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Reviewed December 30, 2011

We agree with the other reviews. This is a clean and comfortable 3 star hotel in major need of renovation. It's about 10 minutes out of the village center and there's a shuttle for transport into town although the times aren't very convenient. For example if you miss the 5.30 shuttle then you have to wait for the 7.30. And if your 7.3o dinner was slow and you missed the 9 pm shuttle then you have to wait a whole hour for the next one. There's not much to do in town besides eat so waiting for the shuttle can be boring. The rooms are large but dated. The tv and fridge are from the 80s and the bed is hard. No safe. Bathroom is sad looking and the shower leaks. I don't believe there are many better options in this small village so the hotel can get away with being dated. Despite our criticism, the hotel is clean and comfortable and convenient and probably the best there is here.

Date of stay: December 2011
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Thank NiceMillz
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Reviewed November 29, 2011

Externally, the Imperial is an 80s concrete block. In fact it is younger, but much in need of refurbishing.

The site is lovely, with extensive grounds, mature trees and a stream in the valley below the hotel. Surrounds are mountainous and very beautiful. One could only wish the somewhat tired hotel bedrooms matched the surroundings! Swimming pool and deck was dated and “sad”. Public rooms were better.

We had a very big room – about 900 sq. ft. plus small bathroom. Included was a kitchen (why?), lounge, dining and sleeping areas. Bed was not great, but linen was fine.
Kitchen contained (only!) 2 cups, saucers and teaspoons, two water glasses and two brandy glasses. Also tea, coffee, sugar and powdered milk AND a rice cooker! Nothing else- and no kettle! Go figure!

Included breakfast was OK, but juice probably not fresh, coffee stewed (day one, next morning was better) and no cheese for my “ham and ham” omelette. Buffet (Thai food) lunch was good value – Pad Thai excellent, but fried rice not great. Dinner was better and quite cheap. We stuck to Thai and the shrimp rolls and tempura fish/veg mix were very good. The “American Fried Rice” was an adventure – I will say no more.

Hotel spa does really great, cheap Thai Massage – just what you need after an hour on the neck of an elephant!

In summary, the Tara is about the best there is in Mae Hong Son and is only a three star hotel after all. Plus it was excellent value. Staff were ever willing, if not always 100% efficient. Not a bad hotel, but – Imperial Group – please spend some money on it!

Room tip: All rooms have excellent views, but the "higher the better".
Date of stay: November 2011
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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2  Thank grahamee
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Reviewed October 5, 2011

Mae Hong Song is only a small town so this would be one of the biggest & best hotels in town, but in a large city this would not be the case. The hotel is showing its age, with tired rooms but having said that it is a comfortable hotel set in lovely gardens full of teak trees with a small river running through the grounds. It has a nice pool and all the rooms overlook the pool and garden. It also has a sauna a small gym area by the pool. The rooms are basically equipped, they don't have tea/coffee making, robes, in-room safe, however safety deposit is offered free at reception. The rooms all have a balcony, but strangely only have one chair on them (in a room for 2).There is a tour desk, but it was not manned and you had to phone a number for service (we did come off-season), so we booked our tours in town. Tip: rose garden tours were over priced and the service was rude, so we avoided them, we booked with a small operator near the night market.
Breakfast was a basic buffet breakfast, fairly ordinary. They do have a restaurant but it was empty so we ate in town, where there were sufficient eating options. Previous reviewers have mentioned that the hotel is out of town (around 4kms) but they offer a free shuttle at set times, 7.30am, 9, 2pm, 7.30pm, 9 &10pm returning 5 mins later. If these times are not convenient there are no taxis waiting outside the hotel (but I guess reception would call one for you). The town pretty much closed by 9.30 so coming back at 10 is late enough.
The staff at this hotel were pleasant a tried to be helpful . When it was time to leave they gave us a free transfer to the bus station which was great.

Date of stay: July 2011
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1  Thank Globerwalker
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Reviewed August 12, 2011

We were surprised at how nice this hotel actually was as we weren't expecting much at all. It is in a really pretty setting with lovely big trees all around and a small river flowing through the grounds. The pool and outside deck was a very pleasant relief from the heat.

We stayed in the junior suite on the ground floor and were basically just beside the pool deck. The room although a little older style was huge and very nicely furnished and clean. The restaurant food was a little average but the food we ordered from room service was really good. Not a lot of choices in Mae Hong Son I would recommend this hotel as probably the best.

Room tip: Junior Suite is really nice if you want a little more room.
Date of stay: June 2011
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Thank JulieH6061
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Reviewed May 4, 2011

This is our second visit to Mae Hong Son and the second time we have stayed at the IMperial Tara. It is a very good hotel. It offers very good value for money. The hotel provides a shuttle bus into town and back and also can organise trips in the local area.

Date of stay: March 2011
  • Trip type: Traveled with family
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2  Thank RaJSheffield
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