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Khum Phaya Resort & Spa, Centara Boutique Collection
Ranked #22 of 381 Hotels in Chiang Mai
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Bangalore
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40 reviews
32 hotel reviews
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“a little out of the way”
Reviewed 5 February 2013

lovely property but its a bit out of the way from the main activity hub of chiang mai. Personally if i wanted to be away from the hustle and bustle of chiang mai I would head to mae rim or similar areas. But having said that the resort is nice and the pool is real fun. All or most of the lower level rooms have direct access to the pool and the pool bar at night becomes your personal bar. Also you can use the pool at any time - day or night which is nice. The rooms are slightly on the smaller side as i expected it to be lager considering it is a resort and not a city hotel. MOSQUITOES - tons of them. They really need to do something about this. The people are very helpful. There is also a wonderful Thai restaurant adjacent to the property where you get to experience local cultural shows.

Room Tip: definitely go for the pool access rooms. Its worth the extra money you pay.
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with friends
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4 Thank Renil J
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KPCChiangMai, General Manager at Khum Phaya Resort & Spa, Centara Boutique Collection, responded to this review, 6 February 2013
Dear Renil J,

Many thanks for taking your time to write your review in TripAdvisor.

We are glad to hear that you like our resort so much beside your inconvenience about the location. I am not so sure if you have used our complimentary shuttle service to downtown when you were with us. We operate shuttles at 10 am, 2 pm and 7 pm with the last pick up to return at 9 pm. As the demand has been high we are now looking into increasing the schedules soon.
Regarding the mosquitoes, we do fumigate the resort twice a week. Our beautiful landscaped garden has been a favorite ground for the breeding but we are constantly looking for their lair and also controlling all stagnant water in order for the mozzies not to increase in population.
Please do not let this deter you from coming back to stay with us and should you need further assistance please do not hesitate to contact us again.
Regards.
Jerome
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Mooloolaba, Australia
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Reviewed 26 January 2013 via mobile

Loved loved loved this hotel!! Only a few problems: one, the mozzies defiantly take replant with you!!! Two the buffet breakfast was below average, very fatty meat and all mornings there where bugs in the fresh fruit. The hotel could deffinatly use better containers there. Three the pool bar!!!! Biggest disappointment it was closed, we sat there for over one hour one day hoping someone would come to serve us, many gardeners etc walked past and nothing. Only day there was someone there they couldn't serve us as they didn't have the ingredients and had to call the main bar where breakfast is served to make it which was a good 30min wait, ended up going to the closest 7/11 to buy drinks and just drank from the balcony. Four the shower was not cleaned properly, mildewy although I found this problem throughout Thailand. Such lovely staff though and although it could of been better if I'm ever in chiang Mai I would stay here again

  • Stayed November 2012
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1 Thank NurseKeira
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KPCChiangMai, General Manager at Khum Phaya Resort & Spa, Centara Boutique Collection, responded to this review, 27 January 2013
Dear NurseKeira,

Thank you so much for choosing Khum Phaya Centara Resort and Spa recently.
We read your posting and comments and am taking every steps to rectify our weaknesses. Our apology for the inconvenience caused during your stay.
We do fumigate very often our resort to control the population of the mosquitoes, however with the tropical climate and our full landscape I must say it is a great challenge for us. We can only assure that those mosquitoes are not the disease carrier mosquitoes.
Your comment on the buffet breakfast is very much appreciated. This morning I have shared your comment on this issue to our Chef and he will personally make sure that good quality ingredients are used and to limit the use of fatty oil.
I will personally investigate to why there was no personnel at the pool bar during your stay. Our pool staff will normally stand by from morning the the closure of the pool operation. However, you mentioned that some occasions they have to go to the main bar to fetch some raw ingredients. We are taking your comment seriously and will make sure that on daily basis enough 'mise-en-place' are available at the pool bar.
Thanks again for your comment and hope to have you back to stay with us in the near future.

Regards.
Jerome
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Frankfurt, Germany
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Reviewed 19 January 2013

So we arrived at Chiang Mai, took a Cab to the Hotel..Looks nice from the Outside...And looks nice from the Inside too! But hey, why is it located so far from the Centre? One has to take a cab and ride for about 15 Minutes! And around the hotel is like nothing at all! Just empty Buildings! And, worst thing of all, none of the Drivers knew the hotel! So we stood in the nighttime at Chiang Mai-Center and didnt get back to the hotel! That was really not something i want to do again!

