We chose to stay here for 3 nights as it was on a stay 3, pay 2 offer. We had 2 adjacent suites as there were none that were connecting. I really liked the architecture and lay out of the very spacious suites with a lot of timber accents. The complimentary mini bar was much appreciated in the hot weather and my teenage boys made full use of it (non alcoholic drinks, that is). There were also large decanters of whisky, gin and vodka for those who wanted to mix their own drinks. A coffee machine and some fresh fruit provided in the room. My one comment would be a set of plates and some cutlery in the room would have been helpful. Also maybe some cookies and snacks? It was a large room and having something to snack on while lying on the day bed or in the middle of the night before bed would have been good.
Suites come with complimentary 7 pcs of laundry a day and that was excellently done with all my clothes coming back on hangers, crisp and well pressed, including my PJs!
The internet connection was slow but seeing as I was on holiday, it was OK. If I had needed it for work, it would definitely have been more on an issue.
The grounds of the hotel are not big but everything was very calm, beautiful and zen. The many reflecting pools were elegant and you could really zone out . The poolside was well kept and the pool was a long lap pool that was warm and inviting. It was a quiet time of the year and no problems with availability of loungers. The pool boy who is relatively new on the job, having come over from Krabi, was personable and attentive. By the next day he prepared the lounger next to my husband for me when he saw me coming from a distance to join my husband at the pool. I also noted he paused what he was doing when he saw a young girl jump into the pool. He was watching to be sure she was safe before he continued with preparing the lounger for the child's mother. I thought that was very professional of him.
Staff at the club lounge were top notch and special thanks to Pai (Pi) who looked after us from start to finish. He got us booked on a trip to the Patara elephant farm even though, when I emailed the farm directly, I was told there was no availability. The food and canapes at the lounge were excellent and well done. We had great cocktails and when I requested for less alcohol in mine, they obliged. We had breakfast in the restaurant instead of the lounge and it was very pleasant by the river, with a nice assortment of Thai and western choices. Tried the famous french toast and it was delicious. They even obliged my boys with early morning room service on the day of their trip to the elephant farm.
Overall it was an excellent stay and would recommend the Chedi to my friends. The only exception would be perhaps not for those with young children as I did observe that the corridor balconies had very low barriers especially at the lift lobby and there were actually stools placed there which would not have been very safe for young children. The room doors are heavy wooden swinging doors and have wide door jambs that may easily catch little fingers, in fact small children may be tempted to squeeze through! Also with the open pools of water and the main pool being in the common area, not to mention the river, I definitely would be very nervous with young children around. I also understand under-12s are not allowed into the club lounge for the evening canapes, which would be a pity to miss.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Edging the meandering Mae Ping River, Anantara Chiang Mai Resort is conveniently situated a mere five minute walk to the famous Night Bazaar and only 10 minutes from the quaint and traditional attractions of the old moated city. Explore authentic Thai areas, seemingly endless markets and the city's quirky art culture with its bohemian vibe as well as popular cosmopolitan hangouts and a growing wellness scene. Surrounding the valley in which Chiang Mai resides, verdant mountains are home to vast national parks of virgin rainforest, impressive waterfalls and rare flora and fauna. Discover countless Buddhist temples, timeless hill tribe communities, exotic animal sanctuaries and fascinating handicraft villages, as well as historic ruins that tell a tale of a time when Chiang Mai was the capital of the ancient Lanna Kingdom. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Chedi Chiang Mai Hotel Chiang Mai
- Chedi Chiang Mai