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Hotel The California

141/8 Ratchadamnoen Road | T. Prasing A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand (Formerly Le Bateau Ivre)
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Ranked #243 of 477 Chiang Mai B&B and Inns
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 4 weeks ago
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Indianapolis, Indiana
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My boyfriend and I stayed here for 4 nights. The hotel was nice, clean, the location was prime and the staff was fantastic.They were so helpful in helping us decide of attractions to do. Omg the owner was hilarious. He had us rolling our entire stay. He also went above and beyond our expectations when he took the day off... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

David the owner was a fantastic man very helpful,funny and easy going, great location sunday night markets right out the front bar prices were good food great . i stayed here with my girlfriend for 4 nights and had no problems what so ever, clean comfortable rooms with good prices,walking distances for many attractions ,bars and restaurants with live music.i... More

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34 reviews 34 reviews
8 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

We stopped here for drinks because everything else on Ratchadamnoen was closed (a Monday night, I believe). So it was the only place open. Prices on drinks were fine. They have free wifi (spotty - I couldn't get it to work). The guy working the bar was a little strange. Uncomfortable. But, that said, drinks were cheap, and it was... More

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Orange, Australia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

Excellent location in the old quarter of Chiang Mai, the sunday market is right out the front. The owner is a lovely french man who is very helpful for booking tours etc. Breakfast is included and the rooms are clean and quiet with clean shared bathrooms, air con and flat screen tvs and was cheap to stay at. I would... More

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Nova Scotia, Canada
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

This guesthouse was a pleasant surprise - recently under new ownership and there were some nice upgrades. For 350 baht, I stayed in a smaller but CLEAN room with air-con and a flat screen wall-mounted tv. The bed was much more comfortable compared to a few other guesthouses in the area. The room was quiet even though it faced a... More

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DelshadDavid, Owner at Hotel The California, responded to this review

So happy you enjoyed your stay. We are constantly working to improve the hotel, and hope you'll have a chance to visit us again one of these days. Thank you for taking the time to write a review. More

Seattle, Washington
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29 reviews 29 reviews
6 hotel reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

This place is great if you are stopping over for a night or two. I've been back twice as the location is good, the owner is genuinely nice, and the rooms are clean. Hard to beat the price in that location. It's also fun on Sundays to see the sunday night market happen outside your window! Even with that commotion... More

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Arnhem, The Netherlands
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2012

This is a nice, clean place. Downtown. Especially at the Wat-site, the rooms are very silent. Good food too. And at great price. Definately a go-again-place !

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New York City, New York
3 reviews 3 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2010

DO NOT STAY AT LE BATEAU IVRE!!! Worst experience ever at Le Bateu Ivre. Paid more for wi-fi (was not true). Then the owner blamed me for internet not working & yelled at me without letting me speak. When I got angry back, he threatened to call immigration and make problem for me. I asked for discount because wi-fi did... More

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DelshadDavid, Owner at Hotel The California, responded to this review

Dmitri no longer owns or runs this hotel and the wifi is free and fast. Nonetheless, I apologize for your experience, and hope that, if you're ever back in the area, you will give us another chance. More

Singapore, Singapore
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35 reviews 35 reviews
23 hotel reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2010

My friend and i stayed at Le Bateau for 3 days we were in Chiang Mai and we absolutely loved the place! The room was spacious, the service was excellent and it was in a great location in one of the main roads in the old city, walking distance from cafes and travel agencies ... it even has a massage... More

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Singapore, Singapore
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2010

Good Things: 1. Price, paid 350 bht for a double bed in a good size room. Had to share a bathroom, but not a problem. There were two bathrooms and three rooms on the floor. If you want to pay a bit more (500bht) I think you can get an ensuite. 2. Laid back and nice atmosphere. 3. Amazing food... More

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Address: 141/8 Ratchadamnoen Road | T. Prasing A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand (Formerly Le Bateau Ivre)
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Location: Thailand > Chiang Mai Province > Chiang Mai
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
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Ranked #243 of 477 B&Bs / Inns in Chiang Mai
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Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome Hotel the California (Such a lovely place) I am a fun-loving ex-pat living out my retirement in the best city in the world. I am excited to show you all that this city has to offer! We have completely new remodeled hotel All our rooms are accommodated with: - Cozy queen size bed. - New large Private bathroom. - Free Cell phone and local SIM card to use during your stay in the hotel (with on 1000B deposit) - Complimentary Coffee and Tea maker in all rooms - Air-condition - Satellite LCD TV - Complimentary WiFi - Private, new and clean bathroom - Large refrigerator - Two complimentary water bottles - Very friendly staff. The hotel description: - Great, famous and only Chines restaurant in old City at the ground floor. - Famous cool bar at the ground floor. - Tour and Travel agency at the ground floor. - Motorbike and bicycle rent at the ground floor. Location: - Great location in the center of the old city and in center of many things. - Next to very old and very famous Chedi Luang temple. - Much nightlife activates just 1 to 10 minutes walking distance. - Vis-a-vis from hotel [U Chiang Mai] - Close to many famous sights. - Excellent transportation. - Situated in the heart of the Sunday Market (the waking street). - Located in the center of many restaurants, cafes, and shopping areas. - 6 minutes walk to Tha Pae Gate or Chiang Mai Gate. - 15 minutes walk to Night Bazaar. - 8 minutes walk to Saturday Market. We have Travel and Tour Agency in the house and we can get u any tour and any ticket with special discounts to our house-guest also we will give you great and free advice and where to go and what to see and how to get there any time. This is some information it could be helpful to u: There is Tuk-Tuk or Taxi rate for about 120B ( about 04 US $ ) from the Airport, the Train Station and the Bus station to our Guest House [downtown] and vice versa. This is our address in English and in Thai, u can printed out and give it to the driver and just tell the driver to take u to [ U Chiang Mai Hotel ] and we r just cross the street. u can't miss us. I hoped this information are helpful to u all. Hotel The California 141/8 Ratchadamnoen Road T.Prasing A.Muang Chiang Mai 50200 เกสท์เฮ้าส์ เลอ บา โต้ อีพ 141/8 ถนนราชดำเนิน ตำบลพระสิงห์ อำเภอเมือง จังหวัดเชียงใหม่ If u have any other issues or concerns please don't Heisted to ask. i am looking forward to see u all. Best regards David ... more   less 
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