Hotels in Chiang Mai are peaceful, serene, and romantic. Here’s a list of 5 boutique choices for every type of jetsetter!
$ = USD $100 or below/night
$$ = $100 – $200
$$$ = $200 – $300
$$$$ = $300+
1. Rachamankha – Best Luxurious Serene Retreat
Neighborhood: in the heart of old city, an 8-minute drive from Chiang Mai airport
In our opinion, luxury hotels should never feel commercialized or overly mainstream. Rachamankha is the complete opposite. It’s charming, peaceful, an extraordinary surprise. Situated in the heart of historic Chiangmai old city, the 24-guestroom hotel is serene, quiet yet stylish. When you catch the right season to book, each room can go as long as $200/night, and we’re talking about a 5-star luxury stay. By staying here, you’ll be close to many sights: Wat Phra Singh, Chiang Mai City Arts & Cultural Center, and Chiang Mai National Museum, and Wat Chiang Manand Buak Haad Park.
2. RatiLanna Riverside Spa Resort – Most Romantic Getaway
Neighborhood: Mueang Chiang Mai District, an 8-minute drive from Chiang Mai airport
Many weddings happen at RatiLanna, which indicates the level of romanticism this hotel exudes. With a swim up bar and spacious room embellished with teak from floor to ceiling, the rooms come with a great deal at USD $200/night when you catch your bookings at the right season. RatiLanna is also centrally located where you can easily reach: Meng Memorial Bridge, Nong Hoi Market, Elephant Parade House, Wiang Kum Kam and Old Chiang Mai Cultural Center.
3. Azaya Villas – Best Family Stay
Neighborhood: Mae Rim (suburb area 18 kilometers north of Chiang Mai), a 25-minute drive from Chiang Mai airport
Azaya Villas is located in Mae Rim, not exactly Chiang Mai city center, but it’s a fantastic option for travelers who want adventures and be in midst of nature. You would be in close quarters to do off road/quad/mountain biking, zip lining, bungee jumping, and rafting. You’d be able to easily check out famous sites, including: Dara Pirom Palace Museum, Mae Sa Waterfall, Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden and Maejo University.
The villas itself is extremely private. It’s Chiang Mai’s premier residential development. If you’re not interested in buying a villa then you can stay here for about $360/night (depending on season) and enjoy a private a garden, pool, gym, a rooftop terrace, spa services, and barbecue grills. A private kitchen also allows a chef to come in to cook a meal for you upon request, with extra fees of course. Although Azaya Villas is a ways from downtown Chiang Mai, we truly believe that this is such a unique and authentic way to experience northern Thailand that we couldn’t leave this off our list of Top 5.
4. Puripunn Baby Grand Boutique Hotel – Best Bang for the Buck
$$$$ 104/1, Charoen Mueang soi 2, Chaoren Mueang Rd.,, T. Wat Gate, A. Muang, เชียงใหม่ 50000, Thailand (map, website)
Neighborhood: Charoen Muang district, a 13-minute drive to Chiang Mai airport
Puripunn Boutique Hotel has one of the best reputations in town! It’s stylish enough that true jetsetters won’t complain about a thing yet down-to-earth enough that hipster travelers will enjoy the cultural aspect of it all. The location is not exactly city center, but it’s a very cheap cab ride away from everywhere you need to be. The hotel itself is very close to Wat Gatekaram, Chiang Mai City Arts & Cultural Center, Wat Chiang Man, Warorot Market and Wiang Kum Kam.
Forget about street food (no, you should still try those) but many travelers love the kitchen at Puripunn. We love the price here too, depending on the season, you can book a very nice room for $140/night and still get a 5-star hospitality experience.
5. Tamarind Village – Best Lanna-Style Boutique
Neighborhood: Mueang district, a 10-minute drive from Chiang Mai airport
Tamarind Village is a wonderful Lanna-style lodge in the heart of Old Town Chiang Mai. They have a great staff, the hotel is situated in a sweet location in midst of a beautiful setting. Bonus: what a great deal! For around USD $125 – $200, you can get a sweet room and along with peaceful northern Thai experience. We’re confident that you will love it here!