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....
- 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