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Rachamankha
Ranked #9 of 383 Hotels in Chiang Mai
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“The best hotel you could stay at”
Reviewed March 29, 2007

I can't recommend this hotel enough - it was absolutely stunning with the old furniture and antique manuscript cases dotted around the courtyard. Rooms were equally stunning and very clean, and ours did have a bath as well as a shower. It only had about 24 rooms so it was always peaceful, even at the pool, which you could easily have to yourself a lot of the day. Breakfast was fantastic, if a little excessive, with set menus consisting of about 5 courses - we just opted for 1 or 2 things off a menu instead though. Dinner in the restaurant was also really nice - the one thing you must try is the mango and sticky rice pancakes for dessert - they might sound strange but they were so delicious. The staff were always so helpful and courteous as well. This has to be one of the best hotels I have ever stayed at and I would urge anyone going to Chiang Mai to stay at this hotel!
Also if you do visit Chiang Mai, please don't visit any of the elephant camps that are geared up for tourists - many of them treat the elephants appaulingly, and make them perform like circus animals - if you wouldn't visit a circus in your own country why would you visit a place like one in a different country? Visit Elephant Nature Park instead (just google the name), it's dedicated to the conservation and wellbeing of elephants and almost all of the elephants have been rescued from horrific pasts. You get to see elephants acting like elephants, get to feed them by putting food into their trunks and getting to wash them in the river. You don't get to ride elephants there because riding on a seat on an elephants back is damaging to an elephants fragile spine - we saw elephants there that had disfigured spines and scars from the straps of those seats. It's a full days trip and was so worth while, please visit as you'll be contributing towards a great cause.

  • Liked — historic feel
  • Disliked — nothing!
  • Stayed March 2007, traveled as a couple
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London, UK
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Reviewed March 24, 2007

We spent 4 nights at the Rachamankha in February, and loved every minute there! We had looked into the Tamarind Village but it was full, so we chose the Rachamankha based on the fact that it seemed to offer a similar 'boutique' feel. The grounds are really lovely, and we found the room to be very comfortable. We had no problems with the pressure or temperature of the shower - both were great! One note is that our room only had a shower so if you also need a bath, it might be worth asking if any of the rooms have baths (I'm not sure).
When we arrived in the middle of the afternoon from Bangkok, the pool was so tempting that we spent an hour or so taking a dip before heading over to Wat Phra Singh, which is only a 5 minute walk from the Rachamankha. We really enjoyed the location of the Rachamankha; it was so calm and I agree with someone else who mentioned having liked hearing the roosters in the morning! It was easy to walk out to the main surrounding road and get a tuktuk or taxi, and it was only a 10 minute ride or so to the Night Market area.
The breakfast was terrific with lots of choice: omelettes, fresh fruit, pancakes, and we also ate one evening at the restaurant where the food was authentic, fresh, and delicious.
Free internet is offered in the elegant library, and there are various places where you could sit on comfy chairs and read or enjoy a drink. Although we spent a couple of hours by the pool, it is true that the pool bar never seemed to be attended, but no doubt if you were desperate for a drink, they would make sure you had one - you might just have to track someone down!
Overall we loved the Rachamankha and would definitely stay there again. One other tip for Chiang Mai is that we took a hot-air balloon ride through Earth, Wind and Fire and it was absolutely a fantastic experience: so peaceful and an amazing way to view the beautiful countryside around Chiang Mai!

  • Liked — Peaceful surroundings
  • Disliked — Loved everything
  • Stayed February 2007, traveled as a couple
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed March 13, 2007

Stayed for three fabulous nights - this hotel is lovely - so quiet, restful and relaxing. We spent a day by the pool and only saw one other couple - felt like we had the entire place to ourselves. It was like going on a retreat - we even got a free meal on one night of our stay. Cant say enough good things about this hotel - lovely rooms, beautiful outdoor spaces -sipping a G&T, reading the international papers in the gorgeous outdoor common area, fab pool, great breakfast and wonderful staff. Very helpful when it came to booking trips to the elephant trekking etc etc.

Not in a terribly auspicious neighbourhood but within easy walking distance to one of the night markets - which was a great experience - make sure you sample the on street massages - we got a foot massage for some ridiculously cheap price and felt like we were walking on air afterwards.

