Chiang Mai, which means “New City,” is the largest city in northern Thailand. Founded in 1294, this is a city filled with magic, myth, and mystery. Nestled among the highest mountains in the country, Chiang Mai is known for its charming hospitality, lush scenery, and passion for preserving its culture and traditions. The uniqueness of Chiang Mai extends to its accommodations. Rustic, remote cabins surrounded by verdant greenery, historical, elegant hotels boasting modern amenities, and even an art gallery hotel can be found here.
1.Akyra Manor Chiang Mai
© Akyra Manor Chiang Mai
The modern and chic Akyra Manor is found on Nimmanhaemin Soi 9, also known as “Coffee Street.” Part of the Artist Quarter, this suite-only, five-star hotel is surrounded by art galleries, cafes, and bars. Akyra is known for its stylish 23 luxurious rooms, which offer havens of seclusion and serenity in their individual courtyards. Cozy bathrobes and slippers, oversized fluffy towels, and personalized toiletry boxes are provided in rooms that boast deep bathtubs, perfect for soaking. Large beds fitted with 430-thread count cotton sheets and LCD TVs were designed for guests’ maximum comfort. Akyra’s stunning poolside Rise Rooftop Bar is the ultimate top-of-the-world experience. Wedding and meeting packages are also available.
22/2 Nimmana Haeminda Road Soi 9, Su Thep, Muang Chiang Mai, 50200 Thailand, Phone: +66-0-53-21-62-19
2.Shangri-La Hotel - Chiang Mai
© Shangri-La Hotel – Chiang Mai
Shangri-La means utopia; this upscale hotel, the recipient of more than 16 awards, delivers on that alluring promise. With a strong focus on corporate and social responsibility, Shangri-La shares its passion for premium service by offering eight levels of top-tier rooms and suites stocked with everything from luxurious silk pillows, cozy day beds, and beautiful tea sets to in-room Jacuzzis and access to the hotel’s exclusive Horizon Club. Guests may lounge by the sparking pool in enclosed cabanas or watch the sunset while sipping favorite libations. The on-site CHI Spa ensures all who visit leave spectacularly relaxed. Kad Kafe and China Kitchen offer luscious gourmet cuisine.
89/8 Chang Klan Road, Muang, Chiang Mai, 50100 Thailand, Phone: +66-0-53-25-38-88
3.137 Pillars House Chiang Mai
© 137 Pillars House Chiang Mai
137 Pillars House is a perfect blend of history and modern amenities. Adults and children alike will adore the signature rocking chairs situated on the large terrace overlooking the tropical garden. Other amenities and services include free Wi-Fi, a serene onsite spa, and a lovely afternoon tea in the garden. Divine traditional Thai cuisine is served at The Palette, and hand-crafted cocktails are found at Jack Bain’s Bar. Nostalgic Victorian baths, indoor/outdoor showers, and large king beds with crisp linens are ideal to prepare for the next day’s adventures. For those seeking the ultimate in luxury, the spacious Louis Leonowens Pool Suites offer a private plunge pool, sunken bath, personal mini bar, espresso machine, and butler service.
2 Soi 1, Nawatgate Road, Tambon Watgate, Muang Chiang Mai, 5000 Thailand, Phone: +66-0-53-24-77-88
4.Le Meridien Chiang Mai
© Le Meridien Chiang Mai
Just a short walk from the vibrant Chiang Mai Night Bazaar, and surrounded by tantalizing shops and cafes, Le Meridien is one of Asia’s most popular luxury hotels. Inside each gorgeously detailed room, guests will find a large marble bath, delightful rain shower, oversized towels, LCD TV, luxurious linens, and complimentary high-speed internet. Each suite is furnished with a daybed, dining table, comfy sofa, soft plush robes, and comfy slippers. The spacious executive suites on the higher floors boast amazing views of the city and grant access to the exclusive Le Meridien Club. Here, guests are treated to a complimentary breakfast, afternoon tea, and hors d’ oeuvres. Guests may sip evening cocktails while admiring the twinkling city lights below.
