The name one-bedroom suite was a bit misleading. There's no real separation between the actual bedroom area and the TV area...it was just a bigger room. The location is excellent (in the Old City, walking distance to the Sunday Market as well as numerous spas and restaurants). The staff is very friendly and helpful.
There are many reasons why it only got 3 stars on my rating. First of all, our room (#312) was located right next to a small local alley. Every morning around 6AM, the high-pitched squeaking of brakes (either from bikes or cars) would shock and wake us up even though we had a white noise maker muffling out external sounds. The fraustration of waking up so early every morning while on vacation...oiye. Then, our room had issues with door sensor (it would take us upwards of 20 tries to get our key sensor to unlock the door) as well as hot water on the first day (they had to ask an engineer to resolve the problem). What I got most upset about was breakfast. The only two days of my Thailand that I got stomach issues (painful, painful ones!) were the two days that I had hot breakfast at Bodhi Serene. My husband and I shared most meals during our trip except for breakfast at the hotel where we each got our own dishes so we were pretty certain that my stomach pain was not from other restaurants because he would have gotten sick also. On my third morning, I learned my lesson with breakfast and just drank their juice and had cereal, and I was fine. It was definitely stressful for me to be on all-day tours with tummy pain that was so bad that I had goosebumps all over my body...not fun at all.
Overall, I still consider Bodhi a good hotel. My advice would be to stay away from rooms close to the local alley if you are light sleeper and just have cereal or freshly made egg items for breakfast.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Bodhi Serene is located within the old city walls of down town Chiang Mai surrounded by many ancient temples and is a mere 20 minutes from the airport, train station as well as the bus terminal. It is also visually and architecturally stunning with exotic Lanna style influenced by Chinese designs. There are only 38 rooms to offer most of which overlooks our central courtyard area with a tropical garden and waterfall. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bodhi Serene Chiang Mai
- Hotel Bodhi Serene