Review: Hotel Rachamankha Chiang Mai Thailand

  • 21 November 2012 |

After spending a few days in Bangkok it’s time to move on. We’re heading to Hotel Rachamankha Chiang Mai Thailand which is situated in the heart of the city.

Oh oh oh… This hotel is just fantastic. Where do we begin? We’ll start with the location. The Rachamankha lays at the perfect location in Chiang Mai. In the middle of the busy center, but without all the busy. Don’t be surprised when your taxi takes a few remote streets. You’re not going to be robbed or killed. This is the only way you can reach the hotel. Two lanes to the left and one to the right and there you are: a small piece of heaven.

The hotel is characterized by two buildings. One right in front of you (when you enter): the restaurant. The other is on your left which is the hotel. Both have beautiful old elements from the golden period of Lanna, Both inside and out.

The hotel itself is not that big though it look big from the outside. There are ‘only’ 22 rooms and 2 suites. The owner of the hotel also lives on the property. His house is in another building next to the hotel. A bit more hidden. We were told that his house was the first building of the property. The owner is one of the best architects of Thailand and bought the land years ago. He developed not only a stunning house for himself, but also love for the ‘Lanna’ architecture. He wanted to share that love. He therefore decided to expand his property.

The pictures speak for themselves. We need not tell you how it looks. The rooms however could use some explaining. Most of them are decorated with expensive authentic furniture. A personal investment of the owner. Some will notice, other will not. Our bathroom was badly finished but this was a small issue all the rooms had. When the high season ends they would be replaced. Not a big deal but it’s the only criticism we could find.

Although the hotel has only 22 rooms it is equipped with everything you wish for. The pool was extremely nice and we also got a chance to enjoy the Spa. Two typical small Thai ladies who executed their profession just perfect. At the time painful but afterwards it felt great.

We wrote earlier in this review that the owner is an important architect. And he still is. But the architect also has a weakness for beautiful books. And so they made a library to put away the books. Unfortunately, most of the books were locked. This was because the home owner still teaches students of the local architecture school and sometimes his books ‘disappeared.’ You couldn’t read them but it was still quite a sight.

We liked the Rachamankha so much that we spontaneously booked an extra night. Why would you leave a place that is nearly perfect?

Price: vanaf € 175,- per nacht
More information: Website Rachamankha
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