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Thapae Boutique House
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   4 soi 5 Thapae Rd | Changklan Muang, Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand   |  
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Ranked #60 of 331 hotels in Chiang Mai
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“Average at best”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2012

With mostly "Excellent" and "Very Good" ratings on TA I thought this place must be a secret gem. So I booked my first night in Chiang Mai at the Thapae  Boutique House on Agoda for USD30.
At arrival the Hotel looked ok but not great, a theme that would repeat during my stay.

The woman at the reception was friendly but kept chatting away on her mobile phone for most of the time I was trying to check in.
The room (superior) was a big disappointment. The furniture is shabby, Peeled off lacquer, crocked and dorm room style looking. The bedsheet had yelow spots and the decorative pillows needed an urgent wash.
The bathrooms are dark and have rough, unfinished concrete walls. No shower curtain means you are rinsing down the entire bathroom when showering.

On the positive: The bed was firm, the aircon relatively quiet and efficient. The TV had• an OK number of international channels and there is a personal safe in the room.

The breakfast is your standard 2 eggs, ham, and toast fair. 

Thankfully I only booked for one night. There are many other good hotels in the area for a lot less money.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2012 via mobile

We just saw the hotel by an off chance and went back the next day after reading such good reviews! We only stayed two nights but could have stayed longer!

Beautiful authentic rooms, with Thai designs and bathrooms! Very clean and beds made daily with 2 free bottles of water daily!

Breakfast included, although basic was lovely and such good service and lovely place to eat it!

Location is brilliant down a side ride but near enough to everything-night bazaar and river!

The most amazing thing apart the hotel is the service- incredibly kind and helpful when we arrived offering us a good deal on our room. We then booked some trips with them and again got a great deal and lots of advice and opinions!! After we checked out we did a day and trip and came back around 4 but didn't have a flight till much later they offered us a place to shower with clean towels!! Again great service!!

Would strongly recommend this hotel if you looking for a nice get away Boutique!!

  • Stayed May 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2012

We selected ChiangMai as our honeymoon spot in Thailand because we wanted to be away from all the hustle and bustle. Just wanted peace and quiet, we LOVE shopping. The B&B was kind enough to arrange our pickup from the airport, which was delayed as the taxi driver couldn't find us and we couldn't find her :p

Upon reaching the hotel, about 10 mins drive, we were greeted by Kai who was the manager there. We had selected the normal Deluxe room which was a great value for money. It was clean, tidy and adequate to our needs. The room had a small fridge, television - cable, wardrobe for clothes and a dressing table. The bathroom was spacious and had heated and cold water.

The staff there was really helpful. They arranged taxis for us and also recommended some good places for us to visit. They also allowed us to use their kitchen during off times so we could heat our food. The breakfast was great and included in the room rates. Thou they end serving it at 10, so you better be up early. The B&B has a courtyard where one can sit and read - my wife loved hanging out there with the resident cat. The breakfast area also has a TV, computers and internet available.

The hotel is situated in middle of the market area, the famous night market is just a 10 min walk from the hotel and Anusarn market was 20 min walk (a great place which has plenty of Halal food). The sunday bazaar was 5 min walk. The local market; Warrorat, is about 15 mins away. There is also a 7-11 shop right next to the street.
The stay was well worth every penny spent and we look forward to visiting Thailand again next year and staying at Thapae Boutique. The best staff I have ever encountered in a B&B/hotel. Kai was a great person and so was Teep (sorry for the spelling error, if any, in the names). Over all a very good place to stay as it is comfortable, close to shops and has great staff.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2012

A friend and I stayed here for three nights in mid March. We were slightly worried that the hotel was going to be more of a backpackers type of place, but we had no need to worry. Thapae house was perfect for our needs, which was a simple B&B type of accommodation near to Thapae Gate. We were offered a quiet twin bed room at the back of the house away from street noise and, although we did hear nieghbourhood dogs barking off and on during the day, we didn't have any issues at night (I took earplugs just in case!) I have a bad neck, so although I didn't mind the firm mattress, the hard pillow did cause some discomfort. Breakfast was the same each day: coffee or tea, juice, watermelon and a choice of eggs with toast. Simple fare but at a pretty good standard. We had a delicious lunch one day at the small hotel accross the street. Kai was extremely helpful throughout our stay. She took time to read our list of things we wanted to do, offered advice on the best way to plan our days and made arrangements for transport etc (Big was our driver for the most part & we'd highly recommend him). All in all a perfect place in a great location...we enjoyed meandering along the quiet Soi and soaking up the atmosphere. Would definately go back there.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2012

