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“Beautiful Colonial style building, quiet atmosphere, cozy and clean”

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Ping Nakara Boutique Hotel & Spa
Ranked #6 of 393 Hotels in Chiang Mai
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 28 January 2013

Ping Nakara is a lovely and quiet place, clean and cozy, like staying at home.
It's not a hi-class service, but they try their best to serve us. Daily complimentary mini-bar, more than enough bottles of water in room, things in bathroom are refilled every time we used.

The location is a little out of town, but not too far, still can walk to some attractions or use red local taxi or Tuk-tuk to go to anywhere you would like. Anyway, the fare for taxi in Chiangmai is a bit high. You should ask about the price of your destination and do a little bargain before you get in.

Overall, it's a nice place to stay if you like quiet and cozy atmosphere.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 28 January 2013

Very beautiful hotel, love the decor and the pool. Location is good, with a lovely temple next door. A little outside of the city, but easily accessible with the various transportation choices. Chiangmai is a lovely place, but very hot during the day even in Jan and a little dirty which is disappointing. PN served like a cool oasis for us to retreat from the heat. Breakfast is good including small but nice buffet and hot dishes from menu, which can be improved. Very happy with the experience, would be happy to come back.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 January 2013

This is a wonderful boutique hotel and well deserving of its trip advisor ratings. The front desk staff were great and the rooms lovely. The only minor blemish is the less than stellar service at the bar and, to a lesser extent, the restaurant. The bar attendant should be seeking out guests and asking them what they want, rather than the guests having to look for him, even at happy hour. Similarly the restaurant, which was better than the bar service, but could still use improvement with respect to service. Other than that, the experience was great.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled solo
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ChairatPingNakara, Owner at Ping Nakara Boutique Hotel & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 29 January 2013

Dear Guest,
We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us, and thank you for your comments. Your thoughts about our restaurant service were timely, and we would like you to know we are acting on them. We are retraining our team leader and staff to provide prompt service, yet not intrusive. And, we are now establishing our former level of good service.
Kind regards,
Chairat

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Reviewed 18 January 2013

Wonderful stay over the Christmas period (Dec 22-26). We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this unique Hotel, to escape from the madness of the City Centre. The staff, food, spa, rooms and accommodation were excellent! We all hope to return in the near future.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 January 2013

Ping Nakara is a very classy hotel with an ambience from a bygone era. It is small and the advantages of this are; they known your room number when you approach the reception for your key, they remember your coffee order at breakfast, and the delicious hot breakfasts are cooked to order. The pool and its surrounds are quiet and relaxing and there is no competition for the day beds. The hotel is a short walk to the Night Bazaar and a 5 minute tuk tuk to the town centre. The hotel is also well known and so the taxi, red taxi and tuk tuk drivers get you back to the hotel with no problems.
I had read some comments about the noise from the road, and this is true but only on a weekday and for a short period in the morning for those rooms that back onto the road. Our stay was for almost a week and by the end we didn't really notice it. The weekends were much quieter. For the lighter sleepers or those who like to sleep in, I had members of my family stay in the rooms at the back of the hotel, facing towards the river (no river view). So if this concerns you ask for the following rooms and you will not hear the traffic; Rms 201, 202, 209, 210 or on the third floor, 301, 302, 309, 310. Please note these rooms will not have balconies overlooking the pool.
We also had a room with the entry into the bathroom. Once you get over the design shock, it works ok, but we did use the 'do not disturb' sign when using the bathroom in case housekeeping turned up. What it means though is that the balcony is the full length of the room (Royal Grande Deluxe). Loved the free mini bar, just a little touch but makes a big difference.
Overall a beautiful hotel with great service for a luxurious stay in Chiang Mai.