108 Chang Klan Road, Tambol Chang Klan, Amphur Muang, Chiang Mai, 50100 Thailand, Phone: +66-0-53-25-36-66
5.Amata Lanna Chiang Mai
© Amata Lanna Chiang Mai
The gracious, pet-friendly Amata Lanna is located at the core of Chiang Mai and is dwarfed by lush green hills. The dazzling 100-year-old teakwood architecture found throughout the property is breathtaking, and there is an aura of ancient tradition blended with modern conveniences in every detail. Lovingly decorated by the owner, each opulent room boasts an individual Jacuzzi, heavenly bedding, air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, plush bathrobes, and a telephone. Valet parking is included. Afternoon tea with lemongrass and butterfly flower tea are offered near the crystal-clear pool surrounded by a tropical forest. Breakfast is served either buffet style or a la carte and is tailored to each guests’ desires.
222/2 Chareanprated Road, T. Chiangklan Amphoe Muang Chiang Mai, 50000 Thailand, Phone: +66-0-53-81-86-28
6.Amata Lanna Village Chiang Mai
© Amata Lanna Village Chiang Mai
Understated elegance is a spot-on description of this intimate treasure. Amata Lanna Village’s charming ambience offers a peaceful respite and is surrounded by staggering natural beauty. The century-year-old dark teak wood takes center stage in this sophisticated retreat. Mouthwatering mango, sticky rice, and other Thai delights are served under a canopy of greenery and palm trees in a magically inspiring garden. Each of the unique 14 luxury rooms in this boutique hotel is stocked with thoughtful conveniences. Rooms are individually designed with artistic decor and flair, incorporating traditional colors of cream, maroon, and gold. Daily housekeeping, free breakfast with optional in-room dining service, and free Wi-Fi are included.
8 Jai Keaw Road, T Nhonghoi, A. Muang, Chiang Mai, 50100 Thailand, Phone: +66-0-53-14-19-91
7.Art Mai Gallery Nimman Hotel by Compass Hospitality
© Art Mai Gallery Nimman Hotel by Compass Hospitality
Those with the soul of an artist need look no further than the Art Mai Gallery. Each room is outfitted with a writing table and a painting canvas. These distinctive rooms cater to specific genres and periods such as nude, op, pop, abstract, surrealist, impressionist, and romantic. Creative types will revel in the uniqueness of this hip, chic hotel generously cloaked in artistic décor. Arrivals via the complimentary airport transfer will enjoy these gems found throughout the Art Mai Gallery. Guests may work up a sweat in the fitness center and then cool off in the swimming pool. Exquisite dining is found in the light and airy Jarid Contemporary Thai Restaurant. Same day laundry and tour services are also offered.
21 Soi 3, Nimmanhaemin Road, Muang, Chiang Mai, 50200 Thailand, Phone: +66-0-53-89-48-88
8.BaanBooLoo Holiday Home Guesthouse
© BaanBooLoo Holiday Home Guesthouse
The recently renovated and eco-friendly BaanBooLoo has long been a favorite of single, couple, and family travelers. Upgrades include faster Wi-Fi, mosquito nets, and expanded menus. Close to Wat Pra Sart, these air-conditioned charming villas range from a converted rice barn and semi open-air lounges to those with balconies surrounded by bamboo, shared kitchen facilities and outside dining areas. All have complimentary Wi-Fi, toiletries, fans, safety deposit boxes, coffeemakers, and a host of other welcoming amenities. The TreeTop Suite boasts a semi outdoor lounge, two bedrooms, high ceilings, a carved bed, enormous teak doors, and executive lounge access. The honeymoon suite provides an outdoor hot tub and gorgeous sunset views.
5 Soi 3 Kor, Intawaroroj 3 Road, Sriphum Muang, Chiang Mai, 50200 Thailand, Phone: +66-9-56-95-50-50
9.BED Hotel Phrasingh
© BED Hotel Phrasingh
BED Phrasingh is within easy walking distance to Wat Chiang Man and offers 29 modest guest rooms. “Easy” is also Bed Phrasing’s goal, with cheerful, quick check-in and out in 60 seconds for these minimalistic, stylish, and easily affordable accommodations. All rooms are equipped with soft linens, free ice-cold bottles of water, minibars, and coffee/tea makers. Visitors may take advantage of the free Wi-Fi to send fascinating stories of their adventure or breathtaking photos to friends and family. A small turquoise pool is available for a quick dip or a leisurely swim. Guests will enjoy a hand-crafted breakfast served by attentive staff, complete with freshly cut fruit and rich cappuccinos. Bicycles are free to use, and parking is also complimentary.
