Photo: Alter a hard day temple-hopping.

Anantara, Chiang Mai Resort and Spa

Popular upmarket chain hotel

123/1 Charoen Prathet Rd, Chang Klan T: (053) 253 333 F: (053) 253 352

Anantara, Chiang Mai Resort and Spa

Our rating:
3.5 stars, based on 1 expert review

Ignore the Anantara’s austere and charmless exterior, the interior setting is spacious and well laid out—if still a bit austere—while the rooms themselves are excellent.

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If you are aiming for the higher end but want to be in town there’s not really much choice anyway, 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 for the old governor’s residence and the splendid old mansion is now condemned to function as the hotel restaurant and rather sadly is no longer visible from the road. It has been splendidly restored though which begs the question why weren’t the new hotel buildings constructed in a similar theme instead of the bland modernist style they decided on.

Roll out of bed and into the tub (well, almost).

Roll out of bed and into the tub (well, almost). Photo: Mark Ord

Spacious and immaculate lawns surround the old residence, the large swimming pool, separate the accommodation blocks and stretch down to the river. Room interiors we felt were 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 though we did notice some folding wooden partitions.

View from a deluxe room.

View from a deluxe room. Photo: Mark Ord

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 surprisingly huge and also come in river or garden view varieties.

As we said, when we checked, some very good online deals were available in which case treat yourselves if you want a splurge but we certainly wouldn’t pay the published walk-in rates when 137 Pillars is a five minute drive away. 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.

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Last updated on 13th July, 2017.

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Anantara, Chiang Mai Resort and Spa

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
Room rates: over 8,000B

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