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de Rachamanka
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Reviewed 27 March 2013

I stayed at this hotel in January. I had originally booked a week but I extended my stay twice and would have liked to stay more. The owner/manager Gonchai is a very friendly and helpful person as are all his staff. I really felt at home at de Rachamanka and it made my stay at Chiang Mai a very memorable one. I would definitely return to Chiang Mai, which is a most pleasant city, and I would certainly stay at de Rachamanka Hotel. It is not usual for me to recommend a hotel as I prefer to give my impressions and then leave decisions to others as I do myself, but this time I am quite certain that anyone deciding to stay at de Rachamanka will certainly be pleased with their choice. Being in a quiet location in the old town it is very near to many main attractions and never far from the livelier parts of Chiang Mai. I found it an absolutely perfect location.

Room Tip: Both rooms I stayed in were equally good.
  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 22 March 2013

First of all the price! Agoda are selling it at a special discounted rate of 1200baht per night. BS....when we arrived the sign outside said 790 Baht per night!
Secondly, the rooms were small dark dingy with poor lighting, full ofmosquito'ss and dirty. My bathroom room had a leaking sink which looked like it hadnt been fixed for months and it smelled like a sewer! The shower was dirty andmoldyy. (see pics!)
Thirdly its very noisy, there is noise from the road, from the school next door and from the owners kids who run round and round the internal court screaming at any time they feel from 7 am up to 10pm one night! Plus the internal courtyard amplifies any noise from guests at night.
Lastly the airport pickup mentioned on the Agoda website, dont bother! We arranged airport pickup through Agoda and when we arrived at the airport we looked around and waited but no one was there to meet us. We ended up taking a taxi. The Hotel staff looked blank when we asked why noone came to pick us up! There are far better places to stay than this hotel especially as Agoda are over charging. Infact I sent a complaint to Agoda customer services 2 weeks ago and they didnt even bother to reply!
The good points, the loactaion is good and the breakfast is good and staff are friendly but for 1200baht a night there are far better places to stay around the city.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled solo
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1  Thank 228John228
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rung-aroon w, Manager at de Rachamanka, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2013

First of all, we would like to thank you to our guest for staying with us at de Rachamanka. We also would like to thank you for taking time to write a review as well.
We do apologize for any inconvenience caused during your stay.
For those who read our “Management Response”, please let us give some details information on the following issues.
The room rate on Agoda is at 1,200 Baht including breakfast; however, the sign out the front door was 790++ (excluded TAX and Service Charge) and this price does not include breakfast. This special rate is only provided for allotment 1 room per day.
Small and dingy room: Upon receiving your review, we immediately renovated and cleaned up rooms, bath rooms, shower and public areas.
Noisy: de Rachamanka is initially located among schools and temples. In fact, we are in the city environment chances are that there will be some noises. However, this does not happen in all the rooms. We do have rooms which are not facing road side as well as next to the school.
Airport pick up: There might have been missed communication with Agoda about the transfer, they only mentioned fight details but did not requested a transfer from the hotel or Agoda. Therefore, there was no pick up at the airport as well as no charge to guests.
Thank again for your comments. The management of the hotel and all head staffs are always concern about the well being of our guests during their stay and guest’s satisfaction is our main goal.
Finally, we wish our guests all the best. We will continue our best effort to improve our services to meet with guest’s expectation. We could never get so far without support and encouragement from all of guests.

The Management Team

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Reviewed 15 March 2013

The hotel has very strong pluses and a couple of minuses. The best thing is its staff - lovely, friendly, eager to help, accommodating and English-speaking. Although we speak passable Thai, it is pointless to run a hotel where staff are afraid of tourists. Which happens a lot in Asia.

The main problem is light in some rooms. The hotel building is adjacent to other buildings, the rooms to the side have tiny windows facing walls. The room was cosy, but the lack of light made it depressing. I have to say that we asked for a room with the windows and were offered one, but we wanted twin beds and there are no rooms that have both windows and twin beds. The price of the room is fairly steep by local standards, although it is of course very cheap for Europeans (£25 a night). You can get better facilities for this money.

The breakfast is fine, there is no buffet, but they serve fairly good portions.

The location is excellent, it is based in the old city with easy access to temples, 3 minutes from the Sunday market and close to lovely restaurants. The restaurants on the Rachmanka road are average, unless you turn you walk to the city walls (out of the hotel door you walk left about two blocks). Near the gates there is a nice Dada cafe and a few vegetarian joints. On the way you will pass a very good English bookshop "The Lost Books" run by an Irishman George. He has another fabuloous bookshop near the Tapae gate. It is called "The Backstreet books". George also buys book and pays excellent money for your intellectual paperbacks (around £2).

There are many good restaurants on Rachmandoen road, parallel to yours. There is a Writers Club and a Garden restaurant both have excellent wine, which is also not common. There is a popular street chinese, which will organise a delicious take away. You can ask your way to the Sompet food market and look at many more restaurants on the way, heading for Addy's fruit shed - the best fruit shakes and fruit salad in Chiang Mai.

If you are a coffee fun, you can go to the local Wawee cafe, also on Rachmandoen Rd. Make sure you have plenty of time, as the staff is known to be very slow. When you eventually get your coffee, don't expect any smiles, but it tasts good. There is nothing in town which beats the coffee in a little cafe at the Rimping supermarket (make sure you mention that it is near Sapang Lek - there are three branches). Go there if you are missing european food and buy a few bits and pieces. Don't expect cheese to be cheap, but the products are wonderfully fresh. The Starbucks near Tapae Gate is as expensive as in London and their coffee is weak.

The sunday market is lovely to walk through... once. There are many funky items to give your undemanding relatives, but also a few pretty silk and wool items. There are many food kiosks, where you can eat safely. Thai people dispise leftovers and cook fresh every day.

The blind massage accross the road is not worth a try. I am a massage maniac and had two unsuccessful trips there. My favourite places are far from the hotel.

Overall it is a nice hotel full of young people.

Room Tip: Choose a room with windows, it makes a big difference to have light in the room or live in a total darkness. Upstairs front rooms are better, although they look at the road, which is busyish.
  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank star205
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Reviewed 11 February 2013 via mobile

Very good location in the heart of the old city. The manager speaks a perfect english and always willing to help and advice, a doubt? Just ask him and you will not regret it. Helped us out renting a motorbike, finding a great restaurant to enjoy some Thai food (by the way, its name is The House restaurant). Rooms are very stylish, clean, safe, quite... Any way, just a great value for the money. Will recommand it without hesitating

  • Stayed: January 2013
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Reviewed 5 February 2013

For us the location of this hotel was perfect. Situated in the heart of the old town and away from the noise of the new town but still within the perimeter of the moat.
Yes there's noise from the school but this is part of the fabric of the area and the everyday life. After a few days you get used to it.
Nearby there are decent restaurants so after a long day if you don't fancy the 15 minute walk in to the centre, you've got lots of choice on the doorstep.

The rooms are a decent size and the style very urban in appearance i.e. concrete finish modernised by contemporary wall paper.
Facilities are good but a little more light (so you can read) and space and hooks to put your things (like towels) in the bathroom would be helpful.
The breakfast is great with a pretty good choice.

The staff are very helpful and the owner very laid back with a dry sense of humour. They are happy to help you with recommending a restaurant, booking tours or any general advice.

We' d recommend it and would definitely go back.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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