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De Chai The Colonial Hotel
Ranked #38 of 393 Hotels in Chiang Mai
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Reviewed 11 April 2014

The hotel and our room was nice and clean. Breakfast was good also. It was in a good location with most places in walking distance. The let down with this hotel was the service of the staff. After staying in several places throughout Thailand, the service in this hotel would have to be the worst. They hardly greeted you and most of them spent their days sitting around on their mobile phones. One morning before breakfast we gave the lady at reception a business card of a red taxi driver and asked for her to contact him to arrange a pick up. He didn't answer but she said she would keep trying while we had breakfast. When we got back from breakfast she said she had arranged the pick up with him. When we got down to the car we found that it was a completely different driver and the price was more expensive then what the other driver had quoted us. We were very annoyed as we wanted to give our business to this particular gentleman instead the lady at reception called someone else even though we gave her a business card. The mosquito's in this hotel are terrible to say the least. We didnt have any problems when walking the streets but they are buzzing around from the moment you enter the hotel and you will find several in your hotel room also. I think all the mosquitos in Chiang Mai live here. If we return to chiang mai we would look for somewhere else to stay.

Room Tip: We stayed in a Superior Room which was nice and fairly spacious
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 April 2014

We really needed a nice stay after a rough couple nights near Bangkok. De chai was perfect. It was modern, the beds were excellent, the rooms quite big and the breakfast very good...especially the waffles and coffee.

The location was also good for visiting the markets but isn't really walking distance to the night bazaar. Don't miss the Saturday and Sunday markets (Sunday night market is just a few blocks away). The food there was probably the highlight of the chiang Mai trip.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 March 2014

It's clear to me that with fine establishments like De Chai popping up in Chiang Mai, boutique hotels are the way to go. It's new, clean, modern, but not stuffy. The entire hotel has a very unique and open feel, from the lobby to the rooms. The staff was friendly and helpful. We snagged a modest breakfast each morning which always makes things easy. Located far enough off the main drag, it's peaceful and quiet in the very spacious rooms! Everything in Chiang Mai is just a short tuk tuk ride (or leisurely walk) away. We couldn't have asked for a better hotel for the money or location. We'll definitely be returning here on our next Chiang Mai adventure.

Room Tip: Choose a room on the back of the hotel. Quieter with pleasant view.
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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 March 2014

We stayed here for 6 nights as our base for activities in/around Chiang Mai. The location is great, being less than 10 mins walk from the Old Town and only slightly further from the Night Market and river. The style is "modern Thai" with lots of dark wood and bright accent colours and was spotlessly clean.

We had a superior room on the top floor and as the hotel is located on a side street there was no noise at night - something that hotels within the old town can suffer from. The bed was the most comfortable we had on our trip and the room also had flat screen TV, tea making facilities (inc biscuits!), hairdryer, complimentary water etc.

Breakfast was excellent quality, with several options cooked to order in addition to the buffet, including the best scrambled eggs I've ever had! We never waited more than 10 mins from order to cooking.

Staff at the hotel were friendly and helpful, though we didn't book any trips, preferring to use other agencies, which were slightly cheaper.

Room Tip: Superior rooms are adequate in size, although space between the bed and wardrobe was a little tight...
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 March 2014

We stayed at the De Chai 2 weeks ago and found the staff very helpful and efficient.The rooms were large and the air conditioning worked perfectly. It is unusual these days to be served your breakfast but most appreciated. The staff helped us book trips and great fun was had keeping the mosquitoes at bay with a raquet so much so that I bought one to do battle with the midgies at home.

Room Tip: I didn't rate the spa and fitness centre as we didn't use them. Our room was at the back and...
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 March 2014

The location is good. Easy access to the main road for cheap tuk-tuk's. The hotel always had enough staff to attend to queries and the staff were always friendly. Room was very clean and had decent amenities.

Short distance walk is Segway Gibbon - where you can take a Segway around the old city section of Chiang Mai and view all the temples with proper guides. Much nicer than walking or taxi/tuk-tuk.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 March 2014

We had a great, large room that was super clean. The staff was very attentive and helped us with everything we needed. The location was perfect. It was quiet, a quick walk to the old city, a 15 min to the night bizarre. The breakfast in the morning had everything you could want. The price was also very fair.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Address: 6 / 3 Thapae Road. Soi 4 | Changklan Maung, Chiang Mai 50300, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Chiang Mai Province > Chiang Mai
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #38 of 393 Hotels in Chiang Mai
Price Range: £64 - £115 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — De Chai The Colonial Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Perfectly located in the heart of Chiang Mai city on the most popular Thapae Road, the city’s main thoroughfare display many of unique and urban shop that had been flourishing along the classic one-way road. Just ten minutes by walk away is fantastic shopping venues Chaing Mai Night Bazaar as well as charming Sunday walking street, or stroll to antique Lanna Temple and the 100 Years market "Kad Luang", you can find everything you need at here! Furthermore, only a five to ten minutes drive from Chiang Mai International Airport. ... more   less 
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