Right now I'm back looking at my hot pink balcony listening to a symphony of power tools emanating from a nearby constructions site. But, for the last two weeks I had the pleasure playing host to a very special guest...my Mum! Not only was I able to show her some of the sites around Chiang Mai, but I also got to bunk in with her at The Rim Chiang Mai hotel.
I wouldn't be surprised if unsuspecting tourists have mistaken this place for a temple, with its ornate arched entrance which is guarded by fierce mythical creatures.
|Too lazy to cross the road, so I lifted this first shot from asiarooms.com|
In keeping with the northern Thai style of Lanna, the rooms are rustic with dyed, polished concrete floors, roughly rendered walls and unrefined timber furnishings and trimmings.
From reception to house keeping, from the restaurant to the watchman, all are extremely courteous, helpful and friendly. Attention to detail starts as soon as you enter the room with a welcome tray of Thai sweets and handwritten card. All of the accessories in the room, and there are many, are either covered or enclosed in cloth or gold leaf decorated wooden boxes.
The flowers floating in the large clay pots around every corner, become candles by night. Umbrellas appear in similar pots as wet weather sets in. Every evening musicians playing traditional instruments, greet you after a long, hard day of touring...or shopping. Breakfast is served in the adjoining Canal Restaurant and is made to order off the menu, or chosen from a small buffet, or both. Also open for lunch and dinner, it is on the expensive side, but OK for those who can afford it, on holidays, want a special night out or who are staying with their Mum :)
The Rim is true to it's website. Don't let the advertised price
mortify phase you, check some online booking sites like agoda.com and then send Stray to walk in and negotiate an even cheaper price (not looking desperate, with your luggage in tow), easier to do if you're staying for more than one week.
If someone pushed me to find fault with The Rim, the only thing I could say is that there aren't any in-room safes and the cleaning staff have a habit of reopening the internal window shutter...which looks from the bedroom into the bathroom and vice versa...and by the time you realise, you're probably already comfortably seated on the loo. Oh! and there were no chocolates on my pillow.
May I just say again, attention to detail!!!!!
If you do end up staying at The Rim, I can recommend heading two streets north to Intra Warorot Rd and either grab a cheap local meal on the corner or turn right and eat at the Fai bakery/restaurant. Fai is open all day, everyday until late and has both inside air conditioned seating or outside and under cover. Great prices and huge menu, mainly Thai, but they do offer salads and of course, cakes! The Rim is also only a 500 metre walk to the Wat Phra Singh end of Sunday Night Walking Street Market.
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