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Ping Nakara Boutique Hotel & Spa
Ranked #7 of 379 Hotels in Chiang Mai
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“a treasure of a hotel”
Reviewed 6 February 2012

this beautiful 'colonial home' has impeccably clean rooms with lovely furnishings, large bathrooms and even turn down service. the infiniti pool and its surroundings lends itself to a serene escape from the hustle bustle of the city. the staff here should also be noted as they are extremely helpful, friendly and accommodating. incidentally the morning breakfasts were plentiful and quite delicious and enjoyed our dinner there the first night so much we opted to again share in its fare our last night as well. you can not go wrong checking into this hidden treat of a hotel.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 3 February 2012

This is a very small hotel (5 tables in restaurant,17 rooms). At anything near full occupancy, I can't imagine what it would be like.

The building is L-shaped, the long edge facing directly onto road (other than a narrow pavement). A lane runs behind. In short, two sides of the hotel are flanked by roads. Traffic noise is quite considerable.

There is a lot of wood in the room (cupboards, blinds, doors etc) which, because of humidity, is warped and are therefore quite difficult to open/close etc. For example, to close the balcony doors, quite considerable strength is required.

The small very pool about 12m. There are 6 loungers. After noon, there is little if no shade.

Shortly after we arrived, a family of 5, with 3 children under 9. They dived bombed into pool and took all the loungers. Nothing was done about this by either their parents or by the hotel. We left.

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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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ChairatPingNakara, Owner at Ping Nakara Boutique Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, 6 February 2012
Dear Guest,

We are very sorry that our hotel did not appeal to you. We work hard to develop the soul of our colonial house style property, and so many of our guests are happy being here as one can see from TripAdvisor’s reviews.

I should correct some mistaken facts about the hotel. Our restaurant has twelve tables both indoor and outdoor; we also can put more tables in the veranda if needed. The hotel has 19 rooms with public areas as shown in my previous reply.

“ . . . The Ping Nakara was built in the colonial style of a grouping of houses, so it is true that the hotel looks like a large house—or, in fact a large 3-story mansion with an elevator. With the total floor space of over 37,500 square foot there is plenty of space for 19 large rooms, 4 spa rooms, restaurant, library, bar, and swimming pool. Because of our commitment to preservation of the Lanna colonial style, the Ping Nakara received many awards for design and architectural excellence . . .”

Kind regards,
Chairat
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Reviewed 3 February 2012

This is the sort of hotel you just dont want to leave. It is beautiful in design, every detail has been thought of (love the pillow menu) and the staff were exceptional (this was highlighted by our previous bad experience at The Passage, Ko Samui). The location is near the night market and the river and a short tuk tuk ride from the old city. The food was great and good value. I had a treatment at the spa which was lovely but overpriced for what you can get in the area, especially as the 15% discount voucher you get only covers the service charge.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 February 2012

Throughout our trip in Thailand we stayed at several fantastic hotels, of which Ping Nakara was our favourite, unfortunately we only styed for one night. The building is as beautiful as it look in the photos, the food in the restaurant is very good and I really enjoyed the Thai breakfast. We also found the service provided by the staff to be excellent. Our room was very comfortable. We were a little worried before our stay regarding some of the comments about noise from the main road as we are both quite sensitive to noise. However we did not find it disturbed us at all. After check out we sat by the pool until 4.00pm waiting for our onward transport, this was a great way to while away a few hours.

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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 February 2012

Everything about this place is wonderful. The boutique hotel with just 19 rooms is a colonial design with period piece furniture throughout. The architecture and decor is delightful. There is a lovely pool in the centre of the property with a veranda to sit and relax. The room I was in was large and had a balcony. There is free WiFi throughout the property.
Breakfast is included and is delicious.
All the staff are helpful and friendly. Mr Noom who can organise tours and transport is particularly helpful.
It is a classy place and i hope to have the opportunity to stay here again sometime soon.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled solo
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Property: Ping Nakara Boutique Hotel & Spa
Address: 135/9 Charoenprathet Road | Changklan, Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Chiang Mai Province > Chiang Mai
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Chiang Mai
#3 Spa Hotel in Chiang Mai
#5 Luxury Hotel in Chiang Mai
#6 Romantic Hotel in Chiang Mai
#12 Business Hotel in Chiang Mai
Price range (per night): $152 - $389
Hotel Class:5 star — Ping Nakara Boutique Hotel & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ping Nakara Boutique Hotel and Spa. Set in the awe-inspiring colonial style of the early 1900’s, the Ping Nakara Boutique Hotel and Spa is located at the heart of Chiang Mai’s vibrant business centre and entertainment venues. The hotel is just a five minute walking distance from Chiang Mai’s famous Night Bazaar to the numerous riverside restaurants, while at the same time allowing guests to enjoy the peace and tranquility of the natural surroundings. The three-storey hotel with a central elevator boasts of 19 luxury guestrooms, all individually styled and elegantly furbished with the colonial charm. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in all the rooms including a TV, DVD player and a free mini bar. The hotel's restaurant offers a wide variety of food from authentic Thai cuisine to Western dishes. Coffee and tea, soft drinks, wines and liquor are served at the Lobby Bar, and guests can enjoy their drinks in the comfort of the library or at the peaceful verandah by the outdoor pool. For holistic health and relaxation, guests can unwind and enjoy the genuine Ayurvedic treatment from the hotel’s Nakara Spa. Ping Nakara Boutique Hotel and Spa offers a broad range of services, facilities and amenities designed to provide personalized service and first class hospitality. ... more   less 
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