Chiang Mai is a gentle haven for relaxtion, meditation and inspiration. The city is a center for Buddhist worship and has a large number of varied temples. Right in the heart of all this is the Le Meridien Chiang Mai. It provides the perfect jumping off point for exploration this beautiful city.
Located at the heart of Chiang Mai's famous night market, you can walk from the hotel and be immersed in the thriving activity. The abundant bars, shopping and restaurants are all a stone's throw from the entrance of this lovely hotel.
The food in the hotel is outstanding. Their Italian restaurant rivaled some of the nicest I have dined at in Thailand and even abroad. The club level food from the hotel kitchen was also delicious. I ordered Khao Soi our first day and I am still haunted by its miraculous flavor and aroma.
The towering height of the hotel also provides the best views of the valley you can imagine. Every evening we watched as the fading daylight glimmered off the gold facade of Doi Suthep. The surrounding mountains are certainly magical and the views from the higher floors make them easy to enjoy.
The hotel staff were all very kind and accommodating. I found them to be friendly and provide excellent service. In fact, had our room been dealt with properly, I would have no hesitation giving this hotel five stars. The location, food and service ere all top quality and what one has come to expect from the Le Meridien brand.
While our visit to the hotel did have its hits, we did have a few misses. Our room did have a subtle but present scent of cigarette smoke. We asked to be moved but the management insisted that they would clean the room and the scent would be gone. The cleaning did significantly reduce the odor but it was still in the hallway and even after a few days, it lightly lingered. However, by this time, we were already entrenched and unwilling to move.
The morning buffet closed a little earlier than I liked. 10AM seemed a bit unreasonable for a city famous for its nocturnal activities. My wife and kids like to sleep in on vacation and it forced them out of bed a earlier than they liked. However, the buffet was typical and but very well done.
In all, I think this is a beautiful hotel that is classy and perfectly located. It is hard to go wrong with such a beautiful spot. I thought about giving it four stars but I asked myself if I would return and the answer was without hesitation, "Certainly!"
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The ideal destination for savvy travellers who enjoy the mixture of Le Meridien's European heritage and local Lanna style to deliver a contemporary cultural experience. The hotel's 383 guestrooms, overlooking Doi Suthep Mountain range, are equipped with broadband internet and offer a modern entertainment experience centered on a high-definition LCD television. A perfect location adjacent to the famous night bazaar will ensure guests encounter the vibrancy + energy of Chiang Mai, just at their doorstep. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Meridien Chiang Mai Hotel Chiang Mai
- Meridien Chiang Mai