We stayed here for one night before we went to The Elephant Nature Park, then afterwards came back for 3 nights (was originally planned to be 1 night but we extended both before and after). Reception staff were really good in dealing with our ever changing arrangements.
Lovely pool - great staff in the bar/restaurant.
Location rightly scores highly on Trip advisor - the hotel is literally next to the staircase for the Sky Train station (Asok). the underground station is a few yards away to the right. We were entertained by the scooter taxi station right next to the restaurant deck - amazing the way that Thais hopped on side saddle, whilst still on the phone, no helmet, and took off against 3 lines of traffic.
Yes, we had a couple of cockroaches too, on our last night - we had assumed that we had brought them in off the street somehow. We also had quite a lot of mosquitos (an average cull in the bathroom yielded 12 dead mozzies). Twice we asked for the room to be sprayed whilst we were out, but no noticeable difference. We were on a ground floor room (111) and that may have made a difference.
Breakfast was included for our rate, and was more than adequate for us - I liked the info about the healthy juice each day.
The hotel trip organiser was very helpful - we went on Flight of the Gibbons and a daytime cruise on Mai Ping River Cruise (both very good). Pick ups went smoothly.
Within walking distance of night bazaar and the walking market - after the quiet islands the vibrancy of Chiang Mai was a shock in a good way - we loved it (it felt safe rather than overwhelming). Every other retail unit is a massage parlour, lots of lady boys hanging out at the bars, and also a depressing number of middle-aged western men with stunning young Thai women on their arm.
We can recommend the lady boy cabaret at the night bazaar - just be prepared to a) pay 20BHT for any photos you have taken with them, and b) buy a drink at the cabaret. A great compilation of gay/disco anthems, superb dancing and a real feel-good crowd (female and male).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Bodhi Serene is located within the old city walls of down town Chiang Mai surrounded by many ancient temples and is a mere 20 minutes from the airport, train station as well as the bus terminal. It is also visually and architecturally stunning with exotic Lanna style influenced by Chinese designs. There are only 38 rooms to offer most of which overlooks our central courtyard area with a tropical garden and waterfall. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bodhi Serene Chiang Mai
- Hotel Bodhi Serene