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Duangtawan Hotel Chiang Mai
Ranked #110 of 384 Hotels in Chiang Mai
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“Fantastic value for money - right in the heart of Chiang Mai”
Reviewed 6 May 2009

My boyfriend and I stayed here for 5 nights. For the price we paid, this hotel was great value for money.
Fantastic buffett breakky- never too crowded. Nice pool area, although for such a large hotel they might want to think about getting some more sunbeds.
We had a view of the city and mountain in the background, it was perfect watching the sunset in the afternoon.
The location is great, right in the middle of Chaing mai with the night bazaar just a few metres away. Its very safe, with alot of dining and drinking options nearby as well (cheap and more expensive).
One tip though - I wouldn't bother paying for their internet fee of 100THBT for 20 mins (I think), theres an internet cafe just down the main rd, a 5 min walk away which only charges 1THBT per minute.

I also must reccomend for anyone staying here, you have to have atleast one massage at the spa here - they treat you like kings! You get tea, and herbal foot scrub, with the most beautiful atmosphere. Its a little more expensive than the massage places outside but also alot cheaper than the other 5 star spas we went to. I had 4 massages here!!

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 April 2009

We spent a week in this hotel. The bedroom and bathroom seemed to be clean but when taking a shower, there were no bath towels in the room.
It is located very close to the night market which is an advantage in this city.
During the check out the personel lost the bagage and take another 30 minutes to find it.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 April 2009

In January 2008 I stayed here for about 4 nights with my wife, mum & dad. We had no problems at all. The hotel is situated right in the middle of Chang Klan road where the famous Chang Mai Night Bazzar is. Despite being right in the middle it wasn’t too noisy. The hotel was very easy to find (I kind of new where it was anyway) and an easy check-in led us to our rooms.

The rooms where large with big windows and a nice view of the city and had a good size bathroom with shower, a safe and tea/coffee facilitys. The hotel felt safe and comfortable. The lifts were very slow though and as it’s a big hotle with lots of rooms, in the peek season (when we were there) we had to wait quite along time to get the lift so most times gave up and just walked the stairs!

The entrance lobby was really nice and also very lively. There were obviously a lot of tour groups staying in the hotel and always a lot of people walking in and out and the door men were opening the doors and smiling. My wife and I were sat in the lobby one morning and there was a big tour group of teenage kids with their adult leader that had just checked out and he was talking to them about the importance of sun cream. (very true) They must have been American or Canadian I think. It made us laugh because he was saying to them “if you go out into the sun today, and you don’t where your sun block, YOU WILL BURN!” He kept saying it to the kids as they really weren’t interested. He also tried to explain that you are NOT aloud to help yourself to the mini bar in the room after you have checked out already! Lol (they must of check out the night before)

We rented a car from the rental desk in the main lobby so we could drive to Mae Teang/Doi Inthanon and the surrounding areas. There were no problems here and we were taken to the car in the hotels car park at the back. The car was nice and served us well for a few days. On the last day before we took the car back we had to fill it up with petrol, just as we received it. My wife and I stopped at a nearby garage to fill up and after paying for the petrol and driving back to the hotel I realised that the tank was not full and not even half full! It then accrued to me that the petrol had cost next to nothing, so the girl from the rental desk come back to the petrol station with us to see what was going on. It turned out that they had run out of petrol and just didn’t tell us! (This Is Thailand) After we all laughed and returned the car without a hitch.

Another plus point was the breakfast buffet. The full selection as you would expect from a good hotel and they can make you an omelette or eggs cooked to your liking.
The only bad point I can really think of is that our room had an adjoining door to the next room and the people next door were smoking so our room smelt of fresh smoke! (it’s not good for someone who just gave up the filthy habit!!) I did complain to reception after asking if the rooms were non-smoking, but I really don’t know if they done anything or not. – A minor bad point really.

Overall a good experience and good service, we would stay here again.

  • Stayed January 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 April 2009

Our tour group spent three nights in this hotel. My room was large and well-equipped with amenities. The bedroom and bathroom seemed to be clean. I didn't realize until my first morning, when heading for a shower, that there were no bath towels in the room. A call to housekeeping was quickly followed by delivery of the towels.

I used the hotel's laundry service at this hotel. This doesn't cost a lot in Thailand and is well worth the modest cost. We were actively touring around all day in high heat and humidity, and I was glad to have clean clothes without messing about washing them in the bathroom all the time. The laundry service was fast and competent.

The breakfast buffet was good, with a cook available to make omelettes or otherwise cook eggs to order.

The hotel has a group of computers in the mezzanine lobby on which you can access the Internet for an hourly fee. This was not very expensive and I used this service every day we were there.

I really liked the easy access to the Night Market and visited it each evening.

  • Stayed April 2009
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Reviewed 13 April 2009

A rather big hotel, nice and clean. Right outside the door is the Night market. The restaurant had good food but not great. The room was nice and clean. They sold wifi but that did not work in the room, only when sitting in the lobby or the restarant floor.

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled on business
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Reviewed 2 April 2009

I will suggest you to bring your own towel and a pair of slippers to walk while you are inside the room.

