Looking for the best hotels in Chiang Mai? When thinking of where to stay in Chiang Mai, the choice is endless, from luxury to guest house there is something for every budget and travel style. [Updated for 2023]
Chiang Mai is one of the best places to visit in Thailand. As we spend so much time there we are often asked where is the best place to stay in Chiang Mai, so to make planning your Chiang Mai trip a little easier we have put together our list of the top 10 best hotels in Chiang Mai.
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Comparison Chart of the Top 10 Hotels in Chiang Mai
To help you find best hotel in Chiang Mai we have listed a selection of good quality Chiang Mai hotels in the table below. To sort the table click on the heading. A detailed review of each hotel is also listed below.
When to visit Chiang Mai
In Chiang Mai Thailand hotels are plentiful but during the busy high season between November and February, you will find that accommodation in Chiang Mai gets booked out quickly.
If you are planning a visit to Chiang Mai during high season be sure to book your hotel early to avoid disappointment.
So here is the list of our favourite resorts, hotels and guesthouses in Chiang Mai Thailand.
Best Places to stay in Chiang Mai
When looking for the best area to stay in Chiang Mai you will find many places. Popular areas for hotels in Chiang Mai include Nimmanhaemin (Nimman), Old City and the Night Bazaar areas.
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We begin our list with the best Chiang Mai five star hotels and resorts.
Luxury Chiang Mai Resorts
When it comes to luxury resorts you can’t go past Chiang Mai. My choice for the Chiang Mai top hotels would have to be the 137 Pillars House Chiang Mai and the Anantara Chiang Mai Resort.
Both are stunning resorts with a choice of central Chiang Mai location or a quieter locale within easy reach of Chiang Mai.
137 Pillars House Chiang Mai Review
137 Pillars House is one of the most elegant 5 star hotels in Chiang Mai and the best way to describe it is simply stunning!
When you walk into this luxury hotel you will be instantly transported back in time as sitting at its heart is 137 Pillars House, a historic teak house which has links to the Borneo Company and Louis Leonowens, the son of Anna Leonowens, the inspiration for the musical “The King and I”.
137 Pillars House boasts a variety of suites that are exquisitely decorated in a fusion of northern Lanna and colonial style. You will find a choice of suites ranging from the Rajah Brooke suite to the Louis Leonowens suite which features a private swimming pool.
Each suite comes with an airy balcony, an ensuite with Victorian bathtub and a choice of indoor and outdoor garden showers. Add a personal butler service, the gourmet cuisine of Palette, relaxed atmosphere of Jack Bains Bar and a choice of wellness and spa treatments and you will find a peaceful haven to relax and recharge in Chiang Mai Thailand.
Read more on our dedicated review.
For a glimpse into Chiang Mai’s traditional past – Click here for 137 Pillars House Chiang Mai
Anantara Chiang Mai Resort Review
The Anantara Chiang Mai Resort is located on the banks of the River Ping, the perfect location to enjoy Chiang Mai’s famous Loy Krathong and Yi Peng Festival. For a taste of what to expect during some of the many annual festivals click here.
The resorts riverfront pool has views of Chiang Mai’s Iron Bridge and you can often catch glimpses of the Mae Ping River cruise boats as they make their way upstream.
The Anantara Resort Chiang Mai has a modern understated elegance. Wide airy balconies and sophisticated Thai accents welcome you to the relaxed atmosphere of Chiang Mai Thailand.
This understated luxury continues through to the warm wood lined guest rooms. Inside and outside become one as glass doors open out to tropical garden or sweeping river views.
For the ultimate in pampering, relax and rejuvenate with one of the Anantara Resort Spa treatment and wellness packages.
The Anantara Resort Chiang Mai hosts two restaurants which showcase Peruvian, Indian and contemporary Asian cuisine.
For the best location in Chiang Mai – Click here for Anantara Chiang Mai Resort
Luxury Hotel Chiang Mai Thailand
For the best luxury Chiang Mai hotels near Night Bazaar area, you can’t go past the Le Meridien Hotel Chiang Mai and the Shangri-La Hotel Chiang Mai.
