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“A secret garden”
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Tamarind Village
Ranked #14 of 383 Hotels in Chiang Mai
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Singapore, Singapore
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“A secret garden”
Reviewed 1 November 2011

A 200-year old tamarind street stands majestically in the middle of the nicely manicured courtyard of the Tamarind Village and greets you as you check into the hotel. Tamarind Village is a medium-sized boutique hotel that offers you the true Thai hospitality. As I was checking in close to midnight and I was still craving for dinner, the hotel staff helpfully suggested a few places around the hotel which I can still grab dinner and even personally escorted me there.

The hotel rooms are all fitted with wooden floor boards, wooden writing desk and the walls are decorated with black and white artistic shots of the surrounding spots. The bathrooms are large, fitted with power-shower and you can try (and even take home) their house-brand toiletries. The breakfast is sumptious with an extensive spread and it is served just right in front of the pool area and next to the "in-house" art gallery.

The key tourist sites and temples are all within 15 minutes walking distance away from the hotel and what is more beautiful is the hotel is just tucked away within the old city walls from the main road. Several cafes, restaurants, bars, travel agencies and bike rental kiosks dot the main road outside of the hotel.

All in all, the hotel is very centrally located within the old wall city, within easy reach to explore the touristy sites and is very comfortable.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 26 October 2011

We stayed for a long week end at the Tamarind Village at the end of October. The hotel is very well located nearby most of Chiang Mai attractions and beautifully decorated in old Thai style. Last but not least, the service is superb. I highly recommend this hotel for both professional and tourist visitors.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 October 2011

This place is a haven of peace in the bustle of Chiang Mai. With little bungalow / chalets positioned around an incredible Tamarind tree you can enjoy just sitting on your balcony (if you have one) or relaxing by the pool. And after a tiring day nothing was better than a nice dinner in the restaurant (which has authentic live music) serving upmarket versions of traditional Thai dishes (with better cuts of meat). Breakfast is fantastic, complete with an omelette chef.

Rooms have everything you could need including a little smelly oil infuser and slippers. This is not a place for a budget traveller, but at the same time it is not so expensive that you can't let yourself have one or two nights of luxury after a few days trekking through the jungle.

The staff were very welcoming and helpful with everything from wifi to getting a Visa for Vietnam. They also told me where to go for authentic Northern Thai cuisine after I had grown bored of the limited menu options in the restaurant.

it was Tamarind Heaven.

Room Tip: For a little extra it is worth having the little balcony and being on the upper floor.
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  • Stayed November 2010, travelled solo
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Reviewed 22 October 2011

It's amazing that in such a busy noisy city you can have such an amazing quiet relaxing beautiful hotel. The staff are lovely the spa is amazing the rooms are spacious I just loved this hotel! We rented bicycles and spent the day cycling around the city for 6 hours came back to a Thai massage the best overall great hotel in chiang mai x

  • Stayed October 2011
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Reviewed 18 October 2011

We had booked the junior suite but was upgradedto the spa suite on arrival. The suite was very spacious and my favorite part of the room was the bathroom. It was spacious and bright because of the natural light that came in through the glass door that separated the outdoor shower from the bath inside. There were antiques in the room which added to its charm. Lovely bath amenities were provided (they had a very "spa" quality to them).

We had a big outdoor area with sofas and a square sunbed big enough for two. The suite faced the spa's massage rooms (it was in a wing right across from us) so there isn't much privacy if you want to hang out in the outdoor area.

The coumpound was lush with greenery and had a "villa" feel to it because the buildings were only 2 floors high. The restaurant served wonderful food and every night, they had musicians play and sometimes singers too. If you want to go out and have a meal, just take a tuk-tuk to the river area. There are many good restaurants there (we love the Gallery restaurant and have been there many times but we find that the ambience is better at night than in the daytime).

