After an uncomfortable stay in Bangkok, this hotel was just lovely. We had a large room with a daybed for our 19 year old daughter. She's very short so it was an ok size, a tall teenager wouldn't have been comfortable. We were sick with throat viruses & exhausted when we arrived on Christmas Day so were really looking forward to unwinding and relaxing. Just as we lay down for a late afternoon rest, very loud Christmas Carols began playing in the area outside our room. We'd pretty much had a gutful of 'Frosty the Snowman' after several weeks in SE Asia so I requested the music be turned down in our section which was across a small laneway. They seemed perplexed but carried out my request. Other guests nearby spoke to me and thanked me for arranging the decrease in volume. The room was spacious and very clean. Little shower pressure but we'd adjusted to that after a few weeks in SE Asia. Lovely big bath though. Laundry very expensive but just outside in the laneway it was very cheap to have laundry done and we were happy with the result. It's a little disconcerting to walk up the laneway later to see your undies drying on a line but we just shrugged and kept walking. We were disappointed with the service on the reception. Our tour was very late to pick us up but the staff wanted 30 baht to phone him to see if there was a problem. Another day we were quoted 1200 baht for a tour in a taxi, but later it was 1000 baht. The taxi did not come and we waited nearly an hour and a half in the lobby. When we asked for our money back and went out into the street we found the taxi that had been called for us. They'd only been called 15 mins prior, and the driver speculated that their regular driver was unavailable. We'd been told the wait was because the Prince and Princess had arrived and there was a traffic jam. This was not true. The taxi took us on our tour for 600 baht. These experiences leave a bad feeling, especially as people on the street in Chiang Mai had been extremely helpful. This took a little getting used to after many people attempted to scam us in Bangkok. All in all a good stay - we appreciated the comfort & cleanliness of the room.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Banthai Village is the mini size hotel that tries to keep balance between the tradition and modernity among the changes of the world. This modern-Lanna decorated hotel, consisting of 23 rooms ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Banthai Village Chiang Mai