“A peaceful base for sightseeing, tucked into lush gardens on the banks of the Ping, amid the old-world charm of the Charoenrat/Wat Ket area”
The rooms are dominated by dark wood varnished furniture, with pieces of local handwoven fabric, which Khun Opas can help guests source in the markets of Chiang Mai. They're a generous size, all with their own little outside seating area. Bathrooms are functional with shower cubicles. The simple minibar comes at the smallest markup in hotel history (4 baht more than the 7-11, as far as we could tell) and you get complimentary bottled water and an umbrella, should it rain.
The front wing has a more old-world feel to it, and is more tastefully put together, while the rear wing benefits from a tranquil garden setting.
Superior rooms have a little rattan seating area, and the Superior Single rooms have a patio. Junior Suites are bigger and more inviting for longer stays. The Deluxe Junior Suites and One-Bedroom Suites have an inviting teak four-poster bed and generous sitting area decorated with exclusive Sop Moei Arts items. Some also come with a bathtub.
The excellent breakfast is provided in an open wooden house by the pool. Eggs and bacon are cooked to order, and there’s toast and jam plus fruit, just-brewed coffee and freshly squeezed juice.
Just opposite are the city’s 2 most famous riverside restaurants, The Riverside Bar and Restaurant ‘since 1983’ and its slightly slicker neighbour The Good View. Spend at least one evening here: turnover is quick, so a table with river view will become available. Draft beer and retro European favourites are one draw - the filet mignon comes with ribbed carrots - the eclectic mix of humanity another. Ageing bards murder one standard after another on the little stage. For afternoon snacks, check out the coffee shop near the riverside for its wonderful fruit smoothies and homemade chocolates and truffles; or visit Vieng Joom On the musk-pink tea house.
The atmosphere may be less suitable for young children - there are no special facilities for kids and noisy children are not welcome - and better for couples as close to the riverside bars and attendant crowds by night. The pool is more appropriate for a relaxing reading or sunbathing time in the afternoon where guests can meet and share their experiences.
3-8 year olds sharing with parents in existing beds pay for breakfast only. Extra beds can be supplied for an extra cost.
The Deluxe Junior Suite and One-bedroom Suite are the best options as they are the most spacious.