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Indie House @ Nimman
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Reviewed December 2, 2013

Stayed for one night in this guest house located on a bustling soi in the Nimman area of Chiang Mai. We received a warm and friendly welcome when we arrived, around 7 p.m., but unfortunately there was a bit of confusion with our reservation. We had specifically booked a standard twin room when we booked in advance, but were told by the manager/owner that the room that they had available had only one bed. We took a look and saw a windowless room with what seemed to be a pretty small bed for two people to share who are not a couple. The owner told us that there were two other rooms available, each with two beds, but each was intended for 4 people (2 per bed) and the cost was almost twice as much. It was a bit late to move to a new place, and it was only one night, so we sucked it up and forked over the money. This defeated our goal of staying at an inexpensive guest house for the one night we were staying in Chiang Mai and leaving early the next morning. We didn't make an issue of it as it seemed pretty clear that the woman wasn't going to budge - she was perfectly pleasant, just seemed not to have a very well developed concept of customer service or satisfaction. (To be fair, it's also unclear whether the confusion was a result of the guest house or the website we had booked it through, so we didn't want to put her on the spot over it.) However, in this type of a situation, most places I have stayed in would have done a bit more to try to accommodate their guests and given us the room with two beds that was available, for the price we had already paid. Particularly as it was already evening and it was unlikely that the room was going to be used by any walk in customers.

Anyway, once we got the hiccup with check in resolved, the room was OK. It had a musty smell but was a good size and seemed clean enough. Beds were decent size and comfortable enough, clean sheets and towels. Bathroom was OK, everything worked although the set up was pretty basic. Shower is OK, water hot, medium pressure. There were some cute mural type paintings of scenes of Chiang Mai on the walls and the management of the place has tried to decorate and make the rooms look attractive.

The main complaint I have about the room was that the curtains on the window were made of pretty thin fabric that let a lot of light in from the lights outside. If, as I do, you sleep better in very dark rooms, you will have a hard time getting a good night's sleep, if you get a room with a window that is.

We got on the road in the morning and didn't eat the breakfast at the hotel, but it looked pretty basic, some packets of things like crackers, ramen noodles, etc., tea, instant coffee, and there was a cooker that you could cook your own eggs in if you wanted to. Even if I was going to be in CM for breakfast, I'd probably have ended up going somewhere else for a better cup of coffee and breakfast.

In a nutshell, at nearly double the price we had initially booked at, the room we got was the equivalent of about $60 US and not really very good value for two people considering that we were staying at a pretty basic guest house. For not much more, we could have stayed in a nicer place. I wouldn't really recommend this place except that it is in a nice location in Nimman, which is a fun part of Chiang Mai for cute cafes, shops, bars, etc. But be aware that if you do decide to stay here, it won't be a very good value unless there are enough of you sharing the room to reduce the cost. There is nothing seriously wrong with the place, but you could definitely find better options with a bit of looking around. I wouldn't stay here again or recommend to anyone I know.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 1, 2013

Are you looking for a budget, no frills place to stay in a trendy area of Chiang Mai? The Indie House is in the Nimman area of the city, close to lots of nightlife, good eateries and excellent coffee bars. Though make sure you confirm your exact booking in advance of arrival.

After booking a budget twin room for one night, we arrived only to be told the twin room had been used to accommodate other guests. Our choices were to take a similar room with a double bed at the same price or pay additional for a room that was supposedly aimed to serve four guests. Having traveled quite a bit that day and not having the wherewithal to look for another hotel (and to lose the already paid amount on the twin room) the two of us friends decided to just pay up and take the other room.

Value for price was definitely lacking as the room was a bit confined for two of us, let alone its intended four. There were no amenities on offer and the beds did not have top sheets, only comforters. We did not partake in the breakfast because we needed to head out early but noticed a basic spread of breads, eggs and other items which looked pretty good.

Overall the stay was not horrible, but it was and will be a one-time expereince. We would have booked much better accommodation in the area had we known we would have had to pay nearly double for the alternative room. Know that the owner is very friendly, helpful and knows quite a bit about the area, excursions, local travel, etc and is also fluent in English.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 30, 2013 via mobile

The owner has been in hotel business for many years and it shows. Her restaurant and travel recommendations and tips have been great. And she speaks fluent English. The room is basic but there are so many nice modern bars, restaurants and ice cream shops within a short walking distance. A cool neighborhood!

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Reviewed November 26, 2012

We came here the first time one month ago, we were 4 friends and shared the 4 bed room (very big room with air con, TV, hot shower, wifi). This time we came back just me and my husband and we stayed in the double room. The place is clean, nicely decorated, very central in Nimman area but still very quite. There are many nice bars, coffe shops, bakery and night clubs in the same soi. P'Kok is amazing and she takes care of the guests, we felt like we were at home. She doesn't speak much english but it doesn't really matter. I will come back here again next time I will travel to Chiang Mai!!!

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 1, 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: July 2017, traveled with family
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