Chiang Mai is widely considered Thailand’s cultural capital and is home to numerous historic sights and outdoor activities. Inspired by the prevailing Lanna heritage, many hotels have incorporated the charming architecture into their concept and have created some architectural masterpieces. With the wide range of excellent places out there, it can be hard to choose. Culture Trip has compiled a list of our favorite hotels in Chiang Mai to book.
Located in the central Chang Khlan Road, the Amata Lanna Hotel consists of traditional buildings made of teak wood, demonstrating the natural charm and casual elegance of Lanna architecture. Within its intimate and tranquil setting, visitors can seek refuge within the cozy rooms and the confines of the elegant hotel area, featuring a dazzling pool and decks for sunbathing. Additionally, this place offers a number of relaxing treatments from Thai massage to aroma-therapy, allowing you to forget about all your worries and completely immerse yourself in the dazzling Lanna culture. Pay Amata Lanna a visit and make the most of being within walking distance of the main sights.
Located outside the walls of the city center, the Dhara Devi Hotel feels more like a small village than a hotel. The luxury resort was designed as a self-contained ancient city, offering breathtaking architecture and scenery. Visitors can take their pick from two-story villas, colonial-style suits or signature residences, set up much like palaces. Aside from its magnificent rooms, the Dhara Devi is home to some of the city’s best restaurants. The most notable is Falang Sed, meaning French in Thai, which provides an unforgettable dining experience. Dhara Devi can hardly be described in words and has to be seen to be believed. Feel like a member of the Thai royalty when wandering around the extensive garden areas.
Rachamankha opened in 2004 and is situated right next to the famous Wat Phra Singh, one of Chiang Mai’s most notable temples. Visitors pass through a scenic colonnaded courtyard and find themselves in a tranquil atmosphere, in a space which has retained a sense of simplicity. The architecture was inspired by the Lanna period (both its building techniques and design heritage) and the layout of the building is inspired by Chinese medieval courtyard homes. Khun Ongard Satrabhandhu is the architect of Rachamankha and also a recognized National Artist Of Thailand for his architectural work. The rooms offer simple designs and unite elements from all around the world. Khun Ongard works alongside Khun Rooj Changtrakul who is the hotel’s interior designer and landscaper as well as the Managing Director. One of the most noteworthy features of Rachamankha is its outstanding library, which is home to over 2000 books of a wide variety of genres. Rachamankha sees many of its visitors return, which comes as no surprise as it is not difficult to fall for its charms.
With views over the scenic Mae Ping River, Sala Lanna counts among Chiang Mai’s most dazzling boutique hotels. The Sala Lanna operates several hotels over Thailand, all designed uniquely and offering the highest standards of service. The magnificent Sala Lanna combines minimalistic elements with the charms of Thai architecture. A rooftop pool and a cocktail bar make for a truly relaxing experience, and their wide range of wines even attracts visitors who are not guests in the hotel. Their two restaurants offer Thai dishes with authentic flavors. Sala Lanna provides the best of both worlds with its tranquil atmosphere and easy access to the busy city center and the bars and restaurants of the river front.
Chiang Mai boasts a number of architecturally stunning hotels and few are as magnificent as the Puripunn Baby Grand Hotel, situated in a heritage zone and surrounded by the city’s greatest concentration of antique wooden buildings. The hotel’s style follows the Oriental Lanna tradition, reflecting the rich history of the Northern parts of Thailand. The elegant hotel features 30 sophisticated rooms, offering a personalized experience only minutes away from the top sights and the old city center.
Retaining a tasteful balance between the elegance of former times and modern elements, the structure of the 137 Pillars House dates back to 1889. With its magical setting close to the heart of the city, visitors will have a hard time leaving the place. Shrouded in jungle-like gardens with dark wooden houses, this place has truly managed to capture the essence of the Lanna culture. The home-style residences offer all sorts of comforts and the spacious rooms have been decorated with colourful themes. This is not only one of Chiang Mai’s best places to stay, but one of the best in the country.
The Lanna style prevails in this elegant hotel, which is spread out over a vast area and features some charming gardens. Situated in the middle of a natural habitat, Siripanna Villa has a special charm. This five-star hotel features a spa and a quality restaurant serving the finest local dishes. It offers all the amenities customers could wish for and its rooms are some of the most elegant and comfortable in the city. As in most Lanna-style architecture, wooden accents are the most noteworthy feature, including paneled walls and heavy furniture. Few places have managed to achieve such splendor.
Located just outside the walls of Chiang Mai’s old city, Rimping Village offers the perfect retreat from the bustling streets but still remains within walking distance from attractions. Rimping Village follows the trend of incorporating authentic, local elements with a modern touch, reflecting the cultural heritage and lifestyle of the city. 24 rooms have been set up in classic design with white linen beds and dark wooden features. The spacious pool allows visitors to cool off on overly hot days or relax after hours of sightseeing. However the most outstanding feature of Rimping Village is its attentive and excellent service that takes even Thai standards of friendliness to a whole new level. Do not hesitate to ask the staff for recommendations: they will help you discover some of the best places in town.
The Ping Nakara Boutique Hotel & Spa is one of the most popular choices among visitors of Chiang Mai. Built in colonial style, this place stands as a symbol of a bygone era, with its so-called gingerbread architecture and spotless white exterior. The hotel prides itself in its professional and unobtrusive service, offering a tranquil atmosphere to travelers. Next to a scenic pool, the hotel features a well-stocked library making it the ideal place to retreat and enjoy the calm. Moreover, it is located at a short distance from Chiang Mai’s city centre.Ping Nakara is an all-time favorite and continues to be considered among the top hotels in the city.
Tucked away in Chiang Mai’s city centre lies Mo Rooms, one of the most sensational places to spend the night whe you will have a truly unique experience. This charming boutique hotel offers only 12 rooms, which draw inspiration from the Chinese calendar. Each room is completely different from the rest, with the monkey room featuring a cradle bed hovering above the ground, while visitors will rest on the floor in the rat room. Additionally, this place features a sumptuous restaurant, a library and a scenic balcony where guests can enjoy well-seasoned international and Thai dishes, as well as some of the best cocktails in town. Mo Rooms is arguably one of the most artistic and inspirational places to stay in Thailand.