We stayed here for three nights in early March and chose the hotel based on Tripadvisor reviews. It lived up to all our expectations.
The entrance to the hotel is somewhat underwhelming, but once inside you soon realise that this is somewhere very special. There is an almost Zen-like calm to the place and this has an immediate effect. We had a Club Suite, and even though we have stayed in many 5* hotels around the world, this tops them all. The huge balcony, with day bed and separate table and chairs overlooked a shallow, candle-lit (at night) pool and the old English Consulate building, and in the evenings we were able to sit out and enjoy the sophisticated live/local entertainment and dancing from our balcony. Our mini-bar was totally free and included decanters of (extremely good quality) gin, scotch and vodka. In addition, we had use of the Club Lounge with free drinks and quality canapes, before venturing out to the nearby street markets and restaurants.
Our suite was huge, sumptuous, and contained every possible facility we could ever hope to use. You name it, it was there. King size bed changed daily, indoors and outdoors day beds, large flat screen TV, iPod connector, free wifi, ample storage space and wardrobes, tables and chairs inside and on the balcony, high-end coffee machine, free mini-bar including spirits, large, open-plan bathroom area with free-standing bath and so it goes on...... The public areas of the hotel are large, airy, spotlessly clean and understated in their design. All extremely classy. The pool is large and there are plenty of sunbeds around the place, and we never had to fight for them as most guests seem to be staying on organised tours and don't seem to spend much time at the hotel - their loss! Iced water and cold flannels were dispensed at welcome and regular intervals.
We only ate at the hotel for breakfast and if I have any criticism of the place, it would have to be about the breakfast. The bias is definitely towards the East which is not surprising, but for those of us foodies who enjoy international cuisine but prefer a Western breakfast, it was a little disappointing. Not for the first time, the fruit juice (particularly the orange juice) appeared to be processed instead of fresh, and the selection of food was not as extensive as we have experienced in other 5* hotels.
Service in all areas was second to none and truly excellent. Good staff go a long way to making a hotel's reputation and the Anantara has no worries on this front. Everyone we encountered made us feel welcome and special guests and we have no hesitation in recommending this hotel to anyone and will, if we are in the area, definitely stay there again. Not cheap, but worth every single penny. Thank you to all who made our stay in Chiang Mai so memorable.
- 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