Concierge.com's insider take:
An instant classic since its 2005 opening, the four-story Chedi occupies the former grounds of the British Consulate, a 1920s building retained as the hotel's centerpiece restaurant and bar. Nothing else is old-school about the hotel, where the 84 teak-paneled minimalist rooms have low platform beds and modern wicker furniture. Club suite rooms at the end of each north-wing floor have the best river views; the higher-priced rooms also include a free mini-bar, laundry and butler service, and evening cocktails. A spa, swimming pool, and gym are on-site, of course, and breakfast comes with the best cappuccino in town. In the evenings, glowing candles are set on lily pads in the reflecting pool fronting the lobby.
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:Chiang Mai's Chedi has upped the ante in this newly posh town on the Mae Ping River. The 84 sleek rooms, protected from urban noise by two sets of thick doors, have sweeping floor-to-ceiling views of Thai river life. Daybeds indoors and out are a relaxing pleasure, as are teak chaises by the riverfront pool. The hotel wraps around the open-air restaurant, where two Indian chefs spice up an East-meets-West menu. A wrought iron staircase twists up to the rooftop bar. Plans are under way to build a traditional wooden boat for river explorations, but for now, nature lovers can set out via Land Rover for hill tribe treks and elephant tours. 2006 Hot List
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