Tamarind Village, Chiang Mai $$$$
Tel: 66 53 418 896
Concierge.com's insider take:
This 45-room hideaway pioneered the boutique-hotel trend in Chiang Mai when it opened in 2002. Set back from Rajadamnoen Road, a major east-west artery, and entered through a virtual tunnel of bamboo, the hotel draws a predominately European crowd, including families, attracted by its central location, swimming pool, spa, and sylvan setting around a 200-year-old tamarind tree. The arrival of stylish new competitors (particularly Rachamankha) has spurred recent refurbishments, including bathroom sinks made to look like antique brass washtubs, but Tamarind's rooms remain cramped and the furniture a bit cheap. Still, the location is good: Several of Chiang Mai's most important temples are nearby, and the monks' tahk baht, or daily morning alms round, passes the hotel entrance. The mindful staff will provide small packages to guests who also want to make merit with a food donation.
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