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Mandarin Oriental
It's not a temple, it's the Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi

 
Chiang Mai is full of hotels, as well as a very large number of guest houses. Most accommodations used to be tourist class, clean and comfortable but not necessarily anything special. That has changed in recent years with the opening of several new five star properties, with apparently more on the way. The larger, posher resorts are located a little ways out of town, but there are some very interesting small hotels near the river in the city as well as within the old city walls.

Our favorite area to stay is around the Night Bazaar. Most of these accommodations are decidedly tourist class, but in 2006 a couple of very nice small properties opened, with more on the way. Even if you're not very interested in shopping, the area is full of restaurants and other entertainment venues, making it easy to make several pleasant evenings without having to navigate yourself to other parts of the city. Taxis tend to gather around the bazaar, so even if you do want to go someplace else, it's easy to find transportation.

We've listed a few selected hotels below. For more hotels, see our Chiang Mai hotel search page. Chiang Mai was something of a pioneer in creating hotels that displayed traditional design ideals, while still incorporating all the modern conveniences that international travelers expect. If you're looking for something small and unique, check out our list of selected "boutique" hotels around Chiang Mai.

The Four Seasons Resort was among the first of the new high end resorts. It's located about 20 minutes outside of Chiang Mai, in a valley of rice fields backed by forested mountains. In 2004 it was joined by the Mandarin Oriental, which is slightly closer to town. There's no easy way to describe the Mandarin Oriental. It's a fantasy design incorporating the look of temples and palaces from several cultures and periods of Northern Thailand. Lastly, there's the only truly top-end hotel in the city proper, the Chedi Chiang Mai. The Chedi built a new hotel with their trademark spa not far from the night bazaar. The hotel is built around the 1912 residence of the British Counsel, now restored for use as the hotel's restaurant. Of course, some might argue that the new Shangri-La Hotel, opened in late 2008, qualifies as top-end. They may have a point, but I haven't had a chance to check out the hotel since it opened.
 

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Dhara Dhevi Hotel Chiang Mai Riverside From: $ 554
Rated number two for Ambience/Design in Condé Nast's 2009 "Gold List".
The Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi, Chiang Mai is a Chiang Mai hotel resort, located on its own 60 acre spread. Using a car service, guests can be in downtown Chiang Mai in under 30 minutes or up in the surrounding jungles of the Lanna region. The Mandarin Oriental Dhara  (More...)
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Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai From: $ 523
Rated number two for Service in Condé Nast's 2009 "Gold List".
Rated number two among Asian resorts in Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards, 2006.
Rated number two among Asian hotel spas in Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards, 2008.
Rated number seven among Asian hotels in Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards, 2008.
Welcome to Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai. Spacious Lanna-style pavilions overlook terraced rice fields and the mountains in the beautiful Mae Rim Valley, minutes from the artistic and cultural heritage of Thailand's northern capital. From the Thai cooking school to the acclaimed spa and flawless service, a signature Four Seasons  (More...)
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Rachamankha a Member of Secret Retreats Hotel Old City From: $ 150
The Rachamankha hotel is located within the old city walls of Chiang Mai, approximately 70 m from the south wall of Wat Phra Singh, one of Chiang Mai's most revered temples. Guests will find the bars of the Riverside area only a 15-minute drive away, and the nearest nightspot is  (More...)
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Yaang Come Village Hotel Riverside From: $ 122
200 meters from the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar, the Yaang Come Village stands as an oasis of calm in bustling city. This Chiang Mai hotel offers close proximity to the business, trade, and university districts of the city, while leisurely tourists find stimulation and diverse, unique attractions around each corner  (More...)

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