If a 'Riverside Boutique Hotel' means well-appointed, discreet, serene, clean, nice rooms, helpful staff and all-round good value, then the Aruntara Hotel has it all. The reception staff are unfailingly helpful and polite with a smile for everyone and nothing is too much trouble for them.
The restaurant and bar staff treat everyone with unfailing courtesy and politeness and will go to any length to make one feel comfortable while eating or drinking and the chef will do his best to deliver anything you ask for.
Likewise those members of staff 'behind the scenes' who are responsible for cleaning rooms, tending the gardens and generally ensuring that your stay is enjoyable. Again, discretion is the key word, one might not see them as they go about their daily business but the results are self-evident. Example - I asked for some laundry to be taken from my room, within 2 minutes, the housekeeper and the room maid were knocking on my door to let me know and return 10,000 baht I'd left in the pocket of my shorts!! Excellent service, but somehow I get the feeling that this level of service is the norm. With that in mind then, congratulations must go to the management who obviously have a really good training programme in place.
We've been here for three weeks and I can honestly say that I'm sad at the thought of leaving, We shall soon be living in Chiang Mai so that means I can return on the odd occasion and enjoy a meal with people I've come to think of as friends.
I've stayed at various 5 star hotels around the world and I wouldn't care to recommend most of them. However I cannot recommend the Aruntara Riverside Boutique hotel highly enough.
Do give it a try.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Aruntara Chiang Mai is a true treasure for hotel aficionados and the traveling cognoscenti alike. Its British colonial design is complimented by Northern Thai influences that embrace the present while respecting the past. High ceilings sit above beautiful towering teak columns traditionally crafted by Thai tradesman. Each of the luxurious guest rooms is designed to offer stylish accommodation with an expansive open-plan living area and an abundance of room to relax and unwind while glancing over Chiang Mai’s Mae Ping River. ... more less
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