Photo: Oh the views.


Best views in town

90 Moo 1, Highway 1234 just east of town centre, Mae Salong T: (053) 765 271(099) 669 1966 


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Probably our favourite in the flashpacker to mid-range category, Osmanthus is a splendidly-placed, modern, mini-hotel which offers superb views and comfortable, agreeably decorated, good value rooms.

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Confusingly Osmanthus is also known as Baan Hom Muen Lee Boutique Hotel with the former name appearing above the door but the latter on their business cards though most locals we came across seemed to refer to it as Osmanthus—or even just Osman—which does roll easier off a Thai, as well as foreign, tongue. (Bear this in mind though if you’re looking for them on online booking sites.)

Smart offerings.

Smart offerings. Photo: Mark Ord

Also somewhat confusingly there are several establishments around town in a very similar style boasting the modern design, buffed cement walls, fridge-like air-con and chic decor that appeals to better-healed Thai weekenders. Hong Fu Boutique is a longish walk out of town, Vintage Hotel lacks the wonderful views while My Place is practically identikit to and a good alternative to Osman during busy periods. Both have exteriors finished in the ubiquitous Mae Salong reddish-ochre paint scheme.

Osmanthus is perched precariously at the side of the main street just past My Place as you’re heading away from the town centre and directly opposite the excellent Sweet Cafe. It actually consists of a clutch of buildings set around a small courtyard/carpark so reception and a narrow 4-storey room block are on the right while a second block to the left lies beyond their spacious tea-tasting shop and cafe. A third building, adjacent to the road and lacking the views, houses larger rooms primarily aimed at family groups.

Did we mention the views?

Did we mention the views? Photo: Mark Ord

The rooms are spacious and airy, with French doors looking onto vertiginous balconies providing stupendous views down the valley to the north and since they fill the width of the building, each one has a similarly amazing vista. Decor is a mix of—as you’d expect—slightly kitsch and sleek modern so think Chinese faux-silk bedspreads and dark furniture set again polished cement walls. They come equipped with fan and air-con units, fridges, TV, tea and coffee making facilities and a good WiFi connection. The friendly Osman staff members we met spoke reasonable English and all signs and information were bilingual. Supplements are appreciably restrained for high season and rates include breakfast served on the balcony of their spectacular tea shop.

Location is convenient with the market, 24-hour store and many cafes and restaurants are just a short walk away so, all things considered, Osman, Osmanthus, Hom Muen Lee Boutique or whatever it’s called, represents to our minds an all-round—and all-year-round—excellent deal.

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Walk-in rates at Osmanthus

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Standard single room
1,000 baht
1,200 baht
Superior double room
1,200 baht
1,500 baht
Family room
1,500 baht
2,000 baht
Fan-cooled. Add 300 baht for air-con
Room: Standard single room, low season: 1,000 baht, high season 1,200 baht. Notes: Fan-ccoled
Room: Superior double room, low season: 1,200 baht, high season 1,500 baht. Notes: Air-con
Room: Family room, low season: 1,500 baht, high season 2,000 baht. Notes: Fan-cooled. Add 300 baht for air-con

Where is Osmanthus

90 Moo 1, Highway 1234 just east of town centre, Mae Salong
T: (053) 765 271(099) 669 1966 
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º37'54.52" E, 20º9'54.71" N
Room rates: 600B to 1,500B

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