Budget hotels & hostels
Guesthouses and B&Bs
This outrageous design hotel is completely unique in Chiang Mai and a great choice if you are inspired by art – 'art you can live in'. The 12 rooms are all individually designed according to the animals of the Chinese zodiac...
Shangri La Hotel Chiang Mai
This massive corporate tower looks as if it were airlifted from a much bigger megalopolis. It isn’t Chiang Mai’s most charming hotel, but it was built to address the city’s lack of meeting space...
U Chiang Mai
Corporate-friendly hotel with a 24-hour checkout policy: you leave at the same time you arrived.
Pornping Tower Hotel
This large, 324-room high-rise looming over the back of the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar has standard, comfortable rooms...
Considered to be one of the first of the 'Lanna revival' hotels, Tamarind Village has recreated the quiet spaces of a temple with galleried buildings and garden courtyards on the grounds of an old tamarind orchard...
Suriwongse Hotel Chiang Mai
Close to the Night Bazaar, the rooms here are spick-and-span but slightly old fashioned. The staff are friendly, and facilities include a massage centre, restaurant, coffee shop and business centre.
Yaang Come Village
A clever twist on the Lanna reproduction hotel is this homage to a Tai Lue village, based on the owner's travels to the Yunnan region of China...
Star Hotel Chiang Mai
This friendly 29-room hotel is a little old fashioned but has character. The large rooms are decorated with ornate Burmese furniture and Thai pictures. There is a restaurant on site.
Thapae Boutique House
Superior rooms are the best deal.
Royal Princess Chiang Mai
In the middle of the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar, facilities at this hotel include international, Chinese and Japanese restaurants and a lobby bar. Rooms have a contemporary bent.
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...
Lotus Hotel Pang Suan Kaew
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...
The Chedi Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai’s most ambitious homage to modernism, the Chedi has transformed the former British Consulate into a minimalist sculpture with bento-box glass-fronted rooms and restrained Zen-like grounds...
Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai's first premier destination resort features vaulted pavilion suites and residences spread amid eight hectares of landscaped gardens and rice terraces worked by water buffalo...
Le Meridien Chiang Mai
Le Meridien is one of three international chains to migrate to the night bazaar area (described on its website as the city’s central business district) to capitalise on the promotion of Chiang Mai as a convention centre.
The Imperial Mae Ping Hotel
Best combination of Asian quirks and contemporary fashion for this large, modern hotel near the night bazaar. Superior rooms are better value than deluxe.
Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi
Almost a kingdom unto itself, the Dhara Dhevi is an amazing resort destination that has recreated a miniature Lanna village with footpaths through walled residence compounds surrounding terraced rice fields...
Dusit D2 Chiang Mai
D2hotel Chiang Mai's ultimate flashpacker digs, D2 attracts hip international and Thai visitors...
Amora Hotel Chaing Mai
Think of it as Chiang Mai’s Best Western: adequate rooms, adequate beds and hotel-issue decor. Amora’s best features are the pool and the big drinkable view of Doi Suthep from the rooms...
This new hotel has large, well-equipped rooms decorated in a modern Thai style. Some rooms at the back have views of Wat Chedi Luang. Big discounts can be had in low season.
Villa Duang Champa
Duang Champa is an excellent small hotel with simple, beautifully furnished concrete rooms that have tasteful modern fittings. The hotel occupies a colonial-style building marked by its simplicity, airiness and shuttered windows...
Yesterday does a quick trip backwards to the near past. The common spaces of the converted apartment building are artistically decorated with vintage prints, old phonographs and the soon-to-be-extinct tube televisions...