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Shewe Wana Boutique Resort and Spa
Ranked #16 of 383 Hotels in Chiang Mai
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Melbourne, Australia
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“A tranquil oasis”
Reviewed 5 April 2012

We spent 6 nights at the Shewe Wana in Chiang Mai and were treated to a peaceful paradise within the city. We had royal suite 5 that was right next to the pool (10 steps away!). The suite was spacious, clean and beautifully furnished. We looked forward to an amazing breakfast every morning (don't miss the banana pancakes) with fresh fruits. The main pool was excellent and it was rare for us to ever see anyone else there. Plenty of sun exposure too on the deck. Staff frequently replaced the flowers and decorations around the resort which added a nice touch. Dined in the restaurant and had a wonderful, tasty Thai meal. All of the front desk staff spoke English well and were happy to book a tour for us or book a table at a restaurant. The resort tuk tuk was also handy to take you wherever you would like to go. Laundry service was great - cheap and fast. I will recommend this boutique resort to everyone I know and will stay here when in Chiang Mai again.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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London, Canada
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Reviewed 5 March 2012

I have just returned from 2 weeks in Chaing Mai, staying at the Shewe Wana Boutique Resort. I can't say enough about it!! I traveled with 3 other women, we stayed in the "Royal Suite", it suited our needs perfectly. The beautiful gardens and pools, are wonderful. The staff go out of their way to be welcoming and helpful! They were very helpful with suggestions of things to do and places to eat. Nit, especially goes out of his way to be helpful. Joy one of the owners, was on site most of the time and often sat down with us to chat. The food was wonderful as well. It is a hidden gem in a very busy city. I would highly recommend staying here, I hope to be able to go back someday!

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 28 February 2012

We started our honeymoon here and what a place to be. Shewe Wana is so quaint and perfect. The staff were so freindly and helpful. Breakfast was splendid every morning.
2 pools and both a great size. Exquisite orchids everywhere and a herb garden with ponds no end. You would never even know the city of Chiang Mai was right out front. We could walk to the night markets in less then 10 mins (we went every night)....however we did tend to get lazy towards the end and started catching tuk tuks, only costing 40thb. Awesome, beautiful. I am in love with Chiang Mai now and I believe the accomadation at Shewe Wana is definaltley partly to blame for this :-)
A big thank you to the staff and we look forward to coming back some day.
regards
Dale and Shirley

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Stockport, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 February 2012

We stayed a week in the Shewe Wana recently and were not disappointed. We had been upgraded to a De Luxe double room on the first floor. The room was functional but not on the large side compared to other hotels in Thailand. The standard rooms are even smaller, but do not let this put you off as everything else was top class. The only reason I'm not giving it a 5 rating is the size of the rooms and the fact that floors are concrete and the bathroom looked as if the tiling had not been finished.
Service and food was excellent and the owner Joy is so friendly and always available for a chat.
As has been said, it's only a 15 minute walk to the night market and a 25 minute walk to the old town or 60Baht in a tuk tuk. We tended to walk to the town and Tuk Tuk back.
The two pools are excellent and were always quiet when we were there. One pool gets virtually no sun and the other loses the sun at 3.30pm, so if you want to sunbathe go early. Airport pick up and delivery was prompt and friendly. We had a complimentary dinner on the first night and free drink (did not appear).
We had a look in a top grade suite and were so impressed with quality, if you can afford it stay in one of these.
The Massage suite is very expensive compared to what you get in the city.
All in all we were delighted and would book again.
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 February 2012

This resort was just fantastic. It was such a lovely oasis after being out in the hustle and bustle all day. It was laid back and tranquil. The gardens were amazing and the pool was so refreshingly cool that I could have stayed in it all day.

The rooms were very clean and tidy and quite large for the price.

The owner was super friendly as were the rest of the staff.

The food was fantastic (try the banana pancakes) and my husband has been on the hunt for a pad Thai that meets their standards since we got home.

We had such an amazing time there that my parents booked in on their last trip and they have also been raving about it ever since.

To get some perspective we stayed in other 3 4 and 5 star accomodaton our trip but nothing compared. We liked that it was a little away from the centre but probably one of the closest hotels to the night bazaar. Great place to stay!!!'

Oh and try to catch the overnight train from Bangkok to chiang Mai (first class sleeper cabin) it's def not our first class but it is an experience not to be missed!!!

