The Dusit d2 is a modern, great quality hotel in the heart of Chiang Mai close to the bustling night market and provides a great base from which to explore the town itself and the surrounding area. It delivers a fantastic service, and as someone who tends to judge the quality of a hotel not just by its rooms and its service, but also by its breakfast quality, this hotel delivers on all counts.
As long as you are able to walk easily then the town centre is easily explored on foot, but if not there are plenty of Tuk Tuks around to take you where you need to go - just be careful to offer and agree a price before you hop on board!
If you are worried about any noise from the night market there really isnt any to speak of, but we requested a high room by e-mail prior to arrival and the hotel duly obliged. the extra benefit of this is the marvellous views of the surrounding area, and very unusually the windows in the room opened so you could even hear the birdsong.
The level of attention to detail given by the staff is amazing, with extra complimentary water offered when necessary, and each room has a daily surprise box which they leave a small gift in each day.
Haggle on all market stalls and Tuk Tuks to get great prices. Much of the night market is made up of stalls selling fake goods, but there are some real gems mixed in as well if you look hard enough!
Try the hotels award-winning spa - it is more expensive than the many massage places in town, but what they do deliver is a great, calming experience.
The swimming pool was bigger trhan expected, and it does get the sunshine so is worth visiting, despite the water being refreshing i.e. cold!.
If you are into keeping fit then the d fit gymn is simply sensational, with great quality machines and equipment, and stunning views over the city from its top-floor position. Even if you dont use the gym, make the effort to go up and go onto the outside terrace for stunning views of the city.
If you need to iron your clothes, just ask and a complimentary ironing board and decent steam iron will be delivered to your room.
Whilst the food quality at the hotel is excellent, it is pricey. If you want to save some money and try some real Thai food, then go no further than the food court across the road in the night market. It is a bit rough and ready but is a great experience where you buy tickets from a cashier and use these to pay for food and drinks at any of the 15 or so different food stalls which are cooking food to order. It is used extensively by both tourists and locals and has a great atmosphere. You can five reasonable size dishes to share between 2 plus drinks for well under a tenner! The cutlery at the service stations just needs to be dipped in the boiling water provided, but make sure you take tissues or wipes to ensure your fingers are clean as some of the dishes need fingers, depending on what you choose.
There are plenty of salesmen in the market and all along the street market (on every day)wanting to sell you their goods, but unlike other places a friendly no thanks with a smile is the end of it, and there is no pressure, unlike in Phuket.
You wont need to take your own shampoo or conditioner as the hotel toiletries are top class, and the hairdryer has enough puff to function well despite its small size.
Try the Bircher muesli at breakfast, probably the best we have ever eaten.
This is a genuine top class hotel that is built around delivering great service but still with a very relaxed feel to it, and there is no stuffiness. If you choose this hotel you will love every minute!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- guests are welcomed by a warm chic interior that represents the refreshing urbane face of contemporary thai design, the deluxe, club deluxe, studio suite and D'suite accommodations are decorated to provide sanctuaries of comfort, privacy and delight. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dusit d2 Chiang Mai Hotel Chiang Mai
- Dusit d2 Hotel Chiang Mai
- Dusit Chiang Mai
- Chiang Mai Dusit d2
- d2 Hotel Chiang Mai
- d2 Chiang Mai