I booked this hotel online having learned about it from Lonely Planet and having looked at the website. What a disappointment. I paid $90 a night and the room was nothing like what had been featured on the website -- its tired green carpet was straight out of the 70s, the walls were as thin as posterboard, the breakfast rapidly became boring and the staff was sullen. Yes, the garden was lovely, but it takes more than a garden to get me going and as soon as the sun went down, the mosquitoes made it uninhabitable anyway. The location was kind of cute, down a quiet alley from a ring road, but it did make for a long trek home with the kids after sightseeing. I would have stayed just the same but after 3 days, I discovered the Suriwongse Hotel, which offered me a great room at almost half the price including the most fantastic buffet breakfast. Normally I don't change hotels once I have made a reservation but the attitude of the staff at River View eliminated any remorse. I only wish that I hadn't bothered to buy ear plugs before switching hotels -- the music from River View's neighbour starts pounding at 10 pm and continues for the next few hours.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- River View Hotel Chiang Mai
- River View Chiang Mai