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Finlay's Cottage
Ranked #113 of 863 Specialty Lodging in Chiang Mai
Hanoi, Ha Noi, Vietnam
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
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“easy-going and comfortable”
Reviewed May 28, 2013

I am here for 6 nights and so glad about it. This place is simple, but everything is done just right for a non-fancy place. The shared bathroom is actually really really nice, the bedroom is quiet and clean and comfortable (has A/C), the internet is good and in the rooms as well as the common area, and the owners are like staying with laid-back friends of your parents. They help you out with the tours and make sure you are all right, but otherwise leave you to it. On the tour-helping - definitely ask them to call for you as it is to your benefit in more ways than one. When there was a mix-up and my tour didn't pick me up, the owner noticed and called for me without my even asking for help. Amazing. What else? Breakfast is included and fresh-made: eggs, really good homemade bread, and bacon, or museli. And mango. The location is good too, near the center but still in a quiet spot. What a great find!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
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Ko Lanta, Thailand
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Reviewed May 19, 2013

We booked here because of the great reviews and they were not far wrong. Nicely located in a cozy corner of the old town, it is in the centre of everything but far enough away from the noisy main streets. The owners are awesome. So helpful and layed back . At breakfast " Real Bacon". Had'nt had it in so long . Thanks and we will be back.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thalang District, Thailand
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Reviewed April 4, 2013

Amazing little setting situated in the old town of Chiang mai, which means your in walking distance of everywer but the cottage itself is down a lovely little lane away from all the noise. The owners are the best! You get a freshly cooked breakfast whenever you want it, ratti is always around to help and too talk to, she booked trips for us, arranged drivers for day trips, she even got up at 530 AM to help us get a tuk-tuk to the airport! Its a hostel but they make it feel like your staying with old Family friends! Made the trip to Chiang mai all the better!

Room Tip: We had downstairs room
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Reviewed March 8, 2013

I stayed one night at Finlay’s in a double room (one person) with shared bathroom. Room was comfortable but as others have said you can hear the people next door so if you’re a light sleeper you might consider ear plugs. I didn’t hear any dogs at all. It was handy to have a torch in the room when the electricity in the area went down for an hour, a small and thoughtful touch.

Room was clean but not spotless, bathroom was clean. Breakfast fine, location great, a minute from Thapae Road. I spoke to some friends later and they were surprised I’d paid so much (500 baht) as they’d paid less for rooms which sounded quite similar so I’ll probably just turn up and look around town next time rather than booking in advance via the net.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
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Ottawa
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42 reviews
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Reviewed March 5, 2013

I can see why this place gets such great reviews. The common areas are cozy and cute, Ratti and Keith are both amazingly helpful and nice and the breakfast is great, plus it's a reasonable price. However, I can't believe anyone having stayed in the upstairs rooms could have written any reviews that said they were comfortable. The bed was horrible, hands down worst of a 5 week trip. The room was very small, and the walls were so thin you could hear everything, every time someone moved; I could hear the conversation of the people next to us...you can literally see light shining through the cracks. And you can hear everything outside...which for us, both nights, included dogs barking for hours in the middle of the night, and a cacophony of birds as well. I know it's not their fault there are noisy animals, but a proper window would block some of the sounds. We stayed in a lower floor room our last night there and it was a huge improvement. Bed was still bad, but still better than upstairs and the room had proper walls and windows.
Everything else was awesome. They helped book day trips, recommended restaurants, arranged transportation. I have nothing bad to say about the service and would give that part a 7/5 if I could. But after reading all the other reviews thought it was only fair to leave an honest review about the accommodations themselves. So overall very good, but there's a catch. If you stay in a lower room this is a great place!

Room Tip: lower floor is the way to go. you may hear people at breakfast in the morning but better than hearin...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 19, 2013 via mobile

We stayed at Finlay's for a total of 2 nights. The rooms are clean and it feels very homey... Ratti makes a lovely breakfast with good quality bacon ! Keith is also very lovely and gives some good advice. They let us keep our bags there when we did a 3 day trek which was very kind! The only thing is there are a lot of Mosquitos... But Ratti & Keith couldn't do enough to help. There was fly & mosquito spray by every room. Mosquito repellant on the table for you to use and Keith told us of some very good lotion we can get from the 7/11.
This was a great stay and we would definitely recommend!!

  • Stayed February 2013
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed January 9, 2013

Had a great time staying at Finlay's Cottage. We had an overnight trip away during the middle of our stay and the team were very accommodating. They let us leave our larger bags there overnight at no charge.

Rooms were clean, comfy and breakfast everyday was delish. If you're after a real laid back, homely experience at low cost - this is the place to be. The house is small but full of charm - it's like visiting family. So close to the centre made getting around easy and Keith gave us lots of hints on how to get around and what restaurants to try.

FREE WIFI was ideal too.

Room Tip: We preferred to have air con and a twin room downstairs close to showers.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Finlay's Cottage
Address: 4/1 Soi 4/A Thae Phae Road, Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Chiang Mai Province > Chiang Mai
Amenities:
Free Breakfast
Hotel Style:
Ranked #113 of 863 Specialty Lodging in Chiang Mai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Finlay's Cottage 2*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Finlay's Cottage is an original Thai wooden house and is a perfect base to explore Chiang Mai. Centrally located near Tha Phae Gate in the heart of the city, all the major temples and historical sights are within easy walking distance. The Walking Street market is 5 minutes away, the Night Market 15 minutes walk away. Free breakfast and free wireless internet access. ... more   less 
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