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Rachamankha
Ranked #8 of 375 Hotels in Chiang Mai
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Taipei, Taiwan
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“What a gorgeous stay!!”
Reviewed 28 March 2010

I heard many good comments about this world-acclaimed best kept secret. Finally I stayed at Rachamankha for one day this March. That's one of the best hotel experience I ever had.

It's not something over-luxurious, but a comfortable, cozy and stylish retreat. You could easily find yourself getting touch with its unique ambiance. Like having a conversation, the charming Rachamankha's so connected to guests the moment I walked and checked in. Even I was alone, I enjoyed every no-pressure-minute here.

I love the fusion architecture design mixed with Lanna+Chinese style. Adore the swimming pool, thought it's so classic in temperament. The guest room provides an easy,elegant sense of artistry. The staff & general manager, Paul, are professional and always willing to help.

You can have a fantastic a la carte breakfast served with world-famous Jingdezhen porcelains in the morning. Spend hours in The Library with a huge collection of precious books. Do not forget an unforgettable moment in the swimming pool. Perhaps take a tuk tuk to the local famous Huen Phen Thai restaurant for dinner. Then have a walk in Old City Wall area and check the night market street.

It's kind of experience few hotels could offer and Rachamankha leaves me a "I wish I could stay longer" feeling. Highly recommend.

Thanks everyone at Rachamankha for such a gorgeous stay!!

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled solo
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Reviewed 13 March 2010

An authentic Lanna Thai architectural genious set within the old city. Quiet, large spacious rooms, very comfy beds, fantastic pool accompanied with a massage pavillion elevated and overlooking the pool. A separate library is set adjacent to the pool with complimentary brandy, wonderful collection of books, and internet if you don't have you own laptop. Hotel provides wi fi for guest convenience. Architect is part owner and won awards. Owner has decorated with own artistic collection in furnishings, art and history. Staff wonderful. GM (Paul Walker) has created a fantastic property. If you like gems and semi prescious stones, Paul can give you an excellent overview of how it all works and where to go;) if you appreciate quality, architecture, boutique style hotels, this is a must visit in my opinion. Thank you Paul and staff!

  • Stayed March 2010
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Reviewed 5 March 2010

We stayed at the Rachamankha for my brothers wedding, which was held at this wonderful hotel. The wedding could not have been held at a better place then the Rachamankha. Our stay at this hotel was absolutely amazing. The staff and the management where very kind, helpfull and friendly. We met the hotel manager during our stay, Mr. Paul Walker and the owner/ designer Mr. Rooj Changtrakul. Two amazing people! The Rachamankha has a beautiful pool where one can relax and also enjoy a great thai massage overlooking the pool. A very nice breakfast is served in a beautiful outside area of the restaurant, where again the staff is waiting to provide you with their best service. The rooms are spacious, romantic and the design is very exquisit. We enjoyed our stay very much and would absolutley recommend this hotel for anyones stay in Chiang Mai. We will definitely be back at this hotel on our next stay in Chiang Mai. Thanks again to everybody whom made our stay so unforgettable!!

Martijn and Eva van de Crommenacker

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 February 2010

This is a lovely hotel to stay in Chiang Mai centre. It's like a little oasis in the city centre. Great location within the old part of the city and just a short tuk tuk or nice stroll down into the main part of town.
We loved the hotel's stylish design and layout. It's based on a monastery and feels very peaceful, beautifully laid out and just gorgeous to wander around. Lots of open sitting areas, art, sculptures, pool and fantastic library. Rooms a good size with that old dark wood, white wall look. We had a room upstairs which was flooded with natural light. People working there were all very friendly and attentive in a discreet and efficient way.
I like boutique style hotels with a distinctive design and character - this is one of those places that just feels right from the moment you arrive.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 February 2010

My wife and I stayed at the Rachamankha in Chiang Mai for a week in early February 2010 following the enthusiastic recommendation of friends who had stayed there in November 2009. We made the reservations directly with the hotel’s GM by e-mail and received an attractive B&B type rate for our stay.
We cannot speak highly enough of the Rachamankha’s unique atmosphere and how well it all works and yet it is neither super luxurious nor blessed with the numerous facilities that one now expects to find in an Asian 5 Star corporate type hotel – no gyms or shopping arcades etc.
What is very special here is the overall atmosphere of calm and the genuine welcome we received from the staff that immediately envelops you on arrival and remains during the stay and this is in part aided by the hotel’s courtyards type layout. The helpful and well trained hotel staff are very efficient and genuinely helpful without ever becoming intrusive. Yes there is room for an improvement in their English skills but we never found communication to be a problem and if a question could not be answered immediately a response was sure to arrive soon after.
Our “deluxe room” (their base level offering) was simply furnished with white walls and terracotta tiled floors and was cool and fresh and always spotlessly clean; it was also equipped with a TV and DVD player. The only quibble is the instability of the hot water supply to the shower which tended to cycle hot/cold and needed patience.
We ate in the courtyard restaurant one evening and had an excellent meal – most evenings there were two Thai musicians playing traditional music on instruments of a type we had not seen before – an altogether sublime experience. Breakfast was also very good with fresh orange juice and local fruit and more traditional cooked options.
Our objective was to mix sightseeing and golf and the hotel organised these for us before and during our time there. We also rented the hotel car for a day to visit Wat Doi Sukhet and the not to be missed Bubing Gardens; we timed our visit to take in the Chiang Mai flower festival and that was superb. Without the concierge’s and in particular the GM’s help we would not have been able to access any of these things as easily. We were also helped with recommendations for local restaurants and learning about Lanna cuisine. We used the very high quality Oasis Spa which is just around the corner.
The location is ideal as one can walk into town or take a tuk-tuk and despite the surrounding area being urban it is very quiet at night and feels safe and hence avoids the transport issues posed by the some of the larger out of town hotels.
We then moved on to the good but unexceptional Le Meridien in Chiang Rai and the extremely disappointing and very poor value Eugenia in Bangkok.
So – the Rachamankha may not be super luxurious but it is a gem of a boutique hotel offering a truly special atmosphere and with a very high quality of food and service and exceptional value.
We cannot recommend it highly enough and our thanks go to Paul Walker and his team.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 February 2010

