The hotels listed in this section all lie outside what are considered to be the central areas of the old town and downtown. However, with excellent (and cheap) public transportation, getting around Chiang Mai is a breeze and all parts of the city are readily accessible.
The west of the city is home to a number of attractions including Wat Suan Dok, Wat Umong, Chiang Mai zoo and the chic shopping area of Nimmanhaemin Road. On the eastern side of the city, over the Ping River, there are some excellent restaurants including Chiang Mai institutions like the Riverside and Good View favoured by locals as well as tourists.
At Niman Conceptual Home
The owner of the house is Rachen Inthawong, a designer who has worked at the Mandarin Oriental Dara Dhevi in Bangkok. Khun Rachen opened At Niman in December 2006 with a pragmatic approach saying, ‘I want to have a comfortable and stylish home with a swimming pool. But that requires a considerable amount of money for maintenance. So rather than design a private home, I created more rooms to earn money.‘
Attention to detail is important to Khun Rachen and he certainly hasn’t cut corners with his design. Finishing touches here include candles and aromatherapy in each room and the same high quality mattresses and bed sheets as the Mandarin Oriental in Bangkok. The 4-storey building has just 8 guest rooms and offers a unique experience in Chiang Mai’s trendy Nimmanhaemin district in the west of the city with the hotel displaying Asian influences from India, Burma and China as well as Thailand. The owner of the house proudly proclaims, ‘My place is among the few hotels in the world to offer five-star accommodation at a low price.‘
B2 Ayatana Premier Resort (was Ayatana Hamlet & Spa)
The B2 Ayatana Premier Resort is situated in a quiet soi (lane) off Suthep Road in the west of the city. Every room is uniquely decorated with wall murals depicting traditional Lanna (northern Thai) scenes. The owners and staff pay particular attention to detail and the Ayatana is a recommended hotel for a romantic break. Although it’s still in the city, it’s far enough away from the hustle and bustle that you wouldn’t realise it.
Puripunn Baby Grand Boutique Hotel
The Puripunn is inspired by traditional homes found in Chiang Mai during the colonial period. The hotel is close to the Ping River and excellent restaurants and entertainment venues like The Riverside and Good View. The Puripunn is on the opposite side of the river to the Night Bazaar which is just a 10 minute walk away across Nawarat Bridge. The Puripunn Hotel offers 30 guests rooms spread over 3 floors.
Tri Yaan Na Ros Colonial House
Small, but perfectly formed, Tri Yaan Na Ros reflects the style and elegance of the colonial period with dark teak wood furniture and opulent Burmese silks. All of the rooms are set around the central pool and the landscaped gardens. Guests are encouraged to take full advantage of the beautiful setting whilst eating al fresco. Tri Yaan Na Ros is situated just south of the old town in the traditional silver-making area of Wualai Road. On Saturdays, Wualai Road is transformed for the Saturday Walking Street Market. This is a smaller version of the highly recommended Sunday Walking Street Market that sets up in the old town along Ratchadamnoen Road. With just 8 rooms available at this boutique hotel, we recommend booking at least a month in advance to avoid disappointment.