When I read many of these reviews, I sensed this was a nice hotel but was still not 100% sold on its overall dominance of all hotels in Chiang Mai. However, I booked it and realized quickly why this hotel is one of the very best in Chiang Mai (if not the absolute best). The photos did not impress me, but when we arrived I found the hotel beautiful and kept up so very nicely. It was not overdone, but was a welcoming hotel that provided us excellent service 100% of the time. We stayed in the Family Suite (Room 123), and we loved it. It was a very large room, with lots of space for luggage or just walking around. The room had one queen bed and two twins, a TV, a minifridge/bar area, sitting area, desk with mirror, and armoire. There was a hair dryer provided and our private bath was very nice. There was one sink with a mirror, a toliet, a shower, and a very large jacuzzi bathtub. The hotel provides towels and shampoo, etc. which was very nice. They actually provided so many towels, we didn't touch half of them provided each day. Two bottles of water were complimentary each day which was nice, but slightly frustrating as we were in a family room (designed for more people) but had the same allottment of water provided. However, this was something very minor for us. We had no problem finding water at the nearby Supermarket or just drinking the Evian water in the minifridge listed at a fair price. The beds were very comfortable, and our room was cleaned very nicely each day. The AC and lights only worked if the key was placed in the slot which was not a large problem at all. This conserves energy, and was only frustrating for that first 5 very warm minutes upon returning to the room. However, this was mostly so warm just because April is typically the hottest month of the year. The AC worked so well it cooled our large room quickly. Additionally, we did not like the lighting in our room when it became dark out. The lights were very dim which made it difficult to read easily or put on makeup. However, there are many windows so the lighting is natural and nice during the day. We did not find the lighting to be a major concern, and got in a habit of getting ready for a night out or a nice dinner before the sun went down. Wifi reached our room easily and worked extremely well throughout the hotel (at the resturant, in our room, at the pool). One night one the small lizards got into our room. These lizards are all over outside of the hotel (because of the climate...this is typical in Chiang Mai and not a "problem" related to the hotel). A baby one must have snuck in, and though we were not afraid of it we did not know how to get it out without hurting it! Two staff members came up and helped us to catch it and free it unscathed outside. They came right away, and were very kind to come to our rescue. Perhaps we should have left him, though, because I got mosquito bites each night in our room. However, this is to be expected in 100 degree weather. Particularly, when your friend has a bad habit of not pulling the door shut behind her.
The hotel is quiet and has a lovely pool. It offers many sun loungers and staff is always going around to refresh the towels. There were quite a few families staying when we went, and some had very loud children. Though I do not expect the staff of the hotel to deal with the children, it was very annoying to have kids jumping into the pool within 1-2 feet of you and splashing all over you and the book. Mostly, because their parents sat there paying no attention to their kids who could jump anywhere else at this large pool but chose to jump practically on top of other guests.
The lobby area is very nice and has staff there 24/7. There are two desktop computers available and a printer. There is also a little bookshelf with some books you can exchange for. They also lease out bikes for free, but we did not use them as we were there during Songkran and did not want to be thrown off my bike by freezing cold water! When you arrive, the staff provides you apple juice and a cool towel which is very appreciated in April heat. They also hold onto your key while you are out and about so you don't have to worry about losing it or carrying it around.
The location of the hotel is good...it is a bit out of town but that is what keeps it so quiet. It is only a 5-10 minute walk across the Iron Bridge to the Night Bazaar. The staff was also exceptionally helpful at calling us taxis or tuk tuks. When we went to the Tiger Kingdom, the hotel provided us their transportation service and drove us for 600baht round trip. This price was less than the taxi services we had read about...and our driver waited for us in the van while we were at Tiger Kingdom. This resolved the common problem of finding an afforable way back into town from there.
The restaurant had a nice included breakfast with our booking, but we did not particularly care for the food we had there for dinner. The Thai dishes we tried were very bland, even the Pad Thai was not very good. The last night we were there, I had the hot and sour soup which was very good. Not sure if our first dinner there was a fluke, but the soup was large and very good. The restaurant is located pretty much all outside...one area is surrounded by walls on three sides, but none of it is air conditioned. They do have fans, and most of the day the shade and fans provide plenty of cool air.
As everyone else has said, the staff is the most brilliant part of this hotel. Literally every single person we encountered was very kind and helpful, and went over and above to make our stay special. When we would arrive back to the hotel, staff would be waiting for us and have our key ready for us almost before we even got out of the car. The staff was incredibly nice with smiles on their faces, and spoke great English. A man named Arm (spelling is probably wrong...but one of his coworkers told us his name was like the body part as she pointed at her own arm) helped us to get a floating lantern after one of my friends traveling with me was given news about the sudden death of her teenage cousin. He went out of his way to go and get the lantern and though we offered to pay him for his troubles and the lantern he refused after finding out why we had asked about the lantern in the first place. This was a nice tribute to her cousin, and gave her a small sense of being able to do something special from so far away. It was a very meaningful gesture for him to make, and I hope that someone who works there with him or above him can let him know that we still think about that gesture of kindness.
This hotel deserves this spot on Trip Advisor. It is a quaint but lovely hotel filled with wonderful staff.
The breakfast provided was excellent. It was buffet style and always had a "Thai" option, pancakes, french toast, bacon, ham, fruit, mango and sticky rice, bread, juices, water, coffee, tea, etc. Staff came around and asked each person if they wanted an egg (omlet, fried, etc.). The omlets were pretty good.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rimping Village is located in the city centre, close to the historic attractions the city offers including the famous Night Bazaar and the charming Watgate community by the Ping River. Enjoy an atmosphere of relaxation that is part and parcel of the Northern tradition. A cool, refreshing swimming pool is placed below a huge banyan tree so that guests can absorb the mood of nature while finding relief from the tropical heat. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rimping Village Chiang Mai
- Rimping Village Hotel Chiang Mai