally welcomed by the owners themselves: Cecile and Yul. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Tonnam Homestay Hotel Chiang Mai