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Anantara Chiang Mai Resort
Ranked #11 of 380 Hotels in Chiang Mai
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London, United Kingdom
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“Great choice, excellent price”
Reviewed February 12, 2013

Loved every minute of our 3 night stay in February 2013, and hope to return to the Chedi Chiang Mai again soon. Booked a double room for single occupation through Booking.com, and it was perfect - great discount, breakfast included, free-wi-fi, excellent speedy connection, no hitches whatsoever. Easy 15 minute taxi ride to the hotel.
Requested a quiet room on the 2nd floor and that was exactly what they gave me. Room was spacious, spotless, overlooks a quiet garden. Blinds in the room gave ample shade from the strong afternoon sun. Adjustable airconditioning to 22 deg in the afternoons. Beds were a bit soft...but bedlinens were wonderfully smooth. Large bathtub for a good soak, or separate shower. One thing: the bugs/frogs whatever they are, do make a surprising racket at night - bring earplugs if you are a light sleeper. Its nature, not the hotel's fault.
Wide choice of breakfast food, including eggs cooked to order. Staff were very kind and couldn't do enough for you. The scene looking out to the river from the breakfast room(and restaurant) is hard to beat. Just for the setting, I would return to the Chedi. The restaurant used to be the British Ambassador's residence. The rest of the hotel is an add-on, but you wouldn't know it. Everything is calm and serene.
Hired a little van and a guide for our small group, to visit the Doi Suthep - well worth it, and a steal at 8000 baht for up to 5 people. It is a must-see in Chiang Mai. Guide was knowlegeable and spoke perfect English.
Restaurants to go to: (1) The House and Ginger Cafe- great food at excellent prices, cute shops to explore (2) The Grand Lanna at the Mandarin Oriental Dhara Devi - just a 15 minute taxi ride to a totally different resort, excellent food,and they had a beautiful traditional thai dance show on that weekend-night we were there (3) Four Seasons Resort for lunch, looking out to the padi fields - it is a bit far out (30 mins taxi) but the views are beautiful and the food very refined and delicious too. Finally, huge portions and a very genial host-chef - Piccolo Roma Grande just opposite the hotel for genuine Italian food.
Shops: Vila Cini thai silk shawls, bathroom slippers....at the OP Plaza nearby, Oriental Silk along the Charoen Rat Road 5 mins taxi for beautiful home decor.
The food in the Chedi is very good, but the Thai selections could be better. However, without hesitation, I would stay here vs the Mandarin Oriental / the Four Seasons.
Best time to visit: December/Jan. It goes up to 40degC in April....

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 9, 2013 via mobile

Firstly I should state from the off that the Chedi is a very good top quality hotel and we would stay again so any criticisms I make should be taken in this context. We stayed for 14 nights in a club suite. Not cheap but good value. The club staff are outstanding, the room luxurious and the inclusive extras such as laundry and in room bar worth every penny.
When you stay for two weeks you get to know the character of people and see under the covers and there really are no bad attitudes under the surface. However, the hotel has some faults which are outside of its control and a couple which it could fix.
It is located on a busy junction and the traffic noise is non stop. The building design is such that there is nothing between you and the road other than a wooden door. Barking dogs throughout the night carry across the river so sleep is interrupted - get used to it. The choice is always between an American chain high rise hotel with double glazing and no class or an individual low rise boutique hotel. The comment about lack of light in both the rooms and the restaurant have been made before but need to be restated. We did not feel it was romantic it was almost depressing. this leads me onto what the hotel can improve upon. The restaurant is like eating in a cave. Torches are provided to read the menus inside as well as outside. When food is presented you are effectively eating in the dark - not romantic just awkward. The restaurant itself is overrated in terms of food and price. I fully understand the pricing of international hotel restaurants but this is the Chedi's Achilles heel. If you are paying international prices, particularly in places like Thailand where eating out is very cheap, you expect and should receive a comprehensive choice of the highest standard of outstanding and delicious dishes, not so, I'm truly sorry to say, at the Chedi.
Overall the quality of the staff from top to bottom, the fantastic room and river views combined with Chiang Mai itself make the Chedi an excellent choice but eat out and wear ear plugs at night.

Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 8, 2013 via mobile

Sadly left the Chedi yesterday. Beautiful hotel had the wow factor. Service was excellent and could not fault the room. The choice at breakfast was excellent. I would definitely stay here again if I returned to the area.

Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 6, 2013

We recently stayed at The Chedi for 5 nights as part of our honeymoon trip to Asia. The hotel was absolutely stunning….beautiful architecture with clean lines, orchids, candles and water features reflecting the building everywhere

It was nice to be personally met by the GM on our arrival and the bottle of champagne in our room to celebrate our honeymoon was a lovely touch. The room itself was spacious with a lovely balcony with a daybed on which was great to relax on before going out in the evening.

The only downside (and there really was only one) was that the lighting in the room was so dark that it was almost impossible to see to get ready in the evening. I appreciate that many hotels have low level lighting but this really was too dark.

We only ate in the hotel at breakfast time which was right on the river so a beautiful setting in which to eat. There was a great selection of fresh local fruits, meats and cheeses, home baked breads and pastries along with a selection of hot food to choose from. In the words of my husband, "the best eggs benedict in Asia" and set a very high benchmark for the other hotels we stayed in afterwards.

All the staff in the hotel were so friendly, helpful and professional – whatever you needed they were pleased to help provide with a smile at all times.

The pool area was stunning and the staff dropped by regularly with iced col water and lemongrass facial mist which was very welcomed.

Would definitely return and would be happy to recommend.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 5, 2013

We keep coming back to the Chedi

Thailand is one of our preferred holiday destinations. Every time we go to Chiang Mai (6 times in the last 3 years) we are staying at the Chedi – where else! When you come back from sightseeing or just strolling through the lively old town and you enter the the Chedi, it is like coming into an oasis of peaceful tranquillity.

We love the modern, spacy architecture of the hotel and the fact, that it’s situated on the banks of the River Ping. Having breakfast or dinner next to the river is so beautiful and very romantic.

We can absolutely recommend the Chedi, not only for its style but also because of the very friendly and skilful staff

Martin & Ann

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 3, 2013

Checked out of The Chedi this morning after only two nights - would have loved more! One of the loveliest places I have ever stayed at. The rooms are faultless, as too are ALL the staff. Only complaint was the noisy frogs at night , which disturbed sleep a little. Will definitely come back and stay again some time.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 3, 2013

Very good location - close and handy. We had three nights in a very comfortable room. The buildings and setting of this hotel were lovely, and the room delightful- super balcony. Staff were helpful and very charming. Breakfast was cooked to order and served, and this was lovely touch. We found the restaurant a bit dark - needed a torch to read the menu, but food and service were excellent. Top class hotel and a great experience.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Anantara Chiang Mai Resort

Property: Anantara Chiang Mai Resort
Address: 123 Charoen Prathet Road | Changklan, Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand (Formerly Anantara Chiang Mai Resort & Spa)
Location: Thailand > Chiang Mai Province > Chiang Mai
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Business Hotel in Chiang Mai
#3 Romantic Hotel in Chiang Mai
#4 Spa Hotel in Chiang Mai
#7 Family Hotel in Chiang Mai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 84
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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