I'd like to comment on my most recent stay at Mountain View, my earlier stays, and on some others' reviews.
I have now stayed at MTV five times over the last seven years, usually for a week, once for two months. Student groups from my college have spent two to three months at MTV yearly for the past seven years, most recently in 2013. Do the math and for the total person-nights here we're talking in the neighborhood of five thousand. That is a lot of opportunities to be stolen from or treated badly. I'm happy to say that it hasn't happened to us.
I and we keep coming back to Mountain View because it's a delightful quiet oasis in the bustle of Chiang Mai. The dark teak rooms suggest traditional Thai architecture of a bygone era and aren't meant to imitate Motel 6. One of Chiang Mai's best collections of street food stalls sets up nightly across the moat, with cheap, tasty pad thai, roti, and other delights. If it's far from more Western-style restaurants, it's also nicely removed from the areas most flooded with Western tourists. The beautifully tended trees, ferns, and orchids overlook a central eating area that's great for meeting other travelers. Birds sing in the trees and Tokay geckoes laugh at night. In this leafy refuge you won't believe you're a hundred feet from a major thoroughfare. It's magic on a budget.
We've always found the caretakers kind and responsive to our needs.
And trustworthy. If I had money stolen, I wouldn't return to a guest house either. But even in the U.S., where hotels have heavy steel doors, I make it a point to take my wallet and passport with me when I leave the room. For longer-term storage of valuables, a safe is offered to guests at the check-in desk.
As I mentioned, our thousands of theft-free, safe, comfortable nights let me sleep contently here. At the same time, there are some details in others' reviews that make me question whether there were really multiple thefts, as is the impression I get, or whether it is much ado about nothing. In one of the critical reviews worked up about theft, from Jan 12, 2013, I read: "From a price point I saw that fellow students willing to look around found way better places found and way better rates with nicer staff who were way more helpful & it is quite over priced for the quality of the rooms." Perhaps that's a fair--if garbled--criticism offered on its own, but it smells very fishy when I read in an Oct 3, 2012, review: "From a budgetary standpoint I saw that fellow students willing to look around found better places at better rates with nicer staff who were way more helpful than these." When my students crib from others and try to cover their tracks by changing a word or two, it is usually because they haven't done the reading. When my students do this, I tell them it makes it hard for me to take seriously what they write or say elsewhere. Useful Travelocity reviews describe one's own impressions, not those of others; they are founded on one's own experiences, not on hearsay. Indeed, Travelocity has each reviewer, including Jan 12, "certify that this review was based on [one's] own experience." Maybe there were thefts of money, but reviews like that of Jan 12 create a dizzying hall-of-mirrors effect that certainly makes me wonder.
In the same spirit, I don't want to speak for the many students from my college who have stayed here. I'll just speak for myself. Are the beds hard? Welcome to Asia. Might there be an ant or a mosquito? It's the tropics. But I have always felt safe here. I've always enjoyed the special ambience of the little jungle outside my door. I've always found the staff helpful. And I'll happily stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience the charm of Northern Thailand in our beautiful wooden guesthouse with balcony, comfortable atmosphere, quiet garden, convenient location, where trained staff serve with a smile. We have 37 bedrooms plus one function room suitable for up to 30 people. All rooms have a private bathroom with hot shower. Located at 103-105 Sriphum Road opposite the historic Chang Pheuk Gate it is easy to find by foot or local transport. Mountain View opened in 1991. Run by a friendly couple, Dr. Jaroon and Mrs. Krisna Jittiwutikarn, Mountain View offers not only a pleasant place to stay but also the following facilities for your complete convenience: Restaurant, eat in or take away Laundry at very reasonable price Tours, trekking, cultural events & dinner bookings Car & motobike rental Flight & hotel booking Thai massage schools nearby Medical consulting and accupuncture with Dr. Jaroon Postal & overseas telephone call services Internet Cafe ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Mountain View Guest House Hotel Chiang Mai