For my recent trip to Chiang Mai, Thailand, I got a recommendation to stay at the Phor Liang Meun Terracotta Arts Hotel. My trip was half business and half pleasure and I would like to share my experience at this boutique hotel in the old town of Chiang Mai.
Location and Neighbourhood
The hotel is conveniently located in the Southern part of Chiang Mai’s old town. It took us about 15 minutes to reach the hotel from Chiang Mai International Airport.
The area around the hotel is lovely. It is a quiet residential area with landed houses. Right outside the hotel (on your left) there is a typical local street market. Towards the river, there is a restaurant/bar and about 200 metres from the hotel there are some stores such as a 7-11. The canal and historic city wall are just a stone throw away.
In my opinion, the decor and concept made this hotel experience very special. Some people entered the hotel thinking it was a temple. However, its traditional style is a bit deceiving: the hotel is fairly newly built (in 2015) referencing historic architecture. I really enjoyed the details, such as an old landline phone or teak chairs with intricate carvings.
We stayed in a “Deluxe Double Room”. The decor was lovely and some decor items displayed can be bought directly at the hotel.
In general, the room was very clean and bright. There was also a balcony overlooking the outdoor area of the café and hotel entrance. The mattress was OK. In my opinion, the pillows could be a bit smaller and fluffier.
Complimentary water was available in the room and at the reception. We were also welcomed with a basket of complimentary snacks in our room. The hairdryer was OK – it was not as strong as the one I usually use at home but stronger than most hotel hairdryers.
We only had breakfast at the hotel. There was a small buffet with fruits and toast. Further dishes such as eggs or muesli could be order from the à la carte menu. I would describe the breakfast as Western with a local touch. The coffee was OK (but could not compete with all the small roasters in Chiang Mai).
The hotel has a beautiful pool area.
There is also a chill-out area near the pool.
You can book activities such as day trips or temple tours directly at the reception.
Booking and Policies
We booked our stay directly through the hotel website. I did some research beforehand and the rate on the hotel website was cheaper than the one via platforms such as booking.com. We paid BHT 6,000 (about EUR 173 and USD 195) for a “Deluxe Double Room” including breakfast. Furthermore, a shuttle from and to the airport was included in the rate.
The hotel was very responsive and helpful via email when we organised our trip. Even though you may meet Milo, the hotel dog, the hotel has a no-pet-policy. Furthermore, smoking is also not allowed.
Check-In and Check-Out and Policies
The check-in time is 2 pm and check-out is at noon. However, the front desk arranged that we could use the room until 1 pm.
To sum up this review about the Phor Liang Meun Terracotta Arts Hotel Chiang Mai, I would like to highly recommend this beautiful hotel. A definite plus is its convenient location. Furthermore, the decor is pretty and the staff very helpful. The breakfast was OK (however, I preferred to venture out to small cafés). In general, the price-performance-ratio of the hotel is great. I would stay there again.
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Unless otherwise indicated, the pictures were taken by the author. Cover picture courtesy of Ankita Sodhia.