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Portico 21
Ranked #338 of 788 Chiang Mai B&B and Inns
Reviewed 27 January 2012

Thanks to good reviews we booked this small (21 room) hotel right on the edge of the centre of Chiang Mai. It was about 2 minutes walk from the Thapae gate (3 if traffic is heavy as it usually is) and maybe 20 minutes stroll from the Kalare Night Plaza. Although the hotel doesn't do dinners, there's an excellent and reasonably priced restaurant right across the road.

We were in a luxury room up on the fourth (third floor for us Brits) floor, and while it was a bit of climb, without lifts, it was by no means a strain (even for a couple of oldies like us) to climb upstairs after being out all day, or when returning in the evening. The up side of being there was that it was beautifully quiet.

The air conditioning was quiet and effective, and the room was extremely well set up, with adequate seating, bedside lights and a very nicely appointed shower room. The only thing i felt was lacking was perhaps enough drawer space for our clothing. Breakfast was served by the manageress (daily in touch with the owner), who was extremely professional, and spoke pretty good English. I've rarely seen anyone so prepared to put herself out for her guests. Our laundry was done very well and for an excellent price. All in all there was a very good atmosphere in the hotel and we found that nothing was too much trouble for them. I'd certainly go back there again.

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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 January 2012

stayed portico 21 for four nights in a deluxe double .the room was large with air conditioning good size bathroom it was clean with kingsize bed my room was on the top floor (fourth floor) no lift only stairs but didnt worry me basic cable tv,internet reception from my room was good,breakfast included in price was eggs bacon pork sausages toast jam,fruit juice and coffee and fresh fruit. best of all was the location a couple of minutes to Thapae Gate which seems to be a great starting place for visiting the old city.the room and hotel were clean and the hotel is in a quiet back street
would I stay here again yes...

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 January 2012

The room was nice, simple and clean. The AC and hot water worked great- both very important for travel in Thailand. Portico is in one of the best locations in Chiang Mai, extremely easy to get around. Your room comes with daily breakfast and I got dry cleaning for very reasonable. No complaints - would stay again.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled solo
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1  Thank misseserica
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Reviewed 13 December 2011

Portico 21 is a small family-run boutique hotel just around the corner from the Tae Pae Gate and the old city wall.
The hotel looked quite new and well maintained. Somehow, it does not feel like I was in a hotel but in someone’s home.
I think that is not too far from the truth.

I stayed in the deluxe twin room for 3 nights. A standard breakfast set (eggs, bacon, breads, fruit...etc) is included in the price of the room.
They also prove free wifi thought I had some difficulties connecting to it for the first 2 days.

The location is great. It is just 50 meters from the main road. You are just 3 minutes to shops and restaurants and yet you are spare the noise from the cars and bikes.
The night bazaar is within walking distance (12- 15 min).

The staffs were really helpful. There was this young chap (with curly hair) who tried his best to help us even though he may not be very conversant in English.
The laundry is quite cheap at only 35bahts/ kilogram (US$1.10?).

I enjoyed my stay there. If there were any minor inconvenience, that will be the lack of an elevator.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 9 December 2011

For roughly $30 a night, this hotel is exceptional value in a relatively expensive city. The location is great (tucked down a small back road so is very quiet but is still right outside the old city walls), the staff are very friendly and helpful, the rooms/hotel are very modern, clean and spacious and the breakfast was great too.

Nothing to fault this place, a really great hotel

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 8 December 2011

I was recommended this hotel by a friend and booked for my first night after travelling to Thailand. The hotel is lovely and clean, in a quiet back alley though a great location.

I moved on only because a hotel is not the place to meet someone when you are travelling alone.

  • Stayed: November 2011
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Reviewed 31 May 2011

If you want a central location right next to the entrance of the old city, with excellent service, clean and comfortable rooms, great breakfast and easy links to anywhere then this is the place to stay.

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled solo
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Additional Information about Portico 21

Address: 7 Kotchasarn Rd. Soi 1 | T. Changklan, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Chiang Mai Province > Chiang Mai
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Ranked #338 of 788 B&Bs / Inns in Chiang Mai
Price Range: £25 - £52 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Portico 21 is equipped with all modern amenities: we offer clean, quiet and affordable accommodation in the heart of downtown Chiang Mai - Northern Thailand, with a touch of design. Each guestroom is air-conditioned and well furnished in a functional, contemporary style. All guestrooms have individually designed, private en-suite bathrooms and benefit from unobstructed views of the old capital of Northern Thailand. Thapae Gate (Pratu Thapae), a major city landmark, is just 3 minutes away. ... more   less 
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