We were lucky enough to score the room on the second floor overlooking the absolutely gorgeous garden behind the main building. The room we had was air conditioned and perfectly clean, the beds were a little hard but that's most likely just a personal preference thing - my friend found them to be fine. The bathrooms were clean and the shower hot - nothing to complain about there.
The garden at Riverside was a real highlight as it was lovingly maintained and absolutely gorgeous, though coming from Australia it is a (welcome) shock to the system to see things so green and lush. The establishment has 2 adorable puppies in residence that were apparently rescued after their mother abandoned them (a story heard from a little girl staying there the same time as us) and they were playful and really added to the atmosphere :)
The free breakfast was light - tea and coffee (with the powdered creamer we came to expect and dread all over Thailand) , toast with spreads and some fruit, but they offer eggs and waffles etc for a minimal extra cost.
The staff are very friendly and helpful, and run the adjoining tour company from the same office - we went on an elephant trek /bamboo rafting trip which was fun.
Overall, we had a lovely time and were very happy and comfortable here. It wasn't fancy, but we were not expecting nor wanting that. Restaurants, bars, the night markets and bizaars (one of them with a resident elephant) are all within walking distance, and it was lovely to stay on the other side of the river from the town and avoid a little of the noise. I would definitely stay here again.
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- Also Known As:
- Riverside House Hotel Chiang Mai