Le Meridien Chiang Mai Hotel Review
Le Meridien would have to be one of the best Chiang Mai hotels near Night Bazaar area. Le Meridien Chiang Mai hotel has a sleek modern décor that is infused with the elegance of the Thai Lanna style of northern Thailand.
Le Meridien Hotel Chiang Mai boasts modern bright and airy rooms and suites. As well as standard rooms there are a choice of club rooms and suites, diplomatic and royal suites and mobility accessible rooms.
Le Meridien Chiang Mai is famous for its Sunday buffet brunch at the Last Recipe restaurant. For those who love Italian food the Favola Italian restaurant delivers a range of classic and modern Italian dishes.
Le Meridien Hotel is in a fantastic location, walking out into the street you are in the heart of Chiang Mai Night Bazaar area where the Night Markets, Night Bazaar and Anusarn Market meet and create a lively nightly market area full of shopping, entertainment, restaurants and bars.
For best location to Night Bazaar markets – Click here for Le Meridien Chiang Mai
Shangri-La Hotel Chiang Mai Review
The Shangri-La hotel has a reputation for excellence and showcases some of the best accommodation Chiang Mai has to offer. Walking into the hotel you will be greeted with a tastefully decorated lobby, where classic Thai Lanna style is mixed with modern elegance.
This vibrant Thai style is echoed throughout the guest rooms, which feature smoky teak accents and modern comfort. There are a choice of club rooms and suites which give access to the Horizon Club and for the ultimate in luxury, the Presidential Suite.
Some of the Horizon Club services include complimentary buffet breakfast, drinks and canapes between 5:30 to 7:30pm, coffee tea and soft drink throughout the day and use of computer and internet services.
The Shangri-La Hotel feature an assortment of shops, the CHI Spa Chiang Mai, a health club, pool and a choice of dining and bar options.
See the premier and deluxe rooms with mountain views below.
The Kad Café has a range of global cuisines which include Thai, Indian, European, Mediterranean, Chinese and Japanese dishes. The China Kitchen has a choice of Szechuan and Cantonese cuisines.
The Shangri-La Hotel is located within a 5 minute walk to the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar area.
For great food and luxury – Click here for Shangri-La Hotel Chiang Mai
The Inside House Chiang Mai Review – Chiang Mai Old Town Hotel
As you walk through the gleaming white arches of The Inside House Chiang Mai, you could be mistaken for entering a fantasyland of Thai colonial design. Everything about The Inside House portrays luxury.
Tastefully decorated in a charming old world style, the beauty of the rooms invite you to relax and immerse yourself in traditional Thai hospitality.
Balconied rooms feature a comfortable sitting area with views overlooking cascading gardens. Some rooms come with a private pool, so you can enjoy your own secluded oasis in Chiang Mai.
The Inside House is in Chiang Mai’s Old City, home to the Sunday Walking Street Market, the beautiful Wat Chedi Luang Buddhist temple and so much more.
For the best Chiang Mai Old City Hotels – Click here for The Inside House
U Nimman Chiang Mai Hotel Review
For top hotels in Chiang Mai Nimmanhaemin area, look no further than the ultra modern U Nimman Chiang Mai Hotel.
U Nimman is in the perfect position to explore the trendy café culture, stylish restaurants and funky boutiques of the vibrant Nimman scene. For more shopping head to One Nimman and Maya Mall which is directly across the road.
Entering U Nimman Chiang Mai you will be captivated by the bright coloured accents of their chic contemporary minimalist décor.
This décor continues through to U Nimman’s guest rooms as splashes of colour add warmth and dimension to this cutting edge style. Luxurious bathrooms continue the air of comfort and panache that define this superb hotel.
U Nimman’s rooftop pool is the place to cool off and watch as the bright lights of the Nimman area tempt you out into an evening of fun.
Enjoying the buffet at the hotels Eat@Rincome restaurant is a Chiang Mai favourite. With a selection of Asian and European cuisines available, friendly staff and comfortable surroundings, it’s the place to meet up with friends for lunch.
