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“One of my favorite boutique hotels ever”

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Ping Nakara Boutique Hotel & Spa
Ranked #7 of 379 Hotels in Chiang Mai
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Hoboken, New Jersey
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“One of my favorite boutique hotels ever”
Reviewed 20 April 2013

Our experience with Ping Nakara started with an airport pickup from a lovely girl representing the hotel. 15 minutes from the airport, we pull up to the hotel which is filled with charm and history. Its colonial plantation design elements are beautiful up close.

We were escorted to the parlor and were given cold drinks (I believe it was pandan juice). From there we could see were were in a beautiful establishment filled with warm staff.

We spent 3 nights and made sure we made use of every room in the hotel. Whether it was sitting on the terrace out front, the portico overlooking the pool, and meals in the dining room. Lots of great conversations over food and drink were born there. The pool is clean and serene, our room was also clean and lovely. The must have noticed on my passport it was my birthday, and surprised me with a plate of sweets in my room with a very nice note wishing me a happy birthday.

Our favorite moments at the hotel were at breakfast time. The buffet offered beautiful foods: fresh tropical fruits and vegetables, small bite sized pieces of banana bread, vegetables and other continental items. The server would then offer a menu of hot items breakfast items, I always had a beautiful omelet with a side of roasted vegetables and finished it off with a delicious cafe latte. It was a very complete breakfast and a great way to start the day.

We also had a wonderful time speaking with the staff - from the men and women at the front desk, the bar, the restaurant. A wonderful concierge took a lot of time to explain historical facts and folklore that we otherwise would have never have known and would have been lost out as we toured beautiful Chiang Mai.

Its a shame that my favorite boutique hotel is now a half a world away from me. I look forward to the day I return to Chiang Mai and stay at lovely and charming Ping Nakara.

Room Tip: Our room had a terrace that faced the entrance, but the bathroom window overlooked the pool. I thin...
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
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ChairatPingNakara, Owner at Ping Nakara Boutique Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, 24 April 2013
Dear Guest,
Thank you so much for this lovely review. It is very gratifying to read of such a positive stay with us, and we are grateful our guest enjoyed the visit so much as our goal is to satisfy every guest in the same way.
Your wonderful moments with us will be conveyed to all of our staff as a lesson on how to continue expressing our hospitality and bring joy to our guests.
Again, thank you very much for this wonderful review, and we look forward to welcoming you on your next 'half the world' journey at the Ping Nakara.
Kind regards,
Chairat
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Reviewed 18 April 2013

We stayed here for 2 nights. It has a fantastic pool. The staff here are great. Thank you to the manager who organised a dentist visit at short notice with a driver and staff escort two hours before my flight to fix my crown that needed fixing. We enjoyed the coffee shop on the river in front of the resort. The spa was great and very professional.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2013

We loved the hotel, rooms are very nice with an old world feel. Unfortunately we found the traffic noise from the road not to our liking, though for others this may not be a problem. Management were very accomodating to our needs and polite. If you like the raffles small hotel you will love the Ping Nakara.

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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 11 April 2013

I stayed here for 3 nights in April with my mom. we were given a room on the third floor with twin beds. the room was very nicely decorated with vintage/antique looking decor, high ceilings, and great amenities. The only downside was that the location of the night tables didn't make much sense..i.e. empty space between the two beds and a side table to the left of each bed. In any case, I thought the breakfast was great, swimming pool pretty albeit not one that really invites you do to go into, stylish lobby and library. The hotel is located in a quieter part of town albeit still very close to the night bazaar, riverside, and old town.

One thing to note the hotel's restaurant is only great for breakfast and potentially lunch. We tried it for dinner but lacked atmosphere, taste, and was infested with mosquitos. The concierge is also not very helpful.

Having said that, I would definitely stay here again given the stylish and new accommodation and the reasonable price. Le Jardin Nakara is a good spot for those craving good dessert and coffee too.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 April 2013

If you like old world hotels this is for you.
Very large rooms with Spa Bath, Air-con, and complimentary mini bar with snacks.(incl Beer)
Beds were large and extremely comfortable.
Staff were excellent as was the food. We had dinner and breakfast and both meals were first class.
The place was built 4 years ago and feels and looks like it was built 100 years ago.
The advantage is that everything works!
In every place the decor is consistent with a grand old hotel. Bonsai are scattered everywhere with some very large ones around the pool.
This is one of the nicest boutique hotels I have stayed anywhere in the world.

Room Tip: We had room 304 --3rd floor looked over the pool. I suspect all rooms were good.
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 6 April 2013

This was a stay during part of our first trip to Asia. We were really impressed with the service starting with picking us up from the airport to taking care of any need or question that we had while staying at the hotel. The staff was friendly, helpful and well informed. The hotel was located in an ideal location as it was a short walk to the Night Bazaar and other restaurants, attractions. The room was clean and quite nice...basically what we expected for a boutique hotel. We did a massage and enjoyed it as well. Our only complaint was that the shower stall area could have been a bit cleaner (seemed a little dated and dirty). Really this was minor in that this overall was a very positive experience. The next time we are in Chiang Mai, I am sure we will return to this hotel. We definitely recommend it to others as well. Great value. Nice place.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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ChairatPingNakara, Owner at Ping Nakara Boutique Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, 22 April 2013
Dear Guest,
Thank you very much for your review on TripAdvisor. We are glad that you had a great experience in Chiang Mai and especially in our hotel. Regarding the shower room, we already investigated and would like to inform that there is no problem in cleanliness as our maid routinely checks and clean the room every day. However, the floor in the shower room was made by terrazzo so it will look vintage and feel the colonial era.
Again, thank you in advance for recommending us to other future guests. We look forward to welcoming you back at Ping Nakara soon.
Kind regards,
Chairat
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Fresno, California
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Reviewed 3 April 2013

We stayed in this hotel a few weeks ago and were in awe of the beauty of the hotel, rooms, friendliness, cleanliness, politeness of entire staff including trainees! The location was great, the food excellent and the complimentary mini bar very unexpected but appreciated! We've stayed at many hotels around the world and this has to be one of our favorites!!

  • Stayed March 2013
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Property: Ping Nakara Boutique Hotel & Spa
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 Family Hotel in Chiang Mai
#3 Spa Hotel in Chiang Mai
#5 Luxury Hotel in Chiang Mai
#6 Romantic Hotel in Chiang Mai
#12 Business Hotel in Chiang Mai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
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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