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The most ideal area to stay in Chiang Mai, Thailand is undoubtedly within Old City walls, and there is one hotel in particular that stands out as the best. I stayed at De Lanna Boutique Hotel for three nights and could not have asked for a more authentically Thai experience. The Lanna style hotel comes with beautifully designed rooms with private balconies, a restaurant and poolside bar, and lush greenery spread throughout the hotel grounds. If you’re wondering where to stay in Chiang Mai, look no further than De Lanna Boutique Hotel.
De Lanna Boutique Hotel is located near the center of Chiang Mai’s Old City (the Old City is delineated by the blue square above). It is located near many restaurants, bars, and cafes. It is also within walking distance from a number of impressive temples, including Wat Phra Singh, Wat Chedi Luang, and Wat Chiang Man, to name a few.
Because of its central location, there are also a lot of taxis, tuk tuks, and Ubers readily available right outside the hotel. Check out our guide to spending the perfect three days in Chiang Mai to explore more fun things to do there.
The check-in process was quick and efficient. I emailed the hotel prior to my arrival asking if it would be possible to check in early, since my flight arrived at around 9:00 AM. The hotel immediately emailed me back stating that a room would likely not be available until later but that I was welcome to drop off my bags at the hotel upon arrival.
Upon arriving in Chiang Mai, I headed straight to De Lanna to drop off my bags. To my surprise, the hotel had managed to prepare my room prior to my arrival since they knew I wanted to check in early. A staff member showed me to my room and explained the various amenities available to me. For the duration of my time there, the staff were friendly and helpful and made me feel at home at De Lanna.
One of my favorite things about De Lanna is its atmosphere. The hotel grounds are covered in greenery and made me feel like I was in a park surrounded by nature while still enjoying the comforts of a 4-star hotel.
Wooden pathways lead the way around the hotel grounds. On one side of the pathway are trees, plants, and shrubbery. On the other side are streams of water with fish swimming inside. I was amazed that I was able to feel as if I were in the middle of a park or forest while actually being located in the middle of a major city. The atmosphere here could not have been better.
The rooms at De Lanna are designed in the Lanna style from northern Thailand. The Lanna kingdom occupied northern Thailand from the 13th to 18th centuries and plays a big role in the history of Thailand. From the colors to the textiles to the decorations, guests feel as if they have been transported back in time to the Lanna kingdom when they stay at De Lanna.
I was given a deluxe room, which had more than enough space for one person. The low-set bed and the deep and vibrant colors made the room feel like an authentically northern Thai room reminiscent of those occupied by locals thousands of years ago.
The bed was very comfortable and gave me a good night’s sleep. The sheets were spotless and as comfortable as the sheets on my own bed.
Each room comes with complimentary water, tea, and coffee. There are also snacks available for purchase. De Lanna uses glass water bottles instead of plastic ones so as to better protect the environment, which I appreciated very much.
The room comes with an ensuite bathroom, which was also designed in the Lanna style and provided all the amenities I needed, including soap, shampoo, and towels.
De Lanna comes fully equipped with all the amenities you need to comfortably spend days or weeks at the hotel. In the inner courtyard is a swimming pool with lawn chairs, umbrellas, and small tables to set your drinks or other belongings. Adjacent to the pool is an outdoor dining area as well as an indoor dining/bar area. Meals are served from 6:30 – 10:30 AM (Breakfast), 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM (Lunch), and 6:00 – 11:00 PM (Dinner). The bar is open from 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM daily.
The dining area was spacious and cool, and the service was excellent. De Lanna provides complimentary breakfast to its guests, so I had to check it out. Upon entering the dining room, I was greeted by a staff member, who asked for my room number and kindly directed me to a table of my choosing. There were a number of empty tables available when I arrived at around 7:30 AM.
The complimentary breakfast was served buffet style and came with a variety of cold and hot foods, as well as coffee, tea, milk, and juices. I was very impressed by the quantity of food and the availability of both Asian-style and western-style foods. There were plenty of options for vegetarians as well. You are sure to find something you like at this breakfast buffet.
