I have very few things to complain about, actually the facilities, staff, and overall hotel are all top notch-warranting a solid 5 circle view. Especially for the money, this is a really great place to stay in are ally great city, but...
Unfortunately I did not heed the warning of MarcinoG in his review and I decided to go for the mountain view room, on the top (5th)floor. The roosterS (as there are now at least 2 of them) were as loud as if they were staying in the room with us. We were there 2 nights and the roosters were up from about 5AM and went strong until 8AM and occasionally they'd let you know they were still around until 9AM. Absolutely impossible to sleep through. If you didn't grow up on a farm, this has to be one of the most surprisingly terrifying sounds to wake up to. I have no idea why, but it made me jump every time I heard it. Although thinking about it now, it's most likely because when you hear this cry from the rooster, you get the sense that it will be followed by a violent rooster attack. Probably this is a defense mechanism of the rooster, I don't know, I'm not a zoologist. With the extreme volume of the crowing, there was really no way to gauge distance and tell how much time I'd have to react to an attack from one or all roosters (not to mention any chickens inspired by the William Wallace-like battle cry and charge). Also, I have no idea of how to defend against a rooster attack, so that would be a problem too.
Anyway, the room was great-nice, clean, spacious and with a wraparound balcony w/ really nice views. The AC worked great and you have a full sized fridge.
The staff was lovely;they booked area attractions, showed us highlights on the map, and offered us coffee and snacks whenever we were waiting in the lobby. They always asked how our visit was going and seemed to genuinely care.
The hotel location is really good as well, right outside the city center and near to some great restaurants and massage/spa places. The downside of the location is that is also right next to a horrible and gigantic den of roosters that live next door (possibly without human supervision-who can say?). I was actually contemplating tossing something at the roosters (over my wife's objection) from our balcony, not with the intent of hitting them, but just to scare them enough to throw them off their game. Then I got a look at these beasts. They were enormous-right out of the Island of Dr. Moreau. Again, not having a lot of rooster experience I have nothing to judge this against, but if that's the normal size for roosters, we should probably stop eating chickens or be prepared for some serious rooster-vendettas. I seriously can't overstate how annoying the roosters were.
The stairs were also absolutely tiny, and as this is in Thailand, need to be taken shoe-less. Not fun while carrying luggage barefoot while trying to fit 1/3 of your foot per stair for 5 flights. Not the end of the world though, and not enough to drop the rating down for this great hotel. However, have I mentioned the roosters?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Chiang Mai most central guest house, near night bazaar, walking street at Thapae Gate and the old city. Bright decorated, all corner rooms with large windows and balcony in pleasant atmosphere. ... more less
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