  • Stayed September 2011
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New York, New York, United States
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Reviewed 13 February 2012

First and foremost, my girlfriend and I had a wonderful time staying at Shewe Wana. This boutique hotel is prefect for individuals, couples, and families looking for a quiet and clean place to stay in Chiang Mai that doesn't look or feel like a hotel.

The hotel is situated across the Ping River to the east of the city center. Walking from the hotel to the Night Bazaar will take you around 15 minutes. A tuk tuk to the Night Bazaar will take you around 5 minutes. There are nice restaurants on Ping River, same side as the hotel, which will take you around 10 minutes. As with any city streets in Chiang Mai, the traffic and the commotion outside can be pretty loud. However, when you step into the entrance of the hotel and walk back through the beautiful garden, where your rooms will be, it is quite peaceful. The garden is pretty large, filled with local plants which keeps the rooms facing it cool and quiet.

The hotel room that we stayed in was quite large with a refrigerator, cable TV, and AC. When you walk into the room you feel as though you are in a large classic Thai residence from the wooden doors to the beautiful furniture in the room to the organic charcoal bamboo soaps and shampoos that were placed in the rooms every day.

The breakfast in the morning is great. There is both an American and a Thai breakfast which they serve in a buffet and sit down style. Do try the pancakes and french toasts; they are delicious. We also had lunch and dinner there too and they were also tasty, fresh, and clean.

The staff is very attentive from receptionists to the cooks. Since it is a boutique hotel many staff members perform many different roles which is a good thing because you can ask anyone questions about the hotel and Chiang Mai and they will most likely have an answer for you. Also when you there, P' Joy, the managing director of the hotel is always there to be help. She made our stay very comfortable and enjoyable with her knowledge of the area and her friendly nature.

Throughout our trip around Thailand we constantly told other travelers to stay at Shewe Wana if they were going to Chiang Mai. We will be back.

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Brooklyn
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Reviewed 13 February 2012

After passing through the unassuming entrance, we were greeted at reception by a friendly, attentive staff dressed in traditional northern Thai costume. Although located on the busy main road into the central city, once inside it was a picture of peace and serenity. The grounds are like a botanic garden beautfully designed and maintained. There are two swimming pools to choose from and offered us a refreshing dip after a day of sightseeing. Shewewana has a 6 passenger 'tuk-tuk' which we took to visit some of the sights in the older part of Chiang Mai, notably Wat Ket Karam. There is a traditional large open market a few minutes walk from the hotel.
For breakfast, we had a choice of resturant service or self-sevice buffet with a varied selection of Asian or Western food; we chose the buffet during our stay.
Being on a main road has its advantges in that just step outdide and we had a choice of red mini-bus, taxi or tuk-tuk to go to the center of Chiang Mai. We also had the pleasant surprise during our stay to see two parades pass right in front of the hotel: Chinese New Year Dragon and Chiang Mai Flower Show parades.
We both had the best massages ever in the spa; a quiet, serene environment with the best massuse to be found anywhere.
We will definately be back on our next visit to Chiang Mai.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Shewe Wana Boutique Resort and Spa
Address: 296, 298 Charoen Muang Rd | Watket, Chiang Mai 50000, Thailand
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Region: Thailand > Chiang Mai Province > Chiang Mai
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#8 Spa Hotel in Chiang Mai
#10 Romantic Hotel in Chiang Mai
#10 Luxury Hotel in Chiang Mai
#12 Family Hotel in Chiang Mai
#37 Best Value Hotel in Chiang Mai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Shewe Wana Boutique Resort and Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
"Shewe" means life, "Wana" means forest and nature. "Shewe Wana" means life returning to the forest. Shewe Wana is a small cozy boutique style resort in Chiang Mai city. We are an environmentally friendly resort, using natural products made by Chiang Mai local people. We are located about 15-20 minutes by walk from resort to Chiang Mai old city. It is located on the main road to the railroad station and a few minutes walk to the Ping River where you will find a variety of international restaurants, pubs and cafes. It is also just a short walk to a Buddhist temple and a local market name "SAN PA KHOI" where you will find a delicious assortment of northern Thai food, fruit and confections. We offer complimentary 'tuk-tuk' shuttle to the night bazaar and railroad station and van service to the airport. Shewe Wana Boutique wing A cozy boutique resort with two room types; Superior Double room and Superior Twin room have Thai-style wood furniture and windows that open to a view of the lovely garden and pool-side setting. ... more   less 
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