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137 Pillars House
5.0 of 5 Boutique Hotel   |   2 Soi 1, Na Wat Gate Road | Wat Gate, Chiang Mai 50000, Thailand   |  
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Ranked #2 of 333 Hotels in Chiang Mai
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“Wonderful gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2012

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!

Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2012

137 Pillars House is a boutique hotel that delivers at levels well above most of the big names. Four Seasons, move over. These guys are doing it right. In comparison to other five-star establishments, the notable points include spectacular food and truly customer oriented service. My only hesitation in recommending 137 Pillars House is the number of rooms. With only 20 rooms, I fear a good review will have them booked up all the time.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2012

"Had the opportunity to spend one night at this wonderful place and the experience was very special and restful. Located in the back street of a very hip area, with only 30 rooms, you can instantly feel the privacy and residential atmosphere. It nice to know you are in the city but you have your very own space and pace for your stay.
The service was very good and at the same time very professional. The staffs were attentive and warm.
Having spent the day in the heat of Mae Tang mountain area, this oasis was a great compliment to the day. It’s a wonderful way to pamper you. The rooms are so well appointed with all the luxury requirements and more, its very tempting not to leave the room and just stay in and enjoy all the amenities.
The original house was the main highlight of the hotel, it was so relaxing and enjoyable to sit back in the teak house and enjoy the company of good friends. The hotel has a good selection of wine and cigars.
In the morning, the veranda is beautiful against the morning lights and it’s a good place to begin the day with breakfast and newspaper. The breakfast selection was good with lots of original recipes.
If you plan on staying here, you must stay more than one night! "

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2012

I stay in Asian hotels 60 to 70 nights per year. As HYATT Diamond member I’m accustomed to 5 star hotels with great service. I do prefer chain hotels with established service standards. 137 pillar House was one of very few times I stayed in boutique hotel. And I hope I can visit this place again. This place is a dream for luxury vacationers. Almost everything is simply perfect. Suites are very elegant with top notch designer furniture. I truly lowed outside shower option. Grounds of this place are truly gorgeous. Landscaping is flawless, swimming pool is fantastic. But my favorite place is Pillar House itself. Gorgeously renovated 120+ year house is used as a lounge \ bar for guests. Every night they have live classical piano music. There are few things more relaxing than sipping Scotch and listening to piano. Service is almost flawless with few minor things they have to improve. Concierge is one of them. Recommendation for things to do and places to see were too ordinary. I would expect much better selection and knowledge since Chiang Mai is very touristy place. Second thing is local calls. I was shocked to see this place actually charge for local calls. And a lot. It was cheaper to use my US mobile phone. I hope management will fix this unwise nuance.

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2012

This hotel has a very nice and calm atmosphere and personal touch making your feel at home instantly. You feel close to nature and yet close to markets and restaurants in town.
Very service minded staff, fantastic beds and classy, vintage interior design through out the whole hotel.
I'll be back for sure

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2012

The Bangkok-based owners of 137 Pillars House assembled a top-notch team of architect, interior designer and landscape architect, and they delivered one of the most enjoyable and comfortable hotels we've experienced. The rooms are large and beautifully appointed, but the places you'll spend the most enjoyable times are the outdoor shower and the covered porch, which is nearly as large as the room! Idle hours on the day bed or in the rocking chairs on the porch allow complete relaxation, and the opportunity to enjoy the delightfully designed grounds. In the late evenings, after the relatively tame mosquitos that show up at dusk have retired for the night, the porch is a great place to wind down before bed. Beyond the room, the fitness center is large and very well-equipped for a small hotel, and the long, narrow pool is great for laps. The daily breakfast menu offers an array of good choices, wonderfully prepared. Although we seldom have dinner in our hotel, we took a chance here, and were not disappointed. Perhaps the reason I haven't mentioned the staff is that they are so experienced and inobtrusive that you scarcely know they're there, yet they are warm and eager to assure that your stay is as perfect as possible. Although the hotel only opened in December, 2011, the staff was hired from the top hotels in the region, and they know how to make you feel like you're spending thousands nightly. In all, we and our friends ranked 137 Pillars House tops among nearly a dozen top-of-the-line hotels we enjoyed during an extended trip throughout the region.

Room Tip: There are no bad rooms, but we prefer the second story rooms overlooking the original house and pool...
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2012

Paradise often comes with a price and whatever you pay for 137 Pillars is completely worth it. We stayed here last week for 5 days in a Rajah Brooke Suite with the "Opening Package" as this hotel recently opened. There is no need to book a higher level room unless you have children (however, this is not a place for kids). We saw all of the various room types while there and were very content that we had made the right choice. As my husband and I are in the advertising and design business, we appreciated every single attention to design detail and measure that the owners took with the restoration and building of this boutique hotel. P-49 never disappoints (I am loyal follower of their work) and they certainly went the extra 10 miles with their flawless designs on 137 Pillars.

The only thing more remarkable is the service. The staff is over the top friendly and concerned with every element of your stay. Most have English speaking skills.

We ate at the restaurant many times and never tired of it. There are well developed choices for every palette. It is not inexpensive, but the experience is well worth it.

The beds are spectacular as are the choice of furnishings throughout the suite, and in particular, the large balconies.

The spa treatments we received were among the best throughout our stay in Thailand. My massage was truly one of the best I have ever had (given by "Ms. A"). The pool is stunning and peaceful--the most divine design we have ever seen for a pool hotel. Less is truly more in this case.

There were, however, a few issues such as the construction behind the hotel that was quite loud. Additionally, there was one constantly crying/yelling toddler who was staying there. Please be aware that all of the rooms are facing a courtyard, so you will be subjected to whatever noise is in the courtyard or on every balcony -- and it echoes as does the pool area. There is nothing more frustrating than insensitive parents who do not care if others are forced to listen to their children's behavior while on their vacation... The laundry fees are quite expensive, so better to take it outside. We spent $50 without realizing it on a few pairs of shorts and shirts.

You must visit the shops and galleries around the corner from the hotel as they were the best we visited in all of Thailand. Walking there from the hotel can be a little harrowing as there are no sidewalks and it is a dirt road, so be alert. Also, do not miss the Sunday Market or Patara Elephant Farm! We wish we had taken more trips outside of the city as it is beautiful, so the Patara was the highlight of our trip.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 2 Soi 1, Na Wat Gate Road | Wat Gate, Chiang Mai 50000, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Chiang Mai Province > Chiang Mai
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 333 Hotels in Chiang Mai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — 137 Pillars House 5*
Number of rooms: 30
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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