“An ideal base for sightseeing: quiet and civilised but within spitting distance of the traveller hub of Tha Pae Gate”
The rooms, accessed from walkways around the courtyard, are designed in modern Asian style with a twist. Mirror-shard mosaics, silk drapes and scatter cushions in blazing primary colours provide the Thai effect, and the Lanna influence takes the form of dark wood veneer, tapered lines and silk lanterns. Bathrooms are large and luxurious.
Deluxe rooms offer all basic amenities, including air-con, 26" LCD TV and DVD player, and bathrobes, hairdryers and shower cubicles in the bathroom. The simple minibar – water, beer and soft drinks – is free; you also get tea- and coffee-making facilities.
The larger Premier Deluxe rooms have a banquette in the window where you can relax with a book. Some, on upper floors, offer a view of the hills and the towering clouds that build up over them in the wet season. The slightly bigger ones in the corners have a bathtub rather than shower cubicle. In our opinion, these are the best value rooms.
There are several connecting rooms in those two categories, in case you’re semi-estranged from the wife or have well-behaved children. Grand Deluxe rooms have a walk-in dressing room and, if you must, space for an extra bed.
The Naga Suite measures 72m², its piece de resistance being a rather startling art piece at the head of the bed based on the mythical snake that inspired the hotel’s name and design quirks.
For breakfast, taken in the restaurant between 6.30-10.30am, the buffet offers a few pre-cooked warm Asian and European dishes, which are better enjoyed earlier in the shift since standing around is no healthier for food than people. There’s a good choice of cereals and tasty homemade jam. Juices are freshly squeezed.
The contemporary Thai-styled Naga restaurant features the ubiquitous snake motif on its warm yellow walls and is also open for lunch and dinner, offering Mediterranean cuisine with an Asian twist. Signature dishes include spinach and quail egg ravioli with black truffles, duck leg confit glazed with kumquat gastrique, roasted snow fish with semi-dried tomato relish, and tortino al cioccolato.
Beside the entrance is the attractively designed Thai/international restaurant, Café de Naga, with some seating among tropical vegetation as well as indoors in air-conditioned comfort. It serves fresh baked items, dishes such as Chiang Mai curry noodles (Khao Soy), Vietnamese spring rolls, roasted duck curry and mango sweet sticky rice, as well as freshly brewed coffee, homemade juices and ice creams. It also has a private gallery and collection of Lanna arts and antiques. European-trained executive chef Suzie Nilklad (who also a stint at the Alain Ducasse Centre) is the creative proprietor of both establishments.
Do also check out the Lobby Bar, which extends through to the poolside terrace, for cocktails and casual drinks.
A wealth of other eating options awaits just outside the gate, including Girasole, and a good, absurdly cheap Italian, Pizzeria Da Roberto, right next door, run by a bonafide Mediterranean.
Management don't discourage families but there are no specific facilities for children. However, they can provide cots and extra beds on request. It is possible to create interconnecting rooms in the Deluxe & Premier Deluxe categories only, available upon request and subject to availability. Extra beds are only available in the Grand Deluxe Rooms. Children under 12 can share a room with parents free of charge if sleeping in parents' bed and not eating breakfast. Or they can opt for an extra bed at an extra cost.
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Baby cots available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking