When I’m travelling, I like to know that I have a nice, comfortable space to relax, rest my head, recharge my batteries (both personally and the various gadgets that I take with me) and get ready for the day. Hotels are my preferred accommodation in most cities around the world, because I’ve gotten pretty good at scouring through reviews and generally understanding what the room is going to be like. That being said, it still takes quite some time to come up with a shortlist of hotels to consider staying in, so here’s my picks for the 6 best hotel properties in Chiang Mai, with picks for all budgets.
U Nimman is one of the most recent hotels to open its doors in Chiang Mai, and with an enviable location in the heart of the hip and popular Nimmanhaemin area, opposite the MAYA Shopping Center and Think Park area which features several restaurants, bars and coffee stores. Located about 1.5km west of the old town, it’s a fresh new hotel that opened in March 2017 and features an impressive rooftop pool, and is walking distance to many popular coffee stores and restaurants. The rooftop pool and bar also has great views of Doi Suthep mountain, and the hotel is conveniently located about 2 km from the airport.
A true mainstay of the luxury hotel scene in Chiang Mai, the Le Meridien is located to the east of the old town, in the popular Night Bazaar area adjacent the Ping River. Within walking distance of the hotel, you can discover Thapae Gate which has the most impressive section of the old city walls, the Sunday Night Walking Street market, the daily Night Bazaar market, and plenty of food and entertainment options along Loi Kroh Rd including the recently opened Hard Rock Cafe in Chiang Mai as well as popular local restaurants like The Duke’s. The Le Meridien Hotel is perfectly situated to make your visit to Chiang Mai extremely convenient.
Located in the quaint and extremely walkable lanes of Nimmanhaemin Rd, the Art Mai Gallery Hotel is a small, boutique hotel that has a unique concept – each room in the hotel reflects a different type of art. You can request a particular type of art when you book, or let them surprise you when you arrive. It’s a short 30 second walk to one of Chiang Mai’s most popular coffee stores, the world famous Ristr8to, whose baristas have won several latte art championships. 5 minute walk to the Maya Lifestyle Shopping Center and plenty of cute hipster coffee stores and eateries await you in the nearby lanes (sois) of Nimmanhaemin. The rooftop pool gives you great views of Doi Suthep Mountain as well!
A five star hotel, located in a quiet back lane off of Nimmanhaemin Rd. The in house restaurant at Kantary Hills, the Nimman Bar and Grill has several great buffet meal nights every week including a Wednesday Night Carvery night. It’s also a short stroll from the nearby Kantary Terrace that is on Nimmanhaemin Rd, featuring popular craft beer spot “Beer Lab”, and from there, there rest of the many hundreds of great eateries and cafes of the Nimmanhaemin area await your exploration. Fire up Foursquare and find many popular world cuisines including Thai, Indian, Korean, Chinese and of course plenty of Western options as well.
Located just inside the old city at the popular Thapae Gate, the Hotel M is in an enviable position that makes it easy to explore the charms of Chiang Mai’s old town. The Sunday Night Walking Street sets up at your doorstep every Sunday from 6pm, and the other attractions of old town including its many popular temples are all just a short Uber ride away if you don’t feel like walking. It’s one of the most affordable options on our list, so if you’re after a more budget friendly hotel in Chiang Mai, then the Hotel M is a great option.
The Anantara Chiang Mai Resort is located on the banks of the Ping River, and is definitely the best resort hotel option in Chiang Mai. The in house dining options include The Service 1921 restaurant, which is an old British Colonial style building that originally opened in 1921 as the British Consulate in Chiang Mai and has a British Secret Intelligence themeing, including a hidden room that you’ll just have to try and find for yourself! It’s a great location as well, just a short Uber ride back to the old town and walking distance to the Night Bazaar market if you feel like haggling for a bargain on some souvenirs.