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After living in Asia for almost a decade, and staying in 30-40 different hotels per year, I dare to say I have a certain knowledge and experience to judge and evaluate accomodation in this part of the world.
Dusit is not exactly a budget-chain, and usually they deliver some old-style luxury in their “Dusit Thani” - Hotels , plus recently added a really trendy and hip new brand with their “D2”-Design-Hotels.
The Royal Princess Hotels are a level below, usually in the 4-star area (like the Royal Princess Korat, which is very decent). This here in Chiang Mai is still a step below all others, in fact, it is the “ugly duckling” of the Dusit group, a plain 3-star which has its best times behind it, screaming for an upgrade, and not offering good value for money (and I have been staying in Chiang Mai in almost 20 different hotels so far).
In fact, I had a good laugh reading a recent review, describing "fantastic value for money" - well, if this is your first night in the country, you may think so.
Since coming to Chiang Mai for the first time many years ago, I always saw this hotel when walking in the Night-Bazaar-Area, affording a prime location at Changkhlan Road. It never looked much from the outside, but after I finally learned it is part of DUSIT-group, I decided to give it a try.
I had booked a Deluxe, as a Deluxe room at DUSIT usually means you get free in-room-internet (which was indeed the case – GOOD ON THEM!).
When checking in with my Dusit-Gold-card, they decided to upgrade me to the “Executive room” and when you hear “Executive”, you of course will have some kind of expectations. Upon entering the room, I was really disappointed. A small room with worn furniture and absolutely nothing that would justify the term “executive”. In fact, all rooms of the hotel seem to have the same size, no matter which classification. I had a chance to see a “superior” room during my stay, and indeed, that one was even more dull with even older furnishings.
Considering the prices they charge for their rooms, this is really no good value for money. Just as an example, the much more impressive Centara Duangtawan, which is less than a stone-throw away, usually charges less for much much nicer and spacier rooms. Or the Holiday Inn and the Empress, though their location is not as convenient.
It's not all bad though, the breakfast was one of the best I ever had in this price range in Asia and is worth going there even if you are not a hotel guest. Oh, and I really LOVE those fragrant fruit-and-spice soaps you can find in all Dusit-Bathrooms (though that alone won't make me stay at a place of course ^^).
But apart from that, there is little reason to stay at this hotel in a City, that offers extraordinarily good value for money – sadly, this is not the case at the Royal Princess Chiang Mai. The location is perfect - but please give it its' long deserved facelift to make it a pretty swan again instead of the ugly ducking it is right now.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel and restaurant business. We are a member of Dusit International and going to change our hotel name to Dusit Princess Chiangmai Thank you ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Royal Princess Chiang Mai Hotel Chiang Mai
- Royal Princess Hotel Chiang Mai
- Chiang Mai Royal Princess