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February 22, 2007
The Chiang Mai Orchid is centrally located in Meung, Chiang Mai and was a real treat for this frugal traveler. The cost to stay here varies from room to room, but even the lesser-priced rooms still offer the four-star treatment that one can expect from the Chiang Mai Orchid.
The first thing I noticed was the small refrigerator stocked with a few beers and whisky. The prices were not ridiculous and were probably worth the extra couple Baht. The visitor could choose to not to use these items and take a short walk across the street to the 7-11, where Thai beer and whisky are also readily available for a few Baht less.The rooms are beautiful. The hardwood trim and style of the woodwork was incredibly gorgeous. I was taken back in my mind to the construction and the craftsmanship, which must have gone into it. I wondered too how many other visitors sat on their bed to admire the beauty of these rooms.
It was the little things that let me know I was not in a cheap or non-guest oriented hotel. Aside from the wet bar the bathroom seem well stocked with small luxury items. I was most impressed with the cotton buds, or what we call in America, Q-Tips. I’d never seen this small useful item available in any room I had ever rented in my entire life. Of course they also offered the plastic shower cap, shampoo, and hand cream. The nicest treat for me was that there was a bottle opener mounted near the bathroom sink. This is a necessity for many travelers, and I did not have to improvise to open my ice-cold bottle of Singh beer.
When staying in a four-star hotel you can expect great service and attention to the little details. Chiang Mai Orchid definitely delivers.
From journal Thailand's Northern Jewel
April 14, 2004
From journal Why Not Go to Thailand?