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People Place (1st Building)
Ranked #149 of 380 Hotels in Chiang Mai
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“Place to sleep, not much else”
Reviewed March 30, 2012

On a trip through northern Thailand our last stop before returning to Bangkok our group spent two nights in Chiang Mai. On the other nights in the tour we had stayed in guesthouses and a homestay. So going back to a hotel was a bit of a change for us.

First of all, there are two People Place buildings (1 & 2), we were in building 2. Not sure what the exact differences were. Check-in was fine, there was a little lobby for breakfast and behind the counter was a bunch of safes for personal items. Laundry and breakfast were both relatively expensive so we went to places just down the street. Laundry was down the alley and right on Sridonchai Rd. and there was a nice little coffee place right on Sridonchai Rd. In general the location was pretty good. Very close access to the night market, but relatively far from the city center and on the other side of Chiang Mai from the zoo and Doi Suthep.

If there was an elevator we didn't see it and used the stairs. We were on the third floor. Room was rather bare and characterless, but roomy. Bed was two twin beds pushed together to form a king and firm like all the beds in Thailand we encountered. Bathroom was functional and water warm. The one plus was the small balcony. It allowed us to dry some wet things outdoors which was nice, but there really wasn't room for sitting. A/C worked well. Wished we could have just had the windows open as it got somewhat cool at night.

A rather run of the mill hotel. Good place to sleep and hold your stuff, but not really a destination.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 17, 2011

Location is what this place has going for it. The People Place is incredibly convenient to the night market. During the day, there were lots of great stores and restaurants within easy walking distance.

The rooms were pretty bad -- out of the three rooms we stayed in at different parts of our trip, one was tiny and lacked any view to the outside, one smelled (very strong) like sewage and cabbage, and one was okay (think prison cell). The wifi was pretty fast, but not free. The service was fine.

Everything was reasonably clean.

I can't imagine staying here again unless everything else in town was booked. There were so many inexpensive hotels and guesthouses in Chaing Mai, it just seems like you could find something better for the price.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 12, 2011

Great Location. We got the room for about £13 a night between two of us. Rooms are clean and basic. Close to all the ameneties. Would definately go back.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 11, 2011

I have been staying at people place since 2003, maybe earlier. I love the location, and the staff and the rooms. I cannot add much to the other reviews except to say that I have never had a bad experience there, and the fact that I keep on returning should speak volumes.
It is probably true there may be slightly better hotels for the price in Chiang Mai, but not ones that have such a good location to the night Bazaar and newer Anusarn market and food court.
I have stayed in both building one and 2, and building one has standard Asian beds(hard), while 2 has softer beds but they squeak. I actually prefer the hard beds so I stay in building one.
If you are planning to come to Chiang Mai more then one time, ask for their "bonus card". It is a business card that gives you 200 baht discount on subsequent stays.
I agree the breakfast and internet and wi-fi are overpriced. About the lack of an elevator in building 1, the staff will always be more than happy to carry any bags if you ask.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed November 6, 2011

good location as described by others. we were in the older building but used the internet in the lobby of the other building. our room was clean and on the 3rd floor and it is a bit annoying not having a lift. aircon worked fine. it is so close to the night market and has lovely friendly staff.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 27, 2011

Our tour group used this as buget accommodation. We were in the older & cheaper of their two sites so there was no internet and no elevator. The layout of the rooms seems to differ so you may want to ask for one of the rooms that has a small balcony.

The rooms do have the basics - a mini-fridge (noisy), air con, shower, and a Western toilet. It wasn't too noisy but climbing up and down the non-air-conditioned stairs was a little annoying.

Going out of Reception and turning left takes you onto one main road. To your left is a 7/11 and a karaoke bar that's really a brothel. To your right it's a short walk to see a kangaroo sign across the road marking a good internet cafe. Keep walking up that road and you can turn right into the night markets or keep going straight ahead for 20 mins to reach the Walking Street Market on the weekend.

Going out of Reception and turning right takes you into a carpark which you can shortcut through to be in the Night Markets within a couple of minutes.

It's also possible to walk from the hotel to the Old City; it takes about an hour allowing for casual browsing along the way.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 30, 2011

I was first introduced to People Place hotel along Sridonchai Rd by a group of cycling friends in May 2011. I found it to be a gem of a place, so it was an obvious choice for me when I went again in August 2011. I opted to stay in their Building 2, which was newer and had an elevator. Excellent location, less than 5 minutes walk to the famous Night Bazzar, an excellent Chinese restaurant nearby, with many amenities like a Seven-11, laundry, and a nice noodle shop all a short walk away. And the price was really good value. Rooms are clean and spacious, with a comfy bed. For a hundred baht, you could get a decent buffet breakfast at their Building 1 cafe. Everything worked - aircon, hot-water, TV, lights etc. Efficient reception svc.
I may be asking too much considering the price of the room, but it would be great to have free wifi (it's now 15B for 15 mins), more movie cable channels, and in-room safe (free lockers available at the reception counter now). I've actually booked 8 rooms for November for my cycling group.
Chris de Souza

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
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Property: People Place (1st Building)
Address: 9 Soi 8 Charoen Prathet Road, Chiang Mai 50000, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Chiang Mai Province > Chiang Mai
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Ranked #149 of 380 Hotels in Chiang Mai
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Hotel Class:3 star — People Place (1st Building) 3*
Number of rooms: 40
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