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“Not quaint or quiet” 2 of 5 bubbles
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Ben Guesthouse
Ranked #20 of 108 Hotels in Chiang Rai
Chicago, Illinois
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11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Not quaint or quiet”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2014

I chose this place because it was cheap and rated as "the best deal in northern Thailand" by Lonely Planet, which is far from the truth. It's cheap, so you get what you pay for. It's quaint on the outside and the rooms are very rustic (in a bad way). The biggest problem is that the rooms have ZERO soundproofing. I've stayed in a lot of "loud" places in SE Asia (most hotels lack basic soundproofing), but this was the worst. People above and next to you sound like they're in the same room. Same goes when they use the toilet. Yep.

Staff was accommodating and moved me to a room further away from other people, but there's still loud neighbors next to the hotel with barking dogs. Seriously, it's close to camping as far as sound goes. If you're a light sleeper, like me, not the place for you.

Room Tip: Pay more for the airconditioned rooms. They're probably quieter.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Jeff B
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Sydney, Australia
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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2014 via mobile

Building is based on a traditional Thai style house. Rooms are a good size and comfortable. Lacked a refrigerator in the room, handy for cold water and the like. Staff were nice and helpful. 10 min walk from city center and walking distance from other city attractions. If someone could get the chickens next door to sleep in a bit would be good too.

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Diss, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2014

First impressions on arrival was a very pretty guesthouse. There was a nice pool to cool off in after a day's exploring. It was only 10 minutes walk into town but it was along a busy road so would either use a taxi or tuk tuk.
Rooms were lovely and the beds were clean and comfortable.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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126 reviews
52 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2013

Stayed at Ben GH approx 4 years ago and the management/owner were great but not this time around the new owners are Thai/Chinese and are not as helpful. The garden and surrounds are very nice, the pool is good but when we stayed over a weekend most of the time is was closed due to cleaning why not do this on a week day when it could be a bit quieter. At the time of booking our stay with them they had advertised free transport to the bus station when departing the guest house, this has been removed from the website now because they cannot offer that service without charging. The cable TV has very bad reception and is a waste of time switching it on. I know if I come back for a visit to Chiang Rai a next time I will not be staying there for a third time.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Brisbane, Australia
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68 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2013

We loved this little gem. It was spotless. The staff were great. It had an okay on site restaurant. There was a nice pool to cool off in after a day's exploring. It was only 10 minutes walk into town.
The beds were clean and comfortable. No problems to get extra pillows and towels.

Room Tip: Highly recommend Ben's. It is value on every level. We would go back if we return to Chiang Rai
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank janlorraine
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Hong Kong, China
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126 reviews
45 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2013

It s a clean guesthouse that all the tuk tuk know! Which is very convenient. The place is quiet unless u sleep next to a group of american girls watching katy perry s concert on their laptop! However the management is greedy and hey will not help you unless u pay for the sevice! I had to walk with heavy luggage because I didn t want to pay 30 bahts (no more money) to call a tuk tuk... I asked for hot water and I was wondering if they would make me pay for that! The breakfast is not included and I would suggest to have it outside the guest house. I was satisfied by this place but I am sure you can find better places in chiang rai (with a more helpful management).

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Melbourne
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89 reviews
45 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2013

We loved this place. We booked here cos I stayed here 20plus years ago – well it is pretty much the same, but the surroundings have changed – it used to be surrounded by fields – now it is surrounded by guest houses. Staff are lovely and we arranged tours and cars & drivers and all good. We booked best room – VIP – about $39 AUS – we had a nice bedroom and a really big lounge room with extra TV, and balcony. Because most travellers probably don’t want to pay for VIP, we really had the whole floor to ourselves. Nice pool, and although out of town, staff were happy to get us a taxi or tuktuk whenever requested. Pool is wonderful – but, many people from other guesthouses would come to the pool in the afternoon. Also – when we stayed, they were obviously trying to make some extra cash – so every afternoon the pool was filled with young children having their swimming lessons. We ate here one night, when we had had a big day, food is poor, it seems the local staff will make you some noodles, but really, not good.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Ben Guesthouse
Address: 351/10 Soi 4, Sankhong Noi Road, Chiang Rai 57000, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Chiang Rai Province > Chiang Rai
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #20 of 108 Hotels in Chiang Rai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Ben Guesthouse 3*
Number of rooms: 30
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