I have mixed feelings about this little resort. I agree with those who say that the service is personalized and helpful & that the grounds and landscaping are charming and peaceful.
It is indeed a mini oasis, away from the hustle and bustle of Chiangmai. It is not, however, in a totally rural setting, but in a small suburb/village with its own little outdoor market street and (very friendly) vendors. Also, there is a lovely pagoda right behind the hotel.
Because the hotel is out of town, you are forced to avail yourself of the hotel transportation since tuk- tuks are not widely available in this off-the-beaten path part of town. Although people rave about the friendliness of the hotel drivers, I can't say they were especially helpful or extraordinary. We took a tuk- tuk from town back to the hotel, and the tuk-tuk driver got hopelessly lost ( inspite of the fact that the owners told us that all the drivers knew where this hotel was located and it would be not problem). Our friendly tuk-tuk driver had to call the hotel in order to deposit us safely at our destination. The driver and his daughter were good humored and laughed about this unforseen "adventure," and we enjoyed the long, convoluted ride back since it showed us parts of town we would never would have entered.
Our little bungalow was comfortable, and we liked the porch area which had a fan (which we moved inside at night since the airconditioning was not adequate; but with the fan, and the air-con, we had a restful sleep). The large flat screen t.v. provided many channels, and the wi-fi was decent, considering the out of the way location. The modern bathroom and little dressing area were both convenient and practical.
Breakfast at the charming little restaurant overlooking the lotus pond was perfectly decent. You order off the menu and there is no buffet style service. The servers were smiling and friendly, but spoke no English whatsoever.
Before dinner we wanted to get a drink and perhaps eat at the restaurant. We seated ourselves at the little bar, and when we ordered a drink (gin and tonic), the server said :"beer, beer, " which meant they only served bottled beer. Disappointed, we went out and bought a small bottle of rum in the local store on the main street, and we made our own drinks and enjoyed our libations on our porch. We also did not eat at the hotel restaurant, since it was virtually empty. It would help business at the restaurant if they would expand their bar service so people could have pre dinner drinks and settle in for an evening meal at the hotel restaurant instead of going elsewhere.
I think that this hotel is perfect for couples who like a bit of isolation, and is perfect for people with small children. People with teenagers, I would stay elsewhere, since the older children would be bored and unhappy in such a small resort so far away from all the action of the town. Conversely, the smaller children will be happy to swim in the pool and to play with all the toys the hotel provides. Also, the staff seems to adore the little ones, and pay them lots of attention!
Overall, I was happy we stayed here for a couple of nights, but I was ecstatic to move into the grand luxury of the the Shangrila hotel, and its proximity to the amenities of the town.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Oriental Siam Resort is situated within 15 minutes from the airport & city centre, only 5-10 minutes from the Arts & Crafts villages, restaurants, shopping mall. There are many tourists attractions nearby such as hot springs, cave, Underground Ancient City, golf courses and sport activities for the thrill seekers. At The Oriental Siam Resort, our English and Dutch speaking staff promise you an experience you will never forget. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Oriental Siam Hotel Chiang Mai