Lay Your Hat
ZZZZZZ… sleep easy with loads of new and exciting places to lay your hat and call home in the city.
If you are a large group, whether family, friends or colleagues, sometimes it is so much better when going on holiday to stay together, rather than split up into different hotel rooms on different floors or wings of a building. Here at Villa 88, bang smack in the heart of busy Nimman, an old house has been converted into a five bedroom villa, sleeping 14. Walk into the villa to find a massive dining room with wall to ceiling glass looking out to a small swimming pool and deck in the garden, apart from the bedrooms (cute bunk bed room for the kids) and bathrooms there is also a kitchenette and pantry, a barbeque area, even a movie/games room den with projector and little nooks and crannies. You can rent the entire place out and even ask for extra services such as chefs, chauffeur, masseuse, or tour guides. So if you have a big group of people visiting from out of town, instead of putting them into lots of hotels, they can all enjoy their own private house with all the mod cons and great service at Nimman’s Villa 88.
321 Moo 2, Nimmanhaemin Road Soi 15
09014 98688 / 052 000147
Art Mai? Gallery Hotel
Nimman’s newest boutique hotel is all about art. Walk through the industrial grunge reception to the in house gallery which will feature new local artists regularly and from where you can wander on to the contemporary Thai restaurant and wine bar, Jarid. The hotel rooms themselves are pretty cool, with each room having been designed by a different artist. You can choose to stay in Tachamapan Chanchamrassang’s surrealist room or Jitsing Somboon’s pop art room. Art adorns every wall space and there is even an in-room easel should you be so inspired by your time here in our fair city you feel the urge to squeeze some oils onto a palette and paint your impressions.
Soi 3 Nimmanhaemin Road
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The owner so enjoyed his hostel experiences while travelling around Southeast Asia, Russia and Australia, that he has created Chiang Mai’s first boutique hostel — a place for people to meet and try out the hostel experience without having to rough it too much. Built in an old 70s building on Wualai Road, the theme remains retro with geometry and designs more often seen in old technicolour movies. The hostel has a range of private and shared rooms, with communal bathrooms and a kitchen that provides self-service breakfasts every morning. The retro feel extends from the coffee shop at the front of the hotel to the airport transfer service — with an old VW Bug, VW Fastback or Squareback from the late 60s and even a Vespa to choose from for only 150 baht. Rooms come with large lockers suitable for big backpacks, and clean sheets and clean towels are provided daily. Dorms start at 470 baht per person, private rooms are 1,400 inclusive. Every Saturday enjoy their walking street promotion of 50 baht off dorms and 100 baht off private rooms for bookings made on the day.