We stayed at Thaphae Garden at the beginning of January, at the peak of high season for Chiang Mai, a time of the year a little difficult to find good value for money accommodation in this wonderful city as tourists flock from all over the world as well as from Thailand itself. We were told they had two types of accommodations with Ac or fan and that the prices for the first three nights cost almost a 50% more, hence AC rooms were 1090BHT (going down from the third night onwards to 790BHT) and 890BHT for the fan rooms (to go back down to 550BHT after the third night). Said prices were exclusive of breakfast. We opted for an AC room as they have a warmer a cleaner feeling. A flowery patterned wall paper helped giving the room an almost designer feel, flash-packer style describes at best the atmosphere. Many couples and small groups of people, travelling with a backpack but in need of some basic comforts such as a strong jet shower with warm water, clean bed sheets and a chill out area airy and welcoming are most likely to find the Thaphae garden a cool place to stay for a few nights. The location is also very good, only 5 minutes’ walk from the night Bazaar and in the opposite direction from the Wall’s entrance, but its side road address, makes it a quiet place sparing guests from the noise of more centrally located guest houses and assuring a good night sleep. If you can avoid the rooms facing North (the ones above the pool) as the sun never reaches them and they tend to be a little damp. The rooms, furnished simply yet thoroughly, are provided with TV with international channels, free bottle of water and a fridge. A bad score is represented by the staff cleaning the room only every other day, which in my opinion is unacceptable at the price they charge. I stayed at cheaper guest houses which provided daily and exceptional daily room cleaning. The guest house is run by a family, the two young girl and boy speak good English and are able to provide you with info on how to move around town, there is also an older woman (the kids’ auntie) and her husband who must be the actual owner of the place. They are polite but not too friendly and run the hotel's kitchen (open from 7am to 2pm). We only had breakfast there twice (145BHT for American Breakfast) and it was good and cooked with fresh ingredients, although service is a bit slow, but then again if you’re chilling out in Chiang Mai, and I suggest you do, time stretches and regains its real meaning.
Another bad score is the fact the room keys are kept at reception in a bowl, where anyone can have access to them. I suggest you keep the key with you rather than leaving it there, as reception is unguarded after 8pm.
Overall the Thaphae Garden is a good place to stay, a moderately cheap alternative (provided you keep the 790BHT rate with AC) to the many scruffy guest houses you may find for little less. Its clean and near the main markets and also provides trekking and tours, just ask reception. During my week in Chiang Mai I also had the opportunity to see other guest houses and small hotels with similar prices and I can say that although the TG is a good choice, I am not sure I would stay again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Thaphae Garden Guesthouse offers you a choice of well equipped fan or air conditioned rooms at a budget price. Situated only a few minutes walk from Chiang Mai's Night Bazaar and Tapae Gate. Thaphae Garden is Chiang Mai 's best located Guesthouse. This Chiang Mai guesthouse is close to all Chiang Mai's attractions but well set back in a quiet lane just off the main Tapae Rd. Thaphae Garden Guesthouse offers travelers with a fantastic range of facilities and services including a swimming pool to compliment the clean, modern rooms and great location. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Thaphae Garden Guest House Hotel Chiang Mai