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“The "Ugly Duckling" of the Dusit group - it's time for a facelift !” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Dusit Princess Chiang Mai
Ranked #54 of 374 Hotels in Chiang Mai
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“The "Ugly Duckling" of the Dusit group - it's time for a facelift !”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2010

Hello and thanks for reading my profile. If you liked it, then please do not hesitate to push the “REVIEW WAS USEFUL” - Button, Khop Khun Krabbb (^_^) .
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.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled on business
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2010

I was pleasantly surprised by this hotel given how affordable the rooms are. It exceeded my expectations. The room we stayed in was very simply furnished and had very recently been remodeled and painted.

The hotel staff was very attentive from the moment our taxi dropped us off in front, taking our bags and welcoming us to the hotel, the reception/check-in was taken care of with no problem and the english spoken by the staff was surprisingly good. Our bags were delievered to our rooms and the man that delievered them made sure to point out that out a few room features before wishing us a nice stay and leaving.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Huonville, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2010

In the process of being renovated, we were upgraded to a deluxe suite on the 16th floor. The room was very comfortable, the service excellent, staff friendly and helpful. The buffet breakfast was excellent and catered well to our aussie tastes. The proximity to the night markets was a plus

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2010

When in Chiang Mai I was quite sick, and had to spend a night in the Chaing Mai RAM Hospital. Which was horrible. But otherwise, I spent a lot of time in the bathroom of the Royal Princess hotel room, which was quite old and missing tiles. Also, every time someone flushed a toilet above or around our room we heard every part of it. The rooms were old and a bit outdated, but comfortable and in a good position. Staff were really nice and friendly, and did a lot to help me out, including driving me to the hospital and back. Would reccommend this hotel, is just in need of a little renovation!

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Manila, Philippines
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2010

Location : The location is very ideal for travelers. Right outside it's front door is part of the extended night market which extends 0.5 km to the left and 0.5 km to the right. Exchanging currency is easy, there are two Thai banks across the street. There's a starbucks and mc donald on it's left and further down is the older Night Bazaar which is a big one. To the right, just 50 meters down is another night market and restaurants. And several massage stations that go for Baht 150, I think it was. Saw gellato stations, stalls that sell fresh fruits, dry fruits stands, spices, back packs, decors, clothes galore ! You can spend an hour or much more in this area.

Steps away is a Japanese buffet restaurant that is fully airconditioned for Baht 200; and another one that serve bento box meals for Baht 150.

Pricing : Moderate .... Affordable ... Worth it if not more that what we pay.

Breakfast : Very good daily buffet breakfast for me. If you are a gourmand, you might want to cross the street instead. For culinary ( more $$$$$ ) meals.

Floor Area : 32 sq m .... which is a gem. More and more hotels are doing 24 sq m. Oh please. The managers should try living in them. Here in Asia, any hotel with less than 24 sq m needs should be in the bottom of the list.

Amenities : Ensuite bathroom with tub and shower, room safe, AC.

I'm excited to be back. Will take a few friends along. And I'm not even in the travel industry.

Most of my travels now are for leisure. So, i don't access my emails when overseas. Clients sms or call my mobile phone if they need me. This hotel's internet service is expensive. Cross the street instead.

Caveat : Most floors have renovated rooms. A couple or so have yet to be renovated. Even if not yet renovated, the rooms are bearable. I don't like to complain much when I'm on holiday with the rates this hotel charges. For those that have high standards, there
are two that may suit your taste buds - on the same street. And one that is on the other end of the night market that I think is "to die for".

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2010

Had 4 nights in Chaing Mai.

Walked out of the hotel straiight into the night markets so perfect location.

Loads of cheap places to eat too.

Hotel was clean and staff friendly, no need to stay in the posher hotels.

Stayed August 2010, travelled with friends
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Thank liz73Uk
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Brisbane, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2010

Had 3 nights here and for our purposes was a great choice. The location is its big selling point, as its right in the middle of the night markets that line the street in front of the hotel and across the road from the night market area. Also plenty of decent food and bars within a couple of minutes walk. The hotel was still under renovation and there was banging and noise from 9am-5pm, which didnt bother us at all, but if we intended on sleeping in, it might have been a concern. Our room was on the 9th floor and had already been renovated. Overall, the room was nothing out of the ordinary, but was comfortable and the bathroom was great, except for the poor design of the shower area, which let water flood out onto the bathroom floor whenever you used it. The view we had was to the wall of the building next door, but really, there's not much of a view around Chiang Mai anyway, so you're not missing out on much. The pool area was ok, it was a bit tired and in need of a face lift and the pool bar wasnt manned, so you had to ring from the phone there for drinks, but its not a hotel you want to be at to sit around the pool anyway. We had breakfast included and it was more than acceptable, not the best we had in Thailand, but a good selection of western and asian. The rest of the hotel was clean and well kept and the staff were very friendly and helpful. I also made use of the hotel transport service, which was only 100baht to get to the airport in one of their mini vans, very reasonable. I would have no problem staying here again, but for me, 3 days in Chiang Mai was enough, as there isnt a lot to do aside from an elephant camp (go to Mae Tang river camp with ox carts and bamboo rafting, its awesome) and tiger kingdom day trip, a rainforest flying fox and the night markets.


Our pics were the all you can eat sushi on the corner at the lights to the right of the hotel, the cafeteria in the Alare markets across the street and to the left about 200m and the open air bar there.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank stuchy81
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Property: Dusit Princess Chiang Mai
Address: 112 Chang Klan Road, Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand
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Region: Thailand > Chiang Mai Province > Chiang Mai
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #54 of 374 Hotels in Chiang Mai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Dusit Princess Chiang Mai 3.5*
Number of rooms: 198
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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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