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Tamarind Village
Ranked #16 of 386 Hotels in Chiang Mai
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 29 July 2012

It was the authenticity of the Lanna style and attention to detail that had me want to book here. Tamarind Village promised tranquility and that it would honor its traditions and we certainly got what we had hoped for. We were travelling with 2 children, aged 7 and 11, and we wanted to stay in one room, rather than 2, as it was more economical. Kids were made to feel incredibly welcome by staff. We really appreciated that. We booked the Suite, which enabled one child to sleep on the sofa/day bed (very comfortable and full size) and an equally comfortable fold out bed, and the room was large enough that we still had plenty of room to move. The bathroom was divine and huge, with a bath and shower. The bedroom was at ground level, overlooking the tamarind tree and grassy area. The pool was about 20 meters away. Pool was perfect for the kids and they used it when ever they got the chance. 5 minute free hand massages near the pool area was a lovely touch, and it meant I could be pampered while still being able to over see the kids in the water. Probably my only gripe it that there weren't enough pool lounge chairs for the number of guests. The position of the restaurant was also a bit odd, being at the other end of the pool, but they are minor issues. Food was excellent and reasonably priced for a boutique hotel of this standard, though, the selection of incredible eateries in nearby streets for a fraction of the price (and equally as delicious) had us opt to eat out, once we'd found our feet. Breakfast was varied and top quality. Position of the hotel could not be beat as it is on the main drag and you can walk anywhere in the old city from Tamarind Village. As everyone else has mentioned, the fact that the Sunday walking market is at its door step made it even more appealing. The next morning, from 6am on the Monday morning, get up and feed the monks. Ask the hotel for some food and join others to participate in this humbling ritual. Very, very special. When out and about take tuk tuks or the red songtaews to get anywhere. Best coffee is up the road at Pacamara, brilliant, and uses lovely coffee sourced only about 4 hours away. Our kids voted this hotel as one of their favorites of the trip. That is saying a lot. We loved Chiang Mai and will be back, and when we do, Tamarind Village will be on our list of places to stay.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 July 2012

Pros:
1. Great staff.
2. Discreet and prompt service.
3. Peaceful, relaxing environment.
4. Sunday Walking Market right outside the hotel.
5. Convenient location for restaurants and siteseeing.

Cons:
1. Dogs barking at random hours outside of room (room 4201).
2. Breakfast selection could be more diverse.
3. Difficulty sleeping b/c of light shining outside door all night.

Great for couples, families and solo travelers! I would return to this hotel and Chiang Mai in general...

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 22 July 2012

The Tamarind was the perfect hotel for our stay:
1. Great location in the old city. You can walk everywhere & the grounds were gorgeous. It was a little getaway from the hectic city!
2. Nice room. Simple, but has everything you need: toiletries, towels, water, AC, and hot water!
3. Pool was nice but there were always kids swimming/playing.
4. Breakfast was simple--- fruit, omelettes, meats, cheese, and delicious pancakes!
5. Lastly, the staff was amazing & super friendly.

All in all we loved our stay & would love to return.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 July 2012

I really enjoyed my stay at the Tamarind but it was slightly spolied by the early wake up calls from a neighboutring cockrel!!

We stayed three nights in the basic room which was small but had everything we needed.

Breakfast was great! A good selection of hot food, fruit, meats, cheese and food cooked to order. Around the pool is incredibly peaceful in the morning.

I ordered room service one night and I wasn't too impressed buy my girlfriend really enjoyed her meal - maybe I just chose the wrong thing!

The pool is great but you may find there are no loungers available if you use the pool in the afternoon.

My only complaint is that I was awoken at about 5am every morning buy a cockrel crowing and dogs barking. For this reason I'd probably not return to the hotel but I do realise that the hotel cannot do anything about this noise!!

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank portex
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Reviewed 16 July 2012

From leaving the city of Bangkok to Chaing Mai, Thailand's second city the comparison is huge. From a sprawling mega city with the futuristic sky train to the laid back, old town qualities. We took a midday flight and landed around 2pm to rain but in the short 20 minute drive from the airport to the hotel it had dried up. We had opted to stay inside the crumbling old town walls and made the right decision. We arrived at the Tamarind Hotel, (which is situated off one of the main roads, down a private lane and planted each side with towering bamboo) to be greeted at the semi open reception with a cool towel and soft drink. We then had a quick and easy check in and were shown to our room.

