Julie Guest House
Guesthouse with a capital 'G'
What we say:
The archetypal guesthouse! If you looked up Thailand/backpacker/guesthouse in Wikipedia you'd probably see a photo of Julie GH, and if you wondered what Khao San looked like 20 years ago, check this place out. Tucked away off the southern end of Phrapokklao Road, Julie Guesthouse has a pleasant garden/sitting area with a pool table and plenty of space to relax -- the garden area also acts as a restaurant and travel agent. Very popular year-round with the traveller crowd, you might feel a little out of place at Julie's if you don't have dreadlocks and fisherman pants, but all are welcomed equally, regardless of fashion sense (or lack thereof). The older rooms are basic but clean, while a new building has been added with larger, cleaner and better decorated rooms. These new rooms are a far better option and well worth the extra baht. Overall Julie Guesthouse isn't a bad choice if you're on a tight budget and as a bonus, the surrounding lanes have cafes, shops and laundry services with prices much lower than elsewhere in Chiang Mai.
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Contact details:7/1 Soi 5 Phrapokklao Rd. T: (053) 274 355, (053) 206 780
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What we were quoted
|Type of room||Low season||High season||Notes|
|Dorm Fan||80 baht||80 baht|
|Sgl fan private b'room||160 baht||180 baht||Add 40 baht for upstairs|
|Dbl fan private b'room||180 baht||200 baht||Add 40 baht for upstairs|
|Standard - Double||250 baht||300 baht|
|Sgl fan share b'room||100 baht||150 baht|
|Dbl fan share b'room||160 baht||180 baht|
|Superior - Double||300 baht||300 baht||350 baht for upstairs|
Added to Travelfish on: 13th January, 2004
Last visited or updated on: 24th September, 2013
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Rated 3.5 out of 5
Based on 21 ratings and 21 reviews
ok place. room ok . loads of party people hanging out in he front. more quiet in the backyard.
Julie Guest House reviewed by trineeugenia (Total reviews: 22) on
Very Very Busy - Book ahead
Cheap and cheerful backpacker place who can arrange anything and everything for you. Expect hundreds of loud english girls, plenty of Jack Johnson and banana pancakes. Very popular, even in low season. We had to move to another guesthouse as they were booked up after we stayed a couple of nights. Can be a bit noisy at night. Rooms pretty dingy and basic but cheap. Food Ok, staff very very helpful. Would recommend.
Julie Guest House reviewed by nathandjen (Total reviews: 6) on
busy andf still friendly
Great front area to meet people. Small room, but sufficient and cheerfully colored. And a very friendly staff. They advised us to bring the remnants of all our self-cooked meals from the cooking course 'home', so they could put it in their fridge to heat it up for us in the evening. Good service!
Julie Guest House reviewed by idriss (Total reviews: 7) on
cheap and great for meeting people
This was the cheapest place in my 3 month trip to Thailand, THB70 for a bed in a dorm. I stayed one night only because they were fully booked. Good location, great for meeting other travellers. Only 2 beds in the dorm. A bit noisy at night.
Julie Guest House reviewed by nathantraveler (Total reviews: 25) on
Great place, easy to meet other travellers!!! Dorm rooms and also private rooms for good prices. Awesome rooftop terrace. But: always full... Could not make reservations when I was there, so just hope and be lucky...
Julie Guest House reviewed by brenda1980 (Total reviews: 4) on
Lonely Planet ****
Actually Julies GH is a quiet nice place. We had a decent room and enjoyed the two days we stayed there- beside the typical LP-Groupies, e.g. 14 Year old girls, pseudo-techno-Hippies, Macho-Che-Guevara-Beach-Boys and so on...(you just have to admit that). But suddenly they told us we have to go out of our room, although we booked for 2 more nights. They told us we were Liars, treated us VERY unfriendly, just as the last **** on earth and told us they had enough reservations anyway, so they didn't care about us at all.... We are very disappointed and angry\, we would recommend to stay at another place. Nobody treated us as bad as the people of Julies in 6 month SE-Asia!!! Now we stay at BeeBees, which is not as comfortable but we are treated with respect and freandliness.
Julie Guest House reviewed by maxpayne (Total reviews: 2) on
Cheap, decent value
I made a reservation here a few days in advance; arrived to find out that I could stay for a night, but then a trekking group was coming back, so I was going to get booted. So much for reservations! Had a single room with hot-water shower for 160B, which was cheap and decent, though with dodgy plumbing. Staff wasn't super-friendly and the place is a bit rickety, but it's fine for backpackers who want to meet people. This place tends to get glowing recommendations from people; it's OK, and there are some good chill-out areas, but the facilities and service really aren't all that great.
Julie Guest House reviewed by rheannab (Total reviews: 12) on
Diverse, fun, and busy!
I stayed here for about 4 nights and I really liked the place. They have an honor system with the beer where you write down what you've taken from the cooler in a book with your room # on it. I booked a cooking class through them and had a great time, however, their massage place around the corner was the worst massage I'd had in Thailand. They had some 16 year old girl who looked bored and pissed and gave a terrible foot massage. There's cheap laundry nearby and internet. Within walking distance of the night bazaar and some other good hangouts. I got an air con room which was clean and inexpensive. The staff is extremely busy, and to those who were surprised when they received a cold reception after booking a tour elsewhere...well, welcome to Thailand. That's pretty much the norm. Don't s**t where you eat (or sleep). The food was quite good, and the common area was a wonderful place to hang out and meet interesting people from all over the world. Make sure to add something to one of the several volumes of ''journal books'' that have had drawings, poems, and other interesting additions by previous guests! The staff, while very busy, were quite helpful in assisting with changing a flight through their travel agent, and even corrected a mistake efficiently and without extra charge. Overall, I really recommend the place. Probably the best place I stayed in Thailand.
