Raming Lodge (and the guide Sipohn of Untouched Thailand, reviewed separately) made our Chiang Mai sojourn memorable and quite wonderful. This middle-sized, mid-range hotel is just right. Being a family of four, with twin teenagers in tow, we 'splurged' on the Royal Suite, paying a sum equivalent to a regular double room in a more upscale hotel.
We got far more than we bargained for: extremely friendly service from the airport pickup to the laid back pool bar, a two-bedroom top floor suite with a spacious living room, two huge bathtubs, a scenic balcony facing the old city and Doi Suthep, beautiful Thai furniture and art, free breakfast, dinner and spa vouchers. What else could one wish?
Well, location, of course. As others have noted, this is a winner. If you are around on a Sunday, don't miss the wonderful market on and around Thapae Gate. The other direction will take you to the famous night market, and you might chance upon an elephant down the street.
The hotel breakfast is adequate, the free dinner was so-so, but the whole experience is very gratifying. The hotel swimming pool, across the little lane at the back, has a relaxing aura and a decently priced bar menu. Cocktails are tasty. For lunch or dinner, head for Aroon Rai, five minutes away, and enjoy its cheap delicacies (green curry and chicken with cashew nuts from heaven).
There is a lovely spa, upstairs, Supaya, under separate ownership. Check out the hotel discount vouchers. We took several spa treatments, all very good, especially the head, back and shoulders massage.
What a good place to return to, after a trek to the mountains! Highly recommended.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Magnificently placed in the Heart of Chiang Mai, Raming Lodge is truly a perfect stop for chic visitors seeking sophisticated characteristics of city, along with the most modern facilities to propose extreme comforts. With only few minutes access from most stylish traveler attractions and transportation hub while dwelling in exotically tasteful inspired by fabulous Northern Thai Heritage lanna style living space. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Raming Lodge Hotel And Spa
- Raming Hotel Chiang Mai
- Raming Chiang Mai