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Reviewed November 3, 2012

Before arriving at Howie's Homestay, Howie told me that the place was better than the pictures on his website. I doubted it after staying at so many places in the past where the professional pics are amazing and the real place is "eh...." Plus, the pictures on his website are incredible.

Well, Howie's Homestay beat the pics and we were instantly thrilled that we chose to stay there for 5 nights as soon as we arrived!! The place was absolutely incredible and we had the whole place to ourselves (with, of course, Howie and Jerri there to host us like no other).

The best part about Howie's Homestay is the service. Its the best I have ever received (and I do get to travel quite a bit). Every detail and need is attended to.

I especially enjoyed the "all-inclusive" nature of Howie's. I'm tired of the "nickel and diming" you get at so many places, so it was nice to arrive and have all our needs included in the price (meals, airport transportation, wireless internet, and even laundry)!

A small critique is that the Air Conditioning in the room doesnt cool the room to a temperature that I preferred. I enjoy it cool when I sleep (~68F) and we could only get the rooms down to ~75F.

On our last night with Howie and Jerri, Howie told us that they dont view hosting guests as a business, but rather as an opportunity to entertain and meet new people. What a perfect way to describe it! I felt like we have met 2 incredible people (that happen to allow folks come stay at their private resort) that we will continue to keep in touch with for years to come.

Date of stay: October 2012
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1  Thank Erich F
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Reviewed October 30, 2012

AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME! Howie's HomeStay is excellent for families and young couples. We visited with our 11 month old daughter and our BIL/SIL (no kids) also were with us!
I was a bit nervous as this was our first trip with our daughter BUT, once we arrived it really was like visiting our favorite Uncle and Aunt (Howie and Jerri) but in Thailand! :D They are amazing hosts and we will never forget this truly amazing trip.
Every detail of what we needed was attended too, no request is too small for Howie's HomeStay. The whole environment is a dream and so relaxing! From the pool, to the outdoor areas, to the rooms, every inch is covered with Thai-like details that let you know you are in another country while keeping the creature comforts of home nearby.
We stayed in the suite and were provided with a bassinet for our daughter along with a thoughtful basket of baby wipes, baby soap for washing baby, bottles and clothes.
Almost every night we dined together looking at the beautiful pool and mountains in the distance, with fantastically authentic food! It was our BIL's birthday, so Howie's helped us surprise him with some pie and a-la-mode to celebrate.
*It's not really in Chiang Mai, but that doesn't make a bit of difference, it is centrally located near many attractions such as elephant rides, river rides, tiger viewings, orchid farms, crocodile farms, four wheeling park etc... AND only a 20 min or so ride to Chiang Mai proper to take advantage of the markets and spas, Howie's provides the transportion.
We don't want to travel anymore because Howie and Jerri have set the bar too high!
We can't recommend this gorgeous and delightfully personable atmosphere enough, GO GO GO!!
My only small critique was that the rooms were a little warm for us, perhaps we should have opened all the doors/windows? But to add some context, we came from Guam where it is hot and humid 24 hours a day and we are used to indoor temperatures being much colder. I'm sure if we stayed longer we would have been adjusted to the evening temperatures. :) NEXT TIME we will stay longer!

Room tip: The Suite is good if you have a young child with you.
Date of stay: October 2012
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1  Thank bosxco
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Reviewed September 5, 2012

Homestay is a very modest word for a gorgeous property with architectural street cred, decorated with beautiful objects from all over the globe. And yet a homestay is exactly what it is -- gorgeous as the property may be (the photos on the website speak for themselves), the welcome we received from Howie and Jerri made our experience so much more than just a stay in a beautifully curated museum of objects d'art.

Being lovers of architecture ourselves, we were regaled with stories about the property -- the hidden TV, the rare orchids, the occasional transplanted Americana etc. The place is clearly a labor of love, and with hip, overly design-conscious hotels a dime a dozen, the personal touch made for a much cozier experience.

Howie and his lovely wife, Jerri, were the ultimate hosts. Always ready with a tall drink, a funny story, good recommendations whenever you needed them. We were always comfortable, entertained and well-fed. They also gamely took on the challenge of hosting our 10 month old daughter and were such experts at entertaining her that it was hard to believe she was the first infant to overnight at their home.

We seldom yearn to return to the places we have visited, preferring instead to explore new destinations. But this beautiful home and the lovely hosts may have just changed our minds about that.

Date of stay: August 2012
Trip type: Traveled with family
4  Thank shupeshupe
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Reviewed June 20, 2012

Stunning. Refined, classy, elegant and the perfect romantic get-away. Howie is passionate about Chiangmai and has created an architectural masterpiece. Simply first-class.

If you can afford this type of Lucullan experience, book it. Bring the one you love.

Fabulous

Date of stay: June 2012
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2  Thank Corybantic
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Reviewed March 27, 2012

I'll begin by saying that I'm a little jealous that I'm not the first to write a review here, and I'm also a little put out that the first two reviews are so thorough and well-written. Everything that they say is true: the place, Howie's Homestay, and the people, Howard and Jerri, are welcoming, beautiful, and unique.

Every effort has been expended on making the estate into the perfect expression of Howard and Jerri's conception of beauty, luxury, and peace. Some examples of this include the tiles in the washroom, which were made from Italian glass infused with copper; a set of pillars in the garden which took five years to construct using only one individual builder to ensure consistency; and a light and sound system integrated seamlessly into the grounds and structures which facilitates total control over mood and atmosphere.

Howard and Jerri will also expend no less effort ensuring that you feel welcome and at home among friends. They will guide you to the best food, the best scenery, and the best services.

If you're trying to decide between this and one of the luxury chains around Chiang Mai, there really is no choice. Just go to Howie's. The omelette alone is unforgettable!

Room tip: There's only the one, and it's magnificent!
Date of stay: March 2012
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2  Thank ssyang
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