The U-Chiang Mai a small boutique style hotel almost bang in the centre of the old town. The lobby is 100 year old wooden house but the rest of the hotel is much more modern and minimalist with black marble like floors and black furniture. The walls are purple and because the rooms have big windows it is very light. All rooms seem to have a smallish balcony with a comfortable cushioned bench. I had a superior room in order to have a bath tub as well as a shower. The water pressure was not great so the bath tub took a while to fill up on the 2nd floor. I don't know if the pressure would be better on a lower floor. The sink had a very small domed ledge behind it on which to put toiletries. That was the most badly designed thing about the room because there was very little shelf space to put toiletries on. They provided four very large bath towels which made a nice change from the usual postage stamp towels you often get in Europe. Having a choice of scented soaps was a nice touch. Cotton buds and cotton wool balls were only replaced once halfway through my week long-stay. There were 100s of little ants on the little shelf in the bathroom. Oddly one night I discovered that the housemaid had managed to make the large double bed with a single sheet! A quick call to housekeeping resolved the problem but it was still somewhat surprising that the maid could make the bed in this way.
There was a large safe capable of taking a laptop and various other items, masses of hanging and cupboard space and a very comfortable sofa (which I am guessing there wouldn't be space for in a standard room). The room was missing a desk/dressing table which would have been convenient because the little tables they provided were covered with other items (chess set, flower vase, water etc). Wi-Fi was free and efficient but necessitated constant logging in which was tiresome. The air conditioning turned off with the rest of the power in the room on leaving so the room was often very hot on return and aircon had to be turned on manually rather than coming on automatically with your key card. The hotel could set up a DVD player for you in the room but it did not play European region DVDs. There was a large flat screen TV with several English language channels.
The hotel receptionists were extremely friendly and helpful at organising a driver to take me to the lantern festival at Mae Jo and organising taxis or a driver to take me sightseeing. Breakfast was more than adequate with several different cooked to order choices including omelettes, fried eggs or Thai or oriental options ordered off the menu and a small buffet with fruits, cereals, bread, toast and pastries. The pool area was small and quite shady but it was nice being in a small hotel where everything was easy distance away. Location wise it was approximately 15 min walk to the Thadpae gate which is the main focus point for the Yi Peng festival parade. The hotel was perfectly situated for the Sunday night market because it was in the middle of the street where it was taking place. There were lots of cheap options for food up and down the street. For a hotel in the town centre it was very quiet but there was no view from the room - apart from the top of a temple.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Uncomplicated. Inspiring. You. A low-rise hotel comprised of 41 rooms located in the heart of the city on Ratchadamnoen Road. The Residents’ Lounge to welcome all of our guests is located in the refreshed past residence of Chiang Mai’s governor with a modern Thai accented interior design in keeping with its heritage setting. Only 20 minutes drive from Chiang Mai International Airport and minutes walk to the city’s famous walking streets. Unique concept of service such as 24 hour use of room, breakfast whenever/wherever and U Choose Programme. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- u Chiang Mai Hotel Chiang Mai
- u Hotel Chiang Mai
- Chiang Mai u Hotel