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“A quiet and comfortable retreat” 4 of 5 stars
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25 Soi 4,Charoen Prathet Road, Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand   |  
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Ranked #115 of 537 Chiang Mai B&B and Inns
Richland, Washington
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“A quiet and comfortable retreat”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2012

Chiang Mai is a busy place...but the River View Lodge offers an oasis of quiet and comfort. Set on the bank of the Ping River, the rooms overlook the boats that travel by as well as the extensive gardens. The rooms are cool and comfortable. It is just a short walk to the many temples and to the night market, and having the pool there to jump into after some of Chiang Mai's heat and humidity just makes the River View Lodge even better! The owners are friendly and everyone there is happy to help!

  • Stayed February 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2012

We checked in this hotel after the recommendation in the Lonely Planet.

We arrived at Chang Mai at 5AM after our bus trip out of Bangkok and found a TUKTUK driver to bring us to the hotel. Don't pay the tuk tuk driver more than 80 BHT because it is very close to the bus terminal!

We didn't have a reservation but they were happy to show us the rooms at 5.30 AM (!!). We went to bed to sleep an our or two and had breakfast, obviously we didn't have to pay for the first morning.

The location of this hotel is perfect, just around the corner of the night market and by tuk tuk everything is within reach. We had a hotelroom with aircon for 1600 BHT per night, the rooms are very clean and there's free wifi and a fridge, so pretty much everything you need.

One additional and sincere compliment for the staff of this hotel: we checked out and headed to the trainstation for the night train to Bangkok. After we bought the tickets we were adressed by someone at the front of the station by some one who kept saying: river view lodge. At first we didn't pay too much attention to this, but when he insisted on talking to us we noticed what he was holding in his hand: my girlfriends iPhone which she left behind on the bed by mistake! They remember us telling them we went to take the night and he found us in the middle of this station: the best example of the service you can get at the river view lodge!

Thank you for the stay!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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 January 29, 2012

Stayed 3 days in january 2012.
perfect location by the river. 2 min walk to night marked + bars.
Lovly garden and pool area. Like stepping into a little peaceful paradise. Totaly peace at night.
The rooms are big and clean, and nice decoratet- with a nice bath room . Big balcony overlooking the river. Breakfast included. Price is very good - 1800 bath in high season.
staff is freindly and speak very good english.
If you are looking for something extraordinary in chiang mai - river view lodge is PERFECT.
lisbeth kristensen, Denmark

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2012

We paid just £6 for a double room with fan. Room was spotless with clean beds, towels, soap and loo roll. Plenty of hot water, friendly staff. A pool to hang out in the day when you are temples out. A bar/ restaurant to meet other travellers and free wifi. Couldn't ask for more for a budget hotel.

  • Stayed January 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2012

I've been to the River View Lodge several times. I hadn't been back in 3 years and the owner and staff remembered me and my daughter. The rooms are simple, but clean and comfortable. It's important to mention, the rooms do not have TV's. Breakfast is included again, simple but satisfying. The location is wonderful and the garden amazing. It is right on the Ping River, so it's nice watching boats go bye. You never tire of the beautiful garden and all the little touches that make it lovely. The service is reliable. They are not over friendly, but they are helpful. The location is great, very close to the night market. A great place to relax and enjoy Chiang Mai.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2011

This is a fun place to stay in Chiang Mai. It's close to the center of town and the night market. The rooms are large and there are great white lizards everywhere. The people are helpful and the breakfasts are good. There is a nice pool. This is our favorite place to stay in Chiang Mai. Check out the inexpensive foot massages down the street.

Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Jerusalem, Israel
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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2011

Laid-back and welcoming, the owners are attentive and helpful.
Not luxurious, but comfortable and a great value.

  • Stayed October 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 25 Soi 4,Charoen Prathet Road, Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Chiang Mai Province > Chiang Mai
Hotel Style:
Ranked #115 of 537 B&Bs / Inns in Chiang Mai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 35
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The River View Lodge is overlooking the Ping River and is less than 10 minutes stroll from Chiang Mai's famous Night Bazaar. Decorated with regional carvings and textiles, our rooms are clean, neat, beautifully appointed and simply furnished with good showers, hot water and air conditioning. Fifteen of our 35 rooms have balconies and verandas that face the Ping River and overlook a beautiful tropical garden with several intimate pavilions and patios. ... more   less 
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