Golden Cupids Hotel
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TravelPod Member ReviewsGolden Cupids Hotel San Sai
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!
A high-point of our three weeks in Thailand
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.
Only two negatives: Internet access is slow at the terminal provided for guests in the office area. We were discouraged from walking or jogging in the neighborhood by intimidating dogs.
A nice touch: We just received, by email, a Christmas card from Golden Cupids, with a nice photo of the whole staff. My guess is that efficient, computer-savvy Jan put this together.
BEST MASSAGE - If you arrange massage at Golden Cupids Hotel ask for a masseuse whose name sounds like "Wee Lay." Although she was giving me a more Swedish-like oil massage while my wife was getting a Thai massage on the next mat over, she used excellent pressure, equal to any I received in Thai massage later on. I'm now a convert to Thai massage, which goes deep into muscles and involves stretching as well. With asking prices going from about US$6 to $15 per hour (plus tip, of course), I treated myself to six hours of massage, my wife had five, and we both returned home more limber and probably healthier as a result. The best massage I received in Thailand was from Ooy at a spa just across an alley from Lotus Village in Sukhothai. With both Ooy and Wei Lay, the pain was about as much as I could stand, but the result had me saying "dee mah mah," which means, I hope, very, very good.
--Bob & Kristi in Brisbane
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
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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.
Martin and family, Scotland.
Unique Place to Stay
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.
Best hotel experience in 5 weeks touring Thailand!
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 (a Thai/American couple) felt truly taken care of. We had great (free) breakfasts and incredible Thai dinners. In fact, we didn't go to any other place in Chiang Mai for dinner. Our hosts, Peppe and Peter, were extremely helpful with our travel plans in Thailand (not just the Chiang Mai area). Their rooms are beautiful, extra large, and very clean. Plus, their bathrooms are better than many luxury hotels. The view from the room was relaxing on one side and overlooked the beautifully landscaped front of the hotel on the other. The pool was open long hours and never crowded. We were able to park our rental car next to our room. The hotel is not far from town and very quiet. For us, the location was perfect to where we toured. We felt the hotel provides individual service to all their guests. For us, it was romantic. For the Muslim family next door, it was family-oriented. For the older Australian couple, it was a relaxing spa.
They opened up their hearts to us and we feel very lucky to have stumbled across their lives. Thank you, Peppe and Peter and your family!
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.
Heaven on earth
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.
Peppe and Peter Stokes were the perfect hosts. They were warm, helpful but also respected our privacy. We had a glorious week of perfectly balanced organized day tours and unstructured days around the hotel where we got to know a lot about the family and local customs. Peppe took us to village markets, the King's Project and other places in the area showing us rare glimpses of life in northern Thailand that typical tourists don't get to see.
I got to help Peppe collect fresh herbs from her garden to prepare for our herbal steam therapy - not to be missed!! The foot and Thai massages in the hotel's secluded massage hut was a superb experience! The massages accompanied by the sounds and scents of the countryside were simply unforgettable. And the Thai dinners prepared expertly by Peppe and her staff were the best that we've had, anywhere in the world! Make sure you try the chicken curry baked in a coconut. Other favourites include tom yom soups, crispy fried fish with sweet and sour sauce or steamed fish with garlic and chili..... for a different breakfast from bacon and eggs, try Peppe's fragrant rice soup with delicately seasoned meatballs and fresh garden herbs and vegetables.
Peter said that their goal is to treat all their guests as family and friends, and they certainly delivered on that!! This hotel and everyone there were the best goodwill embassadors Chiang Mai could ever ask for! You must go....
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.
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... an offering of a coconut and incense to a Buddha with an elephant head, called Ganesh. We then grabbed some bananas and headed down to the camp.
We fed the elephants some bananas and were then taught the different ways of getting on an elephant. We had to shout ‘maplong’ and they’d kneel down for us to climb up; you had to shout it again for them to stand back up again. We all had a practise and then one by one were allocated an ...
... and then holding his ear and a rope around his middle, you swing your leg over the top. Once on, you had to wriggle right forward until you are almost sitting on his head. You don't have anything to hold on to, but you can splay your fingers over his head and lean on them. It really was quite a surreal and unforgettable experience!!
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... the countryside in a car, with a guide to help us understand what was going on. An amazing elephant ride at Sangkhlaburi and trips on the river – yes we did fall in, but only once. And a trek through the jungle… This was the bit we weren’t too sure about – we had told the organisers about our age and were told the trip would be tailored to our needs. The guide set off with machete in hand and much of the ...
... the arrangements, leave a deposit and head off to secure the next item in the list: train tickets to Bangkok. We ask a few places about booking train tickets and they all seem to be a bit wishy-washy on the topic. Finally, back at our hotel, the clerk tells us the best thing to do is just go to the train station. We secure a Tuk Tuk and the driver speeds off for the Chiang Mai train station. There is no line, there are seats available on the train we want (private first ...