I was divided as whether to stay here or at another hotel in the old city of Chiang Mai, both which reflected traditional Lanna style. I ended up choosing the other hotel, mainly due to the price point, but also because they would accept children. However, when a special offer came through on my email for Rachamankha I got in touch with them, asked if they would accept my 2 very well behaved children, and if we could have the 2 bedroom suite, and they said YES. FABULOUS! So we shared our time between the 2 hotels. They were both gorgeous, but this one was particularly special, adorned with antiques (and the reason that children are not encouraged) and with less than half the number of guests as the other, making it more intimate. The quality and attention to detail was more on the money (and the usual nightly rate reflected this). My husband and I probably preferred it here at Rachamankha, and thought it one of the most beautiful places we have ever stayed (and we have stayed in some gorgeous hotels). The kids preferred the other, maybe because they didn't have us constantly on their backs to be "careful of the antiques"! The pool here was sublime and the restaurant was in another league. The food was very intricate and at a high quality, and the price reflected it. The restaurant itself was very beautiful, but the music they played just didn't fit in and made the ambiance a bit confusing, not a big problem, but when this hotel prides itself on attention to detail I thought it was worth mentioning. Perhaps the one thing that didn't work quite so much in favour of Rachamankha was its location, which was not quite as central and required a bit of a walk, maybe 15 minutes to get to the heart of Rajdamnoen Road, and getting a tuk tuk wasnt so easy. We had the luxury (and it truly was) of the 2 bedroom suite with lounge and 2 bathrooms, as well as 2 fully equipped and art filled bedrooms. Wow, could have stayed here all day. Would come back here for a quite interlude with my loved one, but probably not with the kids again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Perfectly located in the center of the old moated city of Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand, Rachamankha is just one minute’s stroll to the old city’s most important and impressive temple, Wat Phra Singh; just 2 minutes stroll to the city’s newest and most exciting night market the Chiang Mai Sunday Walking Street Market, and a wide choice of bars and restaurants from local to international in style all within a few minutes’ walk of Rachamankha. Unique for a city hotel Rachamankha is renowned for its peaceful and very private atmosphere, and it’s incredible architecture. The hotel, just 22 rooms and 2 suites, is set in 2 acres of manicured grounds and the architecture pays homage to Chiang Mai’s golden age, the Lanna period, offering guests a unique stay in a unique property with a true sense of place. Rachamankha is also the only Secret Retreats property in northern Thailand. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rachamankha Chiang Mai
- Rachamankha Hotel Chiang Mai