For best Chiang Mai hotels in Nimmanhaemin – Click here for U Nimman
Looking for a Boutique Hotel?
Ping Nakara Boutique Hotel and Spa Review
The Ping Nakara Boutique Hotel and Spa is one of my favourite hotels in Chiang Mai. This attractive boutique hotel is reminiscent of times past and takes its inspiration from the Lanna colonial style.
We recently stayed at the Ping Nakara Boutique Hotel and Spa and were impressed by our large beautifully decorated room which opened out onto its own private balcony overlooking the pool. Click here to read our detailed review.
I unwound after a long flight with a massage at the hotels Nakara Spa. After relaxing in the peaceful Thai inspired spa, I left feeling pampered and rejuvenated, ready to take on Chiang Mai nightlife.
For convenience, you will find this Chiang Mai boutique hotel near Night Bazaar area. The Ping Nakara is within easy walking distance to markets, Buddhist temples and the Iron Bridge where many of the Loy Krathong and Yi Peng Festivals celebrations take place.
Where we stayed in Chiang Mai – Click here for Ping Nakara Boutique Hotel and Spa
Accommodation in Old City – Guest Houses
You will find all styles of hotels in Chiang Mai city centre, one of the most popular forms of Chiang Mai accommodation would have to be guest houses.
Chiang Mai’s Old City is surrounded by a water filled moat. The Old City is full of character, exploring the busy streets and tiny alleyways you will discover many hidden treasures that will have you falling in love with Chiang Mai.
Here are our favourite guest houses in Chiang Mai Old City.
Lee Chiang Boutique Lanna Review
Hidden in a quiet character filled lane behind Wat Phra Singh Woramahawihan Buddhist temple, is the Lee Chiang Boutique Lanna.
The Lee Chiang Boutique Lanna has a modern style with a Thai twist, as crisp clean lines are enhanced with warm Thai accents. Rooms are spotlessly clean, comfortable with modern bathrooms and bedding which make it one of the best places to stay in Chiang Mai Thailand.
Enjoy a delicious breakfast surrounded by traditional Thai art with a choice of both local and Western menus.
The Lee Chiang Boutique Lanna is within easy access to Old City attractions.
For Chiang Mai Old City convenience and comfort – Click here for Lee Chiang Boutique Lanna
Lanna Tree Boutique Hotel Review
Located near the stunning Wat Chiang Man Buddhist temple the Lanna Tree Boutique Hotel offers modern rooms with comfortable bedding and modern bathrooms, private balconies and pool.
The Lanna Tree Boutique hotel is within walking distance to Sunday Night Walking Street Market and many more attractions.
For Chiang Mai Old City attractions – Click here for Lanna Tree Boutique Hotel
Rich Lanna House Review
With rich teak furnishings and old world Lanna style the Rich Lanna House is your home away from home in Chiang Mai.
The Rich Lanna House offers comfortable rooms, modern bathrooms, pool and friendly staff.
Rich Lanna House is located at the northern end of Chiang Mai’s moated Old City, a great area to explore the tiny lanes of the old town.
For traditional style in Chiang Mai Old City – Click here for Rich Lanna House
Things to do in Chiang Mai
There is so much to see and do in Chiang Mai and no trip to Thailand would be complete without visiting this vibrant northern city.
While you are staying in Chiang Mai accommodation, explore the area and enjoy being a tourist. Here are more tips on the best things to do in Chiang Mai you shouldn’t miss:
Chiang Mai Itinerary for a quick visit
Check out the vibrant coffee culture of Chiang Mai
Find where to get the best breakfast during your visit
Staying longer? See how to rent a condo
Last words on the Top 10 Best Hotels in Chiang Mai
There are so many things to think about when you are planning a trip and it makes us happy if we have made your journey a little easier. There is so much to see and do in Chiang Mai and no trip to Thailand would be complete without visiting this vibrant northern city.
We hope our list of favourite Top 10 Best Hotels in Chiang Mai Thailand has helped and your dream trip to Chiang Mai comes true.
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