Where to begin!? The River Ping Palace has got to be one of the best kept secrets in Chiang Mai until NOW!! From the moment I contacted Esther, the owner and premier hostess of the Palace, I knew I was in for a magnificent and unforgettable experience. She maintained very thorough communication with me, as I planned my initially haphazard trip to Northern Thailand and helped to put me at ease about my reservation. Once we arrived at the grounds, the experience only got better. She welcomed my friend and me with a smile and open arms and made sure that our suite was to our likings. I will say that this 136-year old teakhouse hotel is definitely something to be seen. It is absolutely breathtaking the kind of maintenance and care that has been carried out for this wonderful place. If you are looking for something completely out of the ordinary hotel amenities and standardized furnishings, this is THE place for you. Esther takes great pride in her hotel, and it shows from the cleanliness of the grounds to the fantastic attention by the staff for requests and questions. It seemed that she went out of her way to ensure that we really got a true-to-life experience of Chiang Mai and made my stay there one that I will always treasure. My initial anxiety of the unknown was very much nurtured by Esther’s vast knowledge of the area, including places to visit, shop, and sightsee around Chiang Mai. She helped us even book our leisurely activities and ensure we were satisfied with the itineraries. The food is AMAZING, and yes, the mango cheesecake that is made at the River Ping is second to none. I requested it virtually every night we were there. Because we loved the room so much, we actually stayed there three times as long as we had intended. It is just too wonderful a place to leave! Esther is the kind of loving and good hearted people that we are lucky to stumble across in our lifetimes, and I thank her immensely for such an unforgettable experience. Do not hesitate if you are considering staying here! It is an absolute MUST to-do if you visit Chiang Mai. I even suggested this place to a friend who was in southern Thailand after I left, and he himself was in utter amazement at how wonderful the place and experience was for him. Breathe easy folks, this is the REAL DEAL!! I LOVE the River Ping Palace, and so will you!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built circa 1880, Club One Seven Chiang Mai, with its peaked roof and wide veranda porches, are a perfect example of an old-fashioned Thai style teak wood house that sits in a lush tropical garden. There's a real friendly ambiance that makes guests content to just spend time relaxing around the place particularly at one of the favored spots - overlooking the serene Ping River. For those just looking to unwind, read a book and use up as little energy as possible, this is certainly a place to consider. Club One Seven is a full service facility not just a guesthouse. Additional to the guesthouse there is a gym, swimming pool with jacuzzi jets, steam room, sauna, massage salon, internet tv room and cafe. Regular monthly party events are held on the 1st, 7th, 17th and 27th of the month as well as special holidays. Club One Seven Chiang Mai, is one of the more unusual places you will find designed for the gay male community. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Club One Seven Chiang Mai Hotel Chiang Mai
- Club 1 7 Chiang Mai