Out of all the places we were staying in Thailand, Chiang Mai was looking to be the most authentic and traditional. So when we were scouring the internet for somewhere to stay, authenticity was at the top of our list. As we booked our hotel quite late (only a few weeks before we left!), most of the well-known hotels in Chiang Mai were full. We then stumbled across 99 The Heritage Hotel.
As I mentioned in my city guide, we arrived in Chiang Mai pretty late. Upon arrival we were a little confused as the main door to the hotel was locked. However our little taxi man guided us to the correct entrance. 99 The Heritage Hotel is the boutique sister hotel of 99 The Gallery Hotel. The difference? 99 The Heritage is only a year or so old and is the luxury counterpart of The Gallery Hotel.
As we checked in we were sat down with a glass of Thai wine before being shown to our room. Although it was dark, the hotel looked really pretty as there were little lights in the trees and around the pool highlighting the cutest parts of the property.
For my boyfriend, most of the hotels we stayed in on our trip were a surprise. Not because I wanted to keep them a secret, but because as you know I did the majority of the holiday planning myself. When we got to the room we were pleasantly surprised, it was gorgeous!
The hotel’s black and white colonial style interiors made every part of this place so beautiful. From the old telephone to the bathroom tiles, the rooms were so pretty you couldn’t help take a thousand photos of it. I’ve fallen in love with the bathroom of this hotel so much I plan on redecorating our new bathroom at home around it!
99 The Heritage Hotel was the first location of our holiday we had breakfast included. And boy were we happy it was! The breakfast there was so good we were spoiled for choice. You had all your usual continental selection of food and there was also a man cooking up eggs, bacon, pancakes and waffles for you.
It’s very easy to feel like you’re eating in a cafeteria in hotel breakfast halls, but this was not the case. You could take your food out of the breakfast room and sit in the ever so pretty courtyard. It was so chilled out there’s no surprise this was one of my favourite places of the whole trip.
After talking to a few people about where to stay in Chiang Mai, everyone said you must stay within the walls of the city. These are pretty easy to find on the map as it’s a perfect square!
99 The Heritage Hotel is in such a great location, it’s literally just off the main road that runs through the city. Which means it’s close to everything and right on top of the Sunday walking market. Although the hotel is in the centre of the city, don’t be put off by thoughts of noise! By 11ish, the city is so quiet. In fact, there’s not really a soul around at that time so it’s great if you want to get a good night sleep after exploring all day.
The hotel also has bikes you can borrow free of charge! So if you have a chance, hop on a bike and explore the city. Be careful of the one way streets though!
The service of this hotel is what’s made the whole experience. Although there’s not a huge amount of them (it’s a pretty small hotel remember), the staff at 99 The Heritage Hotel are so amazing. They’re friendly, helpful and speak great English which is great if like me you’re not very clued up with Thai!
The staff here go so out of their way to make sure you’re happy. From hailing cabs, haggling with the cab driver, to opening the door for you, they made us feel like royalty throughout our whole stay. I can’t wait to come back to this hotel, it’s everything you need and more!
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