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Mooniac
Hoedspruit, South Africa

Budget hotel in excellent location

3.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed Feb 18, 2013
Most of the places that we were hoping to get into that were listed in the guide books were fully booked. We lucked out by finding this small hotel that was very good value. This hotel was located in a central location just outside the main city wall gate with all the Chiang Mai highlights within easy walking distance. The hotel itself was very clean and quiet and well run. We had a room in the new block. The decor and furnishing were dated but functional. They had good selection of cable TV and free wifi. We had to ask the housekeeper to clean out the plugged shower grate as it was disgustingly filled with hair and soap scum from previous guests before we took possession. There was also a 5cm ledge/step running across the floor just outside the bathroom door which was an issue of a serious tripping hazard. Most of the clientel were Asian it seemed with very few of the front desk staff capable of speaking anything but the most basic English. They were mostly very youthful and inexperienced. There was one older lady there that ran the tour bookings desk for side trips who was reasonably fluent and she spent long hours at the front desk 7 days a week it seemed. She was very helpful and friendly. This lack of English by other staff made ordering breakfast or other services challenging if you wanted to ask anything about the menu when this lady was not available but this did not spoil our stay in any way as I do not expect staff to be able to speak English when staying at a small hotel like this one. Breakfast was included but limited. My wife and I each lost a piece of clothing (top and a quick dry t-shirt) from the laundry service but did not notice till we were in Laos. I would recommend using Laundry service outside of the hotel.
Date of stay: January 2013
Room Tip: Choose a room in the newly renovated area looking towards the inner court away from the street...
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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Reviewed January 21, 2013

These are the Pros and Cons of the hotel -

Pros:
1) Good budget hotel which is centrally located near the Thapae Gate
2) Due to the central location the hotel is not far off from the Airport and the Rail station
3) There are good restaurants or eateries of all budgets near by
4) The hotel is close to the Night Market
5) Though the hotel is on the main road but due to the unique design the rooms are free from traffic noise
6) Friendly staffs

Cons:
1) The hotel is old and some ameneties may not work, e.g, the hot shower was not working at the washroom

Room tip: Try to take a room facing the garden
Date of stay: December 2012
  • Trip type: Traveled with family
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Reviewed November 30, 2012

I stayed here for three nights in Novemeber for the festival of light, the hotel is situated at a perfect location near thai Pai gate and we were able to wath the festival parade from the hotel entrance. As the hotel was situated so centrally, it made travelling around Chiang Mai very easy. The tour guide that worked in the reception was extremely helpful and friendly, so much so that we brought three trips from her.

Aside from the hotels location, another reason i booked was because it had breakfast included, but it really wasn't anything to shout about, the breakfast was very basic, on one of the days we had a trip booked, we left at the same time as breakfast started, so we asked if we came 10 minutes early, if they would be able to do ours now. I didn't think this would be a problem when we arrived half an hour early and the staff were all there working, but we were told that nothing is done until 7. Therefore left for our trip on an empty stomach, i was very disappointed with the lac of service, especially when i'd paid for it.

I had also booked a double bed, but on arrival was given a twin room, although this was sorted straight away, after a 7 hour bus journey i really could have done without the hassle... Another thing was the air con kept freezing over, so we had to turn it off and endure a hot night, with the sound of a dripping, defrosting A/C unit

My stay here was average, but i wouldn't stay again,

Date of stay: November 2012
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 1, 2012

started staying here about 2 years ago after my 20+ year standby hotel went spa and started pricing for spa ambience. roong ruang has, over the last couple of years begun renovating and have a full selection of rooms from 550 to 750 (prices do change by season but last new years i paid 850 for the new rooms...so still cheap)

the new rooms are basic, clean, safe and the staff are always helpful and nice. the location is perfect for my mix of business and pleasure. breakfast has improved since last year now that they have a proper lobby with restaurant. the serve yourself instant coffee and tea along with toast is now augmented with a hot entree....eggs a few different ways. its nothing fancy, but when you do the math, you get a clean a/c room and simple breakfast in a desireable part of town for 2 for about 20 bucks...it aint bad.

if you're looking for a destination resort, this isnt it. if you're looking for a value play in thapae area, this is a good choice. lastly there seems to be a healthy mix of young, old, asian, farang so no single group is taking it over. i like that

Room tip: room 314 has no view, then again its not that kind of place...but its very quiet.
Date of stay: July 2012
  • Trip type: Traveled solo
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Reviewed July 10, 2012

This is a very nice and clean hotel that you can find in Chiang Mai. The place is very close to the Chiang Mai night market. It is a nice family run hotel that's been established for a very long time. It was very comfortable and relaxing place to rest at the end of the long, hot day.
Highly recommend this hotel!

Date of stay: August 2011
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 12, 2012

We stay here at least twice a year during Song Kran and Loi Katong. The location is unmatched 30m to TaiPai gate and the old city. The area has plenty of entertainment and choices for food. They really take the extra effort and the staff is always polite. We enjoyed Song Kran last year and I look forward to checking in tomorrow morning for Song Kran 2012 Chiang Mai. The court yard gives you a nice private area away from the busy street. They also have a basic breakfast setup that more than satisfies for the value of the room. One of the things I enjoyed about this place is how much fun they have during major festivals. How can you beat unlimited water for Song Kran? The price is fair and maybe more to the value side because it has all the goodies you need including a fridge. The hotel staff also cleaned the room everyday. I have seen multiple instances of honestly from this establishment and think highly enough that it is my first choice in Chiang Mai. Again not fancy maybe a bit run down but where it shines it really shines.

Date of stay: April 2012
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