Chiang Mai Hotels – Where To Stay

Updated: November 11, 2017

Great hotel in downtown Chiang Mai, near Night Market.

My favorite hotel in central Chiang Mai: The Anantara

The 10 Best Luxury Hotels in Chiang Mai

1. Anantara Chiang Mai Resort

Stunning, tranquil, riverside resort, blending contemporary Thai & colonial styles with bright, stylish rooms and suites featuring teak wood floors, floor-to-ceiling windows, deep terrazzo tubs, mini-bars, coffee/tea facilities and massive furnished private balconies with daybeds and expansive garden/river views. Suites have double the space of rooms, add indoor daybeds, open plan bathrooms, dining areas, coffee machines and special exclusive privileges (lounge access, buffet breakfast). The old city and the night market are within easy walking distance. Hotel Phone: +66 53 253 333.

2. Le Meridien Chiang Mai

Trendy hotel with a modern art & local culture aesthetic, featuring contemporary, carpeted rooms and suites with bathtubs and mini-bars. Upgraded rooms have spectacular mountain views and the suites (very spacious) add Bose sound systems, Lavazza espresso machines. The top-end, grand, apartment-size suites have vibrant artwork, wooden floors, jacuzzi baths, dining spaces and kitchenettes depending on the category. Hotel is steps away from the night market and the hotel’s artistic keycard gives complimentary access to an umbrella making center. Hotel Phone: +66 53 253 666.

3. Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai

Exquisite, secluded, Thai-village style resort set in 20 acres of lush grounds with a working rice farm, lakes, waterfalls, and lily ponds with magnificient Lanna (Northern Thai) style pavillions, pool villas and private residences, having vaulted ceilings, artwork, teak floors, mini-bars, tea/coffee makers, soaking tubs, ipod docking stations, mp3 player connections and own furnished outdoor Thai salas. Pavillions have salas with swing sofas and outstanding terraced rice field/garden views, pool villas have private pools & gardens, sundecks and Thai dining salas. The top-end, wide range of private residences ranging from 1-bedroom spa residences to 4-bedroom split-level residences with pools, all include luxuries like kitchens, live-in butlers, and buffet breakfast. Resort also has plenty of activities like rice planting, a cooking school, and guided nature trail tours. Hotel Phone: +66 53 298 181.

4. The Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai

Breathtakingly beautiful, Lanna-style, lavish palatial resort, set in 60 acres (rice fields, gardens) featuring a wide range of spectacular traditional villas (authentic teak wood rice houses) with Thai salas, whirlpool tubs, outdoor decks (some with private jacuzzis), plunge pools (some), private kitchens (top-end) and stunning signature residences with high ceilings, pianos, walk-in closets and features like private pools, gardens, and kitchens (depending on the category) and stunning rice field/garden/resort views. The top-end royal residence has 6 private Lanna-style pavillions connected by walkways, open-air salas, private jacuzzis and saunas, and a free-form lotus pond. Lots to check out, including a large library, an open-air shopping village, cooking academy, arts and crafts demonstrations (basket making, bamboo weaving), and rice planting. Hotel Phone: +66 53 888 888.

5. Rachamankha a Member of Secret Retreats

Exuding old world charm, this 25 room boutique hotel set in the old city, with architecture reflecting with Lanna & Chinese influences (lime plastered brick walls, Chinese cabinets, antiques, couryards) features very elegant rooms and suites with mini-bars and ipod docks. The larger suites add big living rooms, kitchenettes and tea/coffee facilities. Has a beautiful library and the hotel is just next to Chiang Mai’s famous Wat Phra Singh temple. Hotel Phone: +66 53 904 111.

6. Holiday Inn Chiangmai Hotel

Modern hotel, overlooking the Ping river, featuring big, comfortable rooms and suites with blackout shades, bathtubs, mini-bars, mini fridges, tea/coffee makers and panoramic river/city/mountain views (from the higher floors). Suites add living rooms, dining tables and whirlpool/spa bathtubs. Hotel Phone: +66 53 275300.

7. 137 Pillars House

Stunningly beautiful, 30-suite boutique hotel set in a historic, restored teakwood building featuring sumptuous suites with hard wood floors, high ceilings, 4-poster/super king beds, free standing colonial style claw bathtubs, dressing rooms with walk-in closets, mini-bars, espresso coffee machines, music systems with iPod connectivity and vintage tiled verandahs with expansive daybeds, rattan rocking chairs & lovely garden views. The top-end suites have private outdoor plunge pools, sunken bathtubs and butler services. Hotel Phone: +66 53 247788.

8. Ping Nakara Boutique Hotel And Spa

Serene, Lanna colonial-style, 19-room boutique hotel with gorgeous rooms featuring hand-carved fretwork, hard wood floors, high ceilings, hand-crafted furniture, mini-bars and bathtubs. Upgraded rooms have balconies with garden views and the top-end rooms have jacuzzis and balconies with pool views. Hotel has a library and is within walking distance of the Chiang Mai night bazaar. Hotel Phone: +66 5325 2999.

9. Dusit D2 Chiang Mai

Modern hotel, right next to the Chiang Mai night bazaar, featuring stylish rooms and suites with sleek interiors, contemporary Thai touches, mini-bars and coffee/tea facilities. Suites add living and dining rooms. Upgraded rooms and all the suite guests are entitled to Club Privileges such as private check-in/check-out, and breakfast. Hotel Phone: +66 5399 9999.

10. Rimping Village

Within walking distance of the night bazaar, this simple hotel features spacious, comfortable, good-value rooms and suites with coffee/tea facilities and mini-bars. Upgraded rooms and suites (the latter adds seating areas) have bathtubs. Hotel Phone: +66 53 243915.

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2 Questions and Comments

  1. Best Resort for Elephant Camp Tours

    What is the best hotel in Chiang Mai for doing elephant tours?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Hotels + Travel

      The elephant camps are located outside of the city. If you want to stay close to the camps and cut down on driving time then the Four Seasons is a good choice – located about 30km north of central Chiang Mai and much closer to a few of the camps.

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