Our expectations for The Chedi Chiang Mai were high, but The Chedi succeeded in exceeding them. It was everything we anticipated and even more - you truly get what you pay for.
Arrival - We had booked The Chedi Club Suite (which is by the way highly recommendable, but more of that later) which includes private round-trip airport transfers. On arrival we were greeted by one of The Chedi's butlers and whisked off to the hotel, where the check-in was completed at the club lounge. Right from the arrival we were highly impressed with Tje Chedi. Although we have stayed at many high-end five star hotels, the atmosphere and the personnel at The Chedi were incomparable.
Location - The Chedi is located along the Mae Ping, just a stone's throw from the night market. The old town can also be reached by foot, but a better and less sweaty option is to take a tuk-tuk. During our stay Chiang Mai was shrouded in smog caused by slash and burn farming, but as we don't suffer from respiratory conditions, it wasn't a problem for us. However, I would advice people suffering from e.g. asthma to stay away from Chiang Mai during the Thai summer.
Rooms - There are 52 deluxe rooms and 32 club suites at The Chedi. Although the club suites are somewhat more expensive, they are worth every penny. Our suite was located at the top floor and had wonderful views to The Restaurant and the Mae Ping. The views are not as good from the lower floors, so we would recommend requesting a top floor room. The suites are very spacious and stylish with dark wood and floor to ceiling windows. In the middle of the room there's a TV and a Bose sound system. On the balcony there is a huge daybed which makes it a perfect place to enjoy a drink or two in the evening. The club suites have also a complimentary minibar which is restocked daily. There is a wide selection of soft drinks, some snacks and beers and additionally hard liquors like gin, whisky and vodka.
Service - What makes The Chedi so special is the personnel who will anticipate all your needs even before you will be aware of them yourself. The service is top-notch and the employees manage to be always at your service without being intrusive or disturbing.
Club - The club lounge offers breakfast, all-day refreshments and cocktails and canapes in the evening. We visited the club lounge only during the evenings and would highly recommend it to everyone. There is no buffet, but the canapes are brought straight to your table. They are excellent as is the wide variety of cocktails. There are also books, magazines and laptops for the guests to use. No children are allowed at the lounge during the cocktail hour and the atmosphere is tranquil.
The Restaurant - Although breakfast is offered also at the club lounge, we ate every morning at The Restaurant where you may enjoy the beautiful river view. In addition to the buffet breakfast (bread, miso soup, pastries, fruits, a selection of fres juices etc.) there is a wonderful à la carte breakfast including everything from fried rice to french toast. Unlike at many other hotels, you may order as many dishes from the list as you want and they are as tasty as they are beautiful.
Premises - Architecturally and scenic-wise The Chedi Chiang Mai may very well be the most fabulous hotel we have ever been in. The old British consulate building is the centerpiece of the area. The scenic Mae Ping offers the perfect surroundings for the hotel. The pool is wonderful but if you prefer suntanning in more tranquil surroundings, there are also sunbeds on the roof of the spa building. By the pool you are provided with ice water and a refreshing face spray.
Summary - Stay at the club suite and you won't be disappointed. (Or if you will be, then you shouldn't blame the hotel...)
- 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