Popular upmarket chain hotel
Ignore the Anantara’s austere and charmless exterior, as the interior setting is spacious and well laid out, while the rooms themselves are excellent.
If you are aiming for the higher end but want to be in town, there’s not really much choice, especially in this garden style, and we reckon the Anantara’s great riverside setting beats the concrete high-rise blocks around the night bazaar. The site was the location of the old governor’s residence and the splendid old mansion now functions as the hotel restaurant, and rather sadly is no longer visible from the road. It has been splendidly restored though, which begs the question as to why the new hotel buildings weren't constructed in a similar theme instead of the bland modernist style they decided on?
Spacious and immaculate lawns surround the old residence and large swimming pool, separating the accommodation blocks and stretching down to the river. Room interiors we feel are the best feature. Beautifully decorated with lots of not too dark, varnished wood they’re spacious and come with super comfortable private balconies.
Rooms are open-plan including bathrooms—another slightly odd feature—with the bathtub separating the shower and washbasin area from the sleeping section. So you could lie in the bath and look out across the lawn or have a chat to your partner who’s lying in bed watching a movie. For the shy we did notice some folding wooden partitions.
Lovely wooden furnishings, understated Lanna decor flourishes and all the facilities you’d expect at this price top off the rooms. One two-storey block faces the river and the remainder look out over the garden. Suites are not huge and also come in river or garden view varieties.
When we checked there were some very good online deals available, in which case treat yourselves if you want a splurge. We certainly wouldn’t pay the published walk-in rates when 137 Pillars is a five-minute drive away. The Anantara Chiang Mai is very sleek, modern and smart—there’s barely a blade of grass out of place—just don’t go expecting lush tropical gardens and an abundance of Lanna ambience.
Address: 123/1 Charoen Prathet Rd, Chang Klan
T: (053) 253 333; F: (053) 253 352
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º0'12.7" E, 18º46'54.96" N
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Room rates: over 8,000B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
River view room
|8,235 baht||10,080 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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