Cute and thoughtful
7 Nimmanhemin Soi 5, Suthep, Chiang Mai T: (053) 217 768
We’ve covered eateries in Chiang Mai’s chic Nimmanhemin district so now it’s time for a few suggestions on places to stay in this upcoming area of town. Our first pick: cute, garden-set Bunthomstan Guesthouse, which offers tasteful rooms at a reasonable price.
We’ve heard that a boutique hotel is supposed to be one where each room is individually decorated. It’s now an important, over-used marketing catchphrase and is applied to any relatively small, supposedly tastefully decorated hotel. Bunthomstan fits the bill perfectly, even though they are among the few hotels in Chiang Mai that haven’t added the term to their name. Yes, it’s very cute!
The guesthouse is set in a manicured garden on Soi 5, one of the quieter lanes off the main drag, yet within a stone’s throw of the foodie and designer beer enclave that is Nimmanhemin. There’s a very pleasant communal seating area downstairs and, while breakfast is not provided, all day free tea and coffee is on offer.
The guesthouse is a converted old teak building, a rarity these days in this part of town, with a grand total of nine rooms on offer. Rooms are spotless and tasteful, without being over the top, and for the quality on offer are very reasonably priced — 1,000/1,200 baht, small/large. The size means that it may be a problem getting in during high season, but it’s definitely worth a try, especially as there’s no supplement during this busier time.
Yes, Nimmanhemin is much more expat than tourist territory, but for anyone living around here with a visit from a friend or relative who doesn’t want to sleep on the sofa in the pipeline, this would be perfect.
As mentioned all the fancy eateries covering traditional Thai, Thai nouvelle cuisine and hybrid offerings plus a few Western options are close at hand as are the trendy outdoor beer bars, many of which, such as Soi 9?s famous Monkey Club, have live music. It is also very convenient for the numerous tourist sites in the western part of town: Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai zoo, Wat Jet Yot, Wat Umong and so on. There’s plenty to keep you occupied in the surrounds for a few days without even needing to venture into the centre of town.
By Mark Ord
Last updated on 24th September, 2013.