Hip Apartments in Chiang Mai, Thailand, You'll Want to Call Home

The Kannas Serviced Apartments in Chiang Mai will feel like home in no time
The Kannas Serviced Apartments in Chiang Mai will feel like home in no time | Courtesy of The Kannas Hotel & Serviced Apartment / Expedia.com
Siobhan Grogan

Chiang Mai was founded more than 700 years ago and was once the capital of the Lanna Kingdom. Now a more serene alternative to Bangkok, the northern city attracts backpackers, arty types and thrill seekers alike to its well-preserved old town, charming markets, hip cafes and unspoilt rainforest scattered with waterfalls. Here’s Culture Trip’s pick of the best places to call home during your stay in Chiang Mai.

1. VC @ Suanpaak Boutique Hotel & Serviced Apartments

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VC @ Suanpaak Boutique Hotel & Service Apartment
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Save cash on an airport transfer when you book a room or serviced apartment at this elegant property – it’s just seven speedy minutes’ walk from Chiang Mai Airport. Built round a large pool shaded by palm trees, apartments are furnished in wood and traditional décor and also come with a microwave oven, cooker, fridge, kettle and washing machine. Plus, Wat Phra Singh and the unmissable Sunday Walking Street are only a 15-minute drive away.

2. Kantary Hills Hotel and Serviced Apartments

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Kantary Hills Hotel and Serviced Apartments
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There’s no need to skimp on luxury just because you prefer the space of an apartment to a hotel room. These stylish studios, one- and two-bedroom suites all come with contemporary interiors, spacious living areas and kitchenettes. If you’d rather someone else did the cooking, the property also has the Nimman Bar and Grill restaurant, renowned for its steaks and Friday “Carvery” night.

3. Nivas Chiang Mai


Nivas Chiang Mai
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Feel like a local in these furnished apartments on Huay Kaew Road, within walking distance of Chiang Mai University, Maya Shopping Centre and the cultural hub of the Old Town. The handy location, private balconies, 24-hour CCTV, security guard and kitchen make this a great option for a longer visit. There’s also free parking, a laundry room and outdoor swimming pool. If you would rather unwind in your own space, take in views of the Doi Suthep Mountain and Seven Fountains Garden from your own room.

4. The Odyssey Serviced Apartments


The Odyssey Serviced Apartments
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Families will love this 3-star hotel just over a mile from Kad Suan Kaew Shopping Centre. There is an outdoor swimming pool and pretty garden while children will be delighted by the kids’ TV channels, books and DVDs on offer. A buffet breakfast is available every morning but every room – including the generously-proportioned family suites –comes with a well-stocked kitchenette and dining areas to enjoy your own, home-cooked meals.

5. The Chiang Mai Oldtown Hotel

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The Chiang Mai Oldtown Hotel
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Stay close to Chiang Mai’s most important sites at this fantastically located hotel on Rachamankha Road. The 14th century Wat Muen Ngoen Kong temple is just five minutes’ walk away while the temples, markets and tiny lanes of the old city are also within walking distance. When you want to relax, the hotel offers a lounge stocked with refreshments and drinks, a spa and a 24-hour fitness centre and swimming pool; while the on-site bistro serves Thai and Italian dishes and a divine daily afternoon tea.

6. The Mirror Serviced Apartments


The Mirror Serviced Apartments
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There’s no chance of being bored at The Mirror. This development of 25 large apartments is located moments away from Nimman, Chiang Mai’s lively entertainment district packed with restaurants, galleries and boutiques. The old city with its moat is also just 800 metres away. The sleek modern apartments are perfect for longer stays, with kitchenettes, a separate living room and a 24-hour convenience store just downstairs.

7. Sakorn Residence & Hotel


Sakorn Residence & Hotel
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Choose a deluxe or executive suite at this serviced residence if you’re hoping for extra space. Both come with two bathrooms, a living room and kitchenette – perfect for your Chiang Mai home away from home. All guests also benefit from CCTV and security guard, a 24-hour front office, parking, small gym and outdoor swimming pool, plus a restaurant and coffee shop.

8. The Grand Napat Serviced Apartment

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The Grand Napat Serviced Apartment
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Close to downtown Chiang Mai, these 60 serviced apartments will impress with their chic hotel décor, bags of space and good communal facilities. There is an attractive swimming pool, laundry service, exercise room, conference room and restaurant, plus complimentary airport transfers and a free evening shuttle to the Night Bazaar. All rooms have private balconies, a DVD player and kitchen, while the largest three-bedroom family suites also have jacuzzi baths, walk in wardrobes and separate dining rooms.

9. Akyra Manor Chiang Mai

Hotel, Apartment

Akyra Manor Chiang Mai
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Want a hotel as sophisticated as its location? The Akyra Manor wows on both fronts, located among the galleries, boutiques and bars of Nimmanhaemin Soi 9, known locally as “coffee street” for its upmarket cafes. The all-suite five-star hotel matches the mood with a buzzing rooftop pool, modern art installations and designer touches including mirrored walls, Egyptian cotton sheets and spa-style bathrooms. Just ask and staff can arrange everything from private art classes to local market tours with the chef.

10. The Kannas Hotel & Serviced Apartment


The Kannas Hotel & Serviced Apartment
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It’s easy to settle in at The Kannas, and enjoy the luxury serviced apartments just a five-minute drive from Nimmanhaemin Road. The modern building comes with its own mini-mall for everything you could need including a 24/7 convenience store, pharmacy, live music bar and a range of restaurants. Apartments range from studio to two-bedroom spaces and all have a kitchenette, TV with international channels and plenty of storage space if you’re staying a while.

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