When I first arrived at PS Guesthouse, I asked the manager (and owner?) what her name was and she said, "My name is Awe, like in awesome." This made me laugh a little. After four nights of staying there, I can say that she really is "awesome" (at least in my experience). She was very helpful and friendly as well as quite laid back about pretty much everything.
The room itself was a great value at 300 baht (fan room on second floor). It was spacious, clean, had a comfortable bed, hot water in the shower, and had good strong wifi. It wasn't amazing, but it was great for the cost.
The location is both good and bad (depending on what you need). It's a little north of the center of town near the river and is in a basic rural neighborhood without any tourists, 7-11s, restaurants, etc. This is good because its a little more quiet and is actually somewhat central if you plan to tour the area surrounding Chiang Rai. I found the location to be great *IF* you have your own transport such as a motorbike or car. However, I don't think I would be so into the location if I was on foot. It's a fair distance from the main part of town. It's not super far (maybe about 20 minutes walk), but far enough that I personally wouldn't want to do it daily (especially since it is currently very hot). If you don't mind paying for tuk-tuks/taxis to get around then I guess it wouldn't be an issue.
I rented a motorbike from the guesthouse which was also a very laid back affair. She didn't take my passport, charged me a fair rate (200 baht), and didn't seemed concerned about the checking the bike's condition upon returning it. When I first got the bike, the brakes seemed super weak, so Awe took the bike to a mechanic and had it inspected and fixed (all in about 15 minutes while I got settled in my room).
Overall I would recommend PS Guesthouse. It is super laid back, somewhat quiet, good value, and had a bit of a "living in a small apartment in a basic Thai neighborhood" feel to it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in a quiet area a short walk from town, we have both air-con and fan rooms all with fridge, sink, kettle and cable TV. All rooms are large, clean and attractive. Bicycles are free to use and motorbikes and cars can be hired. We also have an annex with 2 small backpacker rooms for only 150 Baht with shared bathroom. All other rooms range from 300 Baht (fan) to 450 Baht (air con). ... more less