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We were attracted to the Golden Cupids …
We arrived at midday, 4 hours late, but
we rang through to the hotel who picked us up for free.
We stayed in a lovely family run hotel
called Golden Cupids, which we couldn't recommend more. It was divine
and really good value at £22 per night. It was a little way out of
Chiang Mai, about 15 mins drive, or a …
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Amazing hotel - would stay there a million times over again - everything about it is 5*
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Warm hospitality in a country setting
We stayed at Golden Cupids for 5 nights in December 2006. We chose this place based on Trip Advisor comments and had the same great experience referred to by other reviewers. Foremost in making this hotel wonderful is the owner, Somkhid (Peppe) Stokes. Peppe is the epitome of a hospitality and her staff (many of whom are members of her extended family) are terrific.
The location is about 1/2 hour from Chiang Mai. For some, this may be an inconvenience but taxi service is easliy available (we used Mr. Previt -the staff can call him). We liked the country setting and enjoyed taking long, pollution-free walks down the local roads.
For us, Golden Cupids was the perfect place!
BEST ACCOMODATIONS - The Golden Cupids Hotel is about half an hour by taxi north of the old-city section of Chiang Mai. This four-year-old facility has nice grounds with a swimming pool and sauna, reasonable prices, peace and quiet, great food, and an excellent cooking class limited to five students each time. The teacher and master chef is Peppe Somksid. She runs the show with her husband, Peter, daughters Tuum and Jan (who handles email, reservations, billing, and such), and niece, Noi, along with other staff members (including an all-night security guard). When I mentioned having an ear problem, Peppe volunteered to drive me to a hospital for medical attention. No ear doctor was present that day at the nearest hospital, so she drove me to Chiangmai Ram Hospital in the old city and waited with me until I received excellent treatment (all or most doctors speak good English) for about US$15. I could not have managed that on my own, doing this favor for me took her the whole morning, and Peppe asked nothing in return. As a bonus, I got to learn a lot about her amazing life, which could probably provide the basis for a best-selling novel. If karma is real, she has good fortune in her future as a result of her generosity to me. Room price when we were there earlier this month: about US$62 including a fine breakfast.
Loved the Golden Cupid and Peppe is a saint
I echo all the reviews below - staff were attentive, rooms were over sized and very good value (we stayed in room 3 which faced the pool) and Peppe and Peter were gracious hosts. Peppe in particular works day and night to ensure everyone is happy and the highlight of my trip to Thailand so far was the trip to the food markets with her to choose ingredients for a specially made dinner for myself and husband so that we could try local Thai specialities (including fried worms!).
You cannot go wrong with the Golden Cupid hotel - we stayed for 4 nights but could of stayed for 10 - it is around 20 minutes from town but to be honest we didn't miss it. You have Bangkok for markets and pollution, enjoy the tranquility and generosity of spirit of the Golden Cupid.
An Amazing Hotel
By the time we arrived at the hotel in early November we had been traveling from the uk for 22 hours and were very tired.
But when we saw this small hotel we were amazed. the rooms are large and fitted out to a 5* standard, the gardens are beautiful and there is a small swimming pool.
But what makes this hotel different is the amount of hospitality and care that you will get from Peter, Jan and Peppe.
Peppe is a wonderful cook and dinner is very good value.
We would recommend this hotel to chill out in, its 8 miles out of central Chiang Mai and a 65 minute flight from Bangkok .
If you do decide to stay with them get one of the family to show you around their house
Stayed at Golden Cupids at the end of Oct, with my wife and 3 year old daughter for 10 days. Very difficult to find fault with this place. The staff were attentive and kind, the food was excelent and abundent. The rooms were huge and spotless. The pool was clean and well sized. Pepe and Peter the Thai-English owners were always present and dealt with requests and queeries efficiently and always gave sound advice. The taxi driver they arranged for us for the 10 day stay was also very good, he was honest and not pushy, a real gentleman. The hotel was mainly staffed by Thai lady's who treated our daughter like royalty (as did everyone in the hotel). The gardener in the hotel worked non-stop and maintained the grounds almost to perfection. If there was fault to find it would be the distance from the city centre, which resulted in extra cost for taxi's and public transport. However, the extra cost of transport was offset by the great value of the rooms and service, which I'm sure would be hard to match in any comprable city centre hotel. I would not hesitate to return to this hotel and would similarly have no hesitation in reccommening it.
While the positive reviews of this hotel really give a good sense of the experience of staying at the Golden Cupids, I wanted to stress some of the highlights that make this hotel a very unique place to stay. If you have a short time, a stay here will give you a better sense of the countryside than any package trip from the old city ever could and at a more reasonable price. Pe Pe, the co-owner of Golden Cupids is a knowlegeable guide and can individualize a trip to meet the needs of the traveler. For me and my fiance, this meant a trip to the King's preservation projects in the hills, a steam bath and a beautiful temple tucked away in a charming town. You will not see these places on the well worn paths to Doi Suthep etc. We also realy enjoyed the meals (cooked by Pe Pe and her children). Pe Pe is a cooking teacher and can arrange lessons if you are interested. The superb Thai meals are served in an outdoor dining area enhanced by fountains and fairy lights. Peter, Pe Pe's husband, is sure to make you feel welcome, between the two of them, I felt like we were visiting friends. I went with Pe Pe to pick herbs for my herbal steam which myself and my fiance endulged in after a Thai massage. I really can't say enough about this hotel. The rooms are large and I think couples or more mature travelers, or women on their own would feel very safe and comfortable here. You can be picked up at the airport if you have trouble finding it although it is not far outside Chang Mai proper.
This charming, family-run hotel was the best hotel experience for us. Their family treated us like family. We stayed their for 8 nights in July 2006.
We had a very nice time in Golden Cupids, the rooms were clean and big, the service is excellent and the food was very good. On the recommendation of Peter, the owner, we tried the Thai breakfast and liked it so much we had it all the days we were there!
Peter gave us great tips on where to go for tours and Jan his step-daughter arranged it for us. We had Thai massage everyday and Jan personally translated for me that my trouble giving shoulder needed extra attention.
The steam herbal was excellent; the herbs were freshly picked (and I helped in the process too!) and the hour spent there was most invigorating. We had a very nice time basking in the warm hospitality of Peter, hisfamily and staff.
My husband and I just returned from a week in Chiang Mai where we thoroughly enjoyed the hospitality of the owners and staff at Golden Cupids. I found it online and was intrigued by its smallness and amenities. In reality the hotel was even better than all the reviews and descriptions I had read before we went.
Thai Style with European Amenities
We found Golden Cupids on the internet while traveling in Thailand. This was one of those wonderful surprises that can just happen if you take a chance. A British/Thai couple designed and built this lovely small hotel in the countryside near Chiang Mai. The rooms have marble floors are very large as is the deluxe bathroom...double sink, bidet, bathtub/shower. They had very comfortable beds with light weight duvets. The garden restaurant served the best food we had in Thailand with conversation encouraged(not required)with the other guests. This tranquil retreat has a pool, meditation center,Thai massage, well-traveled guests, driver for hire and great hosts. We felt like honored guests. They also have rates for long-term stays.