Would like to add my review to the slew of "excellent" ratings this property has received. From the moment the hotel car dropped me off at the gate, I was astounded by the beautiful design - it was genuinely tough deciding whether to lounge inside my lovely antique inspired room (to the hotel provided iPod soundtracks of jazz classics and club lounge), outside on my expansive private terrace, or by their gorgeous pool.
The highlight of the property is of course the eponymous house, which has been restored with full respect to its heritage, while keeping a contemporary aesthetic. A cocktail or two there is a must in the evenings, especially when their pianist is playing.
Food is surprisingly tasty. I rarely eat in-house when staying in luxury hotels in Thailand because the food is so often blanded down, but the modern Thai cuisine here was genuinely flavourful.
The Spa, as another reviewer has mentioned below, is quite expensive, but like the rest of the property exquisitely designed. There's another spa down the road if you want a cheaper treatment, but while pleasing, the 137 Pillars Spa definitely has the edge.
137 Pillars House is located in a quiet residential street, but it's only a couple of turns away from the main road along the river. It's quiet a high end little shopping area, and I found lots of lovely gifts for friends back home, from a divine Thai silk scarf, to handmade jewellery, artisan paper and a small carved elephant benefiting an Asian elephant charity.
And while this is a quieter part of town, Chiang Mai is a relatively small place and the night market is only a 10 minute tuk tuk ride away. If you're staying over a Sunday, even better is the Sunday Walkign Street - many thanks to Greg at front desk for the tip as well as all his other help.
The only con was the noise from a nightclub nearby - this caught me by surprise because the hotel is so peaceful during the day and early evenings, and I couldn't even see the club. Not sure if this applies to all the rooms or just the side of the hotel I was on. Bring ear plugs!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This luxurious 30 suite boutique Hotel is built around a colonial teak homestead built in 1880s. It is located in a leafy residential enclave a few minutes walk from the historical Wat Gate Temple, Ping River and boutique shopping area. Four stunning suite types range from 70 -135 square meters; two with small private pools. Tiled verandas, cane shades, rattan furniture and free standing Victorian baths are reminders of days gone by, blend with modern facilities including outdoor gardens showers, flat screen televisions and wi-fi. A range of bespoke dining options include the Jack Bain's Bar, Parlor, Wine Cellar, The Dining Room, Palette, Kitchen and Private Dining, using organic ingredients from the Hotel's garden.Recreation facilities include the Spa, Gymnasium and Swimming Pool. ... more less
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