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“Nice pool, quiet location, rooms are hit and miss”
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Chang Puak Hotel
Ranked #122 of 775 Chiang Mai B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 7 January 2015

The (small) pool was well-maintained and being able to swim early in the morning was probably the highlight of staying here. The staff was generally courteous, though they tended to ignore me in favour of speaking to my girlfriend (who is Thai). The location is close to a great food market at the Chang Puak Gate for evening outdoor dining. In the morning, there are song takes at the same location that queue to take people to Doi Suthep (it's 50 baht to go up, but only 40 baht to come back down for some reason).

We tried to reserve a renovated room (which are, evidently, significantly better) but on arrival were told we would need to move rooms each day to a different room, so we took an older room. The room was adequate, but there are better rooms for the same or less money in locations closer to restaurants and shops (we stayed here over the New Year holiday because most other places were fully booked). In our room there was no temperature control on the A/C, the sink was poorly hanging in the bathroom at an angle such that the water did not completely drain, but apart from that the room was fine: we were away from mid-morning to late in the evening each day. Incredibly, we were told on our second day that the make-your-own toast and instant coffee breakfast was not included with our room and we would each need to pay 100 baht for it -- so we bought our breakfast at the 7-11 near Chang Puak Gate each morning.

I would recommend this location to families with young children, as well as older couples and older solo travellers on a budget, but it's not really the best location for people who desire to be close to restaurants and shops -- and the rooms are really hit and miss.

Room Tip: Ask for a room on the second floor, which are evidently the renovated rooms. The price is inexplicab...
  • Stayed: January 2015, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 August 2014

We stayed in the hotel on two separate nights and different storeys (2nd and 3rd floors) and found out that each room has different themes and qualities. For the first night, the room was very spartan and basic - there was no temperature control for the aircon, the wifi did not work (only the third storey had the wifi problem) and there were no power points for charging (so I had to plug out the fridge). However, I like the vintage theme of the first room, though the old-ness of the room could have contributed to a spooky feeling and we weren't able to sleep well.

I was pleasantly surprised by the second room on the second storey - it had the theme of a European coastal cottage and it smelled very nice. There was a nice huge couch in the room too. Everything was there - the aircon remote control and enough powerpoints for charging. So you may want to request to be checked into a room on the second storey.

We only choose this hotel due to its proximity to the Chang Puaek Bus Station where we had to catch an early morning bus. Other than that, there is no good reason to stay there and there is barely any eating places in the vicinity.

Room Tip: Ask for the rooms on the second floor.
  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with friends
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1  Thank phoebyee
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Reviewed 9 June 2014 via mobile

So very impressed... 10 min walk to yellow bar, wifi in rooms and decent computer room for free. Unlimited toast, tea and coffee, egg and bacon breakfast for 100 bhat. The hotel staff were extremely helpful. English needed a bit of work (my thai is awful so I can hardly complain!) there was nothing we needed to communicate and couldn't after some time and a lot of hand signalling. A LOT of laundry for 200 bhat that came back smelling amazing and taken straight to our room. Pool is gorgeous!

  • Stayed: June 2014
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1  Thank georgiaw
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Reviewed 10 April 2014

We made Chang Puak hotel our base in Chiang Mai after some recommendations by fellow travellers on trip advisor.

The only thing I can say is that all the positives I have seen in the earlier reviews hold true for the hotel and most of negatives seem to stem from people having far too many expectations from a hotel with that kind of pricing.

To put things in a nutshell, the hotel is very well located, has clean rooms with the housekeeping staff doing a good job of it every day, has a very nice pool, food is good and inexpensive. Lots of places around to pick up good decent food, transportation is not a problem even at 2 am in the morning. The hotel was kind enough to allow us early check in and late check out at no extra cost.

The negatives - language can become a problem with some of the staff but there is nothing that cannot be achieved with a smile and some patience. The receptionist whose husband drives a cab does exist and she will try to fix you up with him, but if you have read the previous reviews you can very easily avoid that bit.

If I ever go back to Chiang Mai looking for a budget option, Chang Puak hotel would rate high on my list of of hotels to stay at.

Room Tip: Pick a pool facing room on the higher floors if you can manage the stairs.
  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with family
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1  Thank SPakrasi
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Reviewed 16 February 2014

My friends had booked 5 star hotels in the other cities we visited, for $200+ per night. They luckily couldn't find a place in Chiang Mai, so I booked Chang Puak. It was clean and the staff was very personable. The breakfasts were good.

While it was a few minute walk to the old city, being in the old city may have been a bit more fun.

Room Tip: Ask for one of the refurbished rooms.
  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with family
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Thank lsussman
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Additional Information about Chang Puak Hotel

Address: 133 Changpuak Road | Sripum, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Chiang Mai Province > Chiang Mai
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #122 of 775 B&Bs / Inns in Chiang Mai
Price Range: RM96 - RM122 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Chang Puak Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 60
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This property has been in the same family for 75 years We offer a peaceful experience in our own garden, set back from the main road , yet only 500 m from the "Old Town". ... more   less 
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