If Chiang Mai is the Rose of the North, then 137 Pillars House is undoubtedly the Rose of Chiang Mai. The 19th century teak buildings that make up this elegant hotel are surrounded by mesmerising gardens, guaranteeing a true sense of tranquility. But then, step just off the doorstep and you will find yourself in the heart of vibrant Chiang Mai. With just 30 suites and a gorgeous garden infinity pool, this boutique gem truly is the ultimate Thai sanctuary.
You would be forgiven for thinking that such a charming bolthole as this would be a pain to get to. Not so. Just a quick ten minute limousine ride from Chiang Mai International Airport and this little slice of heaven is all yours. The only problem is, once you arrive – it’s near impossible to leave again. But trust us; it’s worth opening the door and taking a peek at the colourful city that lies beyond. Wat Gate Khar Rham temple, the famous night market and many more exquisite sights are all just a stone’s throw away.
Expect to be treated like royalty in this former home of Louis Leonowens, of ‘The King & I’ fame. Interiors throughout the hotel are an enticing combination of old world charm and contemporary touches, and the rooms are no exception. With patios and verandas opening up to views over the immaculate gardens, each of the 30 suites has an undoubted air of sophistication. We especially love the bathrooms, with gorgeous freestanding roll-top baths and our old favourite – outdoor garden showers.
Why we like it
We know that when in Thailand, we really ought to do as the Thai people do – ok, eat as the Thai people do. But we couldn’t resist Palette Restaurant, and we know that you won’t be able to either. Set in the original teak house, Palette is a complete treat for the senses with mouthwatering French cuisine on your plate and Nouveau Asian art on the walls. The gastronomy at 137 Pillars House goes where you go, so why not head off on an exotic day trip, armed with your camera and a champagne picnic? That’s what we call sightseeing in style.