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Chiang Mai Gate Hotel
Ranked #106 of 381 Hotels in Chiang Mai
Melbourne, Australia
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“No frills, good for the price”
Reviewed 8 February 2012

We stayed here for 5 nights in January 2012. Had connecting rooms which was great. The hotel is large enough to cater for tour groups, so you get a lot of these coming and going. This isn't bad as such, it's just if you want a quieter feel, it might not be the place for you. The breakfast is fine - nothing special - it's just that with the volume of people moving through it's probably not kept quite clean enough. Nothing spectacularly bad, just table wipe downs and changes of soiled place mats, stuff like that.
The staff are friendly, and it's in a really good location for access to the old town. They also have a free shuttle to the Night Bazaar which was really useful.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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Hitchin, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 January 2012

I stayed here with a friend last summer and we were more than impressed with this hotel. We arrived at the airport with nowhere booked and went to one of the desks that advertise hotels. They offered this hotel at a discount price and our only mistake was not booking for longer. (thinking we would be ripped off, when actually this was a steal!!)
We stayed in a twin room which was beautifully decorated and the hotel also has a lovely pool, although it can get busy... as we were sight seeing this wasn't a problem, but nice to have an early morning/evening dip.
The breakfast was included in our rate and was what you would expect - buffet style with some authentic thai stuff thrown in too.
This hotel is a little out of town, but the free bus goes into the night market each evening and its soooo cheap to get around on a tuk tuk that this wasn't a problem at all.
The staff were all lovely and friendly. My only tiny complaint was the internet facility - often slow or freezing constantly, better to walk down the road and use a local internet cafe.
Overall I would definitely recommend this hotel if it is in your budget, even better to book at the airport and get it for a third of the price!!

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 17 January 2012

In general this hotel has it all: nice and clean rooms (although we stayed in the older part of the hotel, rooms were of a very acceptable level), big swimming pool, VERY friendly and helpful staff, good location (not really in the very busy centre and just outside the "ring road" but centre can be reached by foot or tuktuk easily), bike rental, shops, bars, restaurants close to the hotel, etc...

But showering was really hell! Whenever we took a shower (morning, noon, evening) water went from freezing cold to boiling hot constantly no matter on which level you put the tap... When you stay in a city you want to take a good shower every now and then and I wouldn't even care if the water was not hot enough or not cold enough or whatever, but the constant change of temperature of the water made it almost impossible to shower. When the water was hot it was way too hot and you couldn't stay under the shower. This was a really very bad experience. And it's also very sad because as I said aside from this this hotel has a great potential... Only because of this fact I rate the rooms as terrible... We wanted to make a complaint about this but then we heard from a lot of other couples they were facing the same problem so we did not bother...

As mentioned before the hotel can get really busy when coaches of locals are dropped of. We didn't have noise at night (suppose most of these tourists stayed in another part of the hotel) but breakfast was really busy and very noisy sometimes.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 January 2012

The Chiang Mai Gate Hotel - reasonable value, close to the inner, old centre of Chiang Mai, good cheap eats just minutes away, 30 minute walk to the Night Market (if you really need cheap T shirts and junk watches).
BUT - when this place fills up with coach loads of local tourists - you better have your ear plugs handy. The place reverberates like you're inside a huge drum with 50 people all yacking away just outside your door.
They rampage up and down the corridors having loud conversations with their fellow coaching friends several doors down.
They also appear to not require any sleep - because despite yacking away until 1.00am, they're at it again at 4.30 as they pack and head down for breakfast (not a lot of energy goes into preparing this) and a drive to somewhere else that needs keeping awake.
By midnight my Thai wife started phoning down to the helpless girl on night duty at the desk asking that something be done about our raucus neighbours. The result? No change to the decibel level that I could notice, and I measure sound levels as a profession.
I guess maybe I married the only quiet, introspective local available. I am extremely thankful for that anyway.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 January 2012

we stayed here for several nights due to being booked here as part of our travel plan..

firstly we stayed in 3 different rooms, all of which the shower didnt work properely and all the bathrooms were a bit grimey!! The views arent fantastic and the rooms are extremly basic. not to mention evey glass top on the tables in our room was broken!! we mentioned this each time we checked into a new room and the reception said they were aware.... yet the manager tried to charge us for the broken glass when we checked out!!

The pool area was OK but dangerous as the grates around the pool were broken and held up with broken bits of brick. The corridors where scruffy and dirty and the food wasnt too great. The breakfast was a little average but ok and the same everyday, mostly under cooked food or things that looked a day or so old and when we ordered room service the food was very greasy and dispite asking for one of the dishes to be very mild it came to us very hot!! My partner can stomach hot foods, i cant and even he noted how spicy my dish was!

The staff really are the making of this hotel, especially the ladies at reception, the men seem quite moody and bored yet the women at reception are very helpful and polite and defiantly help as much as they can, the manager on the other hand is a grumpy and strange little man and changes his accent with every new sentence..

Good points... the bed is massive and the bedroom itself seemed clean it was the bathroom that was dirty! also the hotel is near to the weekend market which is huge!!! they also run a free bus to the night bazaar and the staff are great.

The hotel could do with updating as the rooms seem really dull and drab and they could do with maybe fresher breakfast selections

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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Chiang Mai Gate Hotel
Address: 11 / 10 Suriyawong Road,Haiya, Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Chiang Mai Province > Chiang Mai
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #106 of 381 Hotels in Chiang Mai
Price range (per night): $40 - $75
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Chiang Mai Gate Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 120
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Chiangmai Gate Hotel is nicely decorated in traditional Lanna (Nothern) Thai style with 121 rooms ( Standard, Superior, Deluxe, and Suite ). Chiangmai Gate Hotel is centrally located near the heart of the city with approximately 20 minutes walk to historic Thapae Gate, old Temples and only 10 minutes ride to the airport and famous Night Bazaar. Apart from providing clean and nicely decorated in traditional Lanna (Northern) rooms, we also offer wide range of basic amenities, facilities and services including a restaurant, meeting facilities and swimming pool. So, whether you are on vacation or business trip, think of Chiangmai Gate as your first choice and you will ultimately experience friendly & warmth atmosphere, customer care and plenty of smiles. ... more   less 
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