D2 Hotel Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai $$$$
Concierge.com's insider take:
D2, the precocious new brand of the Dusit hotel chain, is more Soho than Southeast Asia. The staff—make that "agents''—are younger than you, thinner than you, and even dance better than you, if the chorus line in the lobby (standard D2 procedure for the 2 p.m. personnel shift) is any indication. They're also better-looking, too, unless you happen to be Catherine Deneuve, one of the hotel's illustrious guests. Global urban minimalism is the prevailing taste, and the only hints of Asia in the 131 rooms are the raw silk pillows and "Siam Soul'' lounge music especially produced by David Coker of Futon, one of Thailand's top bands. If you want local color, however, just step outside the ten-story hotel: The Night Bazaar is right out front. When retail overload sets in, retreat to the kidney-shaped swimming pool or the on-site Devarana Spa for a ginger compress and back massage. Club Deluxe–level guests get the run of the seventh-floor lounge, which has private check-in, free Internet, and a complimentary happy hour. There's also a trendy fusion restaurant, Moxie.
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:The inaugural property from Dusit Hotels's new brand, the D2 is across the street from the night bazaar. Among the original touches in the 130 rooms are saffron pillows in raw Thai silk commissioned from hill tribe weavers. The restaurant, Moxie, has an international menu (don't skip dessertthe homemade ginger sorbet is a real treat). Room service arrives in a flash, delivered by well-spoken young men in funky uniforms combining silk cravats and Converse All Stars. 2006 Hot List
When to go: December through February, when the humidity fades and the season is in full swing.
Which room to book: High-floor standard rooms (doubles, $154).
Amenities: 24-hour Room Service, Bar/lounge, Gym, Pool, SpaSubscribe now to Condé Nast Traveler for just $1 an issue! ›