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Portico 21
Ranked #349 of 801 Chiang Mai B&B and Inns
Reviewed January 22, 2013

One night here before our loop. Worth the money. Dont expect too much spirit of chiang mai from the hotel, but clean, there is wifi, hot water and poor breakfast. The owner is so lovely and helpfull. she organizes laundry, taxi, everything. There is no elevator but if you ask they give a hand. Overall i recommend the place for a one or two nights, you dont spend your time in the room anyway.

Room Tip: Ask a room to be faced the garden. the neighbour house's ac can be loud.
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 5, 2013

Pros: Portico 21 is blocks away from the Sunday walking market, night bazzar and good resturants. A really great location. Friendly ladies on staff.
Cons: Greasy egg breakfast, stained and worn (with holes) towels and sheets, 4 stories no elevator, not so friendly guy on staff.

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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 31, 2012

Pros: This hotel is on a quiet and small side-soi, but is otherwise in a very good location. The rooms are on the small side, but clean and attractive. The bed was "asian firm" but acceptable. The TV had quite a few channels. Some of the staff were nice.

Cons: When we checked in the clerk took off up the stairs, never bothering to mention that we had to climb all the way to the fourth floor. (Somehow I failed to notice from previous reviews that the hotel had 4 floors and no elevator.) We had a lot of luggage, so that was an unwelcome surprise. Another unwelcome surprise was that the internet was not working in our room, despite the promises on the website. We had to climb down and back up 4 flights of stairs to use the internet in the lobby, where we were eaten by mosquitoes. The breakfast was very basic (fried eggs with toast and jam and cheap sausages); I wouldn't bother waking up for it. Also, the curtains didn't block much light at all, so it was very difficult to sleep after about 8 AM. Finally, my wife and I were stuck with a room with two beds (never asked about preferences or warned about this, until we got to the room).

Overall, this was not a good stay and I regret having booked here (based on all the positive reviews). It's not even very cheap. We were happier with most of the other hotels we've stayed in at Chiang Mai.

Room Tip: beg for a lower floor
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 29, 2012

We spent four night in this hotel. The location is FANTASTIC, as you are withing walking distance from markets, attractions and great restaurants.
The ladies that run this place are very helpful and friendly, but the guy that works in the afternoon is a sour faced little something.
There could be some things improved, like repainting the stairs and some features in the rooms improved (tower hangers broken, for instance)
The breakfast is simple but good, and I would undoubtedly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 27, 2012

This is a great boutique-hotel in Chiang Mai. First, because of the owner, who was really friendly and helpful in everything we needed. We spent one night out of the hotel due to a trekking tour and she allowed us to keep our luggage in the same room even if we didn't pay that night.
SEcond, location. The hotel is not far from the main Gate and not far away from the Sunday Market and the night bazaar (which we did not like us much comparing with other Thai markets). It's close to some restaurants, bars, pharmacy and other services. It was a bit difficult to be found by some drivers, but it's easy to reach once you get there for the first time.
Third, rooms. Rooms are comfortable and bathroom was fully equipped.
Fourth, the breakfast was simple but really tasty.
Sixth. We paid around 25 EUR/30 USD per night for a double room.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 19, 2012

We stayed only for one night and for one night this place was fine. The location is very good and is within walking distance of the Sunday market and the night bazaar. There are also plenty of restaurants and bars around too.

The rooms are spacious with lots of natural light, but that also means that they get pretty hot and the AC struggles to fight the heat. The rooms are clean but maybe a little tired.

Breakfast is the standard eggs and bacon, but I'm more than happy with that! The staff are very helpful and friendly.

The only problem was that it felt a little soulless and lacks character, but for one night, who cares?

Stayed: March 2012
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Reviewed February 21, 2012

The highlight of this hotel is the location -- it is less than a 5 minute walk to the old gate of Chiang Mai. There are plenty of restaurants and bars located nearby.

The room was clean but it seemed to not have been kept up very well. I imagine that when the hotel opened it was considered very modern, but I felt the furnishings in the room were a bit worn out. The sink didn't seem to drain very well. The a/c seemed to work very well, however.

The breakfast was pretty good -- toast, eggs, and some meat. I especially liked the jam they provided for the toast. The location of the hotel is very good, but it can be a bit difficult to find as it is hidden down a side alley. The hotel provides free wifi, but it didn't seem to be working properly when I was there. The staff were pleasant enough, and checkin was quite efficient.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled solo
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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 #349 of 801 B&Bs / Inns in Chiang Mai
Price Range: $27 - $68 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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