Julie Guest House reviewed by omnithought (Total reviews: 3) on
Loved the vibe and staff really nice. Great hangout areas. Stayed in 2 rooms and happy with both. Atmosphere really was great. Would stay again definitely. No booking though makes it hard as it is very popular and full most of the time. First in first served for rooms though they do try to move you around so that you can stay longer. Some rooms better than others, but all clean. Rooster next door is the only downside - 3 am 4am and then from about 6m onwards!
Julie Guest House reviewed by celianz (Total reviews: 11) on
Great place to meet up
The rooms are very simple, but also pretty cheap (we stayed in a triple with hot shower for 70 baht each), but the lounge areas are the best part. The restaurant serves decent food, and you can grab your own beers from the fridge, they have plenty of space, usually play some decent music, and there is a pool table. There's also a roof-top area to hang out (with a great view of Doi Suthep). We met a ton of cool people here, and had a great time together.
Julie Guest House reviewed by chadmoone (Total reviews: 5) on
Pretty cool place
I agree with most of the comments below, that the hangout areas are the highlight of Julie's--the rooms are just OK, but certainly not bad for the price (we paid 240 baht for a pretty big double with ensuite hot shower). The food is decent, and the location's good, too--cheap laundry and internet down the alley, and an awesome massage place (touted on Julie's web site) just around the corner.
Julie Guest House reviewed by planetclare (Total reviews: 4) on
I reservated by internet at this guesthouse after visiting their beautiful website. It seemed very good on the photos. What a disappointment! When you arrive you think you're in some kind of old garage! The rooms are old, the sheets even more and smell awfull. The toilets don't fonction right so you must put your basket with used toiletpaper in front of your door... Staff is friendly though. Maybe it is a good stay for 18 year old backpackers, but not for a family with children!!!
Julie Guest House reviewed by petrouschka (Total reviews: 5) on
Not only does it have a great area to relax in after a busy day but the staff at Julie's were fabulous at organizing everything from trekking trips to cooking classes. We have been travelling for 2 months and this was definitely the best place we've stayed in.
Julie Guest House reviewed by AmandaJordan (Total reviews: 3) on
I stayed at Julie Guesthouse for four nights. Don't expect great rooms but at least no cockroaches or rats. I was disappointed to find out later that for 40B more you could get a better room. I asked for the best when reserving but was given a tiny place. I moved to a better one the last night. Too long waiting for the food, but there's a nice patio and great Thai massages. Recommended.
Julie Guest House reviewed by traveljournos (Total reviews: 4) on
great place if you can stand the smell
This place is one of the friendliest and comfortable I have stayed at anywhere in Thailand. the rooms are small and definitely not fancy, but they are comfortable and interesting. The common area and gardens are also very comfortable and pretty. The staff was very friendly and helpful and the 'serve-yourself' policy at the restaraunt and beer fridge is a nice change from the constant expectation of service one gets accustomed to in this country. Only drawback to this one is the ever-present smell of open sewer in the fron entrance and in the older rooms.
Julie Guest House reviewed by teknotribes (Total reviews: 4) on
Cute place, low-key vibe
Stayed 1 night. Great rooms, nice decor. Back patio was total zen, especially at night with all the candles lit. Food was good, have pool table, music plays in the main area. Helpful staff, no internet. GREAT massage place out on main street and to left. Get the Thai Herbal massage. It was the best ever!
Julie Guest House reviewed by Averydka (Total reviews: 5) on
Any idea if they provide free airport pick-up?Read in travel guides that they do provide. Do they have a kitchen or at least a pantry for drinkable hot water?
Julie Guest House reviewed by DShan (Total reviews: 3) on
Apalling service but cheap, sociable and central
Don't come here if you want friendly staff or good service. I checked into a dorm on the promise that a single would be available the following day. It wasn't. So not only was i misinformed but, knowing that i was waiting for a single, a guy who checked into the dorm room AFTER me was given the next single that became available instead of me) However on the plus side, this place is incredibly cheap, really central (though, just off the main drag) and the garden/chill out area/bar/restaurant is a fantastic place to meet people.
Julie Guest House reviewed by kiara (Total reviews: 4) on
Cool but hot
We got a room here at the end of July and just couldn't make it without a/c. Nothing to do with Julie, just Chiang Mai in general; however, the ambiance is killer- we paid for two rooms (one at Raming Lodge with a/c and one here) just to be able to hang out at Julie because it was such a cool place to be.
Julie Guest House reviewed by vkbobo (Total reviews: 7) on
This is a wonderful little guesthouse. The location is fantastic (walking distance to everything and on a quiet little soi near shops and restaurants), the staff are friendly and very helpful, and the common area/restaurant is charming with strings of lights and areas for chatting, eating, and reading. Wonderful!
Julie Guest House reviewed by elb3 (Total reviews: 4) on
A good one
Have stayed here a few times over the years - pretty good value and friendly. Easy walking distance to Tha Phae etc.
Julie Guest House reviewed by joebloom (Total reviews: 3) on
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