Amari Rincome Hotel Chiang Mai
in Chiang Mai
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An Alternative to Chiang Mai's Tourst Traps
We chose this hotel on the basis of it being a member of the Amari franchise and were not disappointed, staying for almost 2 weeks.
By Chiang Mai standards the hotel is ancient - built around 1970 - and is well away from the popular tourist haunts of the Night Market and the Thapae Gate, thus if you want to be in the centre of the tourist action, this is not for you. It is situated on the corner of two main roads, one the increasingly trendy - among young, middle class Thais and students from CMU - Nimannaheim Road. Unlike more modern hotels however, it has large gardens and road noise is not generally a problem.
Rooms are good though in part starting to show their age and could do with some refurbishment, hence the rating, but very clean. Breakfast is up to the usual Amari standards, and can be eaten inside or outside all food being overseen by a German chef. Ask him how much his aged mother loves living in Thailand, after her only son persuaded her to move to Chiang Mai!
Dinner is available in an Italian restaurant on site, but with so many eating opportunities either in Nimmanaheim Road or along Huay Kaew Road, to suit every palate from Thai to Mexican to Indian to Burgers, do not bother. Bar prices are high as would be expected.
There are two swimming pools, one of which suffers from road noise as well as shadow from the buildings. The other is situated amidst the pleasant gardens and is much preferred. Note that ice creams are much cheaper from the 7-11 or Tesco Lotus Express shops a few yards away in Nimannaheim Road.
The city itself can easily be reached by flagging down a Songthaew, and is cheaper than the hotel minibus, unless you haggling skills are really bad!
Unique Quality: You are made to feel special here, from the moment you receive a welcome drink and ice cold towel. A nice touch is that the staff are expected to recognise guests staying for more than a few days - look for the rogues gallery of guest's pictures in the back office. Those staying a little longer are invited to a party held twice a month by the helpful Dutch manager and his staff, an opportunity to hat to the management team, meet the chef and others, as well as have a lovely, free buffet. I have never stayed in another hotel where the comfort of guests was so genuinely important to everybody.
If you get an opportunity to see Wat Prathet Doi Suthep at night from the roof restaurant, do take it. The brightly lit statue of the Buddha seems to float in mid air against the black of Doi Suthep mountain. The effect is not anything like as stunning from street level.
Directions: North west of the city centre, but with restaurants in the area. Don't miss the genuine night market a few hundred yards up Huay Kaew Road, heading away from the city and towards the university and the zoo. You'll find some genuine bargains there.
Amari Rincome Hotel Chiang Mai Thailand
Chiang Mai, the rose of the north, is a city steeped in tradition. Decorated throughout in local Thai handicrafts and artifacts, the Amari Rincome Hotel is the ideal place from which to explore this fascinating region of northern Thailand.
a Garden Resort
Amari Rincome Hotel was one of the first hotels, I stayed at in Thailand. It combines the traditional Thai-culture and -style with (well refurbished) modern rooms, a multicultured restaurant and several amenities, making this hotel comfortable and convenient for businesspeople and tourists as well.
Food excellent (the Italian restaurant to be recommended !), good service.Great pool and recreational facilities.
Unique Quality: Located in a tropical garden, close to the city center
Directions: Chiang Mai North
Stayed 5 nights in early April. All facilities excellent but the genuine friendliness and helpfulness of all staff made our stay even more pleasurable. Breakfasts superb. Airport taxi service faultless. I would recommend this hotel to all visitors to Chiang Mai.
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