I would suggest that you plan your travel dates to coincide with the Sunday market because it is an event held right outside the hotel (when you walk out towards the street). We enjoyed walking around and looking at handicrafts/art - each stall we stopped at had a personal touch because the artists/craftsmen who made them were there selling their own wares. I bought several turquoise and agate bracelets from this lady who made them. She explained where the stones came from and her inspiration for the color combinations and charms she added. You won't get to see this at the regular night bazaar (that's held every night near the center of the city).

A few minor complaints though about our suite:
1) It was too dark! The lighting was low, even at max. I understand the need for mood lighting but it would've been nice to have the option of being able to see the things we bought or read on our sofa. We felt we were straining our eyes quite a bit. Bathroom was well lit though!

2) 30minutes of wi-fi per day!!! Seriously, to have an internet connection terminated when 30 minutes was up was extremely annoying.

3) We had the oldest of tvs with really bad reception. We were surprised because we were in the best room they had! It didn't help that it rained a fair bit so we stayed in more than we expected to and the limited internet connectivity and a very poor selection of channels on tv (plus bad reception and sound) made us wish they had a dvd library or board games we could borrow as alternatives.

Still, we do love the place and would stay there again (but next time, armed with our own Dvds and card games in case we get rained in!).

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 October 2011

The Tamarind Village Hotel offers a wonderful escape from the city buzz, but perfectly placed to enjoy all that this charming city has to offer. The walking market just on its doorstep. Wonderful friendly staff and stunning accommodation with rooms furnished in beautiful Lanna style and very comfortable beds. Breakfasts to die for with the restaurant just by the pool. Excellent spa facilites and suites also available. A quiet and peaceful hotel in the middle of a bustling city with somuch on offer. Highly recommended for couples or families.

Room Tip: Connecting rooms out to the courtyard are perfect for families.
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  • Stayed December 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 9 October 2011

We just got back last night from an extended weekend at the Tamarind Village. The location couldn't be more convenient in the center of Old Town, right on the Sunday Walking Street. We stayed in a Lanna Room, on the second floor and had the best hotel shower we've ever had. I think we ended up bathing twice a day just to enjoy it.
The breakfast was huge and diverse, with an egg station, Thai favorites, fruit, cheeses and breads every day.
The pool was clean and had bar service. There were some families there, and I'd be comfortable bringing smallish children, as long as you were careful around the pool. Most of the rooms are not directly attached to the neighboring rooms, so you'd not have to worry about disturbing others.
Other than the hotel's restaurant, there is also a nice coffee shop and several restaurants across the street. The top ranked spa here on TA is about 2 blocks away (was nice!), and the cultural center was also about 2 blocks away. We walked down to the night markets from here, stopping for dinner along the way, but the mini-taxi was only 50 bhat, which was totally worth it on the way back.
A tour guide we'd hired for an outside trip (who'd never been to the Tamarind Village), said it reminded him of his youth in a Buddhist monastery, so peaceful and pretty. It really is a little oasis.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Tamarind Village
Address: 50/1 Rajdamnoen Road | Si Phum, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Chiang Mai Province > Chiang Mai
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Chiang Mai
#6 Family Hotel in Chiang Mai
#7 Spa Hotel in Chiang Mai
#9 Luxury Hotel in Chiang Mai
#17 Business Hotel in Chiang Mai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Tamarind Village 4*
Number of rooms: 45
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tamarind Village is a unique and charming boutique property that nestles in the heart of historic Chiang Mai. Surrounded by ancient temples and quaint shopping streets, it takes its name from a magnificent 200 year old tamarind tree that shelters the hotel in a shady embrace.Tamarind Village is situated at the center of Chiang Mai’s old town. Many of Chiang Mai’s historic landmarks and temples such as Thapae Gate, the Three Kings Monument, Wat Phra Singh and Wat Chedi Luang are located within a few minutes walk of the hotel. Each week, Chiang Mai’s famous ‘Sunday Walking Street’ takes place just in front of the hotel’s entrance. ... more   less 
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