Review: Holiday Inn Chiangmai Hotel
Hotel: Holiday Inn Chiangmai Hotel
Date: May 3rd-5th, 2016
Room: Superior King Suite with River View
Arriving in this hotel we immediately felt out of place. This is a 4 star hotel and we rocked up with backpacks, hangovers and sweaty bodies. Only to be greeted by men in suits and those guys who take your luggage for you. Some really, really strange looks were thrown our way and we knew we had come to the wrong place but we couldn’t resist a few nights of luxury. The hotel was stunning. There were marble floors and gorgeous wooden reception desks. The waiting area had a sofa and there were stalls and stores offering goodies in the lobby.
It took quite some time to check in which became frustrating. The same happened on check out. The rooms were gorgeous and each one boasted amazing views of Chiang Mai. Our room looked out on to the river and right across to the Old City. Everything was clean and we were provided with more than we could have ever asked for.
The hotel was located outside of the centre of Chiang Mai. It was still really close to the Old City through and we managed to get there no problem. There were a few nice places to eat nearby, but a lot of them had no English menus and spoke no English. We still managed to get some amazing food, at amazing prices though. A couple of Tuk Tuk drivers sit outside so its easy enough to go places.
Sleep was a bit problem for me here. The air-con was super noisy and I just felt unsettled. The room and bed were amazing. Both were comfortable and enjoyable and we even had a sofa incase I got too uncomfortable on the bed.
A lot of the people staying at the Holiday Inn Chiangmai Hotel were business type people. There were a bunch of Chinese businessmen who had come down from the North and were being carted back up without enjoying the city. Overall this was not a backpacker hotel, but we really liked it. We found a lot of people came to enjoy the spa and massages too.
My favourite part
The pool here was awesome. It was halfway up the building, outside, so it offered a great way to see the city. The views were spectacular and the sun was on the pool and loungers which was great.
My least favourite part
Unfortunately the staff here made us feel really out of place. They told us we had to pay a deposit and then randomly doubled the cost of the deposit after already confirming it. It made us feel like criminals and we were worried it might be a scam but we did manage to get it all back.