We booked a 4-dorm girls room at this hostel over Songkran. The staff was very responsive and accomodating over the phone, which is nice. It would have been nice to see prices on the website...there are prices for other Spicy Thai locations, but not for Chiang Mai. All dorm beds are 250 baht per person per night here, which was a bit above our budget (we paid 300-400 baht for the entire room for night on previous stops on the trip). Since the 4 of us were in a 4-bed room, we had our own bathroom, which was nice, and there was A/C. Still the price a bit steep compared to prices in the Old City where most people stay and where most of the festivities were, and I wouldn't have wanted to pay that for the regular dorm room. We ended up spending 30 baht to commute to the Old City from this location by Chiang Mai university, each way, every day. Keep that in mind if you're planning to spend a lot of time in Old City.
This location is great if you want to experience the local nightlife...it's walking distance to many local clubs. There are also good local restaurants around - the owners can give you some good tips. However, for a first timer in Chiang Mai, staying in the Old City may be better, especially for Songkran. It's also cheaper there.More