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Ping Nakara Boutique Hotel & Spa
Ranked #7 of 380 Hotels in Chiang Mai
Certificate of Excellence
Bangkok, Thailand
1 review
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“Perfectly Beautiful”
Reviewed 4 September 2013

Elegant white colonial style building. The pleasant perfume in hotel really creates the atmosphere. I admire every little details there, perfectly beautiful. And also Nakara Jardin, secret garden by Ping river, is one of a nice place to spend afternoon.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled on business
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Berkeley, California
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Reviewed 31 August 2013

I have no complaints. The room was spacious and beautiful. The pool cool and refreshing. The restaurant lovely with a most gracious waitress (who spoke a bit of English). The spa amazing. The entire staff as gracious as can be. I'd go back for sure if I ever returned to Chiang Mai. You can't go wrong if you stay here.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2013 via mobile

This boutique hotel was fabulous in every way- excellent service, comfortable and plush beds, wonderful infinity pool, small but excellent restaurant, terrific spa and massage! We loved it. They accommodated our every need!

  • Stayed August 2013
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 August 2013

Chose this hotel based on the reviews on tripadvisor. Wanted to try out the 'Boutiques' on this trip.
Booked directly with the hotel on this occasion as they offer a package called Return to Elegance - free return transfers to and from the airport, a deluxe room with breakfast,free mini-bar and a 15% discount on treatments at their spa.

The good points:

1. Met at the airport late at night and taken to the hotel in the vintage Mercedes - a nice touch
2. A really nice size pool in the middle of the property.
3. Free mini-bar (only 1 can of beer and several soft drinks) - but re-supplied often by the very efficient house-keeping staff who seem to come into the room 2 or 3 times a day. They even provide a turn-down service and put orchids on your pillow.
4. Very quiet location - but close enough to the night market area (about 10 minutes on foot)
5. Two for the price of one drinks menu offered to guests between 17.30 - 19.00 (wine for 90 baht a glass with the offer)
6. Helpful staff - especially the lady at the travel desk who sorted out our daytrip and one of the restaurant staff (Vismit?) who brought us mosquito wipes and sprays when we ate near the pool
7.Pillow menu is a nice extra in the rooms
8. The hot food breakfast menu - especially the Thai options - all cooked to order and offering a different experience.
9. Water - I have never had so much water - left in the bathrooms, in the mini-bar, next to the bed, around the pool!
10. The quality of the towels - a lovely smell!
11. A nice spa (see point 6 below)

The disappointing points

1. It took 10 minutes for the staff to open the door of our room when we arrived (210) and we continued to have problems throughout our stay. There seems to be a real problem in this room with warped wood - none of the doors close smoothly - they need to be filed down or replaced.The same was true for the cabinet housing the safe deposit box and the wardrobe!
2. The shower/toilet set up leaves a lot to be desired. A sliding glass door serves the toilet and shower in this room...leaving one or other open to view at all times.Also the fixtures and fittings were very ordinary.
3. There was only 1 trash can in the bedroom (nothing in the bathroom)
4. The cold food/juice and bread selection offered for breakfast was exactly the same for the three mornings we ate - some sort of variety in a hotel of this class would be nice
5. There are only 8 seats offered inside at the restaurant. This means that you may be disappointed if you wish to sit inside to keep away from the mosquitoes.
6. The 15% discount was not offered on spa treatments.(if they are promotions)...even to guests booking the special package.

A nice hotel in a colonial style if you are looking for a quieter,smaller option.

Room Tip: Higher floor rooms are nice - some look directly down onto the pool and some might offer a view of t...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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ChairatPingNakara, Owner at Ping Nakara Boutique Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, 20 August 2013
Dear Guest,
Thank you so much for your kind words and thorough comments about your stay with us. We will complement our staff for their dedication.
Regarding the few things that you thought needed improvement; I also thank you very much. Our doors and the locks are all antique reproduction and so we do have some aging that we have to contend with. The lock on your door is one example.
As the hotel is quite small, we attempt to offer a wide range of foods in the complementary breakfast that can appeal to all. We actually provide four kinds of fresh bread, croissant, brioche and banana cake each day. In addition of changing fresh fruits and juices, we offer three kinds of fresh fruits and juices following Thailand fruits’ seasons. This way, we can be sure that our guests can enjoy the real taste of the tropical fruits.
You were given a 15% discount voucher at check-in for the spa for Ayurvedic and a la carte treatments. There are also special promotions on offer at the spa but these are already reduced in price and not available for the 15% discount.
Once again, we hope your boutique experience with us was very happy. Travel well, and hope to see you again.
Kind regards,
Chairat
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 15 August 2013

Our stay at Ping Nakara was incredible. Our room was spacious, comfortable, and elegant. We had 3 people in the room and it should be noted that the roll away bed that we had was also incredibly comfortable/above average. One thing I will note: the setup of our room (room 7) is slightly unusual. You come into the room in the bathroom, so privacy is sort of minimal. Thus, this wouldn't really matter for a couple, but was less preferable since I was traveling with my parents. I happen to know room 6 has the same set up, but that not all of the rooms are organized like this. Our room also had a large balcony which was a nice touch. One of the true highlights for me was the complimentary breakfast. Truly exceptional. A great menu of breakfast items that can be ordered, as well as a great buffet of yogurts, fruits, etc.
The Ping Nakara was also eager to help you organize trips. However, I will say, on our last morning, we had arranged a trip to the "handicraft village" which was nothing but a huge tourist trap. It was not authentic, nor was the restaurant the driver took us too afterwards. Absolutely should be skipped.

Room Tip: See my comments in comment above, room 6 and 7 open into the bathroom. Not a large problem if travel...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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West Palm Beach, Florida
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8 reviews
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Reviewed 14 August 2013

We chose this hotel from an advice of a friend who has been staying here while she was in Chiang Mai and we did not regret at all. We had a great time here, the staff were very nice and breakfast was also very good.
The location is not far away from the night bazaar, walking distance! Close to good restaurants and the tuk tuk cost to the bars was only 50Baht so overall, we were very happy. Great job guys!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Kochi
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 12 August 2013

We stayed at the Ping Nakara for 6 nights. The hotel was impeccable in every respect. It is lovingly restored, and yet, has all the modern amenities, including free wifi. The restaurant was terrific and could accommodate our special dietary needs. The spa was outstanding; and the ayurveda treatments were better than the best I have experienced in India, where this genre originates. The staff, at the spa and the hotel, were professional, but also gentle and kind. My only regret is that we did not stay longer. However, we plan to correct that in the future, when we visit Chiang Mai again and bathe in the tranquility of the temples and enjoy the museums and the work of the local artists.

Room Tip: We got a nice, quiet room, and I'd imagine that most of the rooms are nice in their own way.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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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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