More about Chedi Chiang Mai Hotel
Wat Phuak Hong
The gold on red panels of the gable on the viharn are typical of the Lanna style. However, the most distinctive feature of this temple is the round seven stepped chedi with 52 niches, which dates from 1517. Two other chedi in Chiang Mai, Chedi Prong and the chedi of Wat Rampoeng, have similar shapes.
I have just noticed my review of The Pimalai has cropped up on this board too so I thought I had better add some thoughts of our stay at The Chedi Chang Mai which preceded out rather unfortunate experience at Pimalai. I have nothing but praise for The Chedi and can only recommend you do visit if its still only a thought in your mind............from the initial greeting at the airport onwards it just got better and better. The staff were truly both experienced and excellent. The reception staff went out of their way to assist in planning the many trips we took all of which ran smoothly. I would think twice however of the Elephant Trip unless you are seriously into elephants disco dancing and painting pictures....all rather exploitative and sad but the elephants seemed very happy!! If you can I would go the extra mile and stay in a Club Suite.....the space and facilities are fantastic....and the 'perks' are so worth it , from the laundry, mini bar, cocktails, afternoon tea etc etc.........and the Lounge gives you some peace from the crowds over breakfast especially at peak times such as Xmas and New Year. For a city centre hotel I did not find the noise bad at all and the convenience to the markets, only a stroll away, was great.
So if you are thinking of Chang Mai the Chedi is a gem of a find, beautifully designed and run..........just beware the shopping.....we are ruined! And yes we have booked to go again this year. All in all a great place, great hotel and lovely people
This place was absolutely perfect in every way...from the Mercedes pickup at the airport until drop off...check in was stress free and a breeze in their club lounge. We stayed 3 nights in a Club Suite and were made to feel welcomed the entire stay. Their staff is impeccable (see my review on the Sarojin in Khao Lak) and went the extra mile for anything and everything. Miyuki was especially helpful in my purchasing a pair of glasses I saw in Bangkok. Their packages are outstanding as they include some dinners, massage, etc...and don't try to fleece you as some other "luxury" places in Thailand.
If ever back in Chiang Mai, this is the place to stay!
We managed to escape the big mango for a long weekend yet again and this time arrived at the Chedi in Chiang Mai so we could attend the flower festival! In a word FANTASTIC!
From the moment we arrived, the room, the food and even our driver from the airport - all FANTASTIC!
The fitness center must be one of the best we have ever used in a hotel.
Book a Chedi Suite is the only tip we can offer. When you do, you will know why.
Very nice, but not as nice as others
My husband and I stayed here for 3 nights as part of our honeymoon. We had booked the hotel through our travel agent as part of a tailor-made package and we were very excitied prior to arrival because of the rave reviews we found on this site. I know this will sound picky, but the hotel is small and I would have expected a warmer welcome than what one would expect from a large hotel like the Shangri-La in Bangkok (where we stayed the previous 3 nights). However, this wasn't really the case with The Chedi. Other honeymooners who have reviewed the hotel seem to have been welcomed with flowers, champagne and other delights -- we received nothing despite our local tour representative telling the hotel we were on honeymoon and having to wait a bit longer at check-in because our room was being "specially prepared." We were treated like any other guest (there were lots of Thai and Chinese tourists in the hotel who were there for the Royal Flower Festival), which isn't a bad thing, but we certainly didn't feel special. Perhaps it was because our tour operator received a special discounted rate or something -- at the Shangri-La hotel in Bangkok we were upgraded to a better room and received enthusiastic smiles, greetings and warmth, along with flowers, a gorgeous fruit plate, chocolates and a traditional Thai jasmine flower ornament. A small gesture, but it really made a difference. Since those things can't really cost the hotel much money, it would have been nice, but it made us feel a tiny bit resentful... If the little things really make a difference to you, make sure you request them up front.
As for the hotel itself, it is very beautiful and peaceful -- very minimalist decor with a gorgeous courtyard that is lit in candlelight every night. The restaurant and bar are very sleek, although the atmosphere is a tad bit London-sleek (perhaps a tad bit snotty for Thailand?). Our room faced the inner courtyard and yes, you could hear quite a lot of traffic at night (my husband had trouble sleeping through it). The staff is very friendly and helpful. Although the hotel was fully booked, it never seemed like there were very many people around (possibly because they all went to the Floral Exhibition during the day). Breakfast was delicious and the room service very prompt. The rain shower-heads are great. We didn't indulge in the spa, although the prices seemed a bit higher than they were in the Shangri-La! However, you can get amazing foot and leg massages from places near the hotel for 200B (for 1 hour). Some places inside the Night Market charge just 120B for 1 hour.
Overall, we loved Chaing Mai, but probably would try another hotel if we came back. So far the Bangkok Shangri-La has been the highlight of our trip.
Four of us decided to get away from the hustle and bustle of BKK and stay at the Chedi In Chiang Mai for a couple of days. From the moment we arrived we knew that we were in for a fantastic stay. The staff went above and beyond for us. My friend celebrated his 41st birthday there so we asked the front desk where the nearest bakery was to get a cake for him.They asked what kind of cake we would like etc and what time would we like it delivered as they would make it for him, compliments of the hotel! We will never forget the hospitality and smiles of the staff and we will be returning hopefully in the near future. If you are in Chiang Mai this is the place to stay !