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 31 March 2009

I recently stayed at the Centara hotel in Chiang Mai and wanted to share my thoughts. I did extensive research on this hotel and chose it because it was very cheap and its location. I would say this is a 2.5 star hotel. I paid about $40 USD per night including breakfast and booked directly through the hotel because their rates were the most competitive. Here's a breakdown of the hotel:

Location:
Literally 1 min walk to the night bazaar. 7-11 across the street which was very convenient.

Staff:
Very nice and answered all our questions when we were booking the tours. They spoke good english and were very informative when helping us with tours.

Rooms:
Very old and dirty. I never really felt clean at this hotel-I wore slippers the whole time I was there. The towels were old, furniture was dated and the shower was so tiny. The bed was very hard and the pillows were horrible and gave us neck pain. The elevator was super slow and took forever to arrive. I must say I had a nice view though-ask for a room with mountain views. This was the worst part of the hotel!

Breakfast:
They had a very large selection. A lot of it was actually lunch dishes which seems to be common in Thailand. There was an omellete station, lots of different breads and pastries, tropical fruit, cereals, juices, coffee, pancakes etc. The breakfast was exactly the same everyday but it was very good and there was a lot to choose from.

Internet:
I think it's almost triple the price at the hotel. Go across the street and it's 1BHT/min. Or make a left out the entrance and next to the Siam coffee shop there's one that's even cheaper than that.

Massage:
There's Thai massages EVERYWHERE! Take advantage because it's super cheap here (even more so than the rest of Thailand) and amazing!

Night Bazaar:
Save all your Thailand Shopping for here. There's so much to choose from and it's never ending. You could get lost in there! Tip: our tour guide told us you need to bargain down 70% of whatever price they initially quote you. It's very true-they really inflate the prices.

Airport:
It's a 15 minute ride from the airport and costs 150BHT.

Tours:
We booked tours through the hotel. The Elephant Camp was a full day tour and was absolutely AMAZING! This was the best thing we did in our 2 weeks in Thailand-it's an absolute must. Our guide also took us to a tiger place after where we played with tigers for 15 min! This was also one of the best things we did. This was something the tour guide just threw in-it was on our way back to the hotel and so we stopped by. My husband also went to the snake show which he said was something he'd never seen. They basically hypnotize these snakes and he said it was unbelievable. I hate snakes so I just sat in the car. The Doi Suthep temple is something everyone says to go to. I didn't think this was a big deal especially after seeing the Grand Palace in Bangkok but I felt we had to do it b/c we were all the way there. If you don't have time for it-it's not the end of the world-not a big deal at all. We also did the Chiang Rai tour which was a 14 hour day. This was the most tiring day ever. I don't know if I would do this again. The only reason why I would is for the 20 minutes or so we spent at the Long neck tribe which was AMAZING!! So basically I spent a whole day in a van that took us to places that I didn;t care to see, just to see this tribe. If your tour guide offers to take you to see them on the way back from the elephant camp (apparently there's a long neck tribe on the way back) -DO IT!! We didn't and I wish we wouldv'e just gotten it over with. The Chiang Rai tour took 3.5 hours to get home on a windy road the whole time!! The whole time everyone in the car looked like they were going to vomit. If you can see them somehow without doing this tour PLEASE do it.

I don't know if I would stay here again. If you pay anything over $40USD than it's not worth it. I couldn't really find any other hotels for a little bit more that were any better. If you can, then go for it. The Le Meredian across the street is brand new and gorgeous! I think it's around $150/night. The only reason to stay here is that it's cheap and close to the night market.

Stayed March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: Duangtawan Hotel Chiang Mai
Address: 132 Loykroh Road | Chang-Klan, Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand (Formerly Centara Duangtawan Hotel, Chiang Mai)
Region: Thailand > Chiang Mai Province > Chiang Mai
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#29 Spa Hotel in Chiang Mai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Duangtawan Hotel Chiang Mai 3.5*
Number of rooms: 512
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoys an enviable location right in the heart of this charming city and just steps from the famous Chiang Mai Night Bazaar, a landmark for any visitor.This impressive high rise hotel offers comfortable accommodation and a host of facilities and services for the Chiang Mai bound visitor,24 Floors with 512 comfortable appointed rooms featuring Superior, Deluxe, Business Plus , Dynasty and Suites accommodations. The hotel’s extensive all day dining venue plays host to sumptuous buffets, themed evening and a extensive a la carte option bringing together the best of Italian , Japanese, International, Thai and Asian Cuisine.Perched atop of the hotel is the Sunflower Chinese Restaurant affording spectacular views of Chiang Mai and some of the best Chinese Cuisine this city has to offer.Italian, Poolside Bar and light meals, Lobby Lounge and bar with evening entertainment and 24 hour in –room dining also feature.Impressive leisure facilities feature a state-of the art gym and Fitness Centre , spacious pool and sun terrace, sauna, massage and Spa Cenvaree.Meet and Unite : This facilities offers a Grand Ballroom for up to 800 guests , 14 break out rooms, Service Centre and out door pavilion for activities, team building, theme parties and celebrations. ... more   less 
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