This is a slightly odd hotel. It's very quaint. The lobby and halls are decorated not only with Thai art and small shrines, but also with old motorcycles, telephones, and typewriters. And it's very Thai: we were the only foreigners in the hotel for the first two days of our stay. But it's not super efficient. We arrived late at night and the two young men at reception could find no record of our reservation. Even when I showed them the confirmation email they were confused and it was only through some insistence that we were able to get our rooms. In part this may have been a language problem. The day staff have better English skills than the night staff.
A friend of mine explained that the hotel is used primarily by parents who come to visit their children who are attending the local universities. Chiang Mai is something of an education hub.
The hotel is showing a bit of wear, but my room was large and clean, though spartan. The lighting was dim and the TV remote did not work. There was a good sized mini-fridge with very reasonably priced drinks in it (60 baht for a beer = $2 Cdn). The bathroom was dimly lit but fine: no tub, just a shower. There's one tap on the sink set to tepid. The air conditioning unit was great.The bed was very firm, but I happen to like that.
The hotel has a small gym and a not-much-used outdoor swimming pool. There's also a barber shop.
The hotel is on a highway. It takes about 10 minutes to walk to a commercial area and about 45 minutes to walk to the old city. There is a restaurant across the highway from the hotel (it's good) and a nightclub up the street. There are some roadside restaurants south of the hotel. The rest is gas stations, a BBQ supply store, some garages, that sort of thing. There are several 7-11s close by for basics but you're better off to walk north to Suthep Road and turn right or left: lots of shops and restaurants that are priced for the university students. If you turn right you immediately hit a small Tescos. Word to the wise: just before you get to Suthep, turn right into the Ton Payom produce market. A great place to shop for fruit, deep-fried chicken heads, and the best spicy sausages.
The hotel is very close to the airport. I could see the runways from my window. This means that the occasional plane roars overhead. Luckily it's not a busy airport.
Note -- to get anywhere on foot you have to walk along the side of the highway. It's not always smooth going, so it might be a problem for people with mobility issues.
The wifi in the hotel is adequate but a bit inconsistent. It costs 100 baht a day and you have to buy it each day from the front desk. The signal was much better in the lobby than in my room (on the 4th floor). There is a coffee shop/bar in the lobby but it hardly ever seems to be open. They do make an ok espresso if you can catch them.
The big plus, the super big plus, of the hotel is that it is mega-reasonable, nay, crazy cheap. When I stayed it was 620 baht a night which included Thai-style breakfast. That,'s, like, $20 Cdn. Wow. For that price, I can put up with spartan. For the price, I love spartan. It's also off the tourist beat, aso if you want to mingle with the Thai, this is the place.