The Best Boutique Hotels in Chiang Mai

Dhara Dhevi, Chiang Mai |© Leo Li / Flickr
Dhara Dhevi, Chiang Mai |© Leo Li / Flickr
Chiang Mai is known to be Thailand’s cultural capital and offers visitors boundless attractions and activities to explore. Chiang Mai also has an array of stunningly beautiful boutique hotels which have been inspired by Chiang Mai’s Lanna heritage as well as contemporary influences of local artists. If you are looking for a luxurious palatial hideaway, a quirky artistic-themed abode, or everything in between, you’ve come to just the right place! We’ve put together our favorite boutique hotels in Chiang Mai for you to check out.

Tamarind Village Hotel

Boutique Hotel
The Tamarind Village
The Tamarind Village | © Peace May Come To You/Flickr

The Tamarind Village is named from the ancient Tamarind tree, a beautiful courtyard forms the heart of this stunning retreat. There are 45 tastefully decorated guest rooms with beautiful Lanna style accents. The Tamarind Village offers exquisite dining, lounging and relaxing options in a lush, green setting. Located in the centre of the old town, this luxurious getaway is also the perfect jumping point for sightseeing.

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De Lanna Hotel

Boutique Hotel
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De Lanna Hotel | © Courtesy of De Lanna Hotel

Something which isn’t achieved by all Chiang Mai hotels is combining ornate Lanna-style beauty with modern comfort and efficiency, but De Lanna Hotel provides just that. Traditional artworks are proudly on show, and contemporary amenities have been appropriately fused into the hotel’s everyday workings. The large balconies and 62 spacious rooms feature wooden furniture, the bathrooms are sleek and the showers powerful. The stunning garden and pool area along with the warm but unobtrusive service make this place worthy of the awards and praise it has received.

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City, Arty, Traditional, Boutique, Design

137 Pillars House

Boutique Hotel, Hotel
137 Pillars House
137 Pillars House | © Roderick Eime/Flickr

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.

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Bodhi Serene

Hotel, Boutique Hotel

Put quite simply, this is an all-round hotel that allows you to relax to the full whilst simultaneously offering exciting amenities. Located right in the centre of Chiang Mai, this place has a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere. Relax in one of the two outdoor pools to cool off from the heat or dine on delicious meals at the onsite restaurant. The 38 rooms are spacious and most have attractive balconies.

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The Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai

Boutique Hotel, Resort, Hotel
The Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai
The Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai | Courtesy of The Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai / Hotels.com

The Dhara Dhevi is one of Chiang Mai’s most stunning boutique hotels set on abundant grounds. Located on the outskirts of the city, the Dhara Devi Hotel feels more like a small Lanna style 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 suites 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.

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Mo Rooms

Hotel, Boutique Hotel
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Mo Rooms | © Courtesy of Mo Rooms

Tucked away in Chiang Mai’s city centre lies Mo Rooms, one of the most artistic and unique places to stay in Chaing Mai. This charming and quirky boutique hotel offers only 12 rooms, which draw inspiration from the Chinese calendar. Additionally, this place features a library, a scenic balcony and a sumptuous restaurant, where guests can enjoy well-seasoned international and Thai dishes, as well as some of the best cocktails in town.

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City, Boutique, Unusual, Arty, Design, Stylish, Cosy, Quirky

Ping Nakara Boutique Hotel & Spa

Boutique Hotel
Ping Nakara Boutique Hotel & Spa
Ping Nakara Boutique Hotel & Spa | © LWYang/Flickr

The Ping Nakara Boutique Hotel & Spa is located close to the Night Bazaar and 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 travellers. Next, to a scenic pool, the hotel features a well-stocked library making it the ideal place to retreat and enjoy the calm. The Nakara Spa offers out-of-this-world spa treatments to soothe mind, body and soul. Ping Nakara is an all-time favourite and continues to be considered among the top hotels in the city.

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