This was my third stay at this hotel and I have already booked my next stay. I love this place, because it is comfortable, the people who own and work at it are warm and friendly, the breakfasts are made to order and are absolutely delicious. The place has an ambiance that creates warmth and a sense of relaxation with a local Thai flair. We stayed in late June 2012 so it was low season and not very crowded.
I love the outdoor covered dining/bar space they have created with a very large table that is suited to large groups wanting to have dinner together. It is a great supplement to the smaller tables that surround the outdoor gardens and the indoor dining/gathering spaces. When we have sat at night around the big dining table with a couple of bottles of wine and great friends, the staff is quick to find wine glasses for our use and open the wine. Baan Nattawadee sells beer but not wine, so they don’t mind if you bring your own.
We booked 3 rooms, as I was traveling with a group of friends. Check in was perfect. We arrived early but they had our rooms ready. Despite having several bags (we had gifts for kids at a local Children’s Home with us) the staff carries them up the stairs for you. The rooms are on the ground, second and third floors. All rooms are really spacious and have a bathroom that is across a little indoor hall (all within your room), which makes the rooms seem even larger. Our rooms had balconies that overlooked the river and trees. The beds are comfortable and they provide complimentary soft drinks and snacks in the room.
Service: Nothing is too much trouble. They prepare breakfast at whatever time you want to eat. You can sit for a couple hours and linger over coffee, tea and juices before or after your main breakfast, or you can have a quick breakfast if you are off for a day of touring. They serve Starbucks coffee, which was a wonderful “find” at a 3 star hotel.
Atmosphere: The grounds are lovely. The hotel has 3 stories and about 18 rooms. There is a lovely open courtyard where one can take their breakfast or dinner or just sit and read a book and relax. It is a short bike ride (2 or 3 minutes) from the “Chiang Rai beach” which is along the edge of the MeKok River. The hotel offers bicycles at no charge to its guests, so we all took a bike ride to the River and sat and had a beer at one of the local stalls.
Location: The hotel is about a 10-minute ride from town (depending on whether you are in private transport, taxi or tuk tuk it can be a few minutes more or less). The fare to town was about 100 baht. It is in a quiet area so we had no difficulty with noise or busy streets and loved being able to relax here at the end of the day.
This remains one of my favorite small hotels in Thailand. It isn’t a five star hotel, but it is extremely clean, very warm, good bathrooms, beautiful views and has great food in a lovely local establishment. I visit Chiang Rai often and I always find myself wanting to come back to this place for 3 or 4 days.