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B.M.P. Residence
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   45/1-2 Rajchiangsean Road, Soi 1 | Haiya, Chiang Mai, Thailand   |  
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Ranked #224 of 333 Hotels in Chiang Mai
Alaska
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“Ugh.”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

Had no idea what to expect for Chiang Mai when we booked a tour and trek through a travel agency in Bangkok. Thought the price for everything was too good to be true, and it was.

The information staff was helpful and pleasant, I'll give them that. But the rest of the facilities and services were just awful. This is basically the sort of budget place that caters to shoestring travelers. Had I known that, I would have gladly forked over some extra cash for a nicer place. They max out the place by cramming as many people as possible and maintain those affordable prices with substandard conditions that are supplemented by high prices in their "bar."

The first night wasn't *that* bad. We actually had a spacious room for three, even though the bed sheets were dingy and stained, and the bathroom smelled moldy and had mildew crawling all over the ceiling. We left for a three-day trek, and returned for another night of sleep, and the room we had the second time around was downright unacceptable. It was horribly claustrophobic, and would have been sufficient as a double-bed room for two people. Instead, there were three single beds crammed so close together, it was like one massive bed (with the center one, my bed, with broken springs so it was like sleeping in a soggy burrito) and you had to push the door open all the way if you wanted to walk in without tripping over the bed. The door was flimsy and could easily be kicked in, and it must have been at one point because it was so messed up, there was a huge crack where it met the threshold and beamed the hallway light directly onto the head of my bed. The bathroom floor drain took forever to actually suck any water down, so it was like doing an awkward tango in avoiding getting your undies wet when you went to use the toilet after someone had a shower.

The restaurant "food" is of laughable quality; the cocktails are even worse. I was pretty grossed out to see that the "orange shake" was bottled orange juice, sugar syrup and ice blended together. Don't even bother blowing any cash there, and save yourself your appetite and some cash by venturing out into the main area of the town 10 minutes away.

If you're super broke or cheap, and want to have a crappy bed to sleep on and meet a bunch of drunk tourists, this is for you. Otherwise, if you had a bit of sanity left, you'll find somewhere else.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    3 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 stars
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Cairns, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

ive been here for 5 days now was just searching to see if theres a bmp in vietnam and this come up. i like it here. the staff are really helpful and nice theres live music every night and the bar and restaurant have really fair prices and they clean your room on request. dont no what every 1 complainen about

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

We have just stayed in bmp house for two night as part of a pre paid trip all over thailand and it has been by far the worst place we have stayed. The room was awful old dirty and bed sheets and towels did not look clean. Quite frankly it scared me. 20 min walk to the strip. Service was good the woman is very friendly. Food was awful! Just not a good experience after many very pleasant stays in different places all over thailand. I would not reccomend this place at all.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Sarasota, Florida
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14 hotel reviews
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

Backpackers Meeting Place (B.M.P.) is eclectic and funky, in a nice way- a large swimming pool, nightly live music, good outdoor cafe. The grounds are like a compound, with a fountain and the Happy New Year sign still up, surrounded by Micky and Minnie Mouse. The hotel vans brought and took residents to and from the airport and train station all day, so there is a lot of turnover. Like others have said, it was part of a cheap package including excursions and plane tickets. What a deal though- $1,000 for 2 weeks- overnight sleeper train from Bangkok, 4 nights in Chaing Mai, flew to Phuket for 9 nights, then a flight back to Bangkok- this was the "economy version", so I wasn't too picky. Backpackers is in the name, and that is mostly who you see here. Room was OK- no it is not the Hilton, but neither is the price.

Room Tip: Stay in the Residence part of the hotel, which is newer.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

We booked the BMP resident from Bangkok, it was part of a very cheap package including 2 excursions and plane tickets. First surprise on arrival: BMP is full, so we're put in some kind of sister hotel: the redbrick guesthouse. They drive us there saying it only takes 10 minutes walk between the 2 hotels... 15 minutes drive later... We arrive in redbrick and discover the dirty rooms, infested with mosquitoes, gloomy lights and dirty bed sheets.... You feel depressed the moment you step foot in your room. It doesn't feel safe. We stayed there for 2 days, the room wasn't cleaned or made... The hotel is handled by a family, I think that's the reason: too many rooms and not enough staff. Because they do excursions every morning someone comes to knock at your door at 6am...whether you need to wake up or not! Breakfast is included but poor to say the least.... The only 2 redeeming points: the land lady: helpful and friendly and the BMP excursions (particularly elephant ride + bamboo rafting) are great.

Room Tip: Stay away from redbrick...apparently BMP is slightly better...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Warwick, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013 via mobile

We kind of got pushed into booking the BMP Guesthouse (part of the BMP Resident) at the train station in Bangkok when booking our sleeper train to Chiang Mai - they showed us a leaflet with lots of nice photos of massage areas, nice rooms etc so it was a surprise to arrive to a mosquito covered room with dirty, stained bedding and beds that sound as though they are going to collapse at any moment! The location was good, just a small walk from the old city and a small walk from the night bazaar (which we loved!) The room was not clean and wasn't cleaned at all in our 4night stay so by the end the bins were full and overflowing which, considering loo roll had to be out in the bin as it can't be put down the toilet, was grim! The breakfast was included for us and was a good breakfast with a few different options. I personally wouldn't stay here again but maybe if you had an idea if what to expect it would do for a couple of nights.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

Let me just say that we got these rooms because we booked a package tour, and the room did not look at all like the brochure. We moved rooms 3 times, the first because we had a trek and came back. The second because the air con in our room was broken. The staff is hit or miss: some of the travel agents are very nice and friendly and will go out of their way to help you, and others behind the hotel desk are too busy texting on their iPhones to acknowledge your existence. There is a restaurant and bar, but after 2am don't except to stay up. We stayed up playing cards and there was someone staring at us the whole time waiting for us to go to bed. The shower was pretty gross and the toilet paper was stationed where it was to get soaking wet everytime you showered unless you moved it. It is close to town, about 5 to 8 minutes walking to the center and you can get a massage about 3 minutes away for 150 baht. There are lots of people coming and going so they don't care too much to make sure you have good service.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 45/1-2 Rajchiangsean Road, Soi 1 | Haiya, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Chiang Mai Province > Chiang Mai
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #224 of 333 Hotels in Chiang Mai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — B.M.P. Residence 3*
Number of rooms: 60
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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