Anantara Chiang Mai, a riverside property on the grounds of the former British Consulate, is a city hotel with a resort feel – a true urban oasis that provides the best of both worlds.
Set on the banks of the peaceful Mae Ping River, Anantara Chiang Mai gives the impression it’s far from the hustle and bustle, but it’s just a 20-minute stride away from the temples, thronging markets and ancient Lanna ruins of the old city.
Address: 123-123/1 Charoen Prathet Road, Changklan, Muang, Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand.
Style & character
The resort merges the old and the new with a modern, understated bamboo-clad design that centres on the original 1920s colonial building that was the former British Consulate. An abundance of open airways encourage a smooth breeze, while water has been used to great effect, bringing a sense of tranquillity to the property.
Service & facilities
If you can drag yourself away from the spa and the riverside pool, there are a host of wellness activities from aerobics to tai chi classes available, as well as the brand’s signature Spice Spoons cooking class. Highly recommended is the city tour, where the best of Chiang Mai is experienced by tuk-tuk. Service is obliging and genuine, with warm and friendly staff willing to go the extra mile.
Set over four floors, with views of either the gardens or the river, all rooms have their own balconies with a double day bed, and open-plan bathrooms with handmade red tiles, deep terrazzo bathtubs and separate showers. All the requisite mod cons, including coffee and tea making facilities, in-room safes and Wi-Fi are available, however as the property was originally built over a decade ago, sufficient charging outlets are lacking. The upside of this are the light switches, which are not of a modern digital system and fairly straightforward to work.
Guests staying in the Kasara Suites have access to a dedicated lounge where breakfast, evening cocktails and light snacks are served throughout the day.
Food & drink
Watch the sun go down as you meander along the river on the hotel’s boat, admiring traditional Thai houses and the lush scenery. Afterwards, the on-board experience can be continued with a light tapas meal or a champagne dinner. Back on land, the hotel’s restaurants are housed in the original colonial building at the centre of the property.
The main restaurant – also where the mammoth breakfast extravaganza is served each morning – serves up Indian and Peruvian fare, while The Service 1921, themed around the fictitious reinvention of the British government’s secret intelligence service, delivers a contrary menu of Thai, Chinese Szechuan and Vietnamese specialties with bold, spicy flavours not for the faint-hearted.
Access for guests with disabilities?
There are dedicated parking spaces for guests with disabilities and both the Deluxe and Kasara Garden View rooms are easily accessible.
There are no interconnecting rooms, but the Kasara Suites are spacious enough for families and the new Serviced Suites over the road are homely and flexible with a dining table and fully equipped kitchen. Children’s menus are available in the restaurants and infant’s bath amenities are also available on request.
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