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- Free High-Speed Internet
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Historical Traveler Reviews Rachamankha Chiang Mai
We stayed for two nights at the beautiful Rachamankha and couldn't have been more pleased. Helpful and friendly staff, gorgeous grounds and a quiet setting made for a terrific stay. We were treated to delicious complimentary dinner on our first night as well as complimentary breakfast both mornings. Would definitely stay there again.
Oasis in the city
We stayed here with our 17 year old daughter and all of us loved it. It is a beautiful oasis in the old city. The decor is authentic and all rooms open up into a beautiful courtyard. The staff is excellent and the service is great. The library is very peaceful and has free internet access with fast, updated computers.
Beautiful exterior design but a bit disappointing
I was a little disappointed with my experience at the Rachamankha. I will admit, the design of the exterior and grounds are beautiful and it is a wonderful setting. The pool is also very nice. The rooms are a bit stark and lacking in detail. I can understand the stark, minimalist style, but my room was plain white plaster walls with nothing on them. The tileing and other finishing details were also not well done and took away from the high end feel that I think they were going for. I also asked for a Queen or king bed and got 2 twins pushed together.
I also received a basket of candies and cookies upon my arrival in my room, only to discover them covered in hundreds of tiny ants.
The food at the hotel was also disappointing. My room included a dinner at the hotel so I got the thai set menu which was plentiful, but nothing special at all. I had much better food at stalls in town. Breakfast was also limited and primarily western choices. The hotel is very small (30 or 40 rooms tops), so there are limitations in terms of food I guess.
The size of the hotel also gave the place a slightly deserted feel at times, especially since there is not any central lobby with reception (offices are in another building), so it is possible to not walk by anyone whlie at the hotel.
One final concern was security. I came back once or twice after midnight, and there was no security at all. The hotel is an open complex of buildings, so anyone could just walk right in. All of the rooms have beautiful wooden antique doors, but they are not very solid and seem to be locked with a variation of a skeleton key, so security could be an issue as anyone could be wandering around the grounds in the middle of the night.
It sounds like I had a lot to complain about, but Rachamankha is a fairly nice and unique hotel. However, because of my experience, I think next time I will stay in a place closer to the river or night market area and I can probably find a very nice place for about half the price.
You must stay here
I read about this hotel in Travel and Leisure magazine and decided to give it a try. It surpassed all my expectations. The hotel grounds are that of old thailand/china w/ antique furnitures throughout the property and in the rooms.
THe rooms are a very nice size and the furnishings are very proper for the hotel. Antique doors, cabinets, etc.
THe hotel is located in Old Chiang Mai so you are close to the temples, markets and restaurants.
I have stayed at the Four Seasons in Chiang Mai and I must say this place is right up there. It's very quiet, not many rooms so it's very private and the servie is wonderful.
I am definitely going back again.
After the Ritz, Peninsula, Anantara and others over three weeks in Asia, the Rachamankha wins hands down. It is a beautifully designed, peaceful and relaxing hotel with fantastic staff and facilities for only 26 rooms. Bathrooms are not wonderful and it doesn't have the resort/chain perks like 24hr room service - but everything else is outstanding. If you are in Thailand, you must stay here even if it's only for one night. The property is beautiful.
We stayed here 2 nights, and had a very peaceful time. The rooms were very spacious. The lana architecture is very calm and soothing, felt more like a home than a hotel. The restaurant had excellent food, and the ambience with the cental couryard was romantic and cozy. Great hospitality and excellent service by one and all.
The downside was that the bedrooms (we had a 2 bed Suite) were very dark with little natural light, and the pillows so hard, that we actually slept without them.
Would recommend the hotel to those seeking solitude, ambience and yet within walking distance to the city.
One year old on April 2. Lots of attention has been put into this new property made to look like traditional Lanna temple is very calming and well laid out. Wandering around is very relaxing. The place is very lovely.
Each room is different and I found room 1 so monochromatic as to be a touch depressing. We were moved to 22 which had blue porcelain lamps and bowls over the dressers, decorative blue and beautifully patterned throw pillows. Pool, breakfast were great. Front desk is helpful and friendly though slightly inconsistent (the evening person tells you one thing and the morning person another).
Free internet service in the lovely library....variable speed.
I was just slightly surprised by the low quality of the bath towels and that the shower curtain was just a thick piece of translucent plastic....how about using that as a liner and having an outer curtain of silk to match the pillows!.
Booked on a Thai website and got great price relative to the official website.
Full of Character
This hotel is full of character; filled with antiques, beautiful open air courtyards, and wonderful flower arrangements. The staff are extremely welcoming and friendly. Even the owner was around and gave us a box of chocolates before we left. The hotel is in an excellent location which is right next to a wonderful buddhist temple and quietly tucked away for an afternoon next to the pool. The rooms are not overly luxurious but full of character and have what you need. This hotel is reccommended for travellers that appreciate character, and peace & quiet.
The Rachamankha is a superb boutique hotel in every respect. It is stunningly designed with tastefully sophisticated decor, gorgeous grounds, and impeccable service. It is right in the heart of old-town Chiang Mai but, once inside its tranquil walled garden, you are transported into a zen-like oasis of elegance. Quite simply, one of the nicest hotel properties I have experienced...
A hidden gem
A small boutique property with excellent facilities. Its a rather small hotel and a true thai experience. Teak furniture and its open concept architecture sets this hotel apart. The staff is always ready to help and always smiling! Very clean and well maintained hotel. The rooms are huge...the bathrooms are very clean...the showers could be better but thats a small issue! Given its location, price and quality its one of the better choices in Chiang Mai.
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