We had decided to pay for the upgrade in this part of our holiday to a Lana Deluxe and for the extra £40 for the 5 nights, this was well worth it. We realised from the moment we arrived that we had picked a special boutique hotel. The rooms had a charm about them, from the swing doors on the bathroom to the comfortable beds. Our room was situated off the main courtyard with the impressive 200 year old Tamarind tree (which I got to see a large blue iguana climbing up one morning). The room had a TV and mini bar but we didn't use either. There was ample storage for clothes and had a lovely big spacious bathroom with a shower.

The hotel pool was just situated next to the reception and while some people have commented on the temperature of the pool being too cold, we experienced the heat-wave of over 40 degrees each day, so at the end of a long day sightseeing it was like climbing into a large bath! Perfect for floating around and relaxing in. There were ample free towels at the pool used for you to use. The restaurant for breakfast was at the other end of the pool and for the mornings that we had something to eat, the food was excellent (especially the various homemade jams!!) and at the omelette station, the chef made anything you requested. We didn't make use of the spa or the restaurant in the evenings but other reviews are positive.

The hotel does include free wifi but only for hour increments which you have to get a new token each time. This was one bug bear but apparently that is how a lot of wifi works in Thailand.

The hotel was situated so that everything was either a short walk or a tuk-tuk journey away. We would really recommend on your visit to Chaing Mai that you do the following: Tiger Experience - its a little bit out of town so you will need to get a proper tour company to take you there and if you can afford it, pay to have a photographer as you get significantly more time with the tigers, Flight of the Gibbons - styled like the Go Ape in the UK but with guides and a lot more zip wires. Fantastic morning and the meal they provide at the end is very good quality Thai food. Also with Flight of the Gibbons you can get reduced priced entry to Chaing Mai Zoo - you can just get a tuk-tuk there and back and make sure you get the upgrade so you see the Giant Pandas and enough space on your memory card as you will take a lot of photos!

The food in Chaing Mai was c.20-40% cheaper than Phuket.

If you are going to Chaing Mai, then make sure you are there for more than just a couple of days. There is so more to see and do, such as temples, waterfalls. We would recommend again and again to anyone going to Thailand - the people, the food and the scenery make it a visit you will remember for ever.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 July 2012

Stayed at the Tamarind Village late June..it is a charming combination of old and new with quaint courtyard cottagey feel about it and generally feels nice to be there has a nice ambiance and everything seems made and not manufactured....The food we had at breakfast and lunch was exquisite..As i say everything seemed pure as in freshly made and tasted great everything we had...all the staff were courtesous and very pleasant..at breakfast you note all the attention to detail little conical covers sit on top of the fruit juice containers made out of banana leaf a think and mess covers that look made as well cover the remainder of the food elsewhere, they also encourage activities like garland making and other back to basic activities which seems such a refreshing change..only one thing i think they should change is the wifi code, constantly changing every hour..thats it
We have travelled a lot and there are many places to see in one lifetime and not many we would go back twice on the basis of you have seen it once but, The Tamarind village is one to come back to, with its charm...and just makes you feel reallynice to be there..

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 July 2012

I loved Tamarind Village. It has a fantastic location in the middle of the walled city, yet is very quiet as soon as you walk down the driveway. The staff is lovely and extremely helpful when I sprained my ankle. Due to the ankle sprain I ate at the hotel restaurant for lunch one day and was quite pleased. the breakfast was great and lunch didn't disappoint either (though is more pricey than other options). My only problem is that I wish there was a full length door to the bathroom, not just the half door as the light/noise is disturbing in the middle of the night. But I will say best hotel toiletries ever!

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about 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
#8 Spa Hotel in Chiang Mai
#10 Luxury Hotel in Chiang Mai
#17 Business Hotel in Chiang Mai
Price Range: £91 - £225 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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