Samroiyod Road 1, New Chedi District, Chang Wat, Chiang Mai, 50200 Thailand, Phone: +66-0-53-27-10-09
10.Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai Resort
© Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai Resort
Palatial. Magnificent. Supreme. These are apt descriptors of Dhara Dhevi. Sophisticated two-story villas and elegant residences complete with grand pianos and unparalleled service are just part of mystical Dhara Dhevi. Guests will be swept into luxury with the individual whirlpool tubs, deck with loungers, and plunge pools. The Grand Ballroom is capable of hosting 500 guests, and events featuring dance groups or entrances on elephants are “routine” on their exquisite ceremonial lawn. The ultimate in extreme luxury, the Royal Residence is an exclusive six-pavilion complex showcasing three gorgeous swimming pools, a tranquil lotus pond, life-sized elephant sculptures, and private Jacuzzis and saunas.
51/4 Moo 1, Chiang Mai-Sankampaeng Road, T. Tasala A. Muang, Chiang Mai, 50000 Thailand, Phone: +66-0-53-88-88-88
11.Kate and Hasu Boutique Chiangmai
© Kate and Hasu Boutique Chiangmai
The Kate and Hasu Boutique offers a tiny sanctuary for weary travelers or those craving modern simplicity. Each room is done in neutral shades with light wood, creating a soft, soothing ambiance. Dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows flood rooms with light and add an air of serenity. With a small venue, the dedicated staff can provide as much individual attention as requested. Guest reviews rave about the friendliness of staff, the stellar quality of breakfast, and the close proximity to the colorful and chaotic Chiang Mai Night Bazaar. The considerate staff has been known to pack a separate breakfast for those with early tours.
15/2, Kotchasarn Road, Changklan, Muang, Chiang Mai, 50100 Thailand, Phone: +66-0-53-27-13-55
12.Khum Phaya Resort & Spa, Centara Boutique Collection
© Khum Phaya Resort & Spa, Centara Boutique Collection
The Centara’s reputation for premiere and splendid accommodations is a long-standing source of pride. Striving to meet every individual need, five levels of grand rooms are available, ranging from Pool Access to Pool Villa. The Centara is graciously welcoming to solo travelers seeking solitary meditation as well as to larger families. A delightful swim-up bar tucked inside a refreshing pool is hugely popular. The heavenly Spa Cenvaree is a true soothing treat and offers a variety of services, from couples’ massage to a traditional Thai foot massage. Kham Saen Restaurant’s extensive menu is sure to have something to please, including vegetarians. Meetings or events of 120 people or fewer can be accommodated easily.
137 Moo 5, Nongpaklang, Amphur Muang, Chiang Mai, 50000 Thailand, Phone: +66-0-53-41-55-55
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13.Na Nirand Romantic Boutique Resort
© Na Nirand Romantic Boutique Resort
The captivating Na Nirand Romantic Boutique Resort is located in downtown Chiang Mai. Known for its casually elegant rooftop wine bar, dignified century-year-old rain tree, panoramic views, and laidback atmosphere, this location is a blissful hideaway for those with romance in their hearts. Each of the 45 rooms has been beautifully adorned with interesting treasures like murals, free-standing bathtubs, and “abacus” headboards. Amenities include airport shuttles, a library, and a spa. The top four elite suites sport corresponding international decor. An exquisite teak house, perfect for weddings or small meetings, stands majestically on stilts near the sparkling pool under the canopy of rain trees.
1/1 Soi 9, Charoenprathet Road, Tambon Changklan, Amphoe Muang, Chiang Mai, 50100 Thailand, Phone: +66-0-53-28-09-88
14.Ping Nakara Boutique Hotel & Spa
© Ping Nakara Boutique Hotel & Spa
Winner of several travel accommodations awards and proud recipient of the Prime Minister Thailand Boutique Award for 2016 and 2017, Ping Nakara’s 19 graceful rooms are an alluring combination of intimacy and high sophistication. Each has been beautifully hand-crafted for maximum comfort and include complimentary full breakfast. A popular honeymoon package includes rose petals in a drawn bath, a bottle of wine, and airport transportation. Elephant encounters and mahout training await those who choose the Discovery Chiang Mai package. The tropical Nakara Jardin (Garden), provides idyllic views of the Ping River. Gourmet dining is provided courtesy of Le Cordon Bleu-trained Chef Pomme.
