Ahh the Chedi. When I was looking into high end accomodation in Chiang Mai for my parents 40 wedding anniversary, the Chedi popped out quite a few times in the reviews I read. For some reasons we couldn’t find one hotel for 7 nights in a row so we had to split our stay in 2 parts. 4 nights at the Shangri la and 3 nights at the Chedi. Good opportunity to visit 2 styles of high end establishments. For the shangri La check my other reviews. So here we are after 4 nights at the SL we arrive at the Chedi (both are quite close to each other). Very impressive front, you can feel class as soon as you step out of the taxi. Everything is designer style. Which style I don’t know exactly .. I am not an expert, but I would say minimalist, elegant.. Anyway whatever you call it it did the trick and I was impressed. Later I learned that part of the hotel was the former british consulate. By the way they have a great old style british bar. As I said I am not an expert in decoration but would I be one I could write 2 pages about it. the buildings, the gardens, restaurants, lobby ... all very nice.
When we arrived our room was not ready and we had to wait 30 min so took the opportunity to visit the hotel. I forgot to mention it but the hotel faces the river so the view is also not bad. Of course it also means swarms of mosquitos but wether you stay at the pool or go to the restaurant , the staff will always provide some repellent. To tell the truth mosquitos were not the biggest issue about being next to the river. There was another very unexpected one: frogs... Was it mating season , I don’t know but every morning at 4am symphony of frogs started ( ride of the valkyries style ) and went on for 2 hours non stop. Honestly really loud. First night I was surprised but I thought it was one time thing, second night it happened again and as I knew I was good for it the next night I went to reception and asked for ear plugs. As they had a huge box of those, I guess I must not have been the only one to ask for it Smile
When the room was finally ready some staff took us there and explained us about all the utilities. Once again impressed. Very well decorated room. dark wood floor and furnitures. great bed. nice coffee machine (nespresso ) using caps. No Nescafe. every accessories looks like it is handcrafted. Especially in the bathroom. Small pots for the shampoo and soap, nice baskets. The hair dryer according to my mother was top notch (she knows.. Smile ). Last touch the room key, nicely crafted copper key ring that you’d better not loose cause they’ll charge you 2000 bath for it. And this is where I start with the cons part.. Do I really need such a nice room key that I need to leave a the front desk each time just because I am worried of loosing it. Do I need such nice pots to put shampoo and soap in that when I take my shower I need to think carefully about how to proceed in order to avoid that the lid drops from the shelf while I pour some product in my hand (each time time 3 times the qty I actually need because it is not practical). You may not really get my meaning until you are actually there using the shower .. I don’t want to be picky here, I just think that I am ok for nice design and stuff as long as it is easy to use..
We were travelling with our daughter 2yo. The hotel is not really kid friendly. no kid room..The pool is designed for adult who wants to be quiet, read their book and once in a while take a swim. As the pool is long and narrow , you are always close to the guests so don’t think about playing with the kids and making noise and splashes.. not the right place..
Well I guess this is enough, I don’t want the readers, if any, to fall asleep.
To summarize: really nice and classy hotel. a few small issues which I only mention because of the high standard you are expecting in this kind of hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Edging the meandering Mae Ping River, Anantara Chiang Mai Resort is conveniently situated a mere five minute walk to the famous Night Bazaar and only 10 minutes from the quaint and traditional attractions of the old moated city. Explore authentic Thai areas, seemingly endless markets and the city's quirky art culture with its bohemian vibe as well as popular cosmopolitan hangouts and a growing wellness scene. Surrounding the valley in which Chiang Mai resides, verdant mountains are home to vast national parks of virgin rainforest, impressive waterfalls and rare flora and fauna. Discover countless Buddhist temples, timeless hill tribe communities, exotic animal sanctuaries and fascinating handicraft villages, as well as historic ruins that tell a tale of a time when Chiang Mai was the capital of the ancient Lanna Kingdom. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Chedi Chiang Mai Hotel Chiang Mai
- Chedi Chiang Mai