An elegant colonial feel greets you upon arrival of this luxurious 5-star boutique hotel as you are welcomed into an open-aired white reception building made of teak that’s framed by ponds and rich flora. Lushness sweeps through 137 Pillars House Chiang Mai as you walk around the grounds through fern draped paths that create a peaceful environment.
We had stayed in their sister property in Bangkok earlier in the year and were blown away by the level of world class service, stellar accommodation and one of the most Instagrammable pools around. Our expectations of the brand were high, and 137 Pillars House Chiang Mai met the standard with ease. Their dedicated style of Thai hospitality instils the sense that your every need is going to be catered for while staying with them.
There are several different room categories available at the resort. We stayed in the grand East Borneo Suite, which was extremely spacious inside and had an open-air shower. If you wanted to relax, you could soak in the Victorian bathtub or open up the glass patio doors and lounge on the large daybeds out on your large private terrace. There are also rooms that come with their own private pool if you don’t fancy swimming in their public pool – but you should.
The 137 Pillars brand just seem to know how to do insta-feed worthy pools. Their calming aqua pool is adorned with an impressive flower wall backdrop that looms so high that you’ll get a neck cramp if you gaze up at the top long enough. It was so unique that it even inspired one of our presets, ‘Green Smoke’.
This beautiful award-winning hotel was the perfect place for us to initially stay in Chiang Mai as we adjusted to our new home. It’s a short taxi ride from Thapae Gate and the Ping River, which is where the lanterns are released, was just a 5-minute walk away. Yet is was removed enough from the city’s bustle to feel at ease. There’s a number of cute artisan cafes nearby too and plenty of restaurants, though you don’t need to leave 137 Pillars House Chiang Mai to have a romantic dining experience.
We had a delicious dinner in their authentic wooden house, which is both a unique feature of the boutique hotel and part of the 137 Pillars Hotels & Resorts very conception. Chiang Mai is a city full of culture and history, which has been captured wonderfully by the hotel’s owners desire to preserve this ornate building and turn it into a centrepiece with its restaurants and bars.
When debating where’s best to stay in Chiang Mai, make sure you consider 137 Pillars House because the brand has a habit of making your Thailand holiday that bit more memorable.