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137 Pillars House Chiang Mai
Ranked #2 of 392 Hotels in Chiang Mai
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 23 December 2013

What a wonderful place to stay in Chiang Mai. Once you get beyond the front doorway you are transported into a different era. The staff is friendly and respectful. They greet you by name and were just lovely. Our room had a nice porch area where you can just laze out and relax or use the wi-fi. The breakfast is nice and the chef is accommodating in making different foods upon request. He also has a daily treat of a delicious sampling of a smoothie or whatever. We went to the night market on many nights. It is only a tuk-tuk ride away. Ask the driver how much it costs to get to the night market. They will usually quote 60-80 BAHT. We give them 100 B and feel like big spenders (with the tip being 20 B or about 20 cents. LOL) Dinner at the hotel is delicious and relaxing. The vegetarian spring rolls were crisp and light.

Room Tip: We had a room on the bottom floor opposite the main house. It was quiet and restful and just a shor...
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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with family
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GM137PillarsHouse, General Manager at 137 Pillars House Chiang Mai, responded to this reviewResponded 24 December 2013

Thanks so much for having been our guests, and for your kind review of the hotel and our services. I am happy to learn that we have lived up to your expectations.

Merry Christmas and Season's Greetings!

Manfred ILG - General Manager
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Reviewed 23 December 2013

I'd highly recommend this unique boutique hotel to those visiting Chiang Mai.

We experienced 5 star service throughout our stay, including daily news personalized for us (Canada edition of newspaper), nightly turndown service with cookies and bedtime story, a steady supply of fresh tropical fruit in our room, a butler at our disposal to attend to our every need, and cheerful, friendly staff throughout the hotel complex.

Our room was spacious and well appointed (we stayed in the Raja suite). The bed was the most comfortable I have ever slept on at any hotel in the world. The food was also exceptional. The breakfast was delicious, with a good selection of Western and Asian dishes. We had dinner here one night in the hotel restaurant and it was the best meal of our trip (and at a reasonable price for a high end hotel). We would particularly recommend the Lanna-style curry.

We did not want to leave after only two nights here.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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GM137PillarsHouse, General Manager at 137 Pillars House Chiang Mai, responded to this reviewResponded 24 December 2013

...and we did not want to see you leave! I hope you will have an opportunity to visit us again in the near future! In the meantime, the Team and I thank you for your wonderful comments on our services and food and beverage offers.
Reviews like yours encourage us to continue our strive for excellence!

Merry Christmas and Season's Greetings!

Manfred ILG - General Manager
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Reviewed 23 December 2013 via mobile

You wind thru the crazy narrow lanes and chaotic traffic noise and confusion of smells and smog and humidity and then you turn a corner and you are transported into a past millennium. The cool peaceful serenity of the majestic 137 Pillars descends on you and like in the movie Lost Horizon you are suddenly on the other side! It's amazing close to the city and the exciting nightlife of the riverside and all you have to do is step out and tuk tuks are at yr beck and call. Amazingly exciting food and drinks at very reasonable prices are a short 5 minute walk away.

Within its compounds you are pampered with spacious rooms attached with romantic balconies. Watch out for equally romantic mosquitoes outdoors though. You have an fabulous breakfast at the main house after which this top 50 small luxury hotel in the world is named. Anna Leonowens' son Louis resided there when he worked for the East India Company which owned the mansion which had exactly 137 teak pillars. A romantic story behind a romantic weekend. It's everything everyone says it is. There are much cheaper and plentiful options for accommodations nearby but 137 Pillars is really an experience not to miss.

  • Stayed: November 2013
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GM137PillarsHouse, General Manager at 137 Pillars House Chiang Mai, responded to this reviewResponded 24 December 2013

Dear Ms. Goh,

Reading your kind review, it seems we have achieved what we were trying to achieve: To take you out of your daily routine and transport you into a different world, welcoming you to our home!

The 137 Pillars House Team thanks you for your recent visit and we all look forward to welcoming you back again in the near future.

Season's Greetings,

Manfred ILG - General Manager
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Reviewed 17 December 2013

This is a great resort, with uncommonly comfortable beds covered with top quality linens – a good night’s sleep is top priority for me, and this hotel delivered. Booked with Andaman Adventures as the Chiang Mai stop in a lengthy tour of the region which also took in Bangkok and the southern beaches – great holiday, thanks to them for that. Our bathroom well equipped with both indoor and outdoor showers. The historical photos in the room gave a feel of CM’s history, which is a rich one, it used to be the capital of an independent kingdom called Lanna, which when translated means a million fields. The hotel is luxurious without being passé, it has a good location and is pleasingly close to the night market, where we shopped for art and furniture, which we then had shipped home. CM is the best place in Thailand to go shopping for art, pottery, ceramics and furniture, all the stuff the Chatuchak market comes doen from up north and you’re better off buying it direct from the factories up north – we did and saved a bomb.


