Few hotels can lay claim to a history as intriguing as that of 137 Pillars House. It’s bound up with intrepid British adventurers of the 19th century who set off for the East with dreams of adventure and riches and with Anna, English teacher to the children of the King of Siam.
The lovingly restored 19th century house which gives the hotel its name sits in the middle of the property, and is home to the bar, a fine dining European restaurant and the grand piano whose strains can be heard drifting through the warm air of an evening. The hotel’s Thai restaurant is housed in a stunning dining room with food which lives up to its surroundings.
Attention to detail throughout the hotel is faultless with staff being friendly, helpful, and discrete.
Soon after arrival, a butler will come to the suite with the pillow menu and a choice of toiletries; there are two different scents available. There are four categories of suite, starting from the entry level 70 square metre Rajah Brooke suites which contain a supremely comfortable king four poster bed and amenities including cable TV, a DVD player with USB and iPod docking station, a coffee machine and fine teas. Soft drinks and beer from the mini bar are free and there is plentiful bottled drinking water.
The bathroom has a colonial-era feel, with vintage floor tiles and fixed, white slated blind; it includes double washbasins, roomy wardrobe space, separate toilet, Victorian freestanding bath tub for two, and indoor and outdoor showers.
Larger suites include separate living rooms and the top-of-the-range suites include a private pool. All suites have large balconies with day beds, ideal for relaxing after a day spent discovering Chiang Mai’s delights.
After a stay here you’ll easily understand why this multi-award-winning hotel is the top rated boutique hotel in the city.