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Amata Lanna
Ranked #15 of 710 Chiang Mai B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Belgium
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34 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Nice, but not a place to relax!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2014

We stayed 9 nights at the Amata Lanna over Christmas and New Year.

This hotel would make a good base for a short (1-3 nights) stay in Chiang Mai when you're out and exploring all day - but for us it turned out to be an expensive mistake.

Technically, there is nothing wrong with the Amata Lanna - the buildings are beautiful, the pool is pretty, the room and bath/shower were good, the breakfast was good, the service was good. But nothing makes up for the fact that this hotel is directly on a busy road, and there is a lot of traffic noise. Even if the temperature had allowed (now it was unusually cold in Chiang Mai) I wouldn't have dreamt of spending any time poolside or on the lounger outside our room it was so noisy. In the afternoon our ground floor room was nearly shaking with the drone of traffic. Luckily the traffic calmed down in the night so between midnight and 8am it was reasonably peaceful and we could sleep.

Based on the hotel's website and many TA reviews talking about an "oasis" we had naively imagined a 9-night stay with some excursions and city exploration, but also lots of resting and relaxing at the hotel - but this was really not possible. We tried to find another hotel but in the end did not check out because we had been made to pre-pay for the stay and the Amata Lanna refused a refund (understandable in peak season) - but it also made us wonder if their pre-payment requirement was due to so many previous guests having checked out once they realised the location. So we ended up renting a motorbike and touring around for 9 days and not recharging our batteries as planned.

The taxi service proposed by the hotel was ridiculously overpriced, so we only used it for airport transfers. They quoted 1000TB one-way to go to a golf course 18km from town (for comparison, we paid 2000TB for a taxi from Bangkok airport to Hua Hin which is a 2.5 hours drive).

Again, nothing formally wrong with the hotel but it is not the right place if you are looking for peace and relaxation.

Room Tip: All rooms are towards the road so it's not possible to ask for a more quiet room
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2014

Amata Lanna truly embodies what a perfect boutique hotel should be, Thai style building architecture that talks to its character, friendly staff, small (only 12 rooms) and very personal. Our room had simple yet elegant thai style furniture, a big comfortable bed and bathroom with a walk in rain shower and a Jacuzzi. The location was great as well. It is right on the river bank, 10 minutes walk to the warorot market, 10 minutes tuk-tuk ride will take you to the old city and 15 minutes taxi ride to the airport. They serve only breakfast and not lunch and dinner. Owner comes in at 7 AM and starts the kitchen, she cooks egg to your liking while the front office receptionist doubles as her support and helps with bread toast, serve coffee/tea etc., while the simple salad/fruits are for self-serving. The breakfast was simple yet good. Another good thing about Amata Lanna is that it is right across Ping Nakara and couple of blocks away from Anantara which we gladly used as landmarks. Since Nakara Jardin which is part of the Ping Nakara is highly rated in T.A. we also tried to have a meal, after couple of unsuccessful attempts we got a table on 1st Jan. for lunch, food was on the money and my wife loved their cakes. Overall, we had a pleasant stay at Amata lanna and would go back if we get back to Chiangmai. Only issue was the traffic noise but this is probably common everywhere in Chiangmai.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Skive, Denmark
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2013

Been here with friends, and booked it again with Family. Could not find anything in Chiang Mai that could match this small beautiful peaceful boutique hotel. Authentic and clean. good size of rooms. super service!
breakfast outside by the pool (pool small but OK). I will go there Again, no doubt about it.

Room Tip: all rooms are good, both Upstairs and downstairs
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Falmouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2013

All of the staff were very welcoming & helpful throughout our stay from the moment we arrived.
Breakfast was served promptly to order beside the pool, and although not a big area it was a pleasure to sit there.
Bed was comfortable but pillows not to our choice.
There is some road noise but this applies to many hotels in Chiang Mai.
Lovely external access to rooms with seating area outside room to relax.
Night market with restaurants a short walk or tuk tuk ride.

In summary a very enjoyable stay and excellent value for money.

Room Tip: I believe all rooms are excellent but for less able people please note there is no lift to 1st floor...
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Mike B
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Perth, Australia
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60 reviews
48 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2013

I know that there are many beautiful hotels in Chiang Mai and you are probably spoilt for choice, but do consider this lovely place. Amata Lanna is a real little treasure - a genuine boutique hotel with only 12 rooms, built around a small courtyard near the banks of the Ping River. It's a 5 minute walk to the Night Bazaar and 15 minutes from the Old Town.

Ignore the location shown on Google maps - The Chedi (soon to be Anantara) and the Ping Nakara are neighbours but at less than half the price, this place is much better value and a very relaxing place to stay.

The rooms are large and beautifully decorated, with a beautiful mix of textiles, antiques and fresh flowers. They are well airconditioned and look out over the small private courtyard garden where you eat breakfast next to the azure blue pool. Bathrooms are enormous and as well as walk in showers have spa baths too.

The fantastic staff keep the place immaculate and couldn't be more helpful organizing taxis and tours, bicycles and dining recommendation and great advice whenever consulted. Many thanks to Toy and Yu who were so friendly and help to make this place so special.

Room Tip: The upstairs room are probably a bit more private but they all look lovely
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank paperduck
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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47 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2013

small hotel but an unforgetble one. the best i could think about in the chiang mai area.
very cosy and clean.we were 5 familys and we used 5 of the 12 rooms of the hotel.
the pool is small but it was enough for us.
the hotel is 5 min walk from the night market. but in a very quit area.
dont hazitate and book a room.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank ozadka
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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13 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2013 via mobile

Lovely place with very helpful staff. Large, clean rooms with good style and a pleasant teak smell. Staff took care of needs and made good suggestions for food. Central location. If back in CM, Will stay again here.

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Stats1999
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Property: Amata Lanna
Address: 222/2 Chareanprated Rd. | T. Changkarn, Chiang Mai 50000, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Chiang Mai Province > Chiang Mai
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #15 of 710 B&Bs / Inns in Chiang Mai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Amata Lanna 4*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Amata Lanna Chiangmai, a place rich in the art from the ancient kingdom of Lanna. The traditional buildings are designed with teakwood to reflect the beauty of the Lanna culture. Amata Lanna's courtyard and 12 uniquely designed antique suites provide an intimate and cozy atmosphere which transports you back to a time of the flourishing cultural heritage. The boutique hotel is situated in the heart of Chiangmai, the capital of ancient Lanna. It is only 10 minutes from the airport and in the walking distance to many tourist attractions, i.e. the night market, the Mae Ping River, and the ancient city. ... more   less 
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