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Portico 21
Ranked #271 of 732 Chiang Mai B&B and Inns
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“Great deal, fantastic location!”
Reviewed 25 February 2013

Wonderful hotel in the heart of Chiang Mai! It's clean, provides breakfast, as well as free wifi in the room. We arrived before check in time and they were very accommodating and gave us our room early! When we go back we will definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed February 2013
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 February 2013 via mobile

The hotel looks contemporary but the rooms need more TLC , we didn't have a smoke detector in our room. Breakfast was basic and can be improved significantly, cerials, yogurt and fruit etc
It is family run but needs to improve its presentation.

  • Stayed February 2013
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North Shields, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 169 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 February 2013

I stayed here for 2 nights in a large room with King sized bed at about £26 a night. It has a good location once you figure out where it is in relation to the main road. Incidentally I managed to negotiate a red taxi (is a jeep with seats) to the hotel for 80bht and avoided paying the airport 50bht for simply leaving from the entrance. The hotels free wifi worked fine.

First the negatives. No lift – apparently one is being put in soon – I was on the 4th floor. The room safe – basically a wooden box with key not really secured in any way. The TV was an old tube one but there was a good choice of channels.

The positives. The staff and friendly and helpful. The room was large, clean with laminated floor and modern bathroom fittings. It looked smart as did the dining area. Breakfast has a very limited choice and is not self service but the food is freshly (and well) cooked for you. It is a pity they don’t offer say some fruit, yogurt, perhaps cereal.

Unfortunately my room being on the 4th floor was near a roof area and the pigeons chose to starting ‘singing’ at around 6.30 am on the first night. The second was fine – they must have gone elsewhere!

Overall I was pleased with the hotel. Unlike many 3 Star hotel it is not ‘tired’ and with a few improvements (mainly choice at breakfast) it could be rated as excellent. As it stands I would give it 6.5 with a potential of 8 out of 10.

Room Tip: They need to sort breakfast choices. Check in advance they have the room type you asked for!!
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 23 January 2013

Owner should get 2 thumbs up. Very nice lady,very helpful. Rooms are cosy but upkeep isn't the cleanest. Breakfast is basic but pretty yum. Only thing is lots of tuk tuk never heard of this hotel so grab a name card from reception to show to them.

Room Tip: Ask for a low level room as there is no elevator
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Budapest, Hungary
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Reviewed 22 January 2013

One night here before our loop. Worth the money. Dont expect too much spirit of chiang mai from the hotel, but clean, there is wifi, hot water and poor breakfast. The owner is so lovely and helpfull. she organizes laundry, taxi, everything. There is no elevator but if you ask they give a hand. Overall i recommend the place for a one or two nights, you dont spend your time in the room anyway.

Room Tip: Ask a room to be faced the garden. the neighbour house's ac can be loud.
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Talent, Oregon
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2013

Pros: Portico 21 is blocks away from the Sunday walking market, night bazzar and good resturants. A really great location. Friendly ladies on staff.
Cons: Greasy egg breakfast, stained and worn (with holes) towels and sheets, 4 stories no elevator, not so friendly guy on staff.

Room Tip: If you are a couple traveling together make sure to request a double bed otherwise you will end up i...
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 January 2013

Pros: This hotel is on a quiet and small side-soi, but is otherwise in a very good location. The rooms are on the small side, but clean and attractive. The bed was "asian firm" but acceptable. The TV had quite a few channels. Some of the staff were nice.

Cons: When we checked in the clerk took off up the stairs, never bothering to mention that we had to climb all the way to the fourth floor. (Somehow I failed to notice from previous reviews that the hotel had 4 floors and no elevator.) We had a lot of luggage, so that was an unwelcome surprise. Another unwelcome surprise was that the internet was not working in our room, despite the promises on the website. We had to climb down and back up 4 flights of stairs to use the internet in the lobby, where we were eaten by mosquitoes. The breakfast was very basic (fried eggs with toast and jam and cheap sausages); I wouldn't bother waking up for it. Also, the curtains didn't block much light at all, so it was very difficult to sleep after about 8 AM. Finally, my wife and I were stuck with a room with two beds (never asked about preferences or warned about this, until we got to the room).

Overall, this was not a good stay and I regret having booked here (based on all the positive reviews). It's not even very cheap. We were happier with most of the other hotels we've stayed in at Chiang Mai.

Room Tip: beg for a lower floor
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Portico 21

Property: 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 #271 of 732 B&Bs / Inns in Chiang Mai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
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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