Excellent flashpacker to midrange pick
This cosy and friendly lodge set amid lush tropical plants on a quiet lane to the west side of the Old City is one of Chiang Mai’s best deals in the flashpacker to midrange category.
We first visited several years ago not long after they’d opened, when the garden was still a work in progress. It has since developed into a lush tropical setting and along with the small but cute, irregularly shaped pool creates a real oasis. Just 20 rooms plus friendly staff and management adds to the cosy, intimate atmosphere as well.
The location is an interesting one, off Arak—the western moat road—so inside the Old City walls, but in a quiet area away from the main concentration of accommodation and cafes. Most of the principal downtown sites are still within walking distance and you shouldn’t have too much noise to contend with.
Out front is their coffee shop and restaurant serving some locally sourced coffee and very good included organic breakfasts, including even house-made yoghurts. Beyond this are two floors of superior rooms with a lime green colouring, and a separate block to the rear containing deluxe and family rooms.
Of the superior rooms, the upper ones are inevitably brighter though downstairs ones do look directly into the delightful garden. Deluxe are larger with more attention to decor while the family rooms are connecting double rooms so, for a family of four, you’d pay for two rooms.
Interiors are simple, bright and clean with good-sized beds, TV, free tea and coffee, fridge, WiFi and of course air-con and ensuite bathrooms. Downstairs from the deluxe rooms is a small but reasonably equipped gym.
The Twenty Lodge is an all-round spot-on midrange choice.
Address: 8/3 Singharat Rd, Soi 3, Sri Phum
T: (053) 326 233; F: (053) 326 232
Coordinates (for GPS): 98º58'47.04" E, 18º47'34.31" N
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Room rates: 1,500B to 4,000B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Superior double room||1,400 baht||2,000 baht|
|Deluxe double room||1,900 baht||2,500 baht|
|Family room||2,000 baht||2,500 baht|
Based in Chiang Mai, Mark Ord has been travelling Southeast Asia for over two decades and first crossed paths with Travelfish on Ko Lipe in the early 1990s.
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