We chose this hotel as it had some facilities, importantly the shuttle bus into town, which is a free service (as was our departure transfer to the airport) and the pool, as we thought we might relax after touring. Never got to use the pool but it looked dated, in need of refurbishment and some decent furniture to lay on.
The hotel is tired, as many reviewers have commented, but the room was acceptable - spacious, good storage. It was at the front of the hotel overlooking parking/gardens to the road, which was noisy if you went out there. But, as there was not any furniture at all on it, we weren't out there long! The bathroom was a disappointment, small and in need of a good deep clean, (for things like tile grout), but was superficially fine to use.
Found the staff a little remote but that could have been a language problem and certainly they helped with all our queries. Lunch in the restaurant was good and a reasonable price of an hotel of this kind.
Mae Hong Son is not big. We stayed 2 nights, enough to visit the night market, walk around the lake and visit the temples. Enough restaurants and bars to keep you entertained for that time, but we were all fine to move on when the time came. But we all agreed we'd enjoyed the visit and were glad to have visited.
We made enquiries through Rose Tours for sightseeing but the costs quoted were incredible. We waited till we got there and used an operator close to the lake. His van wasn't the newest/most comfortable we experienced in Thailand, but our driver stuck firmly to the times we'd requested and the places we'd asked to see - very efficient. Our last stop was to the Karen village closest to Mae Hong Son and we were pretty uncomfortable there. Selling touristy goods and a few of the things they have made themselves is the only way the people can support themselves, but that generates a difficult atmosphere - you can't buy from every stall, but you feel you should. Hopefully all finance is pooled.
All in all, we would stay at the Imperial again, but would love it if meanwhile the owners could spend some money and restore the standards the staff are trying to achieve.
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- The Hotel far from Mae Hong Son airport about 3 kms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Imperial Tara Mae Hong Son