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Wangcome
Ranked #31 of 108 Hotels in Chiang Rai
Reviewed September 17, 2013

Super excellent buffet breakfast included with room price, everything from omelettes, to rice. Rooms were good, air conditioning in room, swimming pool closed early at 8:00 pm, hotel within close walking distance of restaurants and night market shopping. Stayed three nights, would stay there again if ever back in Chiang Rai. Did have a lizard on the ceiling of my room, but he stayed on his half of the room.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

Lovely first impressions, despite all of the road work going on out the front, but the rooms need careful attention, as they can be quite dingy and gloomy. Excellent location for city exploring, and is very close to some of the more lively bars for an evening entertainment.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 11, 2013

This hotel is convenient for the tourist heart of Chiang Rai and it is the only reason why anyone would stay there. In Chiang Mai this hotel would struggle to get customers at 1,000 a night and yet the rate for this hotel in Chiang Rai is around 1,800 for a double room. There's simply a lack of alternatives in the town.
Internet is free, but you have to go and get a coupon at the desk which is valid for 12 hours. This is not convenient for a morning check of your emails if you checked in any time before 11 pm!
The room has the old fashioned CRT TV as it is cheaper to polish the old wood than to invest a bit on anything new. No safety box and adjoining rooms are two little slide locks away. Shower is combined with bath type with plastic curtain.
Staff are all very pleasant.
This hotel would fail to impress anyone, but as it sits a stone’s throw away from the night market, as long as they keep on polishing the wood, it will continue to hold its price.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 5, 2013

but "faded" is too weak a word. Large new foyer full of bling is deceptive, behind it is a hotel that on first glance belongs to pre Berlin-wall collapse Eastern Europe, except with ruder less attentive staff. No information in the room on services, which is at least accurate as there just aren't any. The pool is accessed via a fire escape on the second floor and is decorated in "minimalist" style, i.e. one chair, one plant, nothing else - from the looks of the water, you could certainly guarantee that you wont have an adverse reaction to excessive cleaning products. Room OK, in a sort of basic way, the bed had sheets and blankets and two pillows, plus a very very prominent price list regarding theft of the pillows. Visited the Karaoke bar three times, each time nobody there and no bar staff nor Karaoke, so the one time we took a seat and asked for a song sheet they called the manager and we were told (we think) that we shouldn't be there - somehow I feel that the bar is more of an introduction agency for "friends" who the room rule list insist that you register before taking up into your room (which is probably available on an hourly rate, as are the "friends". But the crowning glory of this place, unique to me after staying in everything from 5 star NYC to 0 star Indonesian wooden bed pensions, was the two plastic shampoo containers of Sunsilk in the bathroom, filled with washing up liquid and labelled "NOT COMPLIMENTARY". Not my most familiar area, but I would expect that even a brothel would allow you to use and take proper shampoo - so in summary the Wangcome is a step below said brothels and is worth avoiding at all costs.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

The 6 story Wangcome Hotel in Pemawibhata Road, Chiang Rai is centrally situated within the town. It is only a few minutes’ walk to the Central Clock Tower and Night Bazaar and is near a few bars and several massage parlours.
I had arranged transport by the hotel from the airport to the hotel for a fee of 100 Baht. Given the dearth of taxis at the airport this was the right decision. At the airport I was greeted by a smiling employee of the hotel who transported me to the hotel without fuss. The hotel also operates drop off transport to the airport, again for a one way fee of 100 Baht. Well worth it.
Forewarned that I would be arriving at the hotel I was greeted by smiling receptionists who had already partially completed the check in documentation. The remaining formalities were completed quickly and within a few minutes of my arrival I was in my room.
The room was relatively spacious, clean and well supplied. Free tea and coffee making facilities were available and two complimentary bottles of water were provided on a daily basis. There was a fully stocked mini bar in the room. Some examples of the prices charged were a 330 ml can Singha Beer 75 Baht and a 325 ml can of Coca Cola 25 Baht.
Freshly laundered bathrobes and slippers were provided. The bathroom contained a bath tub and was well supplied with amenities including white fluffy towels, combs, toothbrushes, cotton buds, shower caps and a copious supply of both solid and liquid soaps.
There was no in-room safe but valuables could be locked in safes kept at the front desk. Wi Fi in room was complimentary but a charge of 50 Baht per hour was made to use the hotel computers connected to the internet. A free newspaper was provided daily.
The buffet breakfast was satisfactory with ample food available although some guests might have found the variety of food limited. But there was plenty to eat with plenty of fresh fruit available.
The hotel has an open air swimming pool at ground level but although entrance to it could be made through the restaurant directional signs indicated that the entrance was from the second floor down steep steps.
A Music Room and Karaoke bar is provided within the hotel. An entrance fee of 200 Baht per person is charged for the general public and hotel guests alike. Apart from hotel staff and band members on the couple of nights I looked in there were no people in either.
Chiang Rai has a very subdued night life but the few bars across the road from the hotel provided adequate entertainment. The hotel is guest friendly but as the hotel quaintly puts it, it is not responsible for any theft which might arise from “lady joiners.”
The staff is a real asset for this hotel. They were always smiling and anxious to assist. Even though some had limited English skills they soon found other staff members who could help.
The location of the hotel, the friendliness and efficiency of the staff, its cleanliness and services provided ensure that when next in Chiang Rai I would stay at this hotel again.

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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed June 13, 2013 via mobile

Interesting one this. Probably not the best hotel in the town, but all the better ones are outside the town boundary, needing transport to get in.
The Wangcome is in a great location, but needs an update inside. Rooms are sizeable, wifi is free, breakfast is okay. Biggest problem was no safe on the room. Not many people there when we stayed so a bit quiet. I'd still rather stay here than out of the town.

  • Stayed: June 2013
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Reviewed May 26, 2013 via mobile

I came here after many noisy nights on Khao San Rd in Bangkok, where you expect crazy noise. The first night was blissfully quiet, slept great. Clean big room, great pool, 2 min from clocktower & night market food/entertainment, nice staff. However, 2nd night a tour of 18-35s arrived, hit the pool (not sure if it was same group that chased me away from pool in Bangkok with their screaming). I can't be sure if it was their group but a bunch of young Caucasians were at a bar under my window, which played music so loud at 10:40 pm it shook the walls. I don't blame them (did the same at their age) or the bar (everyone needs business) but I had to get up early. So at 11pm I asked the front desk what time the bar was to close by law. The guy told me 12, so rather than packing up my stuff & moving to a different room, I thought I'd wait. When it didn't let up by 12:10, I got dressed, walked over to the bar & asked what time they closed. Owner said 1am. Staff at hotel should have known that.
Very disappointing because I'd specifically asked for a quiet room & lost alot of sleep. I was super choked to have to move all my stuff to a new room in the middle of the night. I went to a room facing the pool & they should have given me that in the first place.

  • Stayed: May 2013
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Address: 869/90 Pemawibhata Road, Chiang Rai 57000, Thailand
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Location: Thailand > Chiang Rai Province > Chiang Rai
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Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#12 Luxury Hotel in Chiang Rai
Price Range: $49 - $69 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Wangcome 4*
Number of rooms: 234
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