We just returned from a 4 day stay at 137 Pillars House and loved everything about it. The staff are extremely friendly, the food was good, and the suite we had was just beyond words. If we didn't have kids to come back to, we wouldn't have wanted to leave!
We had the Louis Leonowins suite on the ground floor facing one end of the pool. It was quiet in spite of it being so close to the pool. The suite was so spacious my husband joked about not being able to find me! The bed was humongous and extremely comfortable.
The bathtub was cavernous and accommodated 2 comfortably. It was well thought-out, with the faucets mounted on the side rather than the ends of the tub so that 2 can rest comfortably on the sides rather than have to dodge the faucets.
The outdoor shower was lovely. There was an indoor shower as well, and the wc was in a separate space. The area where the double wash basins were was huge and carpeted and there was also a small walk in wardrobe.
Our suite had a private pool. It was small, but possible to do short laps in. My only complaint, if I were forced to complain, would be the size of the pool.
The living area was large, and so was the patio. I was pleasantly surprised to find such a nice selection of books in the room- biographies of Steve Jobs, Aung San Suu Kyi and the Thai king, books on fine watches, wine, tropical houses, teas instead of the usual fashion magazines which may still be found in the main dining area and library.
The suite was so well appointed that we were more than contented spending most of our time in there. There was a coffee machine and a complimentary bottle of wine and a fine selection of teas. Coffee and tea were replenished daily. An unlimited supply of bottled water was provided throughout our stay.
We had 2 large tvs in the suite- one in the living room and one in the bedroom. There was also a Yamaha sound system in both the living area and bedroom. There was an iPod in the living area preloaded with loads of soothing songs. You could play your iPhone in the one in the bedroom.
I spent an afternoon at the spa which was extremely enjoyable. Ming, my masseuse, was extremely good and professional.
I read a previous review of someone's bad experience with booking. That was not our experience at all. My husband and I made separate bookings on different days through the hotel's website without any problem at all. I then had to cancel one booking, which was also easy through the website.
This is definitely the place to stay in Chiang Mai if you want a peaceful and luxurious retreat. It's close to many restaurants if you care to venture out, but is so self contained you don't have to even step out in order to have a wonderful time. Highly recommended!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This luxurious 30 suite boutique Hotel is built around a colonial teak homestead built in 1880s. It is located in a leafy residential enclave a few minutes walk from the historical Wat Gate Temple, Ping River and boutique shopping area. Four stunning suite types range from 70 -135 square meters; two with small private pools. Tiled verandas, cane shades, rattan furniture and free standing Victorian baths are reminders of days gone by, blend with modern facilities including outdoor gardens showers, flat screen televisions and wi-fi. A range of bespoke dining options include the Jack Bain's Bar, Parlor, Wine Cellar, The Dining Room, Palette, Kitchen and Private Dining, using organic ingredients from the Hotel's garden.Recreation facilities include the Spa, Gymnasium and Swimming Pool. ... more less
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