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“Needs a refurb, but heart in the right place”

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Imperial Mae Hong Son Resort
Ranked #1 of 20 Hotels in Mae Hong Son
Reviewed March 9, 2012

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.

Room Tip: Rooms at back overlook the pool and gardens,
  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with friends
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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.

  • Stayed: December 2011
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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".
  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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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.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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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.
  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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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.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 11, 2010

Mae Hong Son is not a downtown, big city location, so our comments should be read in the context of its remoteness.
When we booked a private itinerary for MHS the hotels of our choice were full due to the King's Birthday holiday. We did not choose Imperial Tara due it its highest cost in town and out of town location. It is in a nice spot, surrounded by trees and shrouded in the morning mists, but too far out of town to walk. Our travel agent had no choice.
It has clearly been a magnificent structure from the past but the rooms and building are "tired" and in need of a renovation.
For the supposed premiere hotel in MHS the front desk and waiting staff need to improve their English language skills and unless you like cooking wine, don't order a glass of white wine from the bar. Safety boxes are not available in rooms and Wifi is not free (as it generally is throughout most of Thailand).

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Address: 149 Moo 8, Khun Lum Prapat Road | Pang Moo, Mae Hong Son 58000, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Mae Hong Son Province > Mae Hong Son
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 20 Hotels in Mae Hong Son
Price Range: $46 - $115 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Imperial Mae Hong Son Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 104
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