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Review of Aruntara Riverside Boutique Hotel

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Aruntara Riverside Boutique Hotel
Ranked #35 of 373 Hotels in Chiang Mai
Certificate of Excellence
Sydney, Australia
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10 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Fantastic Hotel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2013

We stayed in this hotel whilst we were in Chiang Mai for 9 days. Service of this hotel was fantastic. Staff were very helpful with questions, bookings and any other matters. The hotel itself is really nice and you felt there was forward planning to it eg umbrellas offerred and shades to prevent rain on stairs. The room was comfortable and they were always cleaned promptly. Its location is a bit further out but still close to all locations such as the night markets, airport, airport plaza, nimmanhaemin rd. The breakfast had enough variety and switched from day to day with a nice selection on offer. Highly recommended place to stay.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Will H
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Hong Kong, China
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2013

The service at this hotel is really horrible. Our room smelled like sewage and when we kindly asked to change rooms, there was no apology but just a foul attitude.

Upon asking about hikes, the woman at the front desk insisted we book right away and didn't allow us any time to consider. She was severely annoyed when we decided not to book a car through her. An awful attitude that out us all I'm a bad mood.

  • Stayed November 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Kawanakajima
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London, United Kingdom
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62 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2013

Very nice boutique hotel with great style, friendly and helpful staff, nicely-decorated clean rooms. Breakfast was good, maybe only choice of sweet type of things could be improved. We were there for Loy Karthong festival and they organized (admittedly at a premium price) a dinner with all the hotel guests which was really enjoyable. Location is not the best since it takes about 30-40 minutes walk to get to the very centre of Chiang Mai.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Marc0T81
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Makati, Philippines
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2013

Everything about this boutique hotel is charming, from its facade to the lobby to the doors to even the flooring of the rooms...it was just perfect for our goal: relaxation. Our room had just the right amount of space (including the cabinets for our clothes and luggage), the bed and sheets were comfortable, the furnishings were lovely, the bathroom was sensible (but the bathtub was luxurious). The beautiful windows provided natural lighting and ventilation (and a lovely view of the river and hotel courtyard), but drawing the curtains allowed us to block out the light as well as keep our privacy when we wanted to. The restaurant area was lovely: surrounded by greenery with big windows to let the sunlight in and give you a view of the river outside. Though it's a bit far from downtown transportation is easy enough to come by (red cabs appear to cost less than the tuktuks) and the location provides peace and quiet after the busy-ness of going to the different tourist areas.

Service was good across the board: from coordination of our reservation via email, to our reception upon arrival, to the massages that were part of the package/promo we got. All were friendly and helpful.

Would love to go back here again and stay even longer (if only we could!). :)

*We actually stayed in this hotel October 2012, but I'm such a procrastinator that it's taken me this long to write the review it deserves...and in the dropdown choices for "When did you travel?" December 2012 was the nearest date.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank xaced
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Miami Beach
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134 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2013

The friendly staff are the perfect introduction to this hotel. They are soft-spoken and polite, but they are incredibly efficient and discreet. The work in the peaceful, aroma-therapy-focused front of the hotel with lovely spa-type items for sale. The feeling you get is very zen-like.

The rooms in the hotel are more than spacious. I didn't love that the bathroom is split between the toilet/shower and the sink/bathtub (with the entry hallway separating them), but it's certainly functional. The bed is on a low wooden platform, so be careful that you don't bump into it like I did. There was plenty of room in the closet and in the bathroom for personal belongings. The rooms are centered around an internal courtyard, which is pretty, but make sure you draw the blinds for privacy.

Breakfast is generous and varied. There's a nice view of the river from the terrace and the tea room, although the river itself at this time of year isn't particularly pretty. Be aware, though, that the hotel is not in the center of town. They do offer a free shuttle to the night market, but it's too far to walk back - you'll need to hail a tuk-tuk. Overall, I would recommend the hotel.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank MiaBchGal
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Bangkok, Thailand
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74 reviews
45 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2013 via mobile

The hotel is very well designed giving a very calm ambiance.
The hotel staff is extremly nice with great service mind. The staff was nit hesitate to help me with the relocation of table at the bar.
The breakfast is very good.
A small shortfall is thay it is a bit further away from the city but with easy access via taxi/tuk tuk/van, it's ok.

Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
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Thank Beebisbiz
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Baltimore, Maryland
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54 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2013 via mobile

This small hotel is located a bit away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Chiang Mai, but it is easy to get anywhere by tuk-tuk for 100-150B ($3-5), and the helpful staff will get one for you in a jiffy. They also have bikes for loan (free!) and a free shuttle to the night market. The ordinary rooms are plenty big with well-provisioned bathrooms. The fancier rooms have outdoor terraces, but I can't imagine wanting to sit outside in the heat! Staff is lovely and very helpful.

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Kathy S
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Property: Aruntara Riverside Boutique Hotel
Address: 351 / 1 Charoen Prathet Road | T Changklan, A Muang, Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Chiang Mai Province > Chiang Mai
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #35 of 373 Hotels in Chiang Mai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Aruntara Riverside Boutique Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Aruntara Chiang Mai is a true treasure for hotel aficionados and the traveling cognoscenti alike. Its British colonial design is complimented by Northern Thai influences that embrace the present while respecting the past. High ceilings sit above beautiful towering teak columns traditionally crafted by Thai tradesman. Each of the luxurious guest rooms is designed to offer stylish accommodation with an expansive open-plan living area and an abundance of room to relax and unwind while glancing over Chiang Mai’s Mae Ping River. ... more   less 
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