135/9 Charoenprathet Road, T. Changklan, A. Muang, Chiang Mai, 50100 Thailand, Phone: +66-0-53-25-29-99
15.Puripunn Baby Grand Boutique Hotel
© Puripunn Baby Grand Boutique Hotel
The translation of Puripunn is “Land of Sharing,” and this 30-room boutique hotel stands ready to share its sensational accommodations. Puripunn was voted Thailand’s Best Small Hotel International in 2014 and named a Romantic Retreat Boutique Hotel in 2013. Heartily welcoming singles, couples, and families alike, Puripunn offers superb tailored service to each guest. The rooms are spacious, are decorated in rich, vivid colors, and have private terraces or balconies, LED TVs, and fully stocked minibars. Grand Suite guests enjoy an individual pool, Jacuzzi, whirlpool bathtub, and rain shower. Scrumptious authentic Thai dishes and traditional high tea are served on-site, and guests will leave the Sala Spa feeling gloriously pampered.
104/1 Charoen Muang Soi 2, Charoen Muang Road, T. Wat Gate, A. Muang, Chiang Mai, 50000 Thailand, Phone: +66-0-53-24-45-67
16.Rachamankha Boutique Hotel
© Rachamankha Boutique Hotel
Rachamankha is ideally located next to Chiang Mai’s most famous temple, Wat Phra Singh. This boutique hotel offers 23 superior-deluxe bedrooms and two over-the-top suites in three distinct levels – the Courtyard Superior, Grand Deluxe, and Classic Suite. Intricate details and international influences are evident throughout this captivating property. This includes the owner’s prized family heirlooms, personal artwork, and rare scriptures. Inside the rooms, guests will find themselves immersed in the understated elegance of creams, golds, maroons and dark wood furniture. Dining options for authentic Northern Thai cuisine include the outstanding on-site restaurant or the open-air patio under the stars. This is a perfect venue for weddings and events.
6 Rachamankha, 9 Phra Singh, Chiang Mai, 50200 Thailand, Phone: +66-0-53-90-41-11
17.Rimping Village Chiang Mai
© Rimping Village Chiang Mai
Rimping Village is a serene treasure situated in the Wat Kate community. Contemporary and minimalistic features are seamlessly combined with authentic Northern Thai heritage. Room selections include superior, deluxe, the Rimping Deluxe, and the family suite. The handsome burnt orange tiled floors are found in each hotel room, and the quaint balcony overlooking the pool and charming stone pathway is shrouded by greenery and palm trees. Light airy bathrooms are well-stocked with fine toiletries, and 24-hour desk and laundry services are provided. Activities can be coordinated through the concierge, and bicycles can be rented on-site. Authentic, aromatic Thai cuisine is deliciously prepared and gracefully presented by the resident chef.
13/1 Soi 2, Chiangmai-Lamphun Road, T. Wat Gate, A. Muang Chiang Mai, 50000 Thailand, Phone: +66-0-53-24-39-15
18.SugarCane Chiang Mai
© SugarCane Chiang Mai
SugarCane Chiang Mai is as sweet as the name implies. This intimate 22-room hotel is brand new and cheerfully welcomes families, couples, and single travelers. Situated near the famous Chiang Mai Night Bazaar, this uncomplicated and fun atmosphere is a perfect example of the true laidback spirit of Thailand. Rooms are air conditioned, offer generous traditional amenities and toiletries, and have either a balcony or terrace perfect for lazing and indulging in Northern Thailand’s tranquility. The brilliant blue outdoor pool is popular with both youngsters and the young-at-heart. The charming and unpretentious patio of SugarCane Cafe & Bistro is ideal for reading the newspaper while sipping freshly brewed coffee.
