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137 Pillars House Chiang Mai
Ranked #1 of 386 Hotels in Chiang Mai
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“Best hotel ever in Chiang Mai”
Reviewed 27 May 2013

I really love all of them. They are very very very nice design hotel, coming with excellent service. The most famous are swimming pool and the outlet with 137 pillars. The location is quite good. They are near Ping riverside. You can walk to a lot of riverside restaurant and bar. LOVE THEM ALL <3

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 May 2013

My wife and I were planning to enjoy our first trip without our two year old children, so we researched quite a few hotels that would have "couples" details. We wanted a nice spa, a nice pool, a very comfortable/spacious room, and excellent customer service. We found all of these in 137 Pillars House. The layout of the property makes it feel as if you are the only guest and the immaculate care the staff takes of the guests is unmatched in the area and quite possibly the world. I have been to 30+ countries and hundreds of hotels and this is my favorite by a wide margin. The details are all handled here and you will go wanting for nothing.

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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 April 2013 via mobile

What a wonderful place to return to after a hot day of sightseeing. The lovely hotel with great rooms and bathrooms was just the place to unwind. From checkin to food to service it was at the top of the game. The first two nights we had the place basically to ourselves which spoiled us when it filled up with families for Easter weekend. Outdoor seating at breakfast became limited with two large families taking over the space. Not the hotels fault that they ate in shifts utilizing the tables for the morning. Only other weakness was my massage which was ok but not great for the money. Expensive for Land of good cheap massage.

Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 April 2013

I've stayed in several boutique hotels in Chiang Mai over the last few years but 137 Pillars is definitely the best looking of the ones I've been to. The designers have thoughtfully blended the old home-style residential elements with the modern. The restored 18th century home that now houses the library and communal lounge areas are gorgeous. I also really loved the pool and the massive living wall next to it.

Although some people have waxed lyrical about the food, I didn't think it was all that. We ate lunch at the property one day and all the Thai dishes that we tried had been "westernised" to the point that I felt some of the dishes were bordering on bland.

The breakfast menu was nice, dominated mainly by European dishes (Brioche and bananas were yum) but the wonton soup was also very good.

We booked a half day private cooking class. When we were booking the class with the hotel staff we explained that both my partner and I are experienced cooks who cook a lot of Thai food and that we wanted our lesson to focus more on regional / complex dishes. The team arranged for us to nominate the dishes that we would like to cook which was great.

Prior to commencing the cooking class we did a local market tour at Thanin Market (I recommend visiting on your own as you'll have more time to explore - it's really worth it if you like food markets) to pick up some ingredients for the class. Only problem with this excursion was that we were accompanied by one of the hotel staff who, by her own admission, knew nothing about Thai cooking! When we were asking about certain foods on sale in the market, she was pretty clueless (she spent most of her time googling our questions on her iphone). While the market tour is a nice inclusion to the private cooking class, I think it would be better led by a guide who actually knows a thing or two about food (ideally the cooking instructor).

Overall the cooking class was good. We were taught by the Executive chef who provided us with lots of helpful tips for refining our Thai cooking and the food we cooked turned out great. However, I think the lesson would have been even more enjoyable if all the ingredients had not been prepared and chopped before we got there! We also had to ask the chef to let us cook with woks because they normally have students cook with small teflon pans - not the most authentic Thai cooking experience. That being said, both my partner and I are pretty died hard foodies so others that might be after a less intensive private cooking class experience might be completely happy with their standard class offering.

Aside from the restaurant food and the OK cooking class, we really loved this hotel. The rooms and the communal grounds are gorgeous, service is attentive but not obtrusive (personal butler is a nice touch) and the afternoon soundtrack of cicadas was a constant delight.

If in Chiang Mai, I would definitely consider staying here again.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 April 2013 via mobile

This was my first visit to Chiang Mai and 137 Pillars House definitely was the most remarkable experience I had in this city!

I was upgraded to the East Borneo Suite on the 2nd floor. The decoration was filled with the heritage taste. Every details made me feel luxurious yet very cozy.

Breakfast selection was not wide but food quality was good. The surrounding environment is so relax and peaceful that I couldn't feel like in the heart of the city.

The pool is definitely the most clever design I have ever seen. The huge green plantation wall totally provide an ordinary small swimming pool the most remarkable signature. All my friends wow on the photos taken.

The main building which is the historic site was itself a tourist must visit place.

It's a hotel I will miss always!

  • Stayed September 2012
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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 11 April 2013

Everyone seems to be saying good things about this place and all I can say is ditto. This hotel really is a hidden gem on the "quieter" side of the river in Chiang Mai. The neighborhood is charming with little restaurants, small boutique stores, and real houses so you don't feel like you're in the middle of the hustle and bustle. Saying that, it's only a 15 minute tuk-tuk ride (80 baht to the old city center) so it's convenient for some temple visiting, shopping, etc.

The rooms in the hotel was very well decorated, and cozy. They even provided complimentary drinks in the fridge stocked with beer, sparkling water, soft drinks, etc. Fruit was provided every day in the room too. The breakfast was solid, but I was slightly disappointed with the lunch and dinner there. A bit on the pricey side and you are bound to find better Thai cuisine outside of the hotel at far better prices.

Service was impeccable for the most part, except the aforementioned restaurant at lunch and evening when it felt a little underserviced. Probably because not a lot of the guests were eating there but it was sometimes difficult to get a waiter to come over. The front of house staff (i.e. reception and concierge) were very helpful in terms of providing us restaurant recommendations, tours, etc.

All in all, we were very happy with our experience and would love to come back.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 5 April 2013

137 Pillars House Hotel is hard to beat, even in Thailand which has so many fine hotels and resorts. This is an intimate resort just outside of the hustle and bustle of old Chang Mai. Excellent accommodations coupled with great service in a serene environment. The rooms are beautifully furnished in the British Colonial style with sumptuous accoutrements. The restraint is very tastefully furnished and offers a fine food and wine menus. The actual 137 Pillars House is a comfortably romantic place to gather for drinks after a long hot day around Chang Mai and listen to the piano player. It’s easy to picture yourself as a British plantation owner 150 years ago having a gin and tonic after a long day of watching over those working.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: 137 Pillars House Chiang Mai
Address: 2 Soi 1, Na Wat Gate Road | Wat Gate, Chiang Mai 50000, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Chiang Mai Province > Chiang Mai
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 386 Hotels in Chiang Mai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — 137 Pillars House Chiang Mai 5*
Number of rooms: 30
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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