We stayed 5 nights over the Christmas Holiday and what a special experience! We are a family of 4 and had heard about the hotel through friends and Trip Advisor. Upon arrival in the late evening - almost midnight we were greeted by Jan. She's a fantastic support in planning your trip and while staying.
In the morning we met 3 other smiling and happy families plus other guests. All were interested in hearing about our plans and sharing theirs. We learned a lot from those morning chats and helped plan our stay!
Yes, it's about a 15 minute taxi ride into the city, but GC provides 1 way transport 1x each day. So this is great and about all you need. Getting a ride back wasn't too much of a hassle with the hotel provided map for the driver. And it's good practice for your bargaining skills.
Our hotel room was spacious, beds were large - queen size. They were typically firm mattresses (but we find that in all hotels in Asia). We stayed in Room 3 - I'd recommend it. It had a balcony/porch so if you wanted to watch the kids swim from the room it was possible.
The food was great! Breakfast was sit down and you could order something different each day. We had pancakes, cereal, coffee, toast, eggs in all varieties. There were also traditional Thai options. Breakfast was included. If you were around for the other meals they were equally delicious and also inexpensive. Many choices western and Thai.
The atmosphere was great. Everyone was willing to help you as needed. Rooms had a laundry basket that was emptied and laundered daily. I didn't realize there was a charge for it, but it amounted to about $3-$6 / day. I could live with that!!!
We also requested in-room massages. My husband, 2 kids and I all had that experience. The kids had the oil massage and LOVED it. The adults tried the Thai massage. It's very vigorous and I wouldn't say relaxing. The next time I would do an oil massage. But it was a good experience to try the Thai style.
As a family with a 1st and 4th grader we did - Flight of the Gibbon, Elephant Nature Park, Doi Suthep & Bhuping Palace, and Chiang Mai Zoo. We also experienced the Night Market and the Sunday Market. Although I should have allowed a lot more time for the Sunday Market. All these things were excellent. Jan helped arrange all of these things for us and they went smoothly. I would recommend all of those places to any family visiting although I'd put the Zoo lower on the priority list if you are limited in time.
We also ate at a few good restaurants. The taxi drivers and staff at Golden Cupids have great advice so you should just try their recommendations!!
Thank you Golden Cupids - Jan & Pepe for a wonderful family memory! When we went on to Phuket it was definitely a let down. Your atmosphere and clientele is top notch!
PS:in case of pharmacy needs you'll be surprised at all the western medical brands available in the pharmacies. You should definitely check them out if you are traveling throughout Asia and maybe can anticipate some medical needs. We had to use it for Allergy Pills and Dramamine. You may need both in this climate of some mountain roads and definitely blooming florals year round.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Golden Cupids Luxury Hotel promises a friendly welcome to Thailand and an opportunity to experience the magic of the east. Whether you wish to simply soak up the perfumed sun of exotic tropical gardens, swim in the beautiful outdoor swimming pool, relax with our professional Thai massage therapy, take various tours and activities in Chiang Mai, or retire to an English managed winter haven. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Golden Cupids Chiang Mai
- Hotel Golden Cupids
- Golden Cupids Hotel Chiang Mai Province, Thailand - San Sai