12/3 RatChiangSaen 2 Kor, Hai Ya, Muang, Chiang Mai, 50100 Thailand, Phone: +66-9-31-34-42-85
19.Tamarind Village Chiang Mai
© Tamarind Village Chiang Mai
Tamarind Village is named for the majestic 200-year-old tamarind tree standing guard over this property. Babysitting is offered here and families are warmly welcomed. Each of the 46 rooms are opulently decorated in strikingly vivid, bold colors. The two jewels in this crown are the Tamarind Suite and the Spa Suite, each offering decadent combinations of spacious living areas, wooden floors, intricately carved handmade furniture, private terraces, cozy sunbeds, marble baths, and outdoor showers. Bewitching garden courtyards and the on-site spa guarantee relaxation. All-day dining on gourmet, traditional Thai delights, as well as international dishes, is provided at Ruen Tamarind restaurant.
Si Phum, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai, 50200 Thailand, Phone: +66-0-53-41-88-96
20.The Chiang Mai Riverside Hotel
© The Chiang Mai Riverside Hotel
The Chiang Mai Riverside prides itself on sophistication and stellar personal service. Staff provide top notch service yet remain unobtrusive – the hallmark of Thailand. Enchanting rooms are available in sizes of 60, 90 and 120 square feet and boast variations of the tranquil Ping River, garden, or countryside views. These spacious suites have private balconies, floor-to-ceiling windows, full kitchens, and phenomenal in-room dining space. All food served at the top-tier Vorra Bistro is fresh, locally sourced, and prepared by professional chefs. The restaurant can accommodate any party size up to 70. Those who aspire to become chefs may take advantage of the sanuk (fun) Thai cooking class offered here.
111 Moo 7, Padad, Muang, Chiang Mai, 50100 Thailand, Phone: +66-0-53-44-72-11
21.The Home Chiangmai Luxury Guesthouse
© The Home Chiangmai Luxury Guesthouse
Guests will definitely feel “at home” at this modest, privately owned house, which allows for the unique opportunity to establish an endearing, intimate connection with native hosts. All the comforts of home are found here without sacrificing style or serenity. Rooms are air conditioned and are supplied with complimentary bathroom amenities, comfy slippers, free Wi-Fi, and flat-screen TVs. Inviting balconies and terraces are superb for reading books or journal writing. An authentic Thai breakfast is served every morning. More opportunities for unwinding and engaging in conversations are possible at the on-site bar or the communal lounge. This laidback establishment is less than 3 miles from the airport.
No.10, Sanam Kela Soi 2, T. Sripoom, A. Muang, Chiang Mai, 50200 Thailand, Phone: +66-8-20-29-20-10
22.U Chiang Mai Hotel
© U Chiang Mai Hotel
The distinctive and stylish U is laser-focused on valuing the individual traveler with deep appreciation for their time. For the sleepy, jetlagged guest, breakfast is served at any time in either the restaurant or their hotel room. Large comfy beds with cool white linen sheets await the “pillow” selection of the guest’s choosing. Free bicycles and a library of books are available to visitors, while private balconies with daybeds for lounging or reading promote serenity. The humorously named EAT restaurant tailors individual spice tolerances for each discerning palate. Its counterpart DRINK offers a lovely open-air bar. As an added bonus, guests may stay the full 24 hours on their departure day with no rushed “check-out” time.
70 Ratchadamnoen Road, Sri-Poom, Muang District, Chiang Mai, 50200 Thailand, Phone: +66-0-53-32-70-00
23.VC@Suanpaak Boutique Hotel
© VC@Suanpaak Boutique Hotel
Guests arriving at VC@Suanpaak quickly realize it was a good choice. This dreamy venue offers both hotel rooms with private balconies and serviced apartments with full kitchens for longer stays. Astonishingly intricate wooden carvings, fascinating metal statues, handcrafted winsome art, and a carved tunnel-like entrance are just some of the spellbinding touches of this unique location. Hotel rooms include complimentary American breakfasts for those longing for a touch of home as well as LCD TVs, free Wi-Fi, and a minibar. The tranquil interior pool is surrounded by lush, tropical palm trees and a soothing lotus pond, giving the impression of an exotic “jungle.”
