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Viangbua Mansion
Ranked #93 of 392 Hotels in Chiang Mai
Reviewed 7 December 2011

Clean, great location, pleasant staff, nice breakfast---will stay there again next year!

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 28 November 2011

Having just flown up from Bangkok staying at the Rambuttri Village for 1250 per night, the much nicer and bigger room at Viengbua for 900 inc. breakfast was a very nice moral booster on our arrival day here.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with family
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2  Thank TravelKohTao
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Reviewed 30 September 2011

So, the postives: lovely reception area, staff with excellent English, spotlessly clean rooms, good value.

The negatives: it is a long way from the long distance bus station (approx 4/5km) and a good 15/20 minute walk north of the old city (although you can easily catch a taxi if you wish and barter a decent price).

Basically this is a nice place, but for me the lack of atmosphere and charm let it down a bit. It just didn't feel authentically and charmingly Thai as with so many other places we stayed in diferent cities. If that isn't a concern for you then I'm sure you could do a whole lot worse than here!

  • Stayed: September 2011
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3  Thank ExplorerAsh
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Reviewed 27 July 2011

Great place to stay. A 5-10 minute to the night bazaar, Saturday or Sunday market. There is a local red taxi car driver who waits outside the hotel- he is absolutely the nicest guy ever! One night, he took us to a restaurant and it was closed, he took us to another and even would wait for us and pick us up after dinner. We paid him 100 baht (which is probably a little too much) but he was so nice. He even ran to help us put the bags in the van when we were leaving!
Go to The Spirit Houses, across the street, ASAP! The food was great and the whole atmosphere and decor of the place is amazing!! The owner couldn't be nicer. We felt so stupid for finally going the day before we left. It would have been great to talk with the owner and get recommendations from the beginning. He also has an amazing story.

The hotel service was phenomenal- especially for the price. The staff were so kind and helpful. They let us store our luggage in their office on 2 occasions and wrote the names of places in Thai for us in case the taxi driver didn't understand us. We would LOVE to stay there again if we ever came back. GREAT value for your money!

The rooms were really nice- and even had a TV area. The breakfast was not a buffet but was still good. They gave you fruit, tea or coffee and you choose the meal- waffle, egg sandwich and I forget the third option.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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3  Thank nwasilus
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Reviewed 26 July 2011

We stayed at the mansion for 5 nights. The staff was extremely nice. Place was very clean. Rooms were perfect for 2 people, and included a small sitting area. Great rate. They even let us switch one of our reservation to another night when we decided to go to chaing rai last minute and volunteered to hold our bags for us. The hotel is a bit outside the city but it only cost 100 baht for our family of four to get into the city. Great cheap local market around the corner. Would definately stay here again and highly recommend.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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4  Thank swasilus
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Reviewed 9 May 2011

My wife and I stayed for a month at Viangbua Mansion in Chiang Mai. We were a little wary after not enjoying Bangkok but all our fears were allayed virtually as soon as we walked through the front door. Reception staff were welcoming (and remained friendly and helpful over the 30 days-spending a not inconsiderable time answering our questions about the way of life here, cultural differences, how to find tourist destinations etc ).
Our apartment was spacious and located with a view from the 7th floor. A hot plate, microwave, fridge and urn allowed us to self cater when we wished. Being serviced 3 times a week meant the apartment was always clean and tidy. The housekeepers were pleasant and hardworking. Perhaps the only improvement would be an updated TV.
In the area is a market (where in Thailand isn't there one?), several restaurants, cafes and coffee shops that provide a variety of food that is always cheap. Our favourite was Spirit House virtually across the road where the specials menu changed every week and both Thai and Western foods were available. Steve was a gracious and knowledgeable host.
The perhaps unofficial taxi driver across the road loves and cares for his car. He is a cautious driver and we always felt safe with him whether it was on the mountainous road to Doi Suthep or around the city in the crazy traffic.
Visit one of the elephant farms, Tiger Kingdom was interesting-although I haven't made up my mind about the ethics of their organisation-and the snake farm was interesting.
We took the opportunity to use the services of Grace Dental 10 minutes away for excellent dental work.
Finally, it is the people who work at Viangbua thta make it what it is and the place is a credit to manager "A".

Room Tip: Rooms with a view of the mountains are best.
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  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank AussieOseas
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Reviewed 20 April 2011

We stayed here for 3 nights in February.
I loved the room - beautifully furnished, comfortable bed, and so much space. A whole other sitting room with a TV so we could thoroughly spread out, and a balcony to watch the Chinese New Year fireworks and look at the mountain in the distance. The bathroom had an awesome big shower.
Free Wifi - super handy. Good breakfast included.
However I did find our walls to be a bit thin, and so our sleep was interrupted by the TV next door that was on all night.. We could hear people talking fairly clearly in the adjacent rooms, but this wasn't a huge problem as noone was staying up late and partying.

Also, it is about a brisk 30-40 minute walk into the centre of town. This isn't a bad thing, as I think the area around the hotel is equally as interesting as downtown. There are some great markets, food and clothes, that are worth exploring.

If we hadn't stayed at Viangbua we wouldn't have eaten at Spirit House, which is across the tiny street and made Viangbua Mansion an even better option. Probably one of the best restaurants we ate at in 2 months of travelling. And the owner is an excellent host. Be prepared to spend a little more if you're on a backpacking budget. Worth every penny.
He also told us about a pool in the area, if it's really hot and you need some relief.

All up - well worth it.

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank Maaskant23
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Additional Information about Viangbua Mansion

Address: 3/1 Viangbua Road | Chang Puek, Muang, Chiang Mai 50300, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Chiang Mai Province > Chiang Mai
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#12 Best Value Hotel in Chiang Mai
#42 Romantic Hotel in Chiang Mai
Price Range: $0 - $1 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Viangbua Mansion 3*
Number of rooms: 107
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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