Location: Old city, near the Chiang Mai Gate (handy for Saturday street market)
Category: Boutique Hotel
Price range: 1800-3500B per night
We stayed at Sawasdee Chiangmai House for four nights based on the strength of positive reviews on the TripAdvisor forum. I was looking for a place that was rated as very comfortable and very quiet, and Sawasdee Chiangmai House was ranked highly on both by many reviewers, so even though it was more than double what we paid previously for accommodation in Chiang Mai, I was keen to give it a try.
I have to say that it was everything others said it would be – clean, friendly, welcoming, comfortable, quiet, secure, great wi-fi with routers on every floor, etc, etc. When you first walk in you’re taken aback just a little by the apparent “graffiti” on the wall outside the office, but Sam encourages his guests to write about their experiences on the wall and it tells a fabulous story of how well this place is run.
Sam and his niece who run Sawasdee Chiangmai House bend over backwards to help every guest and make sure your stay is an experience to remember. An example of the service offered is that when we arrived, my suitcase had been damaged by Air Asia (who kindly offered 250B compensation). Sam and co took my case and got it repaired for 90B and it’s better than new! Another example was the fact that they insisted on taking our motorcycle inside the building at night, and helped us to stop the school kids blocking in our rented 4×4 when we parked it outside the guesthouse at night.
The room we stayed in, on the third floor, was large and clean and spacious, well furnished. with a large bathroom and a nice, powerful hot shower. The king-size bed was comfortable and well positioned near a window with its own balcony. Each room seems to have its own hand-painted mural on the wall. There are also wall murals in the hallways.
There is a breakfast room in the corner of the garden on the ground floor where they put on a free breakfast for guests with toast, jams, coffee and fruit juice to get your day started. There are also lots of travel books to browse and a couple of laptop computers you can use for free internet access.
Sawasdee Chiangmai House is well situated, with the Sunday street market just a couple of blocks down the street and one of the oldest temples in Chiang Mai, the Wat Chiang Man, right next door. There is also a great traditional Thai massage studio called Moonlight just up the road.
Just a fabulous place to stay, although at 1450 Bt per night for a double room it’s at the very top end of our accommodation budget range … but then again if we are in need of “home comforts”, we just might overlook that as it’s a great place to stay in Chiang Mai.
You can book a room online at Sawasdee Chiangmai House with TripAdvisor.