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“Best guest house in Thailand !” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Finlay's Cottage
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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Best guest house in Thailand !”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2014

Stayed here with my friend for 2 nights, we tried to extend our stay but were so disappointed they were all booked up! Really great location, staff are so nice and rooms were great. Especially having a working ac. Great value, will book here if I'm ever back in chaing mai !

  • Stayed March 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Los Angeles, California
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53 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2014

Great place to stay and meet people who you'd love to share a drink with.

I was here two years ago and came back here again this March. I'd come back again.

Breakfast is included and great. Plenty of communal bathrooms to use. The place is clean. The rooms are comfy with enough space to lay your stuff out and with bug zappers.

Good people running this place and good people gravitate and stay here.

Go get a massage at the nearby wat and have some good food and drinks at Friend's Shop across from there.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank 5feetsmall
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Los Angeles, California
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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2014 via mobile

I stayed at Finlays from the 21st of March until the 28th. It came recommended to me by a friend whom stayed years ago, as well as highly rated here on trip adviser.
Let me say that Ratria and Keith are both friendly, helpful, and just wonderful people. They took care of me every chance they could.
Ratria felt like a friend towards the end of the trip- she is such a sweet human being and a real joy to be around. Plus- she makes some killer eggs and toast.
I was (like many people) worried about the communal bathrooms, but they are awesome. Very clean and the water gets hot. You still have a lot of privacy.
One of the main reasons Finlays is so great is location. It's a quick walk to the main center as well as the night market. You can walk everywhere and find your way around quite easily. The price for this location is really fair- I never needed a tuk tuk and would get lost wandering around, but somehow always found my way back.
The Wat on the corner of the street is amazing- with really cheap and good thai massages. Ask Ratria to take you there, my massage lady was amazing. Aht Lyn Ya (misspelled of course) is the lady you want.
The other reason Finlays is amazing is the people you will meet in the common area.... I met five people in my stay that all became really great friends. This place attracts great people. You are forced to interact which is good for solo travelers (like myself) so you can have some company when you want it.
I will definitely be back to Chiang Mai, and when I do Finlays will be the place I will be staying.
Thank you Keith and Ratria.... You made my experience wonderful.
I will send everyone here.

Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
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Koszalin, Poland
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14 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2014

This is a great cheap place for backpackers, very good located, within walking distance to night bazar and old city. Clean and cozy. I really recommend it for everyone looking just for a place to sleep. But the walls are really thin, and expect hearing everything from your neighbour room.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Marrrrta
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London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2014

Awesome place for backpacker travel. We stayed here over new years, hotel owners are really friendly and booked our activities, they fit in breakfast around us which was awesome when we were up early. Rooms were really clean as was the bathroom – although the shower was pretty chilly but I was the last to have one so maybe all the hot water had run out. Great location so close to the centre, definitely recommend.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank LauraA010
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Bangkok, Thailand
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2014

We stayed here for 2 nights a few weeks ago, and out of the 15 hostels/ hotels I have stayed in Southeast Asia, it's my favourite. The cleanest one yet, too.

We didn't have much time in Chiang Mai, but the owners were SO helpful and booked everything we wanted to see and do with 10% off, and even made suggestions for musts in the city. In our experience in SE Asia, the person that books the activities for tourists receives 10% commission..and they just took it off of our cost instead of keeping it for themselves. Best. Owners. Ever.

The breakfast was AMAZING too.

Great location as well. It look less than 10 minutes to walk to the Night Bazaar.

As you can probably tell from what I have written above.... highly recommended :)

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank erinraew
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San Francisco, California
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13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2014

Girlfriend and I spent 3 nights here right before New Years. The location is perfect, only a few minutes walk from the east "Thapae Gate" of the Old City. This area is very visitor friendly with lots of restaurants and shops, and a terrific night market was set up every night at the Old City gate, although it may have only been for the New Years celebration week. The guest house itself is down a side street off Thapae Road, so it was quiet and peaceful, while still in the middle of it all.

Keith is a very friendly host, and responsive over email. I booked ahead of time via email, no deposit required, and had no problems. The included breakfast is cooked to order, either a fruit/granola/yogurt bowl, or a bacon/toast/egg plate, both very good. They are happy to book activities for you, but were not pushy at all. Wifi was great in our room.

We had a room on the second floor. The room and bed were clean and comfy, with good AC. Only minor complaint is that the windows in that room were old style wooden shutters with wood framed screens; a bit tedious to open/close and keep out the bugs in the process, although they seemed to seal well once closed. Similarly, the second floor area is open air, which is a great view in the morning, but lets the mosquitos in at night. The small bathroom on the second floor was therefore usually quite buggy. It looked like the bottom floor rooms right next to the breakfast area/garden had more modern windows. The walls in our room were very thin, as someone else mentioned, but luckily still hardly heard our neighbors.

The downstairs large bathroom had many hot shower and toilet stalls, and while not brand new, were kept very clean. In total, while initially off-put by the mosquitoes, we were able to keep them out of the room, and we slept happily all three nights. Got quite used to the place by the end; it was hard to leave! Also was a great value, one of the cheapest stays we had in the country.

Room Tip: You might want to take a downstairs room for the more modern windows.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Jay R
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Property: Finlay's Cottage
Address: 4/1 Soi 4/A Thae Phae Road, Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Chiang Mai Province > Chiang Mai
Amenities:
Free Breakfast
Hotel Style:
Ranked #81 of 755 Speciality Lodging in Chiang Mai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Finlay's Cottage 2*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Finlay's Cottage is an original Thai wooden house and is a perfect base to explore Chiang Mai. Centrally located near Tha Phae Gate in the heart of the city, all the major temples and historical sights are within easy walking distance. The Walking Street market is 5 minutes away, the Night Market 15 minutes walk away. Free breakfast and free wireless internet access. ... more   less 
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