Royal Princess Chiang Mai
Travel Blogs from Chiang Mai
What a treat this morning proved to be! Trekking through the jungle on an elephant - not something I do every day. We drove about 75 kilometres north of Chiang Mai to the Chiang Dao Elephant Training Centre. About 2,000 elephants in Thailand are privately owned, and about 3,000 are under the control of the government. Elephants are no longer used …
The night market called to me last night, and loudly so as it is on the street directly in front of the hotel. The market stretches for blocks and blocks, both sides of the street, with stalls lit by dangling florescent lights. I have to admit to a certain disappointment. I had expected Thai handicrafts but found knock-off watches and sunglasses, …
Our lecture this morning on the political/economic situation in the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS – Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar and two southern Chinese provinces) is an excellent example of why Road Scholar tours are well worth taking - they are interesting, pleasant and educational. Tony Zola came to Thailand in the 1970s as …
After a huge day yesterday we had nothing planned today. After breakfast we walked to the riverside and then through the Warorot Markets where the locals go to shop. We had a tapas style lunch near our hotel before heading back for a swim.
Mark was measured up for two pair of suit pants and hopefully they will be ready by the time we return …
What and amazing day! We were picked up at our hotel by our tour guide Bam from Untouched Thailand Tours. We were off to Doi Suthep to watch sunrise and do an alms offering with the monks. Doi Suthep is on a hill overlooking Chiang Mai and is the most important temple in the region. On the road leading up to Doi Suthep we stopped to do the alms …
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Historical Traveler Reviews Royal Princess Chiang Mai
My husband and I stayed here for two nights as part of our 3 week tour of Thailand to celebrate our 20th wedding Anniversary. The Royal Princess was stop No2.
Well Located, No Frills, Comfortable
Positive: location IN the Night Market; well trained, helpful staff; clean & comfortable rooms; good, in-house restaurants; exercise room; quiet (at least in rooms facing away from the Night Market); easy to work with on reservations via email.
Negative: a bit frayed; elevators and front desk can be overwhelmed in the mornings with check-in/-out traffic; a bit pricey for this level of hotel.
Summary: A solid 2.5 star facility and a great place to stay if one is interested in frequenting the night market.
We checked into this hotel on a whim and was given a 2 bedrooms suite for $218/night that accommodated all 6 of us nicely(My husband and I, our 2 children, and my in-laws). It was the most grand 2 bedrooms suite I have ever stay in anywhere in the world for this price(with the exception of the Shangri-la or the Oriental which are in a different price range). The hotel location was perfect, right next to the famous Chiang Mai Night Bazaar. The hotel staff here was the most attentive of all the hotels we stayed in Thailand (We stayed at Dusit Island in Chiang Rai, Montien Riverside in bangkok, and Krabi Success Resort in Krabi). They were always rushing ahead of us to open doors and push elevator buttons. We felt thoroughly pampered during our short stay. We're already talking about staying here for 4-5 days the next time we come back.
Enjoyed our stay
Stayed for 2 nights in a suite and were really impressed with the facility. Our room was newly re-modeled and had typically Asian (hard) beds, but was very nice with no problems. The reservation and check in were handled very smoothly and the level of service recieved during our entire stay was more indicative of a higher rated hotel. Remodeling on some floors (pool level), a lack of another key (they only had 1 key for the room?) for my wife and an annoying energy saver system (the only room key had to be in a slot in the room for power to work) were the only things that kept me from rating them higher.
Located in the dead center of town, in the midst of the night market, which is about the same as any market in Bangkok, with stalls lining both sides of the street, creating a tight aisle down which thousands of tourists muscle their way, it is a Dusit Hotel which should guarantee a certain level of service and distinction. However, this hotel was dated and worn. The service was very good, but the concierge didn't know too much. Everyone was helpful, smiled, and no request was too small. Unfortunately, there were many requests, more pillows - because the pillows were so small and they gave you two - - help with the internet that didn't work - - more towels - - and the list goes on.
Damp and dirty
I just spent 3 nights at the royal princess and hated it. The reception area smelt damp, some of the reception staff were surly and the rooms are in desparate need of renovation/upgrade/decoration and a good clean. However, location good for the night market.
Wish I'd checked the reviews here before booking this hotel. We asked the concierge at out hotel in Bangkok for a recommendation, and she told us that this is a very popular hotel in Chiang Mai. Seeing that it is part of the "Dusit" chain (as in the Dusit Thani in Bangkok), we figured it would be a winner. 4 stars, so we were very excited. What a disappointment.
Chiang Mai is a great city with plenty of hotels downtown so pick one other than the princess. Many hotels are an easy walk to the night market other than this hotel. The room was dark, dingy and dirty. They list in their hotel policy that only registered guests were allowed in the hotel after 10pm but after viewing the number of old western men strolling in with young Thai prostitutes it might as well said get your hooker in before 10pm. After viewing all this activity the room felt even more filthy. We spent two weeks in Thailand except for this hotel and topland hotel all of are hotels were great.
Comfortable and Convenient
We had an excellent stay in this hotel which has a brilliant central location, particularly for easy access to good local restaurants and Chiang Mai's fantastic Night Market. We found the bedrooms very well furnished and comfortable and very good value for the room rate. Hearty breakfasts with friendly and efficient staff.
Minus One Star!
This disaster occured in July 2004. Where do I begin? Location was excellent and the lobby was beautiful, but that all!! The rooms had no chairs at all, and there were absolutely no drawers or closets at all in the room, hence all clothes had to be strewn out on top of the the counters around the room. The beds consisted of a thin mat on top of wood boards, extremely hard, and almost impossible to sleep on.
We checked other rooms, but all the same, so immediately cancelled the 4 days of our reservation, and moved to another hotel. Do yourself a favor, and avoid this miserable excuse for a hotel!