Centara Duangtawan Hotel, Chiang Mai
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TravelPod Member ReviewsCentara Duangtawan Hotel, Chiang Mai
Centara Duangtawan Hotel. It's a nice hotel to stay. The location close to night bazaar. Just walking distance, but I have a bad experience on my last night that was I heard some people chat and laughing so loudly from my room in the middle of night. After I made a complain to the front desk by sudden that noise voices gone.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Centara Duangtawan Hotel, Chiang Mai
OK type of standard
Can improve ..
There is no coffee-making facility in this hotel. Getting hot water to brew my coffee is very troublesome. No water-sprayer in the bathroom, and toiletries supplied is not complete (no disposable razor, comb etc). Very limited tv channels.
Room is large with clean bed. No dressing table/mirror. Air-con is powerful. Hotel staff are friendly, helpful and courteous. The daily breadfast is good with good choices.
The Dissapointing Duangtawan
This is one of the worst hotels I have ever stayed in. The staff is not at all accommodating, the rooms are very worn and at breakfast they run out of basic neccessities and refuse to replace them. There are too many other hotels in the same vicinity to stay.
Stayed at this hotel for 3 nights in june. The hotel looks quite nice from the outside, as does the inside of the lobby. However, the rooms were very average. The room was reasonable clean though dirty marks on carpet and lampshades.
Breakfast was quite nice with a good selection of food.
We would probably stay here again though only because it was cheap and because of the hotels convenient location right next to the night markets. Though im sure there are much nicer hotels around (such as imperial maeping next door) that dont cost much more than duangtawan.
If wanting to do a tour in chiangmai then we can highly recommend sergeant kai from chiangmai tours in action. He did a tailor made tour for us that included elephant trekking, bamboo rafting, maesa elephant camp, doi suthep temple (unmissable), doi inthanon national park for a 3 hour jungle trek (amazing) golden triangle, monkey temple and chiangdow caves. This tour cost 8800 baht (about £120) and lasted 4 nights, included all entrance fees and all meals. Sergeant kai and his team really looked after us. We could not have wished for more.
Nice position, but...
The position of the Central Duangtawan is very good: right in the Night Bazaar !!! This is the most positive point about this hotel... Except that, we were disappointed about the hotel's overall quality, even if we paid a very low price. Was sold as a 4-stars, but it would get a 2 star rating in Bangkok.
The building is kind of strange, hotel's lobby is on the second floor, and while we were there, one elevator was out of service, and the others elevators were VERY slow and busy. It took us around 5 minutes sometimes to catch one !!!
They made a big mistake while building this hotel: transparent windows, which means the sun enter directly in your room, and it becomes VERY hot during the day (around 30 degrees celsius inside the room), and you don't even feel the air-con because it's not a good air-con system...
Hotel's main restaurant is horrible, we tried to eat there for lunch, well, it was my worst lunch ever, we gave back our dishes, it was really un-eatable (first time in my whole life I had to do this!).
Service & Maintenance very strange, they came one evening at 9 PM to change a light...
Swimming pool is not bad, but dirty, especially sun loungers. Dirtiness is everywhere in the hotel... We even saw some cockroaches !
Even if the price was very low, I would rather stay at the Imperial Mae Ping across the street the next time I visit Chiang Mai, in fact it seemed a so much better hotel than the Duangtawan !
About sightseeing: don't bother to go to Chiang Rai, too far away... Visit instead Mae Sa Valley & Samoeng, no tourists there, and the scenic road is incredible !!!
Found it a bit difficult to choose a hotel in Chiang Mai but eventually plumped for the Duangtawan (after getting blank faces from taxi drivers we found it's pronounced Doowong-Taa-Wahn, emphasise each syllable or they don't get it...:-).
We were very impressed at the price, bnooked through an online agent. Reception was excellent and very helpful, rooms were pretty good, equivalent to a 3star in Bangkok maybe? We stayed on a higher floor in one of the better rooms, it was OK but nothing fantastic, but great value.
Also had a 2 hour Thai massage on arrival after a long flight from the UK, it was probably the best we had in the whole holiday including Bangkok and the southern resorts. Available 24hours a day and cost 400Baht each, an absolute steal.
Breakfasts were splendid, hot, and a huge choice. Much better than we were expecting with brilliant coffee.
The pool isn't huge and we had trouble getting a bed in the sun, but there's so much to do in Chiang Mai that it didn't matter.
Excellent location for shopping and sightseeing, you're absolutely smack in the middle of everything !
Would definitely use this hotel again.
In the midst of the Chiangmai Night Market
The Duangtawan Hotel Chiangmai is a superior tourist class hotel located right next to the Lohkroh Night Market in downtown Chiangmai. If your room faces the north, you have an excellent view of the hills and the Doi Suthep Temple. My room had this fabulous view of Doi Suthep and the Night Market. The rates at this hotel are very reasonable - US$40 for a standard room with buffet breakfast. Walk out of the hotel, turn right and you will be at the Night Market - a hub of activity with stalls selling traditional northern Thai handicraft, fake goods and souvenirs. There are many travel agents just around the corner of the hotel in the Night Market where you can book day trips to the Golden Triangle, elephant safri tours and hilltribe tours. The hotel has an L-shaped swimming pool where you can take a dip and relax after the day's outing. The hotel's website is:
Great Thai massage
We switched to this hotel after we discovered the guest house we had reserved had no in-room TV and was only $10 less. The receptionist at the Duangtawan was especially friendly and helpful. My husband went twice for a massage and felt the masseur had done an excellent job. The hotel's location one block from Starbucks and next to the Night Bazaar is very convenient. We would probably stay there half of our visit and spend the other half at a more Thai-style guest house surrounded by greenery in a quiet neighborhood.
Nothing wrong with this hotel
My travel agent recommended this hotel when my first preference was unavailable. The Duangtawan Hotel is clearly a tourist hotel and meant to impress with lots of marble and large lobby, although the front desk was oddly on the 2nd floor. It is not a boutique hotel with individual character. Having said that, the hotel does appear to be relatively new (I stayed in Feb 2005). My room was in fine shape, not worn out at all. The pool was gorgeous with lots of lounging options. The breakfast buffet was very extensive, and included Asian dishes (stir fry, rice porridge, etc.), continental breakfast items (pastries, tons of fruit), salad bar from the Royal Garden Project, juices, and even made-to-order omellete chef. I found the staff to be professional. Location next to the Night Bazaar was perfect. I would definitely stay again on my return visit.
We came from a "hut" out in the country to this hotel and it seemed liked heaven! I loved the location...so much to walk to. My only complaints are that the carpet in our room was quite dirty, as was the hallway carpet, and the shower was moldy. The beds were great! We girls got our hair washed and blow-dryed for $5.00 in the salon...a nice treat. I would stay again...a great place for the price!
Nice, but impersonal
We chose the Duangtawan after an extensive review personally of many hotels in the Night Bazaar area of Chiang Mai. The hotels for the most part, 4 star and under, are fairly worn. This one, although apparently near new, is no different. The lobby is massive and very impersonal with bad lighting. The elevators are always busy and if you are on a higher floor it is difficult to get where you are going efficiently. The breakfast buffet is marginal and again, impersonal. The maid was nice though! The rooms are fairly worn for the age of the hotel, with industrial type toilets, bad caulking in the shower and mismatched shower doors. The view is nice, the pool is beautiful and the fitness room is archaic. I would likely stay somewhere else next time, although the price was reasonable and there was availability.