I was satisfied after one plate of food but was certainly tempted to return for more.
When I returned for breakfast the following day, I was surprised to see a different selection of foods at the breakfast buffet. Considering the quantity and variety of foods offered here, the fact that De Lanna has a rotating menu is very impressive. I enjoyed my meal the second day just as much as the first.
There is also a bar attached to the restaurant. Although I did not have an opportunity to spend time at the bar here, as I was out exploring during most of the day, I would have loved to sit poolside for an afternoon with a cold beer. The bar is also a great place to meet fellow travelers if you are traveling solo.
If you’re wondering where to stay in Chiang Mai, Thailand, there’s no question that the best place to stay is De Lanna Boutique Hotel. With its unbeatable location, beautiful Lanna-style design, full amenities, and unique atmosphere, you would be remiss to overlook this property. Click here to book now.
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A big thank you to De Lanna Boutique Hotel for making my stay possible. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.
This looks like an absolutely fabulous hotel! I love that it is so centrally located but still looks so tranquil with the garden and water features which must have been so soothing. The room and restaurant amenities also look first class and I think this would be the ideal place to base yourself when visiting Chiang Mai.
De Lanna Boutique Hotel looks like a great place to stay. Those door hangers are super cool and the food looked pretty tasty! We love Thailand and Chiang Mai is a place we’re hoping to experience in the next few years. Saving this post!
Hey Marcie! Chiang Mai is one of my favorite cities in Southeast Asia! This was the perfect base for exploring the rest of Chiang Mai because of its proximity to so many restaurants/bars and many of the popular sights as well. Hope you make it to Chiang Mai soon!
I liked your early check in and staff is so helpful and considerate. Lanterns decor is also amazing. Fried rice in buffet breakfast is amazing as many hotel buffets dont give rice so this looks a royale spread of breakfast with many varieties
I love being able to check in early as well! The staff here were wonderful, and the breakfast spread was made for a queen! I’m lucky I was in a rush both mornings or else I would’ve sat there and stuffed myself with plate after plate of delicious foods 😀
looks like a cute little place to stay. Definitely has a lot of traditional thai touches to it
De Lanna Boutique Hotellooks like the perfect place to stay in Chiang Mai. The Lanna decor is very unique and the fish add to that. The double double bed is impressive and looks super comfy. The breakfast and the fact that they vary it from day to day sounds like a perfect to start the day.
Beautiful hotel, I like especially the funny door hangers, thats a nice idea. But really nice sounds the rotating menu for breakfast, this is something very nice and I never experienced something like this somewhere else.
When I stay in a new city I usually prefer central location, so this hotel really seems like a good match.
Absolutely, Hendrik. I usually expect the same breakfast every morning as well, so I was pleasantly surprised to see the breakfast rotation. The door hangers were such a fun touch 🙂
Oh I’ve always wanted to go relax in chang Mai! Now I know exactly where to stay when I do finally get to visit. Especially with a bed that looks so comfy. Book me in!
You’re in, Jean! Hope you make it there soon and would love to hear how you like it!
I’ve been wanting to go to Chiang Mai for a long time – it appeals to me more than most places in Thailand! I’ll have to remember this place after I book my flights!
Chiang Mai is my favorite place in Thailand, Erin! I hope you’ll have a chance to visit soon 🙂
The accommodation can definitely make or break your travel experience. Since Chiang Mai is a popular tourist destination, De Lanna seems to hold its own because of the great service. I also love how cozy the rooms are. And the fact that they have good food too can’t be beat!
I completely agree! Chiang Mai is one of my favorite cities in Southeast Asia, and De Lanna definitely contributed to my positive experience there.
Everything you could possibly ask for in a great hotel. The location is fab & I’ll plan extra time in Chiang Mai just to hang at the pool ? ?