One of the things I’ve noticed in my travel evolution is a desire for a little more comfort in accommodation. On my last backpacking trip I was all about budget, budget, budget. While that was perfect for a girls trip, while traveling long-term with my husband I’ve found that I want more out of a room than just a place to collapse after a long day of sightseeing. During our 15-day stay in Chiang Mai we tried out 5 different mid-budget hotels to give my readers an insight. Now, prices change daily based on deals and prices change during different seasons. We traveled during low season, but I’ll share the going rate when we visited.
i Lanna House is a beautiful example of Lanna-style hotels. i Lanna house has a limited number of rooms which means that it’s super peaceful. The bed’s incredibly comfortable and the rooms offer a great home-away-from-home feel.
My favorite feature in the hotel, though, is the beautiful outdoor space. Their pool is perfect for an afternoon dip and features a gorgeous waterfall.
In addition to the pool there are a few different locations to sit outside and relax. My favorite was poolside. It’s just so peaceful. i Lanna House offers laundry service for an additional fee and breakfast is included with each room. The staff was extremely helpful and this beautiful family-run hotel is in Chiang Mai’s Old Town.
What I Loved About i Lanna House:
The location is great because everything in Old Town is within walking distance (at least by our standards of walking distance). The pool was the perfect mid-day haven to beat the heat. The beds at i Lanna House were incredibly comfortable and the bathroom was clean, modern and has one of the best showers I had in Chiang Mai. Breakfast is included as well which always helps with the budget! Going Rate was $45 for a Standard Double Room 9/2017.
Leechiang Boutique Lanna is where we ended up staying the longest on our journey through Chiang Mai. It sort of became our Chiang Mai home. Every member of the staff that I met was extremely sweet. The beds were super cozy and we truly felt so welcome here.
What I Loved About Leechiang Boutique Lanna:
The location was perfect because it was right in the heart of Old Town. I cannot rave enough about how comfortable the bed and pillows are. The complimentary breakfast was the best that I’ve had in Southeast Asia so far. Plus, when I broke my arm, I was staying here. They helped me with everything from knowing which hospital to go to, helped me delay our trip to the border and made sure I had everything I needed. Going Rate was $26 for a Standard Double Room 9/2017. It was a great value.
Poonpetch was another little slice of heaven. The beds were super cozy, the restaurant downstairs had delicious food and the decor of the room was great as well. Plus, our room came with a balcony that had a view of the mountains. The biggest con about this place was the location. This location is closer to the airport and far away from any of the stuff that Chiang Mai was known for.
We stayed here the day of a tour that picked us up at our hotel, which was perfect and had a couple of work days here.
The bathroom was amazing. One of the best I’ve had in Southeast Asia. Plus, that sunset view was one that I didn’t have to go to a different place to get that view.
What I Loved About Poonpetch Chiang Mai:
The room was so cozy. The bed and pillows were like clouds. It was perfect. The bathroom was spacious, had an amazing shower head. Plus, the restaurant is so delicious. If you’re needing to rest up or get some work done. This place is perfect! Going Rate was $24 for a Standard Double Room 9/2017.
Norwind Hotel is just outside of the city center, but still close enough that you can easily walk there. I was comfortable enough, but not quite up to par with the three hotels I listed above this. The nice thing is the proximity to Old Town.
What I Loved About Poonpetch Chiang Mai:
I loved the bathroom. It was cozy and they had some of the best bathroom products. We also loved going to the top floor fire escape for sunset. Going Rate was $30 for a Standard Double Room 9/2017.
Rainforest Boutique Hotel is quite popular and sits outside of the popular parts of town. We selected this place to stay for Matt’s birthday. The photos we saw made it look amazing luxurious and perfect for a celebration. We were a bit disappointed by the room though. We found the bedding to be dingy and the room to be very basic. We had selected a balcony room with a “city view” but it was just a view of the wall of the restaurant.
The best view in the hotel was to go to the top floor and walk to the end of the hall for sunset (right photo). A bit disappointing.
There was also a lot of construction going on within the hotel, which is great that they’re renovating rooms, but unfortunate for the people currently staying there when the work starts at 8AM. My favorite thing about this place was, hands down, the pool. It was a really pretty pool with umbrellas to sit under during the peak heat. Their restaurant is also quite good. We loved their cashew chicken.
What I Loved About Rainforest Boutique Hotel:
I really loved their outdoor space. The pool was big enough that several people could enjoy it without being in each other’s spaces and the lounge chairs were super comfortable and also had umbrellas. Breakfast is included, but no one made that clear until our last day there. Going Rate was $36 for a Standard Double Room 9/2017.
Chiang Mai is a tourist hotspot, so hopefully this post will help you find the perfect place to stay!
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* Although I received a complimentary stay at i Lanna House, all opinions are, as always, my own.