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Review of the Chedi, Chiang Mai

My recent stay at a stylish, boutique hotel, The Chedi sparked an interesting debate amongst the friends we were travelling with.  Is it appropriate to bring your kids to a quieter, more boutique resort or will you spend the entire time feeling bad for other guests?

When I was initially researching where to stay in Chiang Mai, a number of the family friendly chains sprang up but with exorbitant price tags.  The Chedi looked hip, stylish, was recommended by one of my favourite travel tomes (Conde Nast Traveler) and most importantly, was extremely well priced.  I was really looking forward to staying here and the Chedi delivered above and beyond.  You know why? It turned out to be very family friendly.

Booking

I booked my stay through a Hong Kong travel agent, Concorde Travel.  We were given what I thought was a good value room rate of HKD $1820 for a Club Suite which includes breakfast.  The Club Suite comes with extra benefits  including complimentary airport transfer, access to Club Lounge, 7 pieces free laundry per day and all day refreshments.

Chiang Mai Chedi 5

The location

At the far end of Chiang Mai’s old town, the Chedi hugs the bank of the Mae Ping river.  The drive from Chiang Mai International Airport is approximately 20 mins.

The hotel

Chiang Mai Chedi 4

The Chedi combines minimalist chic (white walls, wooden floors, simple furniture) with refined Oriental elegance.

The room

If you are travelling with more than one child, you have to pay for a Club Suite, which are double the size of the normal Deluxe rooms.  This was one of the biggest hotel rooms I have ever seen.  The room is divided in the middle by a TV console.  At one end is a king size bed, at the other end, a day bed that is converted into kids bed at night, tables and chairs.

Chiang Mai Chedi Hotel Room

We were given a baby cot, steriliser and baby bath for the room.

Chiang Mai Chedi Hotel Room 2

There is a spacious dressing area and large bathroom with separate bath/shower.  The large balcony has a day bed and another set of table and chairs.

The Club Suite has lots of perks including a free minibar (fill your boots with juices, toblerone and vodka!).  For me, one of the best things was access to the Club Lounge, stocked with magazines, plenty of seating and a fabulous happy hour with cocktails and canapes (kids not allowed during this one hour but you can bring drinks back to your room).

Faciliites

Chedi Hotel Pool 2

The pool is 34m long (took me ages to swim!) with a shallow area at one end for the kids to splash around.  As Chiang Mai has lots going on, you’ll find people aren’t sitting around here all day and sometimes it can be quite quiet.  The pool staff were fantastic and would bring colouring kits to the kids and pool toys to keep them occupied.

There is also a lovely spa and well equipped gym in two separate buildings.

Dining

Chiang Mai Chedi 3

To the right of the pool is the ex British consulate turned hotel restaurant.  This beautiful house has a shaded verandah for those that want to enjoy eating al fresco or enter inside and enjoy the dark elegance.  The breakfast buffet is of excellent quality (and I love a buffet breakfast) with hot dishes to order.  Food is served all day with mix of East/West dishes on offer.  There is a varied Children’s Menu and even plastic cutlery.

Should I stay here?

If you are looking for somewhere your kids can be noisy, with a kids club and organised activities then the Chedi is not for you.  If you want a chic hotel that welcomes families then I would highly recommend it.

 

For more on what to do in Chiang Mai with kids read here

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  1. Lj Ferrara

    Hi Nicola, I’m trying to book this for next weekend and the rates are different for the club suite and the price is coming in at $8,703 for 3 nights in the club suite! Works out to $2901 which is too much for a quickie weekend away I think. I’ve emailed Concorde travel to see if they can get a better price. Shame, I was keen to do the elephant experience too. Maybe your good review pushed their price up.. 🙂

  2. Rob Fox

    Spot on. And very nice to meet you all whilst there!

    1. Nicola

      Great to meet you guys too! I miss happy hour, even if it did mean dashing in and out of the club lounge with our drinks!

  3. Annette

    I had dinner at the Chedi when I was in Chiang Mai and is was amazing! The grounds were gorgeous! It was a little bit of a ways from the city center, but worth the tuk tuk ride over.

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