Aiming to travel on a reasonable budget, we opted for the entry level room. Comparisons against other hotels did highlight the limits of the room’s scale, but definitely still on the charming side of small, utterly comfortable and with touches like lemon grass incense imbuing a sanctuary like ambience. Inventory wise, the room offers all the usual features: storage, TV, safety deposit box, toiletries, local guide books. All clean and well maintained. I found myself sleeping soundly each night on a respectable double bed, thoroughly rested come morning.
Breakfast, although not gastronomically ground breaking, set a high standard, to which we found subsequent hotels struggling to match. Its a buffet breakfast with a mix of cooked Thai food, fruits, smoked meats and omelets. There’s a choice of teas for the cha drinkers and plenty of fresh fruit juices, and as is custom, polite and friendly service throughout.
The location is in the heart of the old town, a few minutes pilgrimage away from local shrines and other tourist attractions. As a photographer, I could easily visit the shrines in the evening with the benefits of interesting lighting and fewer tourists. Just across the road are surprisingly good tourist friendly restaurants and transport to other areas is easily hailed and fairly priced.
Beautifully formed, full of character and thoughtful touches, I can still vividly remember my experience at the Tamarind Village. Given a chance, I would go back tomorrow, Chiang mai is definitely one of the highlights of my Thailand trip and the Tamarind Village accommodated my stay there brilliantly.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Tamarind Village Chiang Mai
- Tamarind Village Hotel Chiang Mai