Hotel: located off the beaten track in a quiet suburb on the opposite side of the river from the old town, this small, intimate hotel is set around a small but peaceful courtyard garden and pool. A pillared outside patio leads into a modest lobby where check-in was painless. This three storey hotel is beautifully furnished and comes with high ceilinged rooms, dark wood floors, lush fabrics, and hand made bathroom tiles and sinks. Rooms have either large balconies with wooden day beds incorporated into the banister or smaller terraces if on the ground floor. Trees hung with fairy lights and lanterns welcome guests home and it was always lovely to turn off the street into the warm, welcoming courtyard. We liked the homely, yet luxurious atmosphere, the fresh flowers in the rooms and how staff remove their shoes before they entered the rooms (as did we). Many hotels claim to be boutique, but this one really is.
Amenities: free wi-fi which worked well; a spa (which we didn’t use); a pool which we did (small and no deeper than 1.5 m, with a shallower paddling pool, a covered jacuzzi and a small deck equipped with deck chairs and parasols overlooked by the rooms but surrounded by lush, mature trees, open from 8.00 to 20.00 and rarely crowded); complementary tuk-tuk to the night bazaar; and breakfast served just inside the entrance in the courtyard garden (a nice selection of hot and cold dishes, fresh fruit and cooked meals, the banana pancakes were excellent as was the Pad Thai).
Staff: most spoke good English and were helpful, smiley and eager to please without being ingratiating. Ms Supaporn was especially efficient and prompt at answering our email correspondence and all the breakfast staff were lovely. Reception will organise outings and transport to various places.
Rooms: Large, airy and comfortable. We stayed a total of 6 nights in November 2013 at either end of our stay in north Thailand in both the Baby Grand Suite on the top floor and a superior room on the second. We didn’t even mind moving to a smaller room, as the latter’s amenities were similar and the room was high-ceilinged, nicely furnished and came with a bowl of fruit on arrival and vases of freshly cut flowers. Both had quiet and efficient air-conditioning and ceiling fans; flip-flops for outside use; silk slippers and dressing gowns; bathroom products in attractive ceramic pots; a TV with a selection of international channels; complementary water; mini bar; safe; and daily The Nation newspaper. Sleep was excellent in both rooms. The suite comes with a large bathroom with a huge round jacuzzi and a walk in shower; a separate lounge with flat screen TV, DVD and CD player; and a king-sized bed with a relatively hard mattress.
Quibbles: we were woken one morning at 6.00 by a false call; the slight step down into the bathrooms (especially in the suite) could and did prove tricky at night; strangely the tea/coffee wasn’t replaced the first three nights of our stay and the CD player didn’t seem to work; there wasn’t really anywhere to hang the towels to dry; the lights weren’t the best for reading and a design fault with the bath in the superior room meant the water didn’t run out around the rim and so some of the tiles were mouldy. The lack of a lift might be a problem for some. What bothered me more was the hotel’s policy of shooting at pigeons with an air gun, especially as one of the pellets glanced off the roof and hit the balcony as I was reading on the day bed.
Access: taxis and tuk-tuks ask for more as they claim the hotel isn’t downtown, but it is to all effects and purposes, just on the “wrong” side of the river (expect to pay Baht 150 from the airport not the usual 120). Bargain with the tuk-tuk drivers for a better price (not all know where the hotel is so carry a map or ask reception to write the address in Thai) and know that they pronounce it “PULIPAN”. The walk into town where the action and eateries are isn’t far (the night bazaar is about 15 minutes away) but there is a busy intersection and the river to cross.
Tip: all rooms are lovely. Try to stay over the weekend when the two night walking markets take place (they are much nicer than the cheaper, tattier night bazaar). If you want to book a sight-seeing or tour, I highly recommend Asian Plus Travel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Puripunn Baby Grand Boutique Hotel, an intimate small luxury property with a total of 30 rooms is constructed in a contemporary Lanna- Oriental architectural style inspired by traditional homes found in Chiang Mai during colonial period. The hotel is situated in the midst of one of Chiang Mai's centuries-old communities where ancient Lanna treasures, cultural traditions and way of life have been well-preserved. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Puripunn Baby Grand Boutique