In short, do not hesitate to stay here. It was a highlight of our trip thanks to the owners, the staff, the rooms, the location and the price! You will not get this type of service on top of everything else ever again in your life! This is deservedly a top spot and I am so glad we stayed here during our 4 days in Chiang Mai. Absolutely great. If you want to know more about why it was so great, keep reading!
From booking through to departure David, Nuy and the staff were just amazing. By email, they processed my reservation fast and proceeded to offer great advice on what to see and do in Chiang Mai. They had us picked up from the airport and on arrival we couldn't believe the size of our room! The space isn't wasted though, you get a nice queen/king bed and maybe a queen single/double too, TV, balcony, sofa, and tables so the space is well used and is honestly amazing for the price. Rooms were impeccably clean and cleaned daily. The bathroom is also clean, large, stocked with soaps and shampoos and also smelled great for some reason! Bathrooms are often the sore point when travelling, but not here. Great sizeable swivel mirror on the wall, plenty of space for your things and a good strong, hot shower. Couldn't ask for more.
It got better though, once we'd settled in and came downstairs David sat down and showed us where we were on a great map he gave us. Gave us some eating suggestions and also shopping suggestions. He's a very friendly, funny guy, but not in your face like some people can be, just the perfect balance of jovial and helpful host. We went to all of his recommendations and they were spot on. Good food, good shopping and good places to see. We rented a scooter from them too, which was such a bargain we took it for a full 3 days in the end. It was new, well maintained and they provided decent helmets as opposed to the bicycle helmets and tin hats you get from some. He offered some ideas about where to go off the beaten track and we took the bike right into the mountains to some hill tribes, waterfalls, temples and even a coffee plantation! It was a great journey we never would have been told about had David not taken the time to sit down and plan it for us. He's a legend.
Nui makes a mean breakfast and it's done really fast too! The advantage of staying here is that there are not that many guest rooms so you really do get great service all round.
On our final night, David and Nui invited us to a Chiang Mai F.C. game of football and it was another great experience, Nui got everything organised very easily and we had a really great time for only 40 baht per person! I can't say enough good things about these too, they really are great hosts.
I had a few unusual requests as well, including getting some difficult sewing done, but whilst we were out, David and Nui had contacted a friend to see if they could get it done, they even WENT there to see if they could do it. They couldn't unfortunately, but the fact that they went so far out of their way to do this was just great. I've never had such treatment before at a hotel except maybe once in Cambodia, but never by the owners.
We were on a 3 week holiday, staying in all manner of accommodations ranging from $300 down to $10 a night and honestly, staying here makes me want to re-evaluate spending so much money on hotels because the experiences and memories made staying at places like Funky Monkey show that good travel is not about how much you pay but how much your hosts care about you and your holiday. This place is doing it all right. I sincerely hope to go back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Huge clean rooms with private bathroom, all our rooms can sleep between 2 & 5 people & they are all sold as private rooms . We also serve food from 8 am - 3.30 pm & have complimentary items for our guests inc unlimited drinking water, morning drink & fresh fruit. We are also licensed to sell tours & offer honest advice - along with great discounts where ever possible ( up to 400b per person discount ). We offer own own private tour ( Highly rated for those who like a non touristic experience ). Our aim is to help guests & non guests enjoy there time here in Chiang Mai & we always try our best to help. We always give honest answers to any questions !! : ) ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Funky Monkey Guesthouse Hotel Chiang Mai