Good location, lovely place, nice staff very attentive and caring. It's clean an quiet, had the chance to be awake with the birds every morning.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2012

First let me say that if you are looking for a "western" type hotel, and expect a modern room and amenities, this might not be for you. However if you want a quiet, bed and breakfast style guesthouse within close proximity to the Thapae gate and attractions, this is an ideal choice. We stayed here for two days when we first got to chiang mai and loved it so much we came back a week later for another four days. It is located off a side street of thapae road, just a couple of blocks down from the main gate. Due to its location it is tucked away from all the bustle and craziness of the gate area. It is quiet and comfortable and very close to many great restaurants (both local and western), Warowot Market, The sunday night walking market, and small shops of all kinds.
The breakfast (included) is basic and "western" geared but good and sufficient for us. Included coffee/tea, fruit, eggs, wheat toast, and a breakfast meat. Additionally, there is always a fresh squeezed juice of some kind. The first couple of days we had orange, and on the more recent visit it was fresh blended frothy pineapple juice that was delicious!
The rooms are fairly basic but cute, clean and comfortable (the beds may be hard for some. we liked them though). The walls seem to have hand painted floral design on them, which is cute and homey. The well maintained wood floors and the interesting colored glass windows add to the charm and quaintness.
The air conditioning is sufficient, however some of the units are older than others (we stayed in two different rooms and the a\c in the second one was much better than the first.
The bathroom (like most here in thailand) are all in one (meaning there is no shower curtain, just a small separation step between the shower and the rest of the bathroom. The showers are nice and hot with decent water pressure. The commodes (again, like the rest of thailand) should NOT have toilet paper flushed down them. This is noted in the guestbook in each room and there is a bidet device to use.
The staff members are lovely and very helpful. They even remembered us from our first stay when we came back even though we were only there for two days!
There is a nice little courtyard and outdoor eating area and communal area (very nice to sit and read on). A very sweet kitty patrols the area and likes its head scratched.
The ONLY issue of noise (depending on location of your room) can be attributed to neighboring dogs. This was not an issue for us, but bring earplugs if this is a concern.
One noise we DID love, was the sweet singing and chirping of birds, many of them tropical sounds that we don't get in the united states. You can hear them most of the day, but they are especially vocal in the morning and as the sun wanes in early evening.
We stayed in the superior double both times and there are other room options available.
Also, this is a three story building and there is no lift, so if stairs aren't an option for you request a first floor room.
Non of the other guests were noisy or obtrusive which adds to the quiet nature of the place. Most of the other guests we saw were couples or single travelers and on occasion a small family but no backpackers.
All in all it was a very pleasant stay and we will DEFINITELY return the next time we are in Chiang mai!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2012

Down a quiet soi, on the edge of the action; location is the main reason to stay at this small hotel. We stayed for 4 nights and found nothing to complain about. The deluxe room we occupied was average in size and in good condition. The bed was 2 singles pushed together but they do have big beds in some rooms. The TV was a good size with lots of channels. Free WiFi was fast and trouble free. Breakfast is standard fare but is well presented and they do try to vary it now and then.
Criticisms are few: the shower floor can be slow to drain and the basin tap was worn out and should be replaced.
The friendly staff help to create the calm ambience at this hotel and all in all this hotel represents a good choice for the mid-range traveller.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 4 soi 5 Thapae Rd | Changklan Muang, Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Chiang Mai Province > Chiang Mai
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#27 Best Value Hotel in Chiang Mai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Thapae Boutique House 2.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our spacious and immaculate rooms are finished in a harmonious blend of chocolate teak wood and cool pastel hues of green, lemon and cream. All have air-con and televisions. Beds are positively sleep inducing and mounted in custom designed teak frames. Bathrooms are spotless and elegantly finished with attractive fixtures and colorful ceramic tiling. Our large open air lobby gracefully leads to a lush garden patio. Located in the heart of downtown for your continence. ... more   less 
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