My husband and I just spent 3 nights at the Phoom Thai Garden Hotel. The hotel, which was quiet and great for sleeping, is well located and within easy walking distance to the centre of town, restaurants and coffee shops. The entrance, lobby area and garden are spacious, lovely and inviting. Breakfast was very good and consisted of a number of Thai dishes, fresh fruit as well as freshly made pancakes and omelettes.
We had a superior room and though it was supposed to have been recently updated, it seemed to be only in part. Also, the bathroom did not seem to be updated and the cabinetry was old. The water pressure wasn't great and you did need to keep the spray at low volume in order to get hot water. Apparently, we learned from an English couple who were also staying there, that these kind of hot water systems are still in England and they were quite familiar with it. We did not see a mini bar or coffee making facilities in our room though they may have been in other rooms. Despite these things, the bedroom was very clean and spacious, and the bathroom was satisfactory and we would give it a 3 1/2 out of 5 though we would rate our treatment at this hotel at a 4 1/2 and a 5 for Too..
There is not a great deal of English spoken by the staff (except for Mrs. Saowalak Wisutthiphon, the owner (calls herself Too) who spoke good English) but enough so that we were able to get all of our needs met and all of the staff were very pleasant and accommodating. Too arranged for the hotel's Tuk Tuk (with a lovely fellow who drove it called Suk) to take us on a very interesting 4 hr. excursion where we took in some very enjoyable local sights. We felt the charge of 1000 B was very reasonable and we were gone at least 4 1/2 hrs. and charged nothing extra. Later that day when we returned to the hotel, Too suggested taking my husband and I to the local market where she kindly bought us some local fresh corn and peanuts. We then discovered that our bus tickets to Chiang Mai needed to be changed due to an error by our hotel in Chiang Mai, and Too came to our rescue and kindly brought us to the bus station and did all the communicating in order to get us new tickets.
We would definitely stay at this hotel again.
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