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Galare Guest House
Ranked #62 of 375 Hotels in Chiang Mai
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Great Spot”
Reviewed 6 September 2012

This place is cheap, well located and the staff are extermeley helpful. I generally think it's a great place to stay. The staff is not pushy, but will arrange transportation and excursions for you if you ask. They even recommended inexpensive places for laundry and food. My one gripe was that the hot water in the shower was not consistent. We had 3 rooms over 3 nights and not a single one of us had a hot shower. But, given the hot humeid temprature, a luke warm shower wasn't that big of a deal.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with friends
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Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
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36 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 August 2012

We stayed in this guest house for the first time in 1995, when Chiang Mai was still a quiet town with a nice market and some shops. We were very happy with it: it was simple, bur comfortable, very clean and well managed, and in a good location.
We came back one year ago, finding Chiang Mai quite a different place – but still lovely and interesting – and Galare Guest Hose still very good. The room is not very large, but very well kept. The small restaurant on the Ping River is nice for a light meal, and the location is still great, quite near the big market and the nice area of the best shops and restaurants. From here you can walk to many interesting places, even to the old city. And the wi-fi was a breeze, also in the room.

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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Albury, Australia
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39 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2012

A very good value for money establishment that we have not been able to fault to date. The wireless freeInternet connection in our room this year was a welcome improvement. We found their tours organised we well handled. Disappointed we did not get more time to catch up with tu. The staff we have found to be very friendly and will definitely be back again. We found the rooms large although a little old are very clean and security very good. We also liked the central location.

Room Tip: We liked the upstairs rooms because of their airiness and at times found we did not need the air con...
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Saratoga Springs, ny
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45 reviews
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Reviewed 8 April 2012

Staff were very friendly and helpful. The buildings are comfortable with the furnished balconies, a/c in the rooms and open air restaurant on the river. Our room was spacious compared to other guest houses we visited in Thailand. We ate at least one meal a day here, preferring to eating Thai fare, and the food was consistently very good. I must eat gluten -free and the staff understood enough english to comprehend the gluten issues and prepare safe and tasty food for me. They were very accomodating. We were together able to determine which sauces were safe (did not have wheat/gluten).
We did not book excursions through the guest house, being more of the do-it-yourselfers. Songtaew and Tuk-tuk are usually available at the end of the block, for easy transportation around the city and beyond. You're close enough to walk to the Warorot and Hmong Markets, if you can stand the heat. The Kalare night market is closer, but more junk-kind of like Canal street in NYC.
We would definitely stay here again. The only issue we had was with our housekeeper-a unhappy-looking older woman who was always sitting on the balcony when we returned in the afternoon and didn't always replace our water, washcloths or soap. The front desk always happily gave us what we needed.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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San Pedro, California
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89 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2012

Chiang Mai is not a restful place. The Galare has a nice location on the river and is reasonably priced. It irked me that they require you to pay in cash before you stay there. Lots of mosquitoes in the riverside eating area. Food is average, no breakfast included.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Khon Kaen, Thailand
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93 reviews
55 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2012

Galare guesthouse is a lovely, high value stay. The rooms are nice, the bathrooms could use some updating. Nice restaurant along the river's edge. The staff is friendly and helpful. They are very competent with any tours, transportation or service. Although quiet at night, the location is excellent. A 10 minute walk brings you to Bubbles Disco, 12 minutes to Anusarn Market or the Night Market. We have stayed here a few times and they do not disappoint.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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Gloucestershire
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72 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2012

We stayed here for 4 nights and were pleased with the place. It is close to the night bazaar and lots of shops. The food they serve in the restaurant was excellent and very good value. The rooms are a little dated but clean and comfortable. The downside is you need plenty of deet as there are a lot of mosquitos due to the closeness of the river. We booked a trip through the guest house, elephant trekking, and it was very good value for money and an amazing experience. The only negative thing that I can say is that on our last day we asked reception to book a flight for us, we were charged 150 english pounds for it and when I checked at the airport it had actually only cost 80 pounds, so I think that they charged way too much commission.
On the whole it is a good place to stay, you get what you pay for and the rates were very reasonable. i would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Galare Guest House
Address: 7 Chareonprathet Rd. Soi #2, Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Chiang Mai Province > Chiang Mai
Amenities:
Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
#12 Best Value Hotel in Chiang Mai
#26 Family Hotel in Chiang Mai
#40 Romantic Hotel in Chiang Mai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Galare Guest House 2*
Number of rooms: 35
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