We had a fantastic and relaxing stay at the Yanatarsri Resort. Coming off a week at a five-star big chain hotel, the Yantarasri was a breathe of fresh boutique hotel air! The rooms were beautifully appointed and the bathroom with rain shower and stones was lovely. I thought the dark teakwood construction of the hotel was really beautiful, and enjoyed all of the lush plants and flowers. Breakfast was good and plentiful (unlike some other places that serve continental breakfast), they had no problem catering to vegetarians, which is always a plus. The Yantarasri resort is centrally located along Nimmanhaemin Road, which is a chic shopping street in Chiang Mai. There are endless boutiques with cute clothes (mainly catering to women) as well as lots of massage and nail places. I get a lot of massages, but I had one of the best massages of my life at a massage place just two blocks from the Resort, across the street from The Salad Concept. There are lots of ATMs around and the ubiquitous 7-11s, as well as a Starbucks just up the street on Nimmanhaemin. It's a short tuk-tuk or taxi ride into the center of town, so be sure to check out Chiang Mai's awesome Sunday Walking Street. The location is also closer to the airport than staying right in the heart of town. Two small downsides: 1) No gym (but I expected that), and 2) there is free wireless, but you have to get these little paper codes from the front desk, and for mobile devices, you have to re-login every time you want to get online. This is a little bit of a pain, but not a huge deal overall.
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