“ 94-96 Ratchawong Rd , T.Chang Moi A.Muang, Chiang Mai 53000, Thailand „
We were originally staying in another hostel in Chiang Mai, Thailand, which we decided to move from due to the guests of cockroaches that it had (see my review on Ben Guest House). A couple of our friends said they had seen a nice looking hotel slightly out of the city centre which offered a room with an ensuite, a TV and breakfast included all for only 250 Baht (£3.75) a night. We thought that this really wasn't very likely but we just wanted to get out of the other place so we walked around having a look. And, sure enough, they were right.
From the outside the New Mitrapap Hotel looked lovely and plush and it was a proper 3* hotel, not a hostel or guest house like we were used to, so we went inside to inquire on prices thinking that it would never be that cheap, but it was. We asked to take a peek at our room first just to make sure this wasn't some kind of scam where we'd end up with a really crappy room but the room was just perfect. At the time it felt like we were about to move into heaven as we'd been staying in cheap huts and hostels for a couple of months and the change to this hotel really did feel like bliss. We immediately booked up a twin room with a fan (the double was a bit more so we just pushed the beds together) and went back to our other hostel to pack our bags straight away.
Inside, the hotel is very clean, sparkly and modern, being newly renovated in 2006. The staff were lovely and friendly and checked us in within seconds and then a bell boy came along to take our bags, which was just unbelievable service for us and we immediately felt really relaxed and happy to be there. Each floor looks slightly like the inside of a prison (but much more colourful and light) with rooms on either side facing each other and a banister in the centre overlooking the lower floors. Our room was large and light coloured and was also very clean and modern. The two big comfy beds were perfectly made up and we just flopped down onto our beds as soon as we got in there with the relief of having somewhere so comfy to lie. The toilet and shower room was fairly small but without a single speck of dirt. We had a huge window facing out onto the street and the fan worked really well to keep us cool. We also had a telephone in the room so our family could call us from home which I loved as none of the other places we had stayed in South East Asia had one. We had daily maid service which included big fresh bottles of water at no extra charge.
Breakfast was included in the cost of the room which consisted of toast, spreads and hot drinks. Breakfast was laid out in the foyer where there were a few tables and chairs and a large flat screen TV but there were never many people around as I think the hotel is mainly used by guests there on business.
From the city centre, main street and night markets, it is a rough 15 minute walk or a cheap 5 minute tuk tuk ride. Although it isn't directly in the centre and further away than our other hostel was, we much preferred this place. It was cheaper so the cost of a tuk tuk didn't matter, and it was such a clean and brilliant hotel rather than a cockroach infested guest house - who wouldn't prefer it? A few of the tuk tuk drivers weren't sure of its location because it's so new but if you simply showed them a map or told them another hotel in the same street they found it easily from there.
This really was the most perfect place we stayed in and I really would recommend it as the best place to stay in Chiang Mai. If I ever go back, I wouldn't even look around at other accommodation. It felt just like pure luxury and it gave us a chance to eventually relax and just enjoy ourselves and not have to worry about anything. The New Mitrapap Hotel really is a top class hotel.