During my trip to Thailand earlier this year, I spent a few days in the Northern city of Chiang Mai. The first time I stayed there over five years ago, I was on a super tight budget and we didn’t stay at the most pleasant of hotels. This time, however, I was travelling to relax and be a bit further away from the hustle and bustle of the immediate city centre. I opted to stay at the newly developed Wellness Residence.
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January is height of the peak season to travel in Southeast Asia, so we paid around $50 per night for a One Bedroom Apartment. There are also Studio and Two Room Apartments available for stay. In the era of coronavirus, all rooms are half price. Having rechecked the cost on Booking.com whilst writing this post, it appears that now the hotel is more established, prices have increased to around $75 per night for the same period in January 2021.
The hotel was just a two minute drive from the airport. As I discussed in my full travel post on Chiang Mai (that you can read by clicking here) a few years ago, there are kiosks within the airport that you can book taxis to your hotel for a flat fare of 150 baht, regardless of the location in Chiang Mai. To sightseeing spots like the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar or Wat Chedi Luang, you are around a ten minute taxi ride which will cost around 120 baht (£3/ $4) in each direction. The Central Plaza Chiang Mai is a two minute walk from the hotel, which has floors and floors of shopping and food courts. A ten minute walk in the opposite direction is a large Lotus supermarket (sister company of Tesco) so you can stock up the kitchen.
The hotel was built in 2018, so everything is absolutely brand new. It was extremely modern, bright and airy throughout the entirety of the building. The reception is entirely glass fronted with a view over the hotel’s garden, and inside is decorated with a variety of colorful chairs and sofas.
The room itself was decorated very neutrally, with modern fixtures throughout and an abundance of storage space which I appreciated very much. I was particularly impressed with the standard of decor and quality in the bathroom, as well as the gym and pool area on the ground floor.
Although classified as a One Bedroom Apartment, the living room technically served as a second bedroom as it didn’t feature any living space, just two single beds and a bistro table and chairs set beside the kitchen. The kitchen was entirely insular, and enclosed in glass sliding doors, to the right of the front door to the room. The bathroom was accessible from both the main bedroom and the living area. There was a balcony off of the living room area with another set of table and chairs.
The apartment came with a fully functioning kitchen, with a gas top cooker and oven, microwave, refrigerator and freezer and plenty of utensils and crockery. The kitchen was also stocked with teas and coffees, cups of ramen, and water that were all replenished every second day.
Overall, the hotel was clean and comfortable to live in, but there is definitely some room for improvement when it comes to attention to detail. There was a bit of an ant problem in the cupboards in the kitchen, which meant we had to store all of our items from the supermarket in the fridge. Whilst this isn’t the end of the world, I understand you can rent these apartments long-term, and if you were planning on stocking the kitchen you would definitely have to discuss a solution for the pest problem. Other than that, I was extremely happy with the cleanliness. Our room was cleaned every second day, which I actually prefer because it’s much less wasteful.
I cannot tell you enough how wonderful and accommodating the staff at this hotel were. They spoke fantastic English, helped us with booking taxis and recommending places to visit, eat, and give a miss.
Overall, I completely recommend staying at the Wellness Residence Chiang Mai. I had planned on returning to stay here in Chiang Mai just a couple of weeks ago on my summer break from work, but travel restrictions in South Korea don’t allow me to leave or re-enter the country without an extensive quarantine and visa process, which I completely understand and respect.