J. Carr New York
My family stayed here in December and had a wonderful time. We stayed in the club level suites. If you drink alcohol this is well worth it. Our rooms had a mini bar which was always well stocked with sodas, juices, beer and wine. Plus it include breakfast and access to the club lounge. The lounge offers free cocktails every evening and snacks. Great place to unwind. Staff was extremely friendly and interactive. Very modern rooms with great showers and sound system. Would definately return again. If you need to book any tours I would walk across the street and rent a driver and van for the whole day. It is the same price as booking a half day tour through the hotel. Hotel is within 2 blocks of the night market.
A beautiful, impeccable hotel
This hotel is a gem. It has a perfect setting on the Ping river which is quiet and peaceful, but is conveniently located near the bustling night market neighborhood and old city district. Many competing hotels (Four Seasons, Mandarin Oriental) are actually located outside Chiang Mai entirely (which may not necessarily be a drawback . . .)
The staff was elegant, friendly and helpful. The rooms were gorgeous, decorated in minimalist style with beautiful tile, wood and glass surfaces. The hotel also featured reflecting ponds with floating flowers during the day and candles at night, as well as a beautifully renovated central building (the former British consulate) which served as a restaurant and bar. The restaurant had extraordinary food--in addition to Thai dishes, it served some of the best Indian food I have ever had. Breakfasts were also great, and it is worth shopping for a room rate which includes them. (Due to recent construction of many luxury hotels in Chiang Mai there is a glut of rooms and you should be able to find good discounts online.)
Hotel guests were constantly walking around with cameras out, taking pictures of the hotel itself. Looking back at my pictures of the trip, I actually took more pictures of the hotel than of Chiang Mai!
Frankly the only problem with this hotel is Chiang Mai itself. While the city apparently used to be quiet and charming, it has now expanded to an awkward and unpleasant degree, and I am not sure why anyone would want to visit. The streets are congested with never-ending traffic, which causes noise and air pollution. (The city has no real mass transit system--only tuktuks and songthaews which roam the streets looking for passengers.) Bangkok is easier to get to, has convenient mass transit, more spectacular tourist attractions, and better shopping, restaurants and nightlife. We wound up spending most of our time at the hotel and leaving as infrequently as possible. If you have to be in Chiang Mai this is a great hotel, but if you are looking for a relaxing small town setting, I would advise skipping this city for more pleasant smaller locales in south-east Asia such as Luang Prabang, Laos or Hoi An, Vietnam.
Loved the rooms, location too noisy!
The Chedi is an absolutely beautiful hotel - we stayed in a suite, very large and modern, great bathroom, shower and separate tub, terrace with cozy chairs overlooking the courtyard. The food at the restaurant was delicious! The one problem was the traffic - could not sleep well at night due to the noise. The location is right on a main street with cars, motorcycles, tuk tuks going the entire night! Would have prefered a much quieter location - actually, would have preferred not coming to Chiang Mai at all. Big disappointment!!! Too congested, not a very beautiful city, many other more interesting places to visit!
I have stayed at a considerable number of the great hotels around the world, all five-star hotels, normally booked through LHW (leading hotels of the world). the Chedi is without question one of the top three hotels i have been in.
we stayed here for four days early january 2007 and only left the hotel once, for a half-day sightseeing tour arranged through the hotel concierge and using a hotel limo. the Spa is superb, the dining is superb, the pool is lovely and the service is impeccable. the only complain i could possibly have is that some of the rooms could be subject to street noise so try and book a room close to the river (323, 423, for example). the mini-bar is packed with great stuff, wine, beer, vodka, whiskey, etc etc and is free. our room was huge (a Chedi club suite) and the restaurant prices are fair. the Prince visited while we were there (flying a Thai airways plane from Bangkok as a fundraiser for tsunami victims) and had lunch at the hotel...evidently this is not his first visit to the Chedi. i could personally stay here for an extended period and be very very happy!
Monks and their morning alms
We will soon be making our 7th visit to Thailand, and the one thing we have not seen is the Monks going round in the morning getting their Alms. While in Chiang Mai we would like to do this. Can anyone help me with where would be the best place to see this, and what time in the morning is best. We will be staying at the Chiang Mai Plaza hotel.
Your help and advise is appreciated.
Re: Monks and their morning alms
Dawn on any street. You will see the monks then.
Re: Monks and their morning alms
If you want to see them on mass the go to the foot of doi Suthep and watch them come down in early morning.
the best thing is not to see this but to participate in it.
Make an offering the best time is about 5:30- 6:30 am depending on season. As they will start at first light which is really before the sun raises at all. It is easy just walk out the Plaza hotel and turn right and at the river right of the chedi hotel is a good size temple and you can stand near it on the road that runs along the river and they will walk by.
You should remove your shoes and wai as they arrive. Do not speak and place the food in the bowl do not touch the bowl or the monk.
The city is its stupidity and crassness wants westerners to make offering at the Sompet market so there it is set up with prepackage monk food vendors and is easy but tacky with monks standing by the stalls just waiting to cash in...