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Chiang Mai offers travelers a myriad of choices when it comes to accommodation options.
Like most places in Thailand a visitor in Chiang Mai can live in abject luxury, or spend as little as two dollars a night for a simple bunk in a small guest house. And everything in between, of course. The trick is to find the right accommodation in Chiang Mai to suit your budget. This could prove to be a bit harder than it sounds, simply due to the overwhelming amount of accommodations found in Chiang Mai. Don’t believe us? Pop open your browser and type in “Chiang Mai accommodations” and see what happens, haha.
We spent over two weeks in Chiang Mai recently, and stayed in or visited many different hotels to get an idea of what they were offering. We picked three of our favorites based on price range. Each accommodation in Chiang Mai is rated on price, cleanliness, decor, comfort, friendliness of staff, and ambiance.
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Best Hotel in Chiang Mai: High End – Rachamankha Hotel
Rachamankha Hotel is situated in Chiang Mai’s Historic Old Town on an unassuming and quiet street. The hotel, which was designed by father and son team is inspired by eleventh century Chinese dwellings and Lanna Style design. From the moment you enter the grounds of Rachamankha, which feel more like a luxury home than hotel, you are struck by the peace and tranquility of the property. The hotel is constructed of a series of open courtyards and blind corners provides maximum privacy from the outside world.
Sporting a large calm pool, old style library, and an exceptional restaurant it’s possible to not leave Rachamanka for an entire day and not feel bad about it. The wood paneled library features over 2,000 books and is a great place to read or get some work done while sipping on complementary cognac.
The hotel’s staff is friendly, helpful, and quick to smile. Every room is unique in style and decoration, but all have the most comfortable mattresses we encountered in our two months in Thailand.
What makes Rachamankha special is the fact that you are actually staying in someone’s home. The father/son team, who are the architect and interior designer, actually live on the grounds of the hotel and it is evident by the fact that their vast collection of original artwork and antiques from all over Asia decorate every room and public space of the hotel. This is not a run of the mill resort, but a well planned and thought out luxury retreat from the usual hustle and bustle of Thailand’s second largest city.
If you want to pamper yourself a bit or are not traveling on a strict budget we highly recommend Rachamanka as one of the best luxury hotels in Chiang Mai.
- High Season from 9,728 Baht – 23,000 Baht
- Low Season starting at 8,151 Baht and from time to time they run promotions for 40% off their starting rate
Best Flashpacker Hostel in Chiang Mai: Mid-Range – So Hostel
While So Hostel has very affordable bunk-bed dorms for backpackers and budget travelers in Chiang Mai, we are reviewing its mid-range private room option. Rooms are large, comfortable, and clean and all are equipped with air-con, a mini fridge, and a flat screen tv. The cleaning staff resupplies each guest with a bottle of water a day, fresh towels, and is generally very attentive.
So Hostel also has a large modern kitchen on its ground floor, a comfy set of couches on the second floor in a cool common area, and fast WiFi throughout the building.
Recommended for flashpackers and backpackers in Chaing Mai who are looking for a private room in the 800-1,200 Baht range.
Best Budget Hotel in Chiang Mai – BB House
This newly opened hotel/vegetarian restaurant is run with obvious relish and zest. We happened to stumble upon this gem while looking for budget accommodation and were its first guests. The staff treated us like family, and helped nurse us back to health after a nasty bout of food poisoning.
BB House features small rooms with air-con and bunk beds, which all have new soft mattresses. While the private rooms are small they don’t feel cramped, and each has a small desk for the working traveler. The owner is passionate about having the cleanest guesthouse in the neighborhood and that certainly shows. Extremely affordable, with the bonus of having a yummy vegetarian restaurant in the lobby.
BB House is recommended for backpackers and budget travelers in Chiang Mai who are looking for affordable, modern. and quite accommodation options.
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