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3 of 5 bubbles Review of Portico 21

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Portico 21
Ranked #271 of 718 Chiang Mai B&B and Inns
Bangkok, Thailand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“There are better options available”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 6, 2012

Portico 21 does have a good location, is clean and well maintained and the in-room wifi works fine. Those essentially are the pros. On the downside, the rooms are small and basic, the complimentary breakfast is simple and offers no choices, while there is a room safe it is made of pressed board!, the management/ staff are polite but not especially cordial, and the room price is above the market in the same area of Chiang Mai. After staying an initial three days we decided to look elsewhere and found several better options in this most desirable part of the city.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2012

Thanks to good reviews we booked this small (21 room) hotel right on the edge of the centre of Chiang Mai. It was about 2 minutes walk from the Thapae gate (3 if traffic is heavy as it usually is) and maybe 20 minutes stroll from the Kalare Night Plaza. Although the hotel doesn't do dinners, there's an excellent and reasonably priced restaurant right across the road.

We were in a luxury room up on the fourth (third floor for us Brits) floor, and while it was a bit of climb, without lifts, it was by no means a strain (even for a couple of oldies like us) to climb upstairs after being out all day, or when returning in the evening. The up side of being there was that it was beautifully quiet.

The air conditioning was quiet and effective, and the room was extremely well set up, with adequate seating, bedside lights and a very nicely appointed shower room. The only thing i felt was lacking was perhaps enough drawer space for our clothing. Breakfast was served by the manageress (daily in touch with the owner), who was extremely professional, and spoke pretty good English. I've rarely seen anyone so prepared to put herself out for her guests. Our laundry was done very well and for an excellent price. All in all there was a very good atmosphere in the hotel and we found that nothing was too much trouble for them. I'd certainly go back there again.

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2012

stayed portico 21 for four nights in a deluxe double .the room was large with air conditioning good size bathroom it was clean with kingsize bed my room was on the top floor (fourth floor) no lift only stairs but didnt worry me basic cable tv,internet reception from my room was good,breakfast included in price was eggs bacon pork sausages toast jam,fruit juice and coffee and fresh fruit. best of all was the location a couple of minutes to Thapae Gate which seems to be a great starting place for visiting the old city.the room and hotel were clean and the hotel is in a quiet back street
would I stay here again yes...

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2012

The room was nice, simple and clean. The AC and hot water worked great- both very important for travel in Thailand. Portico is in one of the best locations in Chiang Mai, extremely easy to get around. Your room comes with daily breakfast and I got dry cleaning for very reasonable. No complaints - would stay again.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2011

Portico 21 is a small family-run boutique hotel just around the corner from the Tae Pae Gate and the old city wall.
The hotel looked quite new and well maintained. Somehow, it does not feel like I was in a hotel but in someone’s home.
I think that is not too far from the truth.

I stayed in the deluxe twin room for 3 nights. A standard breakfast set (eggs, bacon, breads, fruit...etc) is included in the price of the room.
They also prove free wifi thought I had some difficulties connecting to it for the first 2 days.

The location is great. It is just 50 meters from the main road. You are just 3 minutes to shops and restaurants and yet you are spare the noise from the cars and bikes.
The night bazaar is within walking distance (12- 15 min).

The staffs were really helpful. There was this young chap (with curly hair) who tried his best to help us even though he may not be very conversant in English.
The laundry is quite cheap at only 35bahts/ kilogram (US$1.10?).

I enjoyed my stay there. If there were any minor inconvenience, that will be the lack of an elevator.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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83 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2011

For roughly $30 a night, this hotel is exceptional value in a relatively expensive city. The location is great (tucked down a small back road so is very quiet but is still right outside the old city walls), the staff are very friendly and helpful, the rooms/hotel are very modern, clean and spacious and the breakfast was great too.

Nothing to fault this place, a really great hotel

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2011

I was recommended this hotel by a friend and booked for my first night after travelling to Thailand. The hotel is lovely and clean, in a quiet back alley though a great location.

I moved on only because a hotel is not the place to meet someone when you are travelling alone.

  • Stayed November 2011
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Property: Portico 21
Address: 7 Kotchasarn Rd. Soi 1 | T. Changklan, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Chiang Mai Province > Chiang Mai
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Ranked #271 of 718 B&Bs / Inns in Chiang Mai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Portico 21 is equipped with all modern amenities: we offer clean, quiet and affordable accommodation in the heart of downtown Chiang Mai - Northern Thailand, with a touch of design. Each guestroom is air-conditioned and well furnished in a functional, contemporary style. All guestrooms have individually designed, private en-suite bathrooms and benefit from unobstructed views of the old capital of Northern Thailand. Thapae Gate (Pratu Thapae), a major city landmark, is just 3 minutes away. ... more   less 
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