We stayed at the Aruntara Hotel for 5 nights in mid-September, and the experience was great. Staff are incredibly friendly and helpful, the rooms were lovely and the hotel itself is very stylish.
The one thing to note about the Aruntara is that it is a little ways from the Old City of Chiang Mai - about a 5 minute drive to the Tha Pae Gate. We rented a motorcycle for our stay and it was so easy to get around, but you would need to take a tuk-tuk or songtaew to get into town, as there isn't much within the immediate walking distance of the hotel in terms of restaurants, markets, etc.
Breakfast was included in our (ridiculously cheap) rate of $55 CAD per night, which we found on Hotels.ca. The food was great - fresh fruit plate, toast, coffee, freshly squeezed juice and a choice of either American or Asian style hot breakfast.
The pool is simple, but very attractive - a rectangular shape finished with sparkly black tiles and lined with trees and plants. There aren't a lot of areas to lounge by the pool, but we were the only people poolside each afternoon, likely because it was rainy season and the hotel wasn't full.
All in all this was a beautiful, brand new hotel that was not only incredibly affordable but also surpassed our expectations on every level. I would absolutely go back!
- 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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