The Empress Hotel Chiang Mai
We travelled from Bangkok to Chiang Mai with Thai Airways which took 1 hour and 20 minutes. If you book your flight in advance, it should only cost you around £30 which is great value. We stayed at The Empress Hotel Chiang Mai, a gorgeous and traditional 4 star hotel situated just outside the city center but with easy access to the Night Bazaar which is within a 15 minute walk. The hotel is only a 20 minute drive from the airport and you can order a transfer for just 150 baht.
The reception area as you walk in is grand with a beautiful elephant statue in the middle and winding steps up to the second floor restaurants. We were greeted with a light and fruity drink on arrival which was a nice touch.
We stayed on the 16th floor in a deluxe twin room which had comfortable bedding, ample toiletries, a minibar and a large shower and they left little flowers every night for us on our bed, which was so cute!
The swimming pool on the third floor of the Empress Hotel Chiang Mai is large with plenty of sunbeds. There is a bar serving light bites and a selection of drinks – by the sunbeds there is a bell with the sign “ring me” which was convenient but I could not bring myself to use it given I have legs! There was also a fitness room, sauna and massage parlour for guests to use.
Each morning from 6-10am there was a buffet breakfast which included pretty much everything you could possibly want – thai food, pastries, cereals, cooked breakfast and the best bit was the freshly made waffles, which were were so delicious.
During our stay at The Empress Hotel Chiang Mai we had dinner in the ground floor restaurant. Upon arrival we were presented with little souvenirs which was just so sweet followed by a whopping 6 course meal (starting with cocktails of course!)
The first course was two massive shrimps on a bed of salad, the second course was smoked salmon presented beautifully in a flower type shape, which was so tasty. The third course was a French onion soup with a pastry top – I have never had this before and it was extremely flavoursome.
The fourth course was a cheese and spinach pastry, fifth course was a buffet dinner where you could choose from a wide variety of vegetarian and meat options including freshly grilled satay skewers of pork chicken or beef with different sauces and other rice and noodle dishes. Last, but not least, you could choose desserts from the buffet and we were also presented with a fresh fruit handmade tuk-tuk which was SO cool!
After dinner we were given two small bunches of flowers which was just so sweet – the staff really do look after you and go the extra mile.
We then moved to the separate bar area on the ground floor with live music from a band called Emotion which had a good atmosphere. Also there is happy hour from 8 to 11 pm so you get two drinks for the price of one! Bargain.
One thing that really stood out to me about The Empress Hotel Chiang Mai was how friendly and accommodating the staff were – I would definitely recommend staying here when visiting Chiang Mai.
East London Girl: The Empress
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