The gardeners were seemingly ubiquitious and made the grounds a a joy to relax in and take a stroll round. The original pillared house (I couldn’t count 137 pillars so don’t know where that comes from) was vetry beautiful and an ornament to the hotel. Most important of everything wss the staff, who went above and beyond on a consistent basis, and many of whom spoke surprisingly good English. As soon as we arrived at the hotels and checked out the landscaping we knew we’d chosen the right place. The breakfast buffet had a huge selection and the food was very good and varied.


The rooms here are really beautiful with little exotic Asian finishing touches everywhere. I don’t like staying in a room and waking up, opening my eyes and thinking “where am I, tis hotel room could be anywhere?”


Good swimming pool, wifi a bit slow especially outside the room, good spa with an extensive menu.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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GM137PillarsHouse, General Manager at 137 Pillars House Chiang Mai, responded to this reviewResponded 18 December 2013

Dear Mr. Yoichi,

Thsnk you for your kind words and excelent ratings. This is much appreciated.

Please note that the old teak house stood, indeed, on 137 pillars. Some got lost during the restoration of the house but knowing that the house was, in the past, known lovingly as " Baan 137 sao" translated into the house with the 137 Pillars, the owners decided to stick with this catchy name for their hotel.

We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

Resprctfully yours,

Manfred ILG
General Manager
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Reviewed 16 December 2013

My wife and I stayed here for 5 nights in the Rajah Brroke suite as part of our honeymoon. We had been in touch with hotel prior about it and we were assured that they would do everything possible to make our stay memorable.

Not only was our stay memorable but we felt so welcome from the moment we set foot In the hotel.

The grounds are immaculate and stunning, the room (old English colonial) was extremely luxurious and the food was scrumptious.

We are both vegetarians - every day the exec chef spoke with us and came up with a tailor made menu for us - this is service you cannot simply find in larger, generic hotels.

The front office staff were amazing, friendly and very attentive.

All in all, if ever I return to Chiang Mai, I know where we are staying.

Thank you 137Pillars!!!

Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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GM137PillarsHouse, General Manager at 137 Pillars House Chiang Mai, responded to this reviewResponded 24 December 2013

It is entirely us to THANK YOU for having been our guests during your recent honeymoon trip. I am most pleased to learn that you have enjoyed our services and the team and I look forward to welcoming you back, who knows, maybe on your first anniversary? :-)

Merry Christmas and Season's Greetings!

Manfred ILG - General Manager
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Reviewed 15 December 2013

We really enjoyed the nice atmosphere at 137 Pillars house, beautiful hotel with absolute tastefully decorated rooms and high level of amenities. The service was very nice and helpful, always eager to answer questions.
What we did not like, the nighttime noise of the clubs in the close vicinity do not allow any sleep before 2.00 or 3.00 am. Also, some of the hotel guests went to the clubs but unfortunately were not able to find their rooms at 6.00am in the morning and knocked on our door.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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GM137PillarsHouse, General Manager at 137 Pillars House Chiang Mai, responded to this reviewResponded 24 December 2013

Herzlichen Dank dass Sie sich Zeit genommen haben, uns Ihre Kommentare mitzuteilen!

I do appreciate your kind review of our services and sincerely thank you for having been our guests.

With regards to the occasional noise traveling at times from the Riverside Pubs to the hotel, I do apologize for the inconvenience. I have taken up the subject with various parties and we are working together to find an acceptable solution for our esteemed guests real soon!

The Team and I look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

Schoene Weihnachten und ein erfolgreiches Neues Jahr 2014!

Manfred ILG - General Manager
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Reviewed 15 December 2013

What can I say, the location, the people, the service, the food, the breakfast buffet, the rooms, everything is first rate. There really is mother reason to look at other hotels in Chiang Mai if you want a luxury, high-end hotel. The staff knew us and remembered our name throughout our entire stay. The chef one day for breakfast brought us a a bunch of his creations which we really enjoyed. I mean if Owen Wilson is staying at this hotel, it says it all. Lastly, the rooms are immaculate and well decorated. The balconies on each room is very big and a good place for an afternoon nap.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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GM137PillarsHouse, General Manager at 137 Pillars House Chiang Mai, responded to this reviewResponded 24 December 2013

Thank you very much for your encouraging comment about your recent stay with us at 137 Pillars House.

The entire team and I wish you Merry Christmas

and sends Season's Greetings! We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Respectfully yours,

Manfred ILG - General Manager
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Additional Information about 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
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Ranked #2 of 392 Hotels in Chiang Mai
Price Range: £352 - £743 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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