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with family
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1 Thank Klaus122211211
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KPCChiangMai, General Manager at Khum Phaya Resort & Spa, Centara Boutique Collection, responded to this review, 20 January 2013
Dear Klaus122211211,
Thanks for your recent review in Tripadvisor.
We are glad that you enjoyed the stay but only to find that the location is far out of the City Center. It is very convenient to travel to the city either by the red public transportation, tuk tuk or taxi. However our hotel do provide complimentary shuttle bus service at 10 am, 2 pm and 7 pm with the last pick up for returning at 10 pm. For those who like to spend more time in the city, we also advise them to carry either a map which our staff will circle on the map or to take a hotel card from our desk. This is to ensure that there will be no communication breakdown with the tuk tuk or taxi drivers.
With your comment, we will educate the public even more especially the taxi drivers or tuk tuk by approaching their associations in the near future.
Klaus, let us know if you are planning to come back to stay with us. We will be more than pleased to assist you in every ways.
Regards.
Jerome
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Bangkok, Thailand
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Reviewed 13 January 2013 via mobile

Twice during 6 months were our trip in 2012.

We stayed in first floor and we could go to pool easily (pool access).

Breakfast is located closed to front area with limited seats except peak with more seats outside.

Variety of foods and pastries for breakfast.

Closed to Big C Extra Hypermarket, it is vey convenience to buy anything.

Stayed February 2012
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Thank Pratya S
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KPCChiangMai, General Manager at Khum Phaya Resort & Spa, Centara Boutique Collection, responded to this review, 20 January 2013
Dear Jimmypratya,
Thanks for your recent posting in Tripadvisor!
We are very pleased to hear that you have enjoyed your stay with us.
Please do let us know when you next plan your trip here. We will be more than pleased to assist you.
Regards.
Jerome
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Bangkok, Thailand
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Reviewed 11 January 2013 via mobile

I love the service here. I love jacuzzi in room and swimming pool in front of room. Breakfast is good quality. The only thing that i dont like is the location. Although there is minimart in front of the hotel, it is not located in town. I have to rent car to town.

Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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Thank Thipsusi
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KPCChiangMai, General Manager at Khum Phaya Resort & Spa, Centara Boutique Collection, responded to this review, 12 January 2013
Dear Thipsusi,

Thank you so much for your good comment about our facilities in the resort. We really glad to hear that you enjoyed your recent stay with us.
I am not sure if you are aware that we do provide complimentary shuttle to downtown 3 times a day i.e. at 10 am, 2 pm and 7 pm with the last return trip from downtown at 10 pm.
However, we also have a tour desk located at the lobby which charge at a reasonable price compare to local taxis outside where one has to wait. At the counter you can schedule your own time or traveling.
We do hope to see you again in this resort and please do not hesitate to contact us should you need to make future reservation.
Regards.
Jerome
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bracciano
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Reviewed 8 January 2013

We stayed 3 nights in a Room with Pool access and it's really worth it.
Staff is really friendly. Gardens and Pools are very well kept.
If I can just give a suggestion to the Manager , I will increase the number of shuttles to downtown Chiang Mai : just one in the morning and one in the evening are not enough . I did ask the reception to call me a taxi and they said they couldn't and directed me to the Excursion desk where they asked me 300 bath one way to go downtown. And you have no choice because if you exit the property there are no Taxi driving in the Hotel area. And even coming back at 11:00 pm from the Old city was kind of difficult.

Room Tip: Take a room with Pool access.
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank carlotraveller
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KPCChiangMai, General Manager at Khum Phaya Resort & Spa, Centara Boutique Collection, responded to this review, 9 January 2013
Dear Carlotraveller,

Hope we are not too late to wish you Happy New Year 2013!

We are happy to hear that you have arrived home safely after your wonderful stay with us recently. Your positive comment really very appreciated and I will share this with the team this morning.

