- Near Chiang Mai Night Bazaar
- Grand, peaceful setting
- Spa, pool, yoga and tai chi
137 Pillars is an elegant boutique hotel set in a well-preserved building dating back to the colonial era. One of the most appealing aspects of the hotel is that even though it’s quite centrally located within Chiang Mai, it still offers plenty of peace and serenity. It’s a short walk from the Ping River and the old city, which is unique among Thailand’s other old cities in that its historic walls are still mostly intact. The city centre is just over a mile away and there are plenty of sights to see just a short walk away, including the city’s bustling and atmospheric Chiang Mai Night Bazaar.
All of the suites at 137 Pillars are designed to offer space, comfort and tranquility. They’re tastefully decorated and well-presented throughout, with considerable attention to detail and lots of nice little touches here and there. Those on the ground floor have their own private terrace complete with daybeds and rocking chairs for relaxing out in the open air, while those on the upper floor have their own private balcony with pleasant views of the area. Ceilings are high, beds are large and the en-suite bathrooms are extra spacious. There are four categories of suite altogether and all of them come with a range of convenient amenities, such as a flat-screen TV with DVD player, complimentary toiletries, slippers and bathrobes, air conditioning and a fan.
When not exploring the lively and frenetic city of Chiang Mai, guests can make use of the hotel’s many facilities. There’s a spa and wellness centre offering a variety of indulgent treatments, as well as Tai Chi and Yoga classes. The well-equipped fitness centre is open round-the-clock and there’s a narrow but long 25 meter outdoor lap pool with a striking vertical plant-covered wall to one side. The hotel offers a variety of dining options. Thai and Lanna food is served three times a day in the main restaurant, The Dining Room, with in-room and al fresco dining also an option. Gourmet dinners are served in Palette, and cocktails and ‘light bites’ are on offer in Jack Bain’s Bar with its delightful ‘old world’ feel. If that’s not enough, afternoon tea is also served in the hotel’s picturesque gardens.
Children are welcome at 137 pillars. Some of the Rajah Brooke suites are interconnecting and can work well for families, or extra beds and cots can be brought into rooms on request. Babysitting can be arranged a day in advance, although there are no designated children’s activities on offer. Parents should note that the lap pool is better suited to adult swimming and that children must remain under adult supervision at all times.
Driver-guide: Very punctual, except for pick up for airport when he was delayed by >30 mins due to road closures. Vehicle very clean and well maintained- plenty of water and supplies of clothing for religious sites, tissues, postcards etc. Very good at understanding what level of conversation we wanted. Happy to stop for paracetamol, supermarket etc. Took us to signal box at railway since we were early (which was very interesting)
The Walawwa: Lovely place to arrive at and get a bit of rest. Great pool, lovely rooms and food etc. Peaceful oasis so close to town.
Wilpattu Camp: Wonderful food- really enjoyed trying lots of new things in excellent surroundings.Felt like the place had not been visited much recently (which I don’t think it had due to the terrorist attacks) so our safari guide had been brought up from another park and did not know the park too well- it worked out well though and we saw all the animals we hoped to see so no complaints on that front. We did feel that we should have been told about extra things we could have done- when we commented on the great food on final day we were told that they could have done a cookery demo for us, but it was too late at that point. It worked well for us but clients should probably know that they are likely to have multiple wildlife in their tents (eg frogs)- didn’t bother us at all, but others it might do. We were given a questionnaire to fill in at the end whilst all the staff were standing around, which wasn’t ideal as you felt a bit of pressure! Felt really well looked after here!
Water Gardens Sigiriya: Beautiful suites with plunge pools- quiet and peaceful with lovely big swimming pool. Food good
Jungle Beach: Beautiful location on beach. Rooms good. Food a bit limited I would have liked a bit more variety ideally.
Camellia House: Lovely location- beautiful views. Food OK but service below average- our food orders were wrong a couple of times and even pre-ordered food was delayed. Tea factory tour was only an hour and that was the main reason to be here. It was interesting but quite brief seeing it was the main attraction according to our itinerary. Also, we were taken there in a minibus which didn’t have seatbelts on all seats and was quite smelly- not up to the standard of the usual transportation. Rooms were described as having panoramic views- one did have amazing views but the other one definitely didn’t.
Galle Face: Lovely old hotel- but it did have some problems (leaking ceiling and ‘smuts’ coming out of air conditioning.) Weather very bad (spectacular storms). It was a shame the street food tour couldn’t take place but totally understandable given the weather, however we enjoyed our dinner here and free drinks/canopes!). Good choice at breakfast.
Pippa R reviewing Sri Lanka Highlights - Classic on 30 September 2019
Once again you organised a really good holiday for us.
If there was one criticism it was that there were too many flights. I don’t know whether you could do Bangkok first, Chiang Mai, then fly down South?
Your drivers and Guides - all really good. The variety of transport on the tours in Bangkok and Chiang Mai; we all loved.
Tamarind Village - Our room was a bit of a squeeze, with the 3 of us and 3 big suitcases.
Lisu Lodge- I enjoyed our time here. Going forward I would suggest only 1 night or they need to have some more activities. I liked how we ate on the floor, the food was really good. Staff very friendly. We liked the cycling, tea plantation, trekking and white water rafting.
Riva Surya- good location.
Elephant Hills- we loved looking after the elephants, the lake was also a really good experience. The guides were informative and looked after us well. The resort locations and tents were perfect.
Santiburi - amazing; we upgraded to a beach bungalow which was fantastic. The hotel is in a stunning location, the facilities and the service was impeccable. Sam has some private Thai boxing lessons, which he loved. We had cookery lessons and used the paddle boards. A perfect end to quite a busy holiday.
Natasha L reviewing Thailand Family Adventure on 24 September 2019
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019