Classy Lanna-style boutique pick
There is a lot of competition in the Lanna-style four-star hotel category in Chiang Mai, but low-key, unassuming Rim Resort gets our vote.
Low-season discounts and online booking rates make the rooms good value for money and we liked the relatively small size of the classy resort, which conjures a friendly, intimate atmosphere. The attention to detail here is perhaps lacking in some of the larger resorts.
Rim Resort Chiangmai offers 36 rooms spread between three principal buildings named after local flowers, Chaba, Monta and Dahla. There was clearly only limited space available to the architect and the stairs, corridors and various blocks can get slightly confusing but any cramped feel is dispelled by plenty of gardens and they’ve managed to find room for an attractive and decently sized swimming pool.
In front is the reception and lobby, located in a renovated old teak villa while to the left, facing the street, is their bar and restaurant. The pleasantly laid out and decorated restaurant is called The Canal (although it faces the moat), and serves Thai and north Thai specialities as well as having an extensive cocktail and wine list.
Interiors of the rooms are a mixture of modern and Lanna styles—too much old varnished wood can get gloomy—and are bright, spacious and uncluttered. Furnishings are, as you’d expect, high quality and rooms are well-appointed. All come with balconies—some garden and others pool view—and deluxe options are correspondingly larger for the price. There’s also a top floor junior suite, which sleeps four people.
WiFi seemed efficient, breakfast is included and additional extras include a free full minibar, a bottle of wine on check-in and return airport transfers. Staff were friendly and helpful without being obsequious as they sometimes can be in this kind of place.
Finally, the location towards the southwest corner of the inner moat road is satisfactory as it's within walking distance of most of Chiang Mai’s primary sights.
Address: 51/2 Arak Rd, Phra Singh
T: (053) 903 999; F: (053) 903 998
Coordinates (for GPS): 98º58'41.43" E, 18º47'11.76" N
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Room rates: 1,500B to 4,000B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Superior double room||4,000 baht||6,000 baht|
|Deluxe double room||5,300 baht||7,600 baht|
|Deluxe Suite||11,800 baht||16,800 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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