Puripunn Baby Grand Boutique Hotel, Chiang Mai $$$$
Tel: 66 53 302 898
Concierge.com's insider take:
Just a little over a year old, this 30-room hotel lies on a narrow, winding soi in Wat Gate, a heritage neighborhood just east of the Ping River. Thai-style overlapping roofs crown the hotel's three-story wings, which are oriented around a pool and pavilion redolent of frangipani. The boutiques, restaurants, and bars of Charoenrat Road are only a five-minute walk away; the Night Bazaar is twice that distance across Nawarat Bridge, but the hotel's funky stretch tuk-tuk will spare you the hike. The heavily draped, softly lit deluxe rooms and suites with king-size beds and walk-in rain showers appeal to many Thai honeymooners, who don't seem to mind the garish Chinese-style mirrors or the groaning plumbing. Despite the property's youth, housekeeping, laundry, and turn-down service are expertly executed.