I recently spent 4 wonderful nights at the Rachamankha in a deluxe room. The room was clean, spacious and beautifully furnished with a large and comfortable 4 poster canopy bed. The bathroom was well fitted (including rain water shower) and well stocked with a lovely selection of toiletries.
The architecture, art and grounds of the property are very unique and tranquil. The Hotel has been very tastefully designed with lots of Asian art and antiques throughout the property.
I had most of my meals at the hotel and they were all delicious. The breakfast was extremely generous where you could choose up to three different dishes, so you could have a variety that was made fresh to order (I highly recommend the fruit and chocolate crepe). The restaurant had an indoor and outdoor seating area both with great ambience, in particular the outdoor setting. Dinner choices included Thai, Burmese and Western style dishes where I especially enjoyed the Burmese cuisine. For lunch you could have your meal and drinks delivered to the beautiful pool area.
The Staff were very efficient, attentive, friendly and helpful; one Staff Member personally escorted me to the VIP Green Bus ticket office to arrange my Chiang Rai bus ticket as I was having trouble locating the place, this level of service was greatly appreciated.
The hotels offers a small spa menu, where I had a great traditional Thai massage, you can also go to the Oasis Spa around the corner where they have a very extensive range of spa treatments (which I can also recommend). The hotel also has a small gallery of art / antiques, shop and a library all tastefully done.
Although tucked away in a quiet street of the old City is still very central to many sights including Wat Phra Singh (1 min walk) and other ornate temples; 3 mins walk to the awesome Sunday night walking market and about 5 mins to Wat Chedi Luang. You could probably walk to the Tha Phae Gate in about 15 - 20 minutes without stopping at all the lovely shops and cafes along the way, although that would be hard.
To venture outside the old City was approximately 80 baht to Night Market / Warowat area via Tuk Tuk. For longer trips e.g. Doi Suthep, Borsang and other more outlying attractions I had the hotel arrange a taxi for about 300 baht per hour, you may find cheaper on the street but they use a reputable taxi company with comfortable and clean cabs and many drivers speak good English.
This is truly an amazing property and would love to stay here again; it is a pure oasis of luxury!
I can highly recommend, a real treat to stay at.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Perfectly located in the center of the old moated city of Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand, Rachamankha is just one minute’s stroll to the old city’s most important and impressive temple, Wat Phra Singh; just 2 minutes stroll to the city’s newest and most exciting night market the Chiang Mai Sunday Walking Street Market, and a wide choice of bars and restaurants from local to international in style all within a few minutes’ walk of Rachamankha. Unique for a city hotel Rachamankha is renowned for its peaceful and very private atmosphere, and it’s incredible architecture. The hotel, just 22 rooms and 2 suites, is set in 2 acres of manicured grounds and the architecture pays homage to Chiang Mai’s golden age, the Lanna period, offering guests a unique stay in a unique property with a true sense of place. Rachamankha is also the only Secret Retreats property in northern Thailand. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rachamankha Chiang Mai
- Rachamankha Hotel Chiang Mai