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Paradise Lodge and Spa
Ranked #323 of 386 Hotels in Chiang Mai
Seattle, Washington
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“DON'T WASTE TIME WITH THIS HOTEL/BUS PACKAGE.-locationis terrible”
Reviewed September 4, 2011

We received 1 night at this hotel as part of our 600 baht (per person) bus ticket from Ayutthaya to Chiang Mai, though most of the people on the bus came via Bangkok. We attempted to book only the bus for the advertised price of 500 baht, but were told there were no seats available unless we booked the room, and we couldn't seem to find any other "VIP" buses heading to Chaing Mai The main reason we booked the bus is because all the pictures were were shown (at multiple travel agencies and our hostel in Ayuttaya) showed a really nice, new bus with comfy seats which we wanted for the 9 hour overnight bus ride. We figured even if the room was terrible, for 100 bhat extra, it couldn't be that bad. However the bus we boarded was not even close to the pictures. not new, not that nice of seats, though there was AC and the driver did get us there safe, even if he took quite a few smoke break/rest stops. The hotel lobby is actually quite nice, there is an ok looking pool, but the breakfast included in the package is two pieces of white toast with coffee or OJ and they only serve it right as you get off the bus (at about 6 AM) when all you want to do is get to your room and crash after half a night of sleep on the bus. Even if you want to skip breakfast they won't let you go straight to the rooms, instead they insist on sitting you down while the annoying hostess comes around and tries to sell you treks, cooking lessons, spa packages etc. When we finally got to our room (about 1 hour after getting off the bus) there was a bare concrete floor, single table fan and two beds. There was hot water in the shower, but again not what you expect from the pictures. The room is ok for the price, though if you try to book for a second night they'll want 250B a night. THE LOCATION IS THE REALLY TERRIBLE THING ABOUT THIS PLACE 15-20 MIN WALK TO THE NIGHT MARKET AND 30+ MIN TO THE CENTER OF TOWN. Nothing is close by. YOU CAN BOOK SIMILAR ROOM RIGHT IN TOWN FOR 250-300 BHAT- DON'T WASTE TIME WITH THIS BUS/HOTEL PACKAGE.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 30, 2011

Hotel arrange a pick up from the airport which was a lovely mini bus with a friendly driver. Was very surprised to see a lovely entrance for a budget hotel. We were checked in to a double room which was thankfully the wrong room as it was far too small for two people. The staff quickly resolved this and moved us to a twin. The room was very disappointing. They look incomplete with undressed floors. I was very surprised to hear they the hotel is only a month old. Curtain rail hanging off at one end with curtains that don't block out the light. I also had the pleasent surprise of a dripping air condition unit which soaked my clothes which were underneath. The bathroom/wet room was manageable with a decent shower however this did not drain so well and ment that shoes were needed if you needed the loo. I done a few days trek and the hotel stored the bags that I didn't need to take. The store room was not locked and access was not restricted to staff. After the trek I needed to get my clothes clean so used the hotels laundry service which was 24 hours. This was a big mistake. Some clothes shrunk and others were not clean at all.
The location is ok. 20 minute walk to the market or 60 bh in a tuk tuk.
Even though this is a very cheap for western standards, I think you could get better value else where in a better location.

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Property: Paradise Lodge and Spa
Address: 12 Srichandon Road | Changklan, A.Muang, Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Chiang Mai Province > Chiang Mai
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #323 of 386 Hotels in Chiang Mai
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Hotel Class:3 star — Paradise Lodge and Spa 3*
Number of rooms: 130
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