If you want a lively buzzing atmosphere this is not the hotel for you but for a quiet retreat with easy access to the sights and sounds of Chiang Mai it certainly hits all the right notes

  • Stayed September 2006, traveled as a couple
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Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed March 5, 2007

This hotel definitely has a unique feel - 0ther than the rock hard pillows, which are so cheap, they are unacceptable. However, should you wish to dine in the restaurant (which is one of the most expensive restaurants in Chiang Mai) you may be sadly disappointed. We had a dreadful experience which started by having to send our mains back for re-heating. Once re-heated, I have to say that it was the worst meal that we had during our one month stay in Thailand. The lamb shank was still cold in the middle and had not been slow cooked, as they have to be and the duck was so tuff that we did not eat it. Complaints to the manager went nowhere. By all means stay at the hotel, but there are much better dining experiences to be had in Chiang Mai.... left a bad taste in our mouths!

Stayed January 2007
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Tucson, Arizona
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4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed March 3, 2007

The pictures on their web-sight do not do this gem justice. It was so tranquil, quiet and amazingly beautiful. It is a perfect location on the edge of the old city. Walking distance to major must sees. Be sure to book a deluxe room. The rooms are gorgeous. High ceilings, big bathrooms, lots of room. The spa treatments (in room & by pool) were heaven! The restaurant was great.The pool was a welcone little retreat at the end of the day. The service was perfect. Everyone was very helpful. We even met a neighborhood tut tut driver who drove us, by car ,toChaing Rai at the end of our stay. This place was perfect!

  • Liked — A great place to come to at the end the day
  • Disliked — The neighborhood roosters in the morning
  • Stayed February 2007, traveled as a couple
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Singapore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 230 helpful votes
Reviewed February 7, 2007

If Chiang Mai is the Rose of the North, then Rachamankha is undoubtedly the Rose of Chiang Mai. I had the privilege of staying two nights at the boutique hotel recently and I have only good things to say about it.

The Lanna-style architecture is breathtakingly gorgeous! It is no wonder that the hotel has been featured in countless coffee table books and interior design magazines. Every part of the hotel has a unique Lanna decoration be it a lantern, porcelain vases, birdcage or wall hangings. I felt like I was in an art gallery.

The standard room is spacious and comfortable with elegant Lanna-style furniture. It has amenities similar to a 5-star hotel – a DVD player, a mini-bar, quality toiletries (including an insect repellant made of essential oils to keep the mozzies at bay) and turndown service. The bathroom is clean and compact with only a shower stall that has adequate hot water, although the water pressure could be improved.

The restaurant, housed in a separate building, is a quaint and quiet place for a nice meal. The food (a fusion of Laotian, Burmese and northern Thai) is delicious, although a little pricey. But the lovely ambience and excellent service made my money’s worth. I would recommend a table outside in the courtyard where a big tree provides cool shade.

There are plenty of spaces to chill out at – the pool, the main lounge and a study cum library where there are two computer terminals providing free Internet broadband access. Or you can grab a book and spend the morning or afternoon in one of the gardens where beautiful flowers are in bloom.

At night, the hotel is very tranquil and atmospheric. There is hardly any sound from outside traffic, just peace and quiet – ideal for people who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. The hotel is also ideal for those who want to experience authentic Lanna art and culture.

To conclude, Rachamankha has both style and substance. Its customer service is efficient, professional, warm and friendly. I was greeted with a smile everywhere I went. For that and its beautiful property, Rachamankha truly deserves to be in Conde Nast Hot List for 2005.

  • Liked — I love the architecture and decor best.
  • Disliked — Chiang Mai has a lot of big fat mosquitoes everywhere! even Rachamankha is not spared, but the hotel does try very hard to keep mosquitoes out.
  • Stayed February 2007, traveled solo
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8 Thank limchih
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Los Angeles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
Reviewed January 19, 2007

This hotel is amazing. Once inside and away from the noise of Chiang Mai, it is serene and relaxing. Excellent staff that is helpful but not seen. The grounds are impeccible and the hotel is well decorated in Lanna style. Rooms are nice and cosy with an excellnt bed and a real shower. Real nice pool. Internet available in the library, but only two computers available. Food was superb. Highly recommended for a relaxing stay and not all the tourist glitz. Also, aroung the corner from the Wat Singh. This place is very clean, quiet, beatiful.

  • Liked — Peacefully quiet
  • Disliked — Mosquitos
  • Stayed January 2007, traveled as a couple
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Property: Rachamankha
Address: 6 Rachamanhka 9 | Phra Singh, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
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Location: Thailand > Chiang Mai Province > Chiang Mai
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Business Hotel in Chiang Mai
#4 Family Hotel in Chiang Mai
#5 Romantic Hotel in Chiang Mai
#6 Luxury Hotel in Chiang Mai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Rachamankha 5*
Number of rooms: 24
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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