The smiling and enchanting staff of the Holiday Inn Chiangmai welcomed us with the usual charm but more was is store for us at the Holiday Inn Chiangmai.
As a Platinum Ambassador member of the InterContinental group upon check in I was given the usual welcome and a room upgrade to the next category. And this was an absolute shocker... the room was a large suite with an spectacular view of the Mae Ping river and was south west facing overlooking the city and the Hills of the Doi Inthanon National Park. The welcome included three elephant shaped chocolates containing various degrees of light to dark chocolates from the hotel bakery.
We had booked a vehicle to visit the Doi Suthep Temple and the Meo Hmong village unfortunately something went wrong with the booking and the vehicle did not turn up. The Staff was kind to replace and give a hotel car with a driver for the trip. I acknowledge and appreciate this gesture of the staff and which has helped the hotel live up to its expectations of the great IC Hotels chain.
The view of the city at sunset with the back drop of the hills is still fresh in our memory. I swear I can give special points to the friendliness of the staff and when I experienced internet access trouble which remained unresolved during our stay, and later when I checked out I received an email from the manager and I have to admit that I haven’t received such an apologetic email from anyone ever and that I now I really want to go back and stay at the Holiday Inn Chiangmai !
The room suite was huge with a spacious bedroom, bathroom with a huge Jacuzzi bath, bidet and bath, luxurious drawing room with fantastic French windows overlooking the Ping River and the city of Chiangmai. The panaromic view of the river is quite enchanting. The hotel is very comfortable and luxurious!
The location of the holiday inn Chiangmai is good and its position on the Mae ping is strategic, besides the view the distances from the city centre are not much and there are ample tuk-tuks around the place to hire. One can reach the heart of the city in fifteen minutes, the night market, Saturday market et all
You have to wake up early so as not to miss the soap carving lady who has a fantastic collection of soap carvings. She sits in the lobby till 10:00 am and carves just anything out of soaps making them absolutely useless for having conventional baths :) Do see the pictures.
The location of the river terrace restaurant is wonderful; viewing the Ping while you eat supper is a speciality. The China Palace restaurant is famous for its Dim Sums and the buffet lunches have quite a spread. Overall I give this hotel 10 out of 10 points and will surely return to this place for a longer duration of stay again in the near future...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Holiday Inn Chiangmai is ideally located on the banks of the Mae Ping River with easy access to business & shopping districts. It is the only riverside international hotel brand on the Northern bank of Chiangmai with 526 rooms & 25-storeys offering expansive riverside views from both guest & functional rooms. The hotel is only minutes away from the famous temples & the renowned night bazaar. Complimentary Shuttle Services to Night Bazaar, Walking Street, Nimman Road also provided free of charge.Guest Rooms are the largest in Chiangmai & have been designed with every comfort in mind. Every room has beautiful views over the idyllic Mae Ping River & towards Doi Suthep, the sacred mountain or Chiangmai city views. At Holiday Inn®, we guarantee your comfort with a double size for twin bed & pillow menu.Executive Lounge is the latest benefit for guests who stay on the Executive floor with multiple benefits such all day drinks, Happy Hours, free laundry, free Wi-Fi and Express check-in/check-out.China Palace is the most famous Chinese Restaurant in town with superb Dim Sum menu & Shabu Shabu buffet.River Terrace is an all day dining restaurant with daily theme night dinners & an outdoor space.Just a few minutes from the hotel you can explore Chiangmai Night Bazaar, Wiang Kum Kam Historical site, Chiangmai International Airport & shopping malls. Chiang Mai has many places to visit & many activities to do such as Doi Suthep, Chiangmai Zoo & Aquarium, golf or adventurous activities such as jungle flight. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Chiang Mai Hotel Chiang Mai
- Chiang Mai Holiday Inn
- Sheraton Chiang Mai