Maximising your time is essential when in Chiang Mai, Thailand, because there’s just so much to see. Temples and artisan cafes to name just a few, which is why it is vital that a great deal of consideration goes into where you’re going to stay when planning your Chiang Mail trip.
The Le Meridien in an ideal hotel choice to consider due to its central location in the downtown district. Though primarily considered a business hotel, the Le Meridien is situated right next to the daily Night Bazaar market so you’re literally immersing yourself straight into the local culture when you step out for the evening. And it’s also very handy when you need to explain to your songthaew driverwhere you want to go.
The contemporary hotel with its European design is perfect for either tourists or the business traveller. What really impressed me about the hotel was the view from the bedroom – it was spectacular. My photos honestly don’t do the sight justice and I found myself constantly just sitting on the daybed gazing out. The floor to ceiling single paned window offers an unobstructed view of Chiang Mai’s Old Town and the lofty Mt Doi Suthep. There were so many birds swooping close by the window and a fun game to play is trying to spot all of the temples you visited after spending a day exploring.
On our floor was the Executive Lounge, which also boasted the same breath-taking view that our room offered. It was quiet enough environment to do our work before transitioning into a lovely place to kick off our evenings with a serving of scrumptious canapes and complementary cocktails and wines. Ideal to savour while watching the sun set behind the majestic Doi Suthep mountain as night stretches across Chiang Mai.
Quality coffee is not hard to find in Chiang Mai but you don’t have to leave the hotel to find some. Every guest staying at the hotel is entitled to a complimentary Illys coffee from their Latitude café – how amazing is that? To say I was thrilled with this perk was an understatement (yes, free coffee easily impresses me).
We stayed at three different hotels while in Chiang Mai and it was unbelievable really the amount of times we found ourselves standing in front of the Le Meridien. Staying at Le Meridien allows you to get the most out of your stay in Chiang Mai without compromising your exploration of the city centre.