My daughter and I stayed here for 6 nights during the Songkran festival. We booked directly with the hotel. The hotel doesn't look like much outside, but once you come in and go up the ramp inside to the first floor, the lobby area and swimming pool areas are lovely.
We had a twin room and like most it faced over the garden. The room was o.k. but there were a few things which let it down. Chiefly the very dark interior of the room. Even with all the lights on in the middle of the day, the room was gloomy and dark. We also found a very large troupe of ants in our room, probably because the balcony doors do not meet properly and therefore let in the bugs. We had also requested mattress toppers as the beds were, as others have reviewed, rock hard! The other big let down was the total lack of wardrobe space, there was only one small area for clothes, and this already contained the room safe so you could not hang much at all. Lastly was the shower, which wasn't the best for pressure or temperature and the bathroom mirror which was difficult to see in and in need of renovations....
However! the hotel itself is really very pretty, its in a great location for the walking markets and many lovely temples are close by. You can get a great massage just outside the hotel for about 200 baht an hour and also laundry services which were charged at 30 baht a kg and returned very quickly. The hotel also rent our bikes and its a lovely place to cycle, these are 100 Baht a day with the helmet.
The swimming pool area was nice and the pool seemed well maintained. they provided towels regularly and drinks service.
we ate at the hotel on 3 occasions and the food was very nice each time. The service was good and the food was only a little more expensive than the local offers. The staff were sweet and friendly.
the garden where you can take breakfast is very lovely and the breakfast service itself was very nice, with a small but well though out variety of foods, which changed slightly each day.
I would consider staying at this hotel again despite the room issues as to be honest your not in them much, the staff were lovely and the location and ambiance created within the hotel is very welcome after a hard days touring!
check out the hotel website direct for package offers and deals.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Bodhi Serene is located within the old city walls of down town Chiang Mai surrounded by many ancient temples and is a mere 20 minutes from the airport, train station as well as the bus terminal. It is also visually and architecturally stunning with exotic Lanna style influenced by Chinese designs. There are only 38 rooms to offer most of which overlooks our central courtyard area with a tropical garden and waterfall. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bodhi Serene Chiang Mai
- Hotel Bodhi Serene