My girlfriend and I stayed at this hotel for 5 nights in November 2012. We picked the hotel because of the rave ratings here on TripAdvisor and because, at 25€/night with breakfast, it promised to be a comfortable and cosy place with higher standards than many others in Chiang Mai. I can't say that I was entirely disappointed, but my mind wasn't blown, either.
The rooms definitely look better in the pictures than in reality - the furniture and equipment is fairly old, the bathroom was kept clean but had bits of mold on the bathtub and the shower-curtain, the AC was rather unfortunately positioned so that it was blowing directly onto the bed. We had a room on the 5th floor facing the pool and I must say that it was quiet and the mattresses were firm, so that you could get a good night's sleep. The wifi in the room was mostly too weak, at the pool/reception area it was much better.
The breakfast was average, local and western food. The selection was the same every day, which was a bit of a pity. Freshly made eggs, omelettes and pancakes were good. The a la carte food at the hotel restaurant has average prices and nice food. However, the western food portions are more on the modest side.
The pool was clean (saltwater) and free towels were provided by the pool.
The staff was very friendly and helpful in arranging trips/activities in and around Chiang Mai.
The hotel is ideally located some 5 minutes from the train station. However, it is a bit far from the city center - it takes about 25 minutes to walk. This is nice, as you're a bit further away from the bustle of the city, but it can be a little inconvenient, too. A taxi/tuk-tuk anywhere in downtown Chiang Mai from/to the hotel costs about 100 baht and there is a free shuttle every night to the Night Bazaar (one way). There is a 7 Eleven within a 5-10 minute walk from the hotel.
The airport shuttle we were offered in the confirmation of our booking is overpriced - the hotel offers a pick up for 300 baht, but you can easily book a taxi directly at the airport and it will take you to the hotel for 150 baht.
The laundry service at the hotel is fairly expensive - if you have the chance and the option, you might want to get your laundry done in one of the laundry places downtown.
Overall, the hotel is not bad, but I was a little disappointed after reading about how amazing it was and seeing the pictures.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rainforest Boutique Hotel is perfectly situated in a serene area just off the main road and less than half a kilometer from the Railway Station.Our hotel allows you to take in the beauty and sounds of nature, offering a relaxing and tranquil environment, while still delivering all the amenities and facilities of larger hotels in town.Stay with us and enjoy peace and tranquility away from the noise and traffic fumes while still remaining quite close to the hustle and bustle of vibrant Chiang Mai. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rainforest Boutique Hotel Chiang Mai