We were looking for a true "Thai-hidden gem" - and that was exactly what we found! The owner of this hotel is an architect as well as a landscaper and collector of thai and burmese antiques. This beautiful place is a peaceful treasure filled with arcitectural harmony to rest your eyes upon. The hotel consists of several airy buildings connected with nice pathways, with different function in every building. There's a beautiful lobby where you can have a drink in the evening and a gorgious library where you can sip a glass of Sherry, while reading the Daily newspaper. Upstairs from the restaurant the owner has displayed a collection of beautiful local laquerware, silver and antique weapons. The place overall is filled with of thoughtfully placed details, that are in total harmony with the surroundings - in exquisite taste.

We stayed in one of the 2-bedroom suites. The rooms are large, beautifully furnished, airy, free mini-bar (very appreciated) and our own mini Garden and private pathway to the pool. The rooms were spotless every day.
The pool-area is tastefully designed and the pool is good sized (a bit chilly this time of year) with very nice sunbeds, always prepared with fresh towels. Even though it was not always attended, there is a phone for ordering service, which worked very well. Also a big bowl of fresh fruit was available every day.
By the pool there are great massage facilities. It's housed on the second floor in an open air room with a nice view over the pool. The massage therapist were very knowledged in Thai Massage, so relaxing. It can be worth mentioning that if you book for one person, another person can get massage in the same room at the same time. However, if you are not comfortable with that you can have massage in your room in private. That worked fantastically!

The Manager of the Rachamankha, is British, yet having lived in Thailand for many years and speaks fluent Thai and is very well versed in the local culture. He is present around the Hotel and sees to the guests wellbeing. We got very nice attention throughout our stay. He suggested interesting both cultural and nature activities (white-water rafting) that the hotel arranged for us. For example we went to a beautiful traditional weavehouse - Studio Naenna, which includes a little Museum for old traditional Laotian antique weaves as well as a shop filled with high quality authentic weaves, produced by women in the small villages surrounding Chiang Mai. Our stay in Chiang Mai became an even more fantastic and complete experience, since he could share and explain local habits and traditions.

We ended up eating every night at the restaurant due to the both delicious and varied thai/burmese food. Always using extremely fresh produce. The restaurant is in an open air courtyard under the tree canopies, with a local musician playing some of the nights. For breakfast you get a menu to choose from getting everything freshly made and hot.
Service was always nice and attentive.

Also the hotel has it's own car service, both convenient and reasonably priced.
If possible, don't miss the New Years Party - set up as a local food market, great music and fantastic atmosphere!

We have been travelling a lot all over the world through the years and been staying at 5 -star hotels. Typically we find that most hotels have a somewhat international standardised design (work with Interior Design for Commercial Business) that is uninteresting. (On this trip we also stayed at Mandarin Oriental in their luxury 2-bedroom suite as well as the Sukhothai, also luxury 2-bedroom suite, in Bangkok).
Out of all nice places around the World, Rachamankha is on our Top 3, along with The Datai, Langkawi Malaysia and Llao Llao Hotel, San Carlos di Bariloche, Patagonia Argentina.
All of our family would dearly recommend this fantastic gem!

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 February 2010

What a wonderful surprise we found waiting for us, tucked away down an unimposing alleyway in Chiang Mai. The oriental minimalist design of the Rachamankha hotel was immediately calming - a welcome antidote to the heat, noise and dust of the city. We loved having breakfast in the charming courtyard and pre dinner G&Ts in the stunning, open sided lobby. And the small but perfectly formed pool area is one of the best we’ve seen. Best of all though was the library – a gorgeous colonial-esque room straight of World of Interiors. We could only stay for three days but we will be back!

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Rachamankha
Address: 6 Rachamanhka 9 | Phra Singh, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
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Region: Thailand > Chiang Mai Province > Chiang Mai
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Business Hotel in Chiang Mai
#4 Family Hotel in Chiang Mai
#5 Romantic Hotel in Chiang Mai
#6 Luxury Hotel in Chiang Mai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Rachamankha 5*
Number of rooms: 24
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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