As for the shuttle service perhaps there was a misunderstanding. We do infact have 3 daily shuttles to the city i.e. from 10 am, 2 pm and 7 pm with the last pick up returning to the hotel at 10 pm. We also from time to time, increase the schedules should the demand is high.

Our tour desk has been appointed by the hotel to provide a greater service and also to guarantee the safety and comfort of our guests. I must agree that the hotel cost is a bit higher compare to the taxi outsides. Taxis are available outside but one needs to bargain in order to get a better deal which will be a loss of time. However, we do have public transportation outside the hotel but this kind of transportation stops every pick up points that are not even marked.

Carlotraveller, we are here all hoping to see you again soon at Khum Phaya Centara Boutique Collection. Please do not hesitate to contact us direct again should you need any help.

Regards.

Jerome
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 January 2013 via mobile

I stayed at the Khum Phaya in Chiang Mai for 3 nights at the end of November 2012, whilst travelling from Bangkok and before heading to Phuket. Whilst I was expecting the hotel to be good, I wasn't expecting it to be the best of the 3 that I stayed in while on this trip to Thailand. It beat the beach side resort I stayed in on Phuket hands down!

From arrival to departure I was impressed with the hotel, the staff could not do enough for you, were friendly and attentive, the grounds are well maintained and a pleasure to wander round. The open air bar is a great touch whilst breakfast and lunch in the restaurant were excellent.

I had a poolside room which was spotless and of the quality I have come to expect in Thailand. The bathroom was excellent, with the shower being one of the best I have found in a hotel. The bed was perfect for a good nights sleep after a long day sightseeing.

Some people have commented that the hotel is a bit outside the city centre; don't let that deter you, it is only a 150THB tuktuk ride away! I won't hesitate to return to Chiang Mai or indeed the Khum Phaya.

Stayed November 2012, travelled with friends
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1 Thank Stuart G
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KPCChiangMai, General Manager at Khum Phaya Resort & Spa, Centara Boutique Collection, responded to this review, 14 January 2013
Dear Stueygfd,
Thank you for your recent posting in Tripadvisor and we do really appreciate that.
Your comment is very important to us and I am sure all our team will be happy to read about it.
Please let us know should you plan to visit us again. We are all looking forward to welcoming you back.
Regards.

Jerome
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Property: Khum Phaya Resort & Spa, Centara Boutique Collection
Address: 137 Moo 5, Chiang Mai-Lampang Road | Nongpaklang, Chiang Mai 50000, Thailand (Formerly Prince Khum Phaya Resort & Spa Chiang Mai)
Region: Thailand > Chiang Mai Province > Chiang Mai
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#11 Business Hotel in Chiang Mai
#12 Spa Hotel in Chiang Mai
#14 Luxury Hotel in Chiang Mai
#35 Romantic Hotel in Chiang Mai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Khum Phaya Resort & Spa, Centara Boutique Collection 4*
Number of rooms: 85
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Chiang Mai was the centre of the Lanna kingdom, and with interiors fitted out in natural fabrics and teak, roofs made from 80-year-old teak beams, and intricate carvings that show the touch of a true craftsman, the design of this atmospheric four-star boutique resort reflects the kingdom’s heritage. Khum Phaya Resort & Spa, Centara Boutique Collection has 85 spacious rooms and villas (from 44 to 356 square metres of total living space), with the option of direct pool access or a private pool, and each with a Jacuzzi thus adding a holistic touch to any Chiang Mai holiday. Beautiful surrounds and spacious interiors with teak furnishings and wood floors throughout make the rooms and villas a comfortable retreat for couples and families, and perfectly evoke the Lanna heritage. Wellbeing facilities include a Spa Cenvaree, the perfect retreat after of a busy day of sightseeing, exploring the valleys surrounding the city or discovering the unique culture of the ‘Rose of the North’, and a fitness centre. The resort is also home to a lagoon-shaped swimming pool surrounded by century-old trees and meandering canals. The resort also has a restaurant and two bars. For shopping aficionados, the complimentary shuttle service connects to Chiang Mai’s night markets and to Central Festival Chiang Mai shopping centre which is only 10 minutes away, so is the old town. The resort is a mere 20-minute drive from Chiang Mai International Airport. ... more   less 
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