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“Simple but friendly; cheap & good location!” 4 of 5 stars
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Ben Guesthouse
351/10 Soi 4, Sankhong Noi Road, Chiang Rai 57000, Thailand   |  
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Ranked #22 of 107 Hotels in Chiang Rai
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10 hotel reviews
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“Simple but friendly; cheap & good location!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2011

This guesthouse was recommended by a friend so we came to it with no expectations. First impressions are the traditional-styled architecture, the carefully landscaped property and the appealing pool. We didn't know what the price was but were pleasantly surprised to see 400B/night; the rooms are very simple but tidy, no tv and wifi that struggles a bit inside the rooms, but for about AUD$13/nite, we couldn't be too fussy! Besides, it was nice not having tv for a change. The pool is lovely, the staff are very attentive and friendly (and refreshingly trusting; you can take drinks & things from the reception fridges on the honor system of jotting what you've had on your room tally). Food is simple but tasty and reasonably priced. I will definitely stay here again if I return!

  • Stayed December 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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30 hotel reviews
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2011

Extremely helpful host, nothing was never a problem. About a 10 minute pleasant walk to the centre of town. Value for money for the room, you could not complain, clean and comfortable. And to have a pool even better. I would not hesitate to recommend this guest house to anyone who is on a budget. Those who complain should spend more baht next time.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2010

Ben Guest House is a great find for budget-conscious people. Our family had two rooms with private baths and fans in the very attractive Lanna-style bungalows. The rooms were simple but very clean and neat and in good condition, with good beds. The restaurant food was good and available all day [including fresh fruit and salads]. The pool was perfect, and it was nice to have a little garden area in front of the bungalows with grass and trees. Wireless internet was easy to use [for 15 baht.] The staff were very attentive and accomodating. It was an easy walk to town [don't miss Le Petit Cafe on the way] and they provided a map. All of this for under $15 a night!
Later we walked past some of the other budget guest houses in town and they didn't look nearly as nice. If you don't have your own transport, it might be less convenient [we had a car] but there were plenty of taxis and samlors in front of Chiang Rai hospital which is a few minutes away. And being a little bit out of town means less noise and dirt.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled with family
    • 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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Luang Namtha, Laos
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25 hotel reviews
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2010

Ben Guesthouse seems quite nice on arrival - the buildings are nice and the rooms OK for the price. We stayed in a twin fan for 350B and it was OK for the price. The location is not too bad, sure it's out of town but only about a 15/20 minute walk and there are restaurants on the street just outside which are OK.

The shower was the worst in 5 months in Asia, alternating between boiling, scalding hot, and freezing cold. I actually burnt myself and still have red marks from the shower when it quickly changed from cold to scalding.

The rooms themselves are smallish but OK. Walls are paper thin and you can very clearly hear conversations in the next room.

Internet is charged at 50B for wifi.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Hanoi, Vietnam
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2010

Our beds were crawling with ants!!! The staff we're not helpful apart from one nice girl. The Internet would not work and after assistance was requested, we were informed it "does that sometimes". The pool was lovely, but we could not sleep with creatures roaming our room :( it was a totally horrible experience! AVOID!

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2010

What a find - after arriving in Chiang Rai and hiring a scooter we spent hours trying to find a suitable hotel - we really wanted a pool! We saw a rickety old sign that said Bens Guesthouse down one of the Soi's and decided to check it out- it was amazing, beautiful pool and lovely rooms, restaurant and internet - about a 10 minute walk from the city centre. For 600THB a night we were laughing, I would recommend this guesthouse to everyone.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 351/10 Soi 4, Sankhong Noi Road, Chiang Rai 57000, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Chiang Rai Province > Chiang Rai
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #22 of 107 Hotels in Chiang Rai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 30
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