61 Moo 3 Tumbol Suthep, Amphoe Mueang Chang Wat, Chiang Mai, 50200 Thailand, Phone: +66-0-53-27-53-33
24.Vernada High Resort Chiang Mai
© Vernada High Resort Chiang Mai
Snuggled high into the hills of Chiang Mai, the stunning Veranda High Resort boasts 69 top-of-the-line boutique rooms. Guests inside the high-altitude premiere Jacuzzi Pavilion are treated to awe-inspiring views through wraparound floor-to-ceiling windows while soaking in the large Jacuzzi inside. Lush emerald green treetops and wild mountains provide a perfect contrast to the clean, contemporary lines in each magnificent room. Intricate and dramatic wooden lattices accent the glittery lanterns high above the hotel lobby. The Rabiang Cha restaurant features out of this world regional cuisine. There are two gorgeous meeting rooms available that can host up to 250 guests. Vernada is simply the epitome of grace and elegance.
192 Moo 2 Banpong Hangdong, Chiang Mai, 50230 Thailand, Phone: +66-0-53-36-50-07
25.X2 Chiang Mai Riverside Resort
© X2 Chiang Mai Riverside Resort
Ideally located on the beautiful Ping River, guests at this five-story luxury resort have easy access to both the tranquility of the water and the excitement of downtown Chiang Mai. Century-year-old tamarind trees grace this lavish 30-suite property. Proper high tea and an oxygen bar with over 50 brands of water and tea are available. Guests may work out in the gym while enjoying the river view below. Others can indulge in cocktails at Ozone, the rooftop bar, to watch the sunset or dip into the saltwater infinity pool. X2 offers four different types of rooms: Tamarind, Riverfront Suite, Grand Suite River View, and Pool Suite River View.
36/6-7 Lane 11, Nimmanhaemin Road, Suthep, Muang, Chiang Mai, 50200 Thailand, Phone: +66-9-56-97-16-82
Where to Stay in Chiang Mai - 25 Best Hotels
- Akyra Manor Chiang Mai, Photo: Akyra Manor Chiang Mai
- Shangri-La Hotel - Chiang Mai, Photo: Shangri-La Hotel – Chiang Mai
- 137 Pillars House Chiang Mai, Photo: 137 Pillars House Chiang Mai
- Le Meridien Chiang Mai, Photo: Le Meridien Chiang Mai
- Amata Lanna Chiang Mai, Photo: Amata Lanna Chiang Mai
- Amata Lanna Village Chiang Mai, Photo: Amata Lanna Village Chiang Mai
- Art Mai Gallery Nimman Hotel by Compass Hospitality, Photo: Art Mai Gallery Nimman Hotel by Compass Hospitality
- BaanBooLoo Holiday Home Guesthouse, Photo: BaanBooLoo Holiday Home Guesthouse
- BED Hotel Phrasingh, Photo: BED Hotel Phrasingh
- Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai Resort, Photo: Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai Resort
- Kate and Hasu Boutique Chiangmai, Photo: Kate and Hasu Boutique Chiangmai
- Khum Phaya Resort & Spa, Centara Boutique Collection, Photo: Khum Phaya Resort & Spa, Centara Boutique Collection
- Na Nirand Romantic Boutique Resort, Photo: Na Nirand Romantic Boutique Resort
- Ping Nakara Boutique Hotel & Spa, Photo: Ping Nakara Boutique Hotel & Spa
- Puripunn Baby Grand Boutique Hotel, Photo: Puripunn Baby Grand Boutique Hotel
- Rachamankha Boutique Hotel, Photo: Rachamankha Boutique Hotel
- Rimping Village Chiang Mai, Photo: Rimping Village Chiang Mai
- SugarCane Chiang Mai, Photo: SugarCane Chiang Mai
- Tamarind Village Chiang Mai, Photo: Tamarind Village Chiang Mai
- The Chiang Mai Riverside Hotel, Photo: The Chiang Mai Riverside Hotel
- The Home Chiangmai Luxury Guesthouse, Photo: The Home Chiangmai Luxury Guesthouse
- U Chiang Mai Hotel, Photo: U Chiang Mai Hotel
- VC@Suanpaak Boutique Hotel, Photo: VC@Suanpaak Boutique Hotel
- Vernada High Resort Chiang Mai, Photo: Vernada High Resort Chiang Mai
- X2 Chiang Mai Riverside Resort, Photo: X2 Chiang Mai Riverside Resort
- Cover Photo: Courtesy of Stuart Corlett - Fotolia.com