While this is not exactly a bad hotel, my wife and I were baffled by the high ranking – 6th of 96 hotels in Chiang Rai – this hotel has achieved.
Inevitably, we are tempted to use the B&B in Chiang Mai at which we stayed for two nights just before coming here as a yardstick for judging this hotel, especially since the B&B is, coincidentially, ranked 6th of 389 Chiang Mai B&B and inns. Here is how the two places compare:
Room rate: A room in this hotel is 25% more expensive than the Chiang Mai B&B.
Location: Both are a little far away from the city centres – the former very near the airport and the latter located in a quiet residential area. To go to the cities, taxi trips have to be arranged – 100 bahts per trip for the hotel and 250 bahts per trip for the B&B.
Room: The rooms for both places are spacious, probably about the same size. The facilities are basically the same, with the exception that the B&B has no TV, which is not really an issue for us but maybe so for others. But when it comes to style, there is absolutely no comparison. The B&B room is much more tastefully designed than the rudimentary hotel room. It is also worth mentioning that the B&B room is a house while the hotel room is part of a building complex.
Breakfast: Again, the B&B wins hands down. The buffet breakfast of the hotel is sumptuous but coarse. The breakfast of the B&B, which is a combination of buffet-style and made-to-order, is much finer. The homemade fruit salad, yogurt and even muesli are something to rave about.
Service: The staff of the hotel are courteous and helpful, but the human touch that the lady owner of the B&B offers aplenty is, inevitably, lacking.
All in all, we cannot say that the hotel is good value for money. The only allowance we can make is that comparing the accommodation of two different cities is like comparing apples with oranges. Or could our expectations have been raised after the preceding positive experience?
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