We spent 7 nights July 2012 at this charming boutique hotel in the Old City in Chaing Mai. Firstly the location is perfect - just 10 mins from the airport and situated within walking distance of everything you could possibly want to do. We walked to the Night Bazaar, Saturday Night Market and Sunday walking street market (all of which are in quite separate areas). It is also close to one of the Old City gates and there is a locals market with every type of food and some clothes etc which were all very cheap.
We used the bikes that the hotel provides for free to ride to the Jade factory, Silk factory and Silver factory as well as riding to Mae Rim, Wororot market and along the river.
I am told that Kodchasri means a fabulous animal having a lion's head with an elephant's trunk. While no lions or elephants were to be seen there are 3 resident cats who can sometimes be seen playing in the lovely gardens around the fabulous pool area. The cats are not a problem and are quite aloof and do not disturb you. Pool area is small but lovely and always a delight to sit around. It is possible to do laps in the pool. Pool is also very well maintained.
The owner is a collector of antiques and has her own antique museum on the property and guests are able to wander this small personal museum as well as view many antiques that are around the hotel or furnishing the rooms.
Breakfast was great and while not a 5 star buffet, I thought it was actually better as you do get the sense of same same with the big buffets. This hotel offered Asian and Western alternatives and some special treats as well. The hotel makes their own yoghurt and also has a small bakery so the bread and pastries are all made at the bakery and are wonderful. This same bakery which is attached to the side of the hotel also sells treats from a tray outside the shop in the afternoon. You never know what might be for sale - always delicious - and always super priced. We took advantage of this special treat opportunity.
At night the staff come to your room and give you a different special tea each night which I thought was great. The teas are very different and so we looked forward to each new tea. Along side the tea there was always a little yummy treat from the bakery as well. While on the subject of food, a fruit platter was replenished daily and 4 bottles of complimentary water supplied.
Excellent, fast, WiFi in the room and around the pool made staying in touch a dream.
Many good restaurants just outside the front door of the hotel but they also have a nice restaurant on site which while more expensive than the local restaurants, is also worth the extra.
Staff at the hotel couldn't do enough for you and their customer service was top class and this just adds to the wonderful experience.
Laundry places just outside the door for 30 baht a kilo and massage places within steps.
After spending a week at this hotel we had really settled in and we were disappointed to have to leave but know we will be back.
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