Room Tip: For a balcony with view of the pool and courtyard ask for rooms 204-208 or 304-308. For quieter room...
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  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with family
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ChairatPingNakara, Owner at Ping Nakara Boutique Hotel & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 20 January 2013

Dear Guest,
Thank you very much for such a detailed and positive review of our hotel. We want each guest to have a wonderful memory of our place and of Chiang Mai, and your comments confirm that we are on the right path. A small thing, but for additional privacy and security, in addition to the ‘’Do Not Disturb’’ sign, guests can chain the room door so no one can enter. And for peace of mind, all of our Housekeeping staff is well trained to not enter a room without knocking and calling out ‘’housekeeping’’. We hope you will come back to stay with us sometime in the future, and wish you happy travels.
Kind regards,
Chairat

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Reviewed 16 January 2013

We were exteremely impressed by this gorgeous hotel. We had the road facing- room, but found that the noise was not an issue. Briefly, this is what we loved - :

- In the lead- up to our arrival, we had to make many changes to our reservation (in terms of the number of people in our party, beds required, timing, transfers etc). All emails were answered promptly and efficiently, and our arrival was smooth.

- We also had to be up very early during our trip such that we missed breakfast - the staff prepared breakfast boxes for us at no extra cost, and helped us to arrange for reliable taxis. We paid a little more for the cars/cabs but it was safe, the drivers non-threatening, and as a pair of women travellers, we really appreciated this.

- Free stuff in the minibar! This was very pleasant, and left us feeling like we hadn't been ripped off (the way most hotels overcharge for these things)

- Really nice rainshower in the bathrooms

-The spa is extremely reasonably priced and at a standard equal to a number of high end spas I've been to around the world. The receptionist even did a free ayurvedic consult for us, even though this wasn't part of our massage.

If I had to be negative, the food in the hotel restaurant isn't amazing, but the city is full of great food, so that's not a problem at all. All in all, the property is mind blowingly beautiful, and the service top notch. I'd highly recommend it.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 15 January 2013

My wife, stepson (16) and I visited the Chiang Mai for 4 nights arriving on Boxing Day 2012, and we absolutely loved this hotel, the building is beautiful, the interior design is well thought out giving it a cool relaxing feel. The room we stayed in was fabulous; a great size room overlooking the pool area, and the complementary drinks in the fridge was a nice touch. The pool area is nice and peaceful and great place to relax and unwind after a day visiting the temples and local villages. The food is superb, we had breakfast there each morning and wasn’t disappointed, we also had lunch and dinner in the hotel on a number of occasions and cannot fault the quality one bit. The service the whole time we were there was excellent form the moment we arrived to when we left; this is definitely a hotel that prides itself on making their guest feel welcome and special.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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Address: 135/9 Charoenprathet Road | Changklan, Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Chiang Mai Province > Chiang Mai
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in Chiang Mai
#3 Family Hotel in Chiang Mai
#5 Luxury Hotel in Chiang Mai
#6 Romantic Hotel in Chiang Mai
#12 Business Hotel in Chiang Mai
Price Range: £126 - £318 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Ping Nakara Boutique Hotel & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ping Nakara Boutique Hotel and Spa. Set in the awe-inspiring colonial style of the early 1900’s, the Ping Nakara Boutique Hotel and Spa is located at the heart of Chiang Mai’s vibrant business centre and entertainment venues. The hotel is just a five minute walking distance from Chiang Mai’s famous Night Bazaar to the numerous riverside restaurants, while at the same time allowing guests to enjoy the peace and tranquility of the natural surroundings. The three-storey hotel with a central elevator boasts of 19 luxury guestrooms, all individually styled and elegantly furbished with the colonial charm. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in all the rooms including a TV, DVD player and a free mini bar. The hotel's restaurant offers a wide variety of food from authentic Thai cuisine to Western dishes. Coffee and tea, soft drinks, wines and liquor are served at the Lobby Bar, and guests can enjoy their drinks in the comfort of the library or at the peaceful verandah by the outdoor pool. For holistic health and relaxation, guests can unwind and enjoy the genuine Ayurvedic treatment from the hotel’s Nakara Spa. Ping Nakara Boutique Hotel and Spa offers a broad range of services, facilities and amenities designed to provide personalized service and first class hospitality. ... more   less 
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