Stayed here last month, having decided to give it a try after recommendation from friends who stayed here before. It is located outside the old city centre, which means either a long walk to, or a red-bus "taxi" or tuk-tuk ride to get to "the moat" which surrounds the old city is located.
The establishment is well maintained, clean, and well-run.They had records of my booking and had no problems with my checking-in before the official 2 pm time (I e-mailed before-hand to ask if it is ok to be there before 12 pm).
I had booked a one-bedroom apartment which is very spacious, comes with a kitchenette ( a microwave, 2 electric cooking "rings",pot and pan, cutlery, an electric water kettle, a big fridge, and 2 tv's (one flat-screen in the sitting room area, and one old box tv in the bedroom). It is spacious, with room for dinning area, sitting area, and the bedroom is huge with plenty of storage, not to mention the large bathroom with a separate glassed in shower, on one side, and a big bath on the opposite side, and a separate w.c.
A word of caution about hot water shower: not sure what the reason is, but the shower water takes a long while to heat, and then it comes suddenly in a big hot flow for several seconds before it starts all over again. It is also not possible to regulate the temperature of the water.
There are 2 airco's - one in the living and dinning area, the other is in the bedroom. I did not turn them on as the room temperature suits me fine. I did hear however, the rumbling noise of the air-co in the apartment next door. There is also a noise factor, that is I could hear my neighbour-guests opening and closing wardrobe doors, and when they are talking to each other.
House-keeping is efficient, done on a daily basis, and 2 bottles of water per day are placed in the fridge, which is handy for when one returns to the apartment. Breakfast is complimentary for short stay guests (on daily or up to a week's stay) . Longer than a week ? - you are on your own. The small restaurant serves breakfast and lunch (but closed from around 3 pm). We had sandwiches and Thai food which are well prepared. They do very good omelette and fried rice or noodles.
There are many elderly expats (westerners) as guests, many staying long term, and they are rather decent and quiet folks.Thus this is more a place for those who wish to be away from the touristic places and action-centred old city. The location does provide a taste for local rural life, with a big and colorful wet market nearby, several eateries serving local and western dishes and reasonable prices lower than in the city, a few laundry places (cheap and reliable, doing wash and ironing ) steps away from the hotel, if you do not use the washing machines in the hotel for DIY laundry.
In summary, I am very satisfied with the hotel, in terms of the spacious and well-kept apartment, the way my booking was handled, the good house-keeping, available laundry and eating facilities and quiet location. I do not mind having to walk into the city, do not mind the staff not speaking good English, and do not miknd not having swimming pool.
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- Viangbua Mansion Serviced Apartment - Chiang Mai, Thailand. Long-stay Serviced Apartment. ... more less
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- Viangbua Mansion Chiang Mai