Pingviman Hotel Review
As promised, I am sharing reviews of all the hotels we stayed in during our tour of Thailand and Malaysia in February. This time I’m reviewing this lovely boutique hotel in Chiang Mail, the Pingviman Hotel. For where to stay in Chiang Mai then this is a great choice. It really exceeded my expectations in most areas and overall is an excellent place to relax and recharge after a busy day seeing the sights. The location is perfect since it is within the old city walls and so we could walk everywhere in the historical city.
Afterwards, if you like the look of the Pingviman Hotel and thinks it’s where you’d like to stay in Chiang Mai then you can check availability and book by using this link. Just to be clear, I paid for my own stay so these are my personal views and not influenced in any way.
Boutique Hotel in Chiang Mai
When you arrive at the Pingviman Hotel you first enter the spacious lobby area. Since we arrived on the overnight train from Ayutthaya we were a little hot and dusty so the cool lobby was very welcoming. Also, because of the train timings, we arrived far too early to check-in but they kept our luggage for us so we went out to look around the area. As I already mentioned, it’s a great location as we could walk straight from the hotel to see the many local temples.
Once our room was ready, one of the receptionists took us through the gardens and showed us around. One of the things I really loved about the Pingviman Hotel was the gardens and pool area. It feels really tropical and very calming. You will notice a common theme around my hotel choices because I like somewhere tranquil and calming to retreat to after a day sightseeing. I don’t mind getting hot and dusty during the day if I have somewhere lovely to return to afterwards.
Getting into Chiang Mai from the Train Station
Just a quick note on getting to the hotel from the train station. It’s around 3km from Chiang Mai Railway Station to the city centre so we planned to take a songthaew. You actually have a few choices from the train station. You can take a shared songthaew for around 100-150 Bhat (£3-4) per person. If you feel able to haggle a bit then you can get it cheaper as they tend to inflate the price for non-Thais unfortunately.
On the other hand, you can just hire a private songthaew for around 200-250 Bhat (£5-6) so if there are two or more of you then this makes sense. As you exit the station there are people organising the taxis and songthaew and it’s easy to sort this out. They’re not too pushy so we didn’t feel rushed to make a decision. In the end, our songthaew driver couldn’t get it to start so his son took us in his taxi instead.
When we returned to the station at the end of our stay, the hotel called us a local taxi and the price was similar. I rather enjoy travelling by songthaew although an air-conditioned taxi is nice when it’s this hot.
We booked a room with pool access which is a real luxury in itself but at around £145 for 2 nights it was very affordable. Walking into the room for the first time was a real wow moment for me. It was beautiful and huge. You can’t see the ceiling very well in the photos but there is a large pyramid dome above the bed area which makes it feel even larger.
Our room was decorated in dark wood with an ornately carved wooden bed. Polished wooden floors and stained glass really made it feel luxurious. However, it still had nice modern touches like the flat screen tv.
The bathroom was also huge with a large spa bathtub and walk-in shower. I often judge a hotel by the quality (and eco-friendliness) of their toiletries and this was another positive here.
Plenty of bottled drinking water is provided free of charge and there is a mini-fridge to store drinks in. These were replenished every day.
The hotel is built around the central courtyard and pool area so that all the rooms face inwards towards the pool. If you look at the photos you can see the rooms with pool access. They do not open straight into the pool but have a small patio area which faces the pool. You can sit here in the shade on the chairs provided and you are only a few steps from the pool.
Of course, like most people, we chose to relax on the loungers by the pool. We never had a problem getting a seat as there are plenty of different seating options all around the pool. This is a real oasis and just such a beautiful area to sit in and relax. All the greenery really makes this area feel special.
On our departure day, we spent time sitting by the pool after we checked out and you can also order food and drinks from the restaurant and they bring it to you by the pool. We found that customer service was generally excellent in Thailand’s hotels and the staff of the Pingviman were no exception.
There is also a changing room and toilet available by the pool which is ideal on check out day. Plus, you can enjoy a sauna in there too although it was so hot while we were in Chiang Mai that I never seriously considered it.
Breakfast was included in our room rate so we ate in the restaurant every morning. This was a buffet breakfast with a good choice of foods and decent coffee. Most of the hot dishes weren’t vegetarian but we never went hungry so I can’t really complain. I like the way the Thais put salad out for breakfast as it makes a nice change from pastries and toast.
Hopefully, you can see from my review why I loved this hotel so much and why I recommend it as where to stay in Chiang Mai. This boutique hotel is small but perfectly formed and actually feels really luxurious. I’m sure you’ll agree that at the price we paid it was great value for money. However, if you’re on a tighter budget don’t discount it as we booked the most expensive room they have. There are plenty of cheaper options and I’m sure all their rooms are lovely.