Avoid the scam! The warning signs were all there...when we checked in around 7pm, there was just one guy in a dimly lit corner. He told us there would be a 3% surcharge if you paid by credit card (which is illegal in Thailand), and by the way you also were required to not just provide your credit card, but to sign the blank bill in addition. Then he pulled out a form indicating a "1500 baht fine" if you used the room safe but lost the key. Seemed pretty strange.
The room was merely serviceable...there are much better options for this price in Chiang Mai. A TV isn't that much to ask for. We decided to leave, but then he wanted to charge us a 200 baht fee "for using the air conditioning," even though had made the decision (and booked a new hotel) within ten minutes! Unbelievable. They finally dropped it after we refused to pay.
The hotel gets a lot of positive reviews on Trip Advisor, so we were looking forward to a nice experience, but I really am surprised that the reviews are that positive given the experience we had.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The River View Lodge is overlooking the Ping River and is less than 10 minutes stroll from Chiang Mai's famous Night Bazaar. Decorated with regional carvings and textiles, our rooms are clean, neat, beautifully appointed and simply furnished with good showers, hot water and air conditioning. Fifteen of our 35 rooms have balconies and verandas that face the Ping River and overlook a beautiful tropical garden with several intimate pavilions and patios. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- River View Hotel Chiang Mai
- River View Chiang Mai