Built in 1889 to accommodate the manager of the British East Borneo Company, 137 Pillars House has been restored into a 30-suite boutique hotel. The hotel's white-washed buildings are laid out in a traditional 'lanna' style and of which the former house is the centre piece, are set around a beautiful lawn on which High Tea is served every day.
This intimate, pretty boutique hotel has only a handful rooms, each of which has been lovingly decorated using traditional Thai décor, art and architecture. The fusion of traditional Thai design, including magnificent heavy hand-carved doors, and modern amenities such as plasma screen TVs works well to create a characterful city haven. Most rooms look out across a charming courtyard with a relaxing pool as the centrepiece. You'll receive a warm and inviting welcome from the small number of staff who clearly enjoy where they work.
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All of the rooms at the Amata Lanna have been designed to retain the traditions of Chiang Mai, incorporating a beautiful touch of Thai Lanna style that creates a real sense of authenticity. The rooms are all the same size, with the option of double or twin beds. However, the differences in the decoration and furnishings of each room, from the woodwork to the photographs placed upon the walls, gives each its own personality. Each room has a serene en suite bathroom with Jacuzzi, a HD TV and individually-controlled air conditioning, as well as a safe, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. Some rooms come with a view of the peaceful courtyard, whilst others look out over the city.
The Amata Lanna is within easy reach of Chiang Mai’s city centre and is only ten minutes from the airport. Situated next to a fairly busy road, the hotel's heavy wooden doors block out most of the noise, and the main city attractions are only a short walk away, including a local night market along the Mae Ping River.
Food and drink
Breakfast is provided at the Amata Lanna, but the hotel doesn't have an on site restaurant for lunch or dinner options. The staff, however, will be happy to point you towards some of the city’s best eateries and help with travel arrangements to get you there. Breakfast can be served by the poolside and is a simple buffet selection of fresh fruit and cereals. Alternatively, you can order eggs or a full English breakfast cooked just the way you like it. For drinks, head to the poolside bar, where you can relax in the sun or unwind in the evening with a refreshing beverage.
Children of all ages are welcome at the Amata Lanna and extra beds or cribs can be provided in all of the rooms. There aren't many facilities for children, but the staff are happy to help organise local tours of Chiang Mai that are suitable for families.
If you're wishing to celebrate a birthday, anniversary or honeymoon then the hotel can make sure your trip is a special one, with the staff always on-hand to help with any extra arrangements. Fresh roses and orchids can be scattered on your bed and in your Jacuzzi bath, or you may wish to enjoy a traditional Thai massage in the hotel spa.
Facilities and activities
Wi-Fi is available throughout the property, with further facilies including a swimming pool, spa and library. A laundry service, tour service and car rental service is also available.
A charming, family-run haven in the heart of Chiang Mai. Although the hotel doesn't have a great deal of facilities, it's in a brilliant location and its small size and friendly staff make you feel right at home.
Chiang Mai tour ideas
Places & hotels on the map
Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
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Set in a quiet part of Chiang Mai yet close to the main sights, Rachamankha is a stylishly designed hotel inspired by local culture and heritage. Traditional design and decor combine with modern amenities to create an ideal base for exploring the historic city.
This charming little property has an envious location and a good pool to cool off in after a hard day's sight seeing.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
This one day tour will take you to Chiang Mai's most popular sites but will also give you a true flavour of daily life in the city. See the old trader community of Wat Gatekaram, markets, temples and a vast array of unique 'street life'. Explore ancient ruined temples by bicycle, before boarding a long-tail boat on the Mae Ping River. End the day with a tuk tuk ride to Waroros Market to join the bustle of locals as they buy their fresh food and spices.
The Elephant Nature Foundation is a non-profit organisation that advocates and acts on behalf of rights for elephants in Thailand. The park offers visitors a rare experience to get involved with the elephants from an educational perspective.
Experience a typical day in the life of a Thai family and experience home cooking in a real Thai neighbourhood. Among other things your Thai family will also demonstrate their basket weaving skills, a tradition that has been in Thailand for centuries.