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Historical Traveler Reviews Manathai Village Chiang Mai
I pay for location...
I stayed in Manathai for 2 days. Basically the first impression I step in is : Oh... I think I overpay for this hotel. It's a deluxe room and I think the room is a bit small. Some part of the inner layer of bath tub is chipped off and stained with some yellow color stain (yuck). Then later in the day the shower is definitely a torture! water flow is small and the hot water and cold water just come "alternately", there is a sudden hot and sudden coldness.
The most important advice for the next visitor : Don't ever get the room just next to their office/kitchen. (Upstair room number: 121). My husband and I was waken up by the noise of cooking and utensil banging from 6am onwards for almost 2 hours for 2 nights.
Anyway, despite of all these, I think the location is great since it's just 10 minutes away from Tapae Gate and night bazaar. I was definitely paying for the location. On top of this, the in-house DVD and free internet connection is deinitely a plus.
I'll put in some photos later.. all photos too big. Hope my review helps.
Small rooms but overall positive
We booked junior suite for a stay from Oct 20-27, 2006. The size of this "junior suite" was embarassing; it would be best if the room was listed as a regular room, for it was hardly bigger than the bed itself. Other than this negative aspect of this boutique hotel, everything else was very positive about our stay here.
The staff was very friendly and helpful. The pool, while small, is big enough for this small hotel and centrally located. There is a pool bar with excellent service of food or drinks for those bathing. The morning selection, while limited, is excellent. Coffees are outstanding. There is an a/c internet room next to reception area with about 5 computers, all free. The general manager who runs the place was the friendliest and most personable manager that we have encountered in southeast Asia. Would highly recommend the tour that features elephant riding, mountain biking, and white water rafting all in one day, absolutely exhilarating!!, even tho strenuous-you can jump on van trailing at any time if the biking gets to be too much. Food in Chiang Mai was not as good as we had hoped, but there is an excellent seafood restaurant in the middle of the night market area which should be a must for anyone visiting-great food and prices, very clean, they even have a/c dining room. There are several massage places close to Manathai, extremely reasonable-i.e 200 baht for 1 hour, and clean. Public transportation is a snap; choose from taxis or tuk-tuks. All in all, would recommend this hotel and all it has to offer.
Charming small hotel in the heart of chiang mai
I am writing this review directly from the hotel where I have been for 5 days and am staying for another 2 weeks.
First the bad: I agree with the last reviewer: the so-called suites are small rooms. It took me 24 hours to stop hurting myself on the bed platform and the decorative contraptions on the wall... I even thought that there had been a mistake and asked the manager but no, we had a suite... So I got used to carefully move around...
Now for the plus: it is a charming small hotel, nicely landscape and extremely central. You can walk to the river, old town and night market. I like the terrace in front of my suite and the sound of water everywhere. I only had a pad thai by the pool once and it was good. The breakfast is very basic but I am not a breakfast person.
All in all, I like it but wish they did not advertise their rooms as suites.
Far too expensive
Far too expensive for what it is. Despite the money spent on building the hotel, there are a number of problems - the suite that we booked was not a suite - nowhere to sit, room too small, bed too big, nowhere to store luggage or clothes, no hot water for sink. Staff were lovely but suffered from poor english and lack of supervision. Restaurant service was slow, breakfast was uncooked three times, overcooked once, and cold three times. Manager said he would talk to someome about a reduction in the room rate but never go back to us. If we had not already paid for a week, we would have moved hotels. We were recommneded a spa for massage and paid 2800 baht when the going rate for the service we had was about 800, the girl on the trips desk could speak virtually no english. For $40-50 dollars a night it might be OK, but otherwise find something cheaper or better.
Great place to stay
It is a fantastic place to stay! It is tucked away on a quiet street and yet still close to everything. Modern conveniences with old-world charm.
The food is awesome- get the crab omlet for breakfast- the best thing on the breakfast menu.
Will definitely stay there again!!!
Beautiful small hotel
My husband and I stayed at this hotel for 3 nights in August. The hotel is small but quite beautiful and in a convenient location. We wanted to stay at a place that we wouldn't find at home, i.e. not a big chain hotel. The openness of the 'lobby', lots of lush greenery and a small stream running through the property made it seem as though you were in a small resort outside of the city.
The first night we stayed in a pretty room but it was very small. I think it was room 512. It's located near the lobby, bar and restaurant so you could hear the noise from these areas. It wasn't very noisy at all but we asked to be switched to another room anyway. The staff were very accomodating and the next morning we moved to another room that was significantly larger yet was still the same rate. Our second room could accomodate 3 guests while our first room was for 2. The two rooms were decorated in similar styles but the layouts were very different. I suppose we were lucky that the hotel wasn't full during our stay otherwise we may not have been able to switch rooms.
We didn't have any meals other than breakfast at the hotel so I can only comment on breakfast. The breakfast was very nice with fresh fruit, juices, yogurts, muffins, bread and cereals for guests to serve themselves. In addition to these items, there was a menu with plated breakfasts that was included. You could choose one item from the menu which had about 6 or 7 choices. The plated breakfast together with the self-service provided a substantial meal. One complaint was the fruit flies that tended to surround the fresh fruit. A cover for the fruit would've easily got rid of them.
As for the amenities, the free internet was so convenient and the pool, though small, was lovely. The pool was perfect at the end of a long hot day of sight seeing. The rooms were equipped with DVD players and several DVDs were available for free if you had the time to watch a movie.
Overall, we were very happy with our stay, despite starting out in a very small room. The location was ideal as it was walking distance from major attractions in the city and it was on a small road away from the busy traffic. My only other recommendation is to wear insect repellant when spending more than a couple of minutes outside of your room at dawn or dusk. The openness, greenery and maybe the stream makes it ideal for mosquitos.
Manathai - Lovely small hotel
Its a lovely small hotel tucked away from the hustle & bustle, but in easy walking distance of the night market, restaurants & other sights. The staff were lovely & very helpful. The food was fantastic. My two children loved the pool.
Great place to stay in Chiang Mai..
Wonderful staff there.. lovely rooms.. stay there for 4 nites ..
Beautiful boutique hotel
A new hotel, Thai with a contemporary twist, convieniently located down one of the quiet side streets in central Chiang Mai.
Great location, easy to walk to shops and restaurants and the hotel is a real oasis. As newly opened we were offered rooms for under half the published rack rate.
Great attention to detail in the hotel's design, walkways with streams running under them keep the open reception area very cool.
A great swimming pool and very friendly and happy staff. Free internet, all the rooms are different with lovely bathrooms, not massive rooms but a relaxing atmosphere.
Loved the Manathai
We stayed at the newly opened Manathai for 5 nights in June. It was absolutely gorgeous; peaceful, great staff and beautiful rooms. The location was really good, close to the night market, not far from the river or the old town. The hotel had only been open for 6 weeks, and there were a few things they need to sort out eg we didn't get our wake up call one days; as it happened it wasn't a problem, but it could have been! Breakfasts were ok, nothing fantastic.We'd definitely go back
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