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“Better to avoid” 2 of 5 stars
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Water Well Guest House
14 Ratchadamnoen Road, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand   |  
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Ranked #313 of 502 Chiang Mai B&B and Inns
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“Better to avoid”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

Came to Chiang Mai after midnight (our train had 3 hour delay), everything was closed or full. It's near the Thapae gate, so the location is good (but there are many guesthouses in that area, so that's not a real argument). And it's still quiet in the night, since it's off the main streets.

There are many downsides. The price was incredibly high. We paid 500 Baht - didn't argue because we needed to sleep and we passed 10-15 closed hostels - and the guy at desk didn't look too talkative either. The rooms were not very nice, the water smelled funny, the shower/toilette room looked bad. At least the bed was more or less ok. There was wifi, but only at reception.

Search for a better place if you can (e.g. Sumit hotel a few blocks away is a far better fallback place).

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013 via mobile

I stayed one week and paid 400 bahts / night. I think it was a bit expensive cos chiang mai is so cheap overall. Staff was very quiet but everything worked ok. I recommed this everyone who wants good and quiet basic room with a good location. Thapae gate is very near as well as local bars (yellow and spicy) but not too close ( less than 1 kilometre).

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

No room service, no breakfast, rude staff, no athmosphere at all and expensive for its characteristics.
It was late and we were run out of time, so we end up paying and staying here. It was well located and the street is charming but the hotel itself feels lonely.
Toilette bed and room its OK. Wifi only available at the hall to share with all mosquito...

Better places to stay for sure.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

located in the old town within the wall, Water Well is accessible and convenient for small walks around the area. there are a few other guesthouses along the same alley, so you are free to explore the area before deciding on a place too.

the room is very basic, with air-conditioner, a bathroom and a TV that goes off tune once in awhile, has wifi and two clean towels (though a tad stained). simple set up, but for a pretty good price in Chiang Mai. cant complain much. it looks like a family business. the hosts are friendly (like any other Thai) but not exceptionally informative. do ask them for help though, they will offer you what you want most of the time.

location: with tha pae gate right behind you while facing the old town, the guesthouse is located towards your right hand side. this area is recommended by the very friendly host of another higher end guesthouse. advice given was to stick to this area, and not towards the left hand side of tha pae gate as that is where all the gogo bars are located. so choose it well according to the kinda holiday u are looking for!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 14 Ratchadamnoen Road, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Chiang Mai Province > Chiang Mai
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Ranked #313 of 502 B&Bs / Inns in Chiang Mai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 18
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