We selected this hotel from among the five star hotels in Chiang Mai that were centrally located because we wanted to avoid staying in a taller building and the pictures looked intriguing. But pictures often create a misleading impression and disappointments are all too common. In this case, the pictures didn't do justice to this amazingly beautiful, remarkably well appointed boutique hotel. The Ratilanna was part art gallery, part teak showcase and simply wonderful in every way. The staff was extremely friendly and competent. One of the folks on their otherwise all-Thai staff is a very capable young man from Chicago named Joe who deserves an A+ for his helpfulness and attitude. Our suite was among the most dazzling we have experienced. The pool and bar area, directly adjacent to the river, is large and comfortable, complete with a park-like grass courtyard between the pool and the river. Overall, the hotel possessed an intimate feeling and the mood created by the staff and the facilities was one of great warmth and charm. The breakfast buffet was first rate and the proximity to the central city very good. The WiFi was generally dependable. Perhaps the most unexpected feature of this wonderful hotel was that it delivered an authentic Asian vibe in a laid-back sort of way, complete with a lovely Buddha area, tasteful expanses of beautifully maintained teak everywhere and large scale furniture and art pieces throughout which always seemed in perfect proportion to the spaces they occupied. We give this wonderful hotel high marks on all fronts.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled along the banks of the Mae Ping River, Ratilanna Riverside Spa Resort Chiang Mai captures the essence of the destination's Lanna ancestry that subtly appears in its architecture and interior decor. Ratilanna Riverside Spa Chiang Mai is only minutes from the airport and the city's popular night bazaar offering the ultimate indulgence of a five-star urban sanctuary ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ratilanna Riverside Spa Resort Chiang Mai Hotel Chiang Mai
- Ratilanna Riverside Chiang Mai
- Ratilanna Riverside Hotel Chiang Mai
- Sofitel Chiang Mai