The Le Meridien Chiang Mai has the best location you could possibly ask for in this city, right by the night market. Honestly, I couldn't find a single fault with the service. It's a very Western-style 5-star hotel and has an English-speaking staff. My room was huge and would be perfect for a honeymoon. I especially liked the huge window over the bathtub allowing you too look out. I also loved the way the shower was separate from the walk-in tub. As for the facilities, there's not much I can tell you as I didn't stay too long in the hotel, but it does offer a meeting room that, at 1800 square meters, is one of the largest in Chiang Mai, as well as a pool, gym, spa and two great restaurants. I can't think of a single thing I didn't like about this hotel, and would gladly recommend it to everyone.
I stayed in plenty of hotels during my stay in Chiang Mai, but on my last night I decided to stay at the Shangri-La Chiang Mai. It's right in the heart of the city, and although it's a very luxurious hotel, it wasn't my favorite - it would be fourth in my personal ranking, behind the Chedi, the Dusit D2, and Le Meridien. It's not that it's bad, but it's just not as charming as the others. The decoration is similar to other Shangri-La hotels, with a very Thai theme.
The suites weren't great...I didn't like the overly oriental decor...made you feel like you were sleeping in a Chinese restaurant! My standard room had a fabulous king size bed, plasma TV and, best of all, large windows. Personally, I liked the pool area, with wicker type chairs and umbrellas, and two wooden elephants. I also loved the gym overlooking the garden. The spa area is great too, and I was delighted with the massage service. A good place to stay in Chiang Mai, though not my favorite.
This hotel will strike you from the moment you walk through the front door. It's a real treat for the senses, giving a sense of tranquility. Everything is based on the Zen style, with teak flooring, open spaces, a lake with lotus flowers, large landscaped gardens, stunning Asian art pieces, huge vases, etc ... What really impressed me was the view from the balcony. Needless to say, the room is really awesome, one of the best I've ever stayed in, with a huge bed, a rotating plasma TV which you can watch from bed or from the sofa, and a Japanese couch. There was a bath with glass shower, separate from the toilet. The reception is wonderful, and overlooks the gardens and pool. And the restaurant is great, with a wide range of international dishes to suit all tastes. Needless to say, this is a fantastic 5-star hotel, designed for absolute luxury.
It is lovely place, where you feel like you are in paradise. At night it is even more lovely, with candle lights and the tinkling of the bells, which makes it an exotic and relaxing place. We will go back.