We stayed here as the second stop on our honeymoon in June. Chiang Mai, whilst quieter than Bangkok, can still be quite busy, but the Tamarind Village is an oasis in the middle of the city. The hotel is absolutely charming, with the air of trying to blend in with local surroundings and nature as much as possible - we saw geckos and lizards scurrying around, and the female staff wore flowers in their hair that had fallen off the trees. The staff in general were lovely, so polite and helpful.
The room we had was small but perfect for our needs, though a tad dark occasionally. The room had a very local influence that was clear in the furnishings and the bathroom products provided. During turndown the staff left small booklets with local Buddhist folk tales, which was a lovely touch. As part of our honeymoon deal we received an excellent one hour Thai massage, which certainly left us feeling invigorated!
Breakfast was always nice, with the option to eat by the pool. The egg station was great - I'd recommend the Thai omelette! We ate dinner in the restaurant one night and had delicious food, with some of the best ribs I think we've ever had. The pool itself was great, always with enough room for everyone to sit down on either loungers or small snugs built into the wall. There is also a walking market outside the hotel every Sunday which is great fun.
The one criticism, and the reason that this is a four star rather than the five star we so wanted to give, was one mentioned by others. The walls of the hotel are very thin, and consequently it can be quite noisy when in your room and trying to sleep. For us this was exacerbated by the two young children in an upstairs room whose mother decided it was appropriate for them to run up and down the outside stairs/play loudly right outside our room with no consideration for others. It is a real shame as the hotel is otherwise so lovely, but the thin walls do make it difficult sometimes to get a good night's sleep, and we are not light sleepers.
In short we would recommend this hotel for a stay in Chiang Mai, but would say to think carefully about the room that you book - one on an upper level may get less noise. A beautiful hotel nonetheless.
- 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