Imperial Mae Ping
If you are the sort of reader that only reads the first couple of sentences, then this Hotel is Ok, it is clean and well positioned and for a short stay you will have no problems. If you want to know more about the hotel, read on.
This is a large hotel which is well positioned close to the night markets. We were stopping five nights before moving on down to Cha Am, so it served its purpose, although as I will explain later, I probably won't use it again.
A large reception area is quietly efficient, although on one occasion it got rather noisey when a guest argued about drinks shown on his room bill. We were on the sixth floor close to the lift, but could not hear lift noise although we could hear the pipes when taps were turned on or toilets flushed during the night. Our room was large enough, but no balcony. A large comfortable bed gave a good nights sleep and there was a large TV and a fridge with two complimentary bottles of water each day.
The shower is over a bath with a shower curtain, so if you have trouble getting your leg over (a bath) then ask if they have a room with a walk in shower. Complimentary shower gel and shampoo provided as well as tea and coffee making facilities as well as a hair drier.
It was all clean, but the decor in places was somewhat tired. The grounds are somewhat extensive with well tended gardens, but it is rather strange that both pool areas are very close to the hotel itself and surrounded by trees so getting any sunshine for a prolonged period was a bit like musical chairs. I guess it would be argued that most people don't go to CM to sit by a pool, but we do some of the days we are there so it was somewhat disappointing on that front. There are two pools, one on the first floor which is quite small and only has a few sun beds but gets more sunshine in the afternoon and a bigger one (but not that big) on the ground floor which has a few more beds. Why they didn't build a bigger pool away from the hotel I really don't know.
There are a selection of small shops as part of the hotel leading out onto the roadside which offer massages, a Tailors, travel agent etc, but there are also small bars and massage places just over the road and many more within a short walking distance. There is also somewhere to take your dirty washing just over the road for just 40 baht a kilo (done in 24 hours).
There is a small gym which I used just once as this seemed to be the breeding ground for all Mosquitos in Chiang Mai!
Breakfast could be either a mad scramble or a quiet leisurely occasion depending on the time you went and how busy the hotel was. Whilst we were there, there was a large scout convention on, so some days it was rather busy. The breakfast selection was quite good and probably something for everyone although some things like muesli were there one day but not the next!
We didn't use the restaurant there as there are so many great places at exceptional prices to eat, so can't comment on the main food and we always went to local bars for drinks where again prices were cheaper.
We have been to CM several times before and when we go back again (yes, it's that type of place you just want to keep going back) we will go for a much smaller place, probably a Thai owned guest house as we are now aware that these offer exceptional value, are very clean and the owners give great hospitality.
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Imperial Mae Ping
- Imperial Mae Ping Chiang Mai
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Imperial Mae Ping Hotel features 371 fully furnished guestrooms comprising 248 superior rooms, 88 deluxe rooms and 35 Junior Suites and Royal Suites.Room interiors are in tastefully distinctive, elegant and luxurious Lanna style befitting the rich heritage of this glorious region dating back some 700 years. Our rooms provide all levels of comfort to make your stay in Chiang Mai as relaxing as possible. Individually controlled air-conditioning, wall-to-wall carpeting, Kingsize or twin bedded configuration. ... more less
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