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“good room,good location,unfriendly staff” 3 of 5 stars
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12 Ratchadamnoen Soi 5, Chiang Mai 50200 , Thailand   |  
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Ranked #199 of 537 Chiang Mai B&B and Inns
Vienna, Austria
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“good room,good location,unfriendly staff”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

The room and location are good.We however had some problems as they just rented the room for the next day although they confirmed the day before twice (!) that everything is ok and we can stay 3 days.We are aware that there can be misunderstandings but the way this was handled was not nice.As there are similiar rooms that are even cheaper further up the road we would recommend to look for a place elsewhere with a better vibe!(As a couple of guesthouses in this road are recommended by Lonely Planet,business seems to go too well to be friendly:-))

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Bangkok, Thailand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

Situated near to Tha Pae Gate, close to shops and temples as well as restaurants. The restaurant/chill area is very comfortable and the breakfast was very nice too. The room was pretty average, with two single beds that were squeaky and our aircon made a lot of noise. There is also no view from the balcony. The staff are very friendly and helpful though.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rumsey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

I have stayed here in 2003 and 2007 and love the homey feel! The staff are friendly, rooms are modest but clean. Cost was affordable and close to the Sunday market and a quick tuk tuk from the night market. Near the Tapae Gate as well. I have just booked with them again for my next trip to Thailand in the new year and can't wait!! It's a great place for solo travellers to hang out and meet others from all over the world!!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

Inside the city you will find this charming hostel, not expensive, around 500thb/night. So calm and peaceful, with wifi everywhere and decent rooms, enough to rest. So convenient as the hostel is surrounded with restaurants and bars.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

besides decent lodging the CNX white house provides a small travel agent desk run by a nice resident "Swiss Farang", who made a very good, well priced working arrangement to get us to Luang Prabang via Thai- and Lao-minibuses and a one day Mekong boat trip.
The house management is nice and easy going. Many little restaurants in the side street and on the main street around the corner. Although in such a centre position there is no noise disturbance. A budget world traveler´s place.

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  • Stayed April 2013, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Busan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

The location is great, very near to several markets and places to eat in Ciang Mai. For the younger or partying inclined crowd there's a boisterous and lively bar area not far away, but far enough to keep any noise from reaching the guest house itself. I could get anywhere I wanted in town by foot and it was a great launching off point for many of my daytime wanderings that I like to do regardless of the city I'm in.

I stayed in an aircon room during the off season and received a discount for an extended stay. The aircon was powerful and more than enough to cool the room considerably. The room was a good size. The shower gave good, hot water if one were so inclined but I mostly took cool showers given the heat during my visit. The bed could have been more comfortable, but it was nothing to complain about and I slept fine.

Wifi is strongest in the courtyard area but on the third floor I caught a signal and had no problem streaming videos to my iPad.

The courtyard area is great and relaxing. The atmosphere is nice and it's a great place to relax and meet other travelers and have a chat.

The staff were great, including the family who runs the place. I was able to arrange private taxis via this place to take me where I needed or wanted to go and any questions I had about the area were answered. They even helped me arrange a flight back to Bangkok as I was traveling without a credit card.

Probably not the place to stay if you're an early 20s person looking for a raucous time, but excellent for those who want mellow and still at the centre of Chiang Mai's tourist and guesthouse district.

Overall an incredibly nice stay and I will come back next time I'm in Chiang Mai.

Room Tip: There are fan and aircon rooms. The aircon is worth it if you're not used to the extreme temptre...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

Stayed for a few days in a fan double. The room, while getting old, was clean, and large for the price (350 baht -- aircon rooms are 500). There was some occasional construction noise from neighbouring properties, which was annoying, but unavoidable. Some noise from the pleasant downstairs garden area does reach the rooms, but another reviewer's suggestion that there is a bar here is not really accurate -- there is a fridge containing beer for guests and some seating. We noticed no noise through walls.

The vibe is quiet, friendly and mature, this is a guest-house run by a very nice family with two adorable Jack Russell dogs. Seems to be a mix of dignified older guests and approachable Euro/Anglo tourists. Wifi is not fast and reception is limited above ground floor. Mattress was lumpy and dented but nothing worth complaining about except here on TripAdvisor. I've stayed at The White House twice in the last decade and I don't feel that this place has declined in quality.

In summary: 350 baht fan doubles are good value amid pleasant surroundings, very close to Thapae Gate area. Rooms seem to be in constant demand during high season so book ahead.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Address: 12 Ratchadamnoen Soi 5, Chiang Mai 50200 , Thailand
Location: Thailand > Chiang Mai Province > Chiang Mai
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #199 of 537 B&Bs / Inns in Chiang Mai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Established in 1997, the Chiang Mai White House offers a friendly and affordable refuge to the international traveler. We’ve built a considerable reputation over the years, and many of our guests are repeat visitors.One popular feature is our peaceful garden courtyard, where guests can meet and mingle, or simply browse the Internet using our free, high speed wifi (currently 8 Mb/s).The White House is located on a quiet soi inside the Old City of Chiang Mai, near the Tha Phae Gate, and just down the street from the popular Sunday Market. Other nearby attractions include the Warorot Market, Night Bazaar, and the Sompet market. ... more   less 
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