Good mid-range choice with pool
The Mae Hong Son Mountain Inn and Resort is a mid-sized and mid-range option with efficient English speaking staff, a heavy emphasis on decor and reasonably priced rooms.
Pros are a delightful garden courtyard to the rear, decent-sized pool and well-appointed rooms while cons are a somewhat out of centre location and, when we visited in rainy season at least, slightly musty interiors. Still with reduced occupancy, lots of vegetation and daily showers that’s a bit inevitable at that time of year and certainly nothing a good airing wouldn’t cure.
The hotel is on the continuation of Khunlumprapas Road as it exits town to the south so not as convenient as Baiyoke or Ngamta but a 10-minute walk brings you to the lake and town centre. There is a very heavy emphasis on decoration here with most being of the Lanna or Shan variety beginning with the elaborate tiered roof above the main entrance. This opens onto the reception with its varnished teak floor, murals and wall hangings beyond which a doorway leads into a central courtyard around which are two-storey room blocks.
The cute courtyard contains some mature trees draped with ferns and orchids and is separated from the room balconies by a series of shallow fish ponds. Scarlet painted garden furniture, some bright yellow walls and intricately carved wooden balustrades and balcony partitions create a bit of a visual onslaught but 10 out of 10 for effort. Behind the courtyard seating area is a kidney-shaped swimming pool, again surrounded by plenty of vegetation a lawn and a straw-roofed sala.
Room interiors are thankfully more restrained with just a couple of wall hangings breaking up the white walls and a mixture of cane and wood furniture on a dark parquet floor. The ground floor room we checked with pond and plants right outside did have that musty tinge though upper floor rooms are brighter and airier.
Rooms are well-appointed with cable TV, WiFi, tea and coffee and fridges and all come with hot water ensuite bathrooms and air-con. Deluxe versions are slightly larger and you get a bathtub as well for your extra 200 baht. There’s an inclusive buffet breakfast so all things considered, if you don’t mind a short walk to the town centre, the Mountain Inn is a fine deal.
This is the group tour address of choice in Mae Hong Son, so in high season book in advance and booking through an online agent should produce decent discounts as well.
Address: 112/2 Khunlumprapas Rd, Jong Kham
T: (053) 611 8023-3; (053) 612 285; (086) 429 3031; F: (053) 612 284
Coordinates (for GPS): 97º57'51.66" E, 19º17'40.45" N
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Room rates: 600B to 1,500B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Superior double room||1,000 baht||1,500 baht|
|Deluxe double room||1,200 baht||1,700 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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