As an American first-time traveler to Asia, I was unfamiliar with Shangrila hotels. This was a very nice hotel with very nice amenities and excellent service. By American standards, it was amazing for the price and I will definitely be back.
In one aspect, the hotel let us down. When we inquired about an excursion to the national park that is two hours away, we were quoted 4900 baht each (for two people) for a private car and English speaking driver. My friend insisted we comparison shop and we stopped at a tour operator office on the street in Old Town. For the exact same itinerary, same make car and English speaking driver, we were quoted 3500 baht total. But they advised that we go in a minivan with a small group for 900 baht, which we did. It was a great experience.
Secondly, the hotel referred us to a restaurant that was our only poor restaurant experience in Thailand. It was so bad, and they had been so emphatic in their recommendation that we felt there was some referral relationship involved.
When I travel to a foreign country, I rely on my hotel to take care of me and have my best interests at heart. I suspect the Shangri La didn't.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ideally located on Chang Klan Road, the Shangri-La Hotel, Chiang Mai is within easy walking distance of the city's famous Night Bazaar. Situated in a lush garden setting, the hotel is just a 10 minute drive from Chiang Mai International Airport. It also enjoys close proximity to fascinating museums, cultural centers, and Chiang Mai's numerous temples, shops and boutiques. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Shangri La Chiang Mai
- Chiang Mai Shangri La