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This art-concept hotel has 12 rooms, individually decorated by local artists according to the Chinese zodiac. For an auspicious stay, pick the room that matches your birth year...
U Chiang Mai
Briefcases and golf clubs are shuttled out of this corporate-friendly hotel. The central courtyard infinity pool creates a resort-like escape in the heart of the old city...
Vieng Mantra Hotel
A small hotel tucked into modest Soi 1, Vieng Mantra creates an oasis with its courtyard pool and landscaped gardens. Rooms boast Lanna-style decor and pool-view balconies though sizes and standards vary. Walk-in rates are cheaper if they're not busy.
Le Meridien Chiang Mai
This corporate hotel delivers a sleek and modern package in the middle of the night bazaar. Rooms are spacious and contemporary with the ever-popular see-through bathroom. But the infinity pool with mountain views is a much better place to be seen.
Yaang Come Village Hotel
A clever twist on the Lanna-style hotel is this homage to a Tai Lue village, based on the owner's travels to the Yunnan region of China. All rooms are spacious with murals, textiles and teak furniture, and have balconies...
This boutique 'rice-village' strikes the right balance between intimacy and privacy. Several terraced houses shelter a central swimming pool framed by birds-of-paradise flowers...
One of the first of the 'Lanna revival' hotels in Chiang Mai, Tamarind Village recreates the quiet spaces of a temple on the grounds of an old tamarind orchard...
Lotus Pang Suan Kaew Hotel
Appealing to Asian visitors who'd rather navigate a mall than a cityscape, Lotus Pang Suan Kaew (also known as 'PSK') has fused itself to the back end of the Kad Suan Kaew shopping centre, like a born-again conjoined twin...
Top North Hotel
Right in the old city, this place sprawls like a resort but the rates remain reasonable. Standard and superior rooms in the older building are a bit of a mixed bag (en suites get a little musty). The spiffy new wing is a much better option...
Tjr Boutique House
A new apartment-style hotel, TJR has huge rooms, huge beds and bathrooms with tubs. Street-facing rooms get views of the mountain. It is often booked as the desk clerk speaks Chinese and English.
Galare Guest House
This quiet riverside lodge is close but not too close to the night bazaar. It has slightly dated but comfortable rooms with shared verandah, and the river-facing restaurant is a pleasant spot to start the morning.
Chiang Mai Orchid Hotel
Classy in a time-capsule way, Chiang Mai Orchid is oriented towards business travellers and package tourists and has a central city location. The recently renovated rooms are a lot more appealing. They also have smoking and non-smoking floors...
Yesterday does a quick trip backwards to the near past. The common spaces of the converted apartment building are decorated with vintage prints, old phonographs and the soon-to-be-extinct tube televisions...
Koko Palm Inn
This new boutique has only eight rooms facing a garden filled with ponds and palms. The rooms are compact yet cute, and bathrooms are big enough for serious grooming.
Tri Gong Residence
It offers large rooms with decent furnishings, cable TV and fridge.
This multistorey building won't impress from the outside, but the recently updated rooms (fresh tiled floors and bathrooms) are unbeatable value. Here's hoping the mattresses get an upgrade soon.
North of Pratu Chang Pheuak, this serviced-apartment hotel doesn't have the best location for sightseers but it has plenty of amenities and comfort for long-term guests...
Thapae Boutique House
This reliable flashpacker hotel has colourful rooms and tiled bathrooms. Superior rooms are the best deal. Rates include breakfast.
New Mitrapap Hotel
Located near Talat Warorot, New Mitrapap is a bit of a time warp both for its prices and its classic Thai-Chinese hotel decor. The air-con rooms are good value with TV and mini-fridge...
Nimman Boutique Resort
This well-priced hotel does smart and efficient rooms in the otherwise overpriced Nimman neighbourhood. Standards are modern if a bit small. Paths wind through a small garden and there are many stylish restaurants and bars nearby.
Stay With Me Guesthouse
The former Tawan guesthouse now sports a new name and a cheery coat of paint. Rooms are basic (fans, shared bathrooms) but there's a lovely garden and a hipster vibe.
The encore effort by architect Ong-ard Satrabhandu after Tamarind Village, Rachamankha imitates an ancient monastery in Lampang. Rooms are understated opulent and the superiors are quite small...