Located in a quiet lane, within Chiang Mai’s ancient city walls and a short stroll from one of the city’s most beautiful temples, is the quiet and delightful Rachamankha Hotel. Designed by one of Thailand’s foremost architects – who lives onsite – the hotel is styled after old Chinese courtyard dwellings, with influences from local Lanna culture.
Entry level superior rooms are simple with tiled floors, white walls and antique furnishings and art. There’s satellite TV, dvd player (you can choose from a library of titles), mini bar and tea/coffee making amenities. Deluxe rooms are similar but with the added romance of a canopy bed; spacious and stylish two bedroom suites are also available.
The true charm of Rachamkha, however, lies outside the rooms. To wander from courtyard to courtyard, discovering art along the way is simply a delight and a photographer’s dream. One of the highlights is the beautiful library which is atmospheric and stocked with hundreds of books, from novels to travel to art and culture. In addition, there is a large open air sitting area, the roof held aloft by sturdy, deep red columns, and stocked with large coffee table books, flowers and art.
Rachamankha is blessed with a 20m pool, a cozy bar and a restaurant serving Thai, Shan and Burmese cuisine. The generous a la carte breakfast is high quality and perfect before a day exploring this fascinating city.
Within walking distance there are dozens of working temples as well as the famous Sunday Walking Street Market making the hotel an ideal base for exploring Chiang Mai’s old city on foot.