Review: 3Sis Vacation Lodge Hotel, Chiang Mai

I wanted to stay in a B&B in Chiang Mai, Thailand especially in the old historic part of the city. The main attraction of Chiang Mai is the old walled city where many of their beautiful Buddhist temples, night markets and cafes are located. I didn’t want to stay in in a location where one has to travel by public transportation albeit a short distance. After some research, I found this little gem called 3Sis Vacation Lodge Hotel.

chiangmai 3sis lodge hotel entrance

Do not be misled by the word ‘Hotel’ attached to its name. 3Sis Vacation Lodge Hotel is not a large chain hotel but a small one with 24 rooms. Perhaps I like to call it a big B&B 🙂 When I was researching on accommodation in Chiang Mai, the descriptions and reviews of 3Sis attracted my attention, and they were mainly:

  • Its strategic location in the old city, right across the main road and just a few metres away from Wat Chedi Luang, a Buddhist temple which is one of the main attractions of the city, and the Sunday Night Market. Other attractions of the old city are all within 10-15 minutes’ walk.
  • Its easy access to taxis, tuk-tuk and songthaew (red bus) as these vehicles ply the main road.
  • Its short distance from the airport, only 15 minutes away.
  • And, its quiet atmosphere. After a long day of sightseeing and facing the onslaught of heat and traffic, there’s nothing like coming back to your hotel where the environment is calm and peaceful.

I took the early morning flight from Kuala Lumpur, arriving in Chiang Mai at 9.00am. Check-in at the hotel was easy and fast but the staff adheres strictly to the check-in time after 2pm, so I wasn’t able to have my room early. Although I had requested for an early check-in via email, they didn’t respond. They offered to keep my luggage in storage until my room is ready at 2pm. In the meantime, they gave me a map and highlighted the various attractions of the city. The hotel has an array of brochures of tour activities ranging from day tours outside of Chiang Mai, elephant camps, Thai cooking classes to spa centres. Guests can peruse these brochures and request the front desk to help book the tours or activities for them.

chiangmai 3sis lodge hotel puppets

Continental and American breakfast are served at the 3Sis Café and Restaurant which is located on the ground floor. Hotel guests choose breakfast options from the set menu; a la carte choices are available too but at an extra cost.

3Sis Cafe & Restaurant. Image source: 3Sis Hotel
3Sis Cafe & Restaurant. Image source: 3Sis Hotel

My room was located on the highest floor of the building – third floor – a Double Room in the Vacation Lodge Building. The air-conditioned room has a king-sized bed, an attached bathroom with shower, a desk, a mini fridge, cable TV, and other amenities such as hair dryer, kettle, tea/coffee, private safe deposit box and free WIFI. The water in the shower is inconsistent, swinging from scalding hot to cold, so it requires adjustment on the tap every now and then to make it a comfortable shower.

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My room faces the back streets of the city which is nice and quiet, unlike the rooms at the Front Building where guests would experience noise from traffic on the main road and bells tolling from Wat Chedi Luang early in the morning.

The hotel lobby is picture perfect with teak furniture and Thai silk cushions. There’s a little garden and water fountain which gives a relaxing atmosphere to the lobby, and the best time to chill out is around 5pm, just before it gets dark when the mosquitoes come out to attack! The drawback of the lobby area (and rooms at the Front Building) is the construction that is going on next door to 3Sis which starts as early as 8am until late afternoon. It’s out of the hotel’s control. Guests can’t sleep in (unless they request for the rooms at the Vacation Lodge Building) or chill out at the lobby during the day.

chiangmai 3sis lodge hotel view from upstairs

chiangmai 3sis lodge hotel lobby

chiangmai 3sis lodge hotel rocking chair

Despite a few snags, the 3Sis Vacation Lodge Hotel has all the desired qualities of a good B&B-cum-small hotel accommodation. Its location is very strategic, room rates are inexpensive, the rooms are of decent-sized, very comfortable and superbly clean, and its overall service is impeccable. The 7-Eleven store is just next door and the Dalah Relax and Spa is another two doors away, perfect for a foot or body massage after a long day of sightseeing. Now what more can I ask for a perfect getaway? 🙂

chiangmai 3sis lodge hotel lobby and mini garden

chiangmai 3sis lodge hotel figurines on tree

chiangmai 3sis lodge hotel cute figurines

Location & Contact:
The 3Sis
150 Prapokklao Rd
T.Prasing A.Muang
Chiang Mai 50200 Thailand
Tel: +66 53 273 243
Email: 3sis.bnb@gmail.com

 

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22 comments

  1. Despite the lack of some services and utilities, I think this hotel is charming. And I will consider to stay here if I have a chance to visit Chiang Mai again. Thanks for the review Kat 😉

  2. What a lovely place. I agree, sometimes it’s the smaller b&b establishments that have more charm and we love staying in places like this. Your romm was lovely and a great price. Chang Mai is such a wonderful place, gosh it’s been over a decade since I was there. And having the spa next to you – winner! Thanks for linking up with #MondayEscapes

  3. This place sounds amazing. I especially love how you can look onto the lobby area from above – it definitely gives the B&B a lot of character. The rooms looks also clean and the water is a minor inconvenience for someone looking for an affordable place to stay in Chiang Mai.

  4. Sounds good! The bed looks lovely and big and I love the lobby area. Location is so important…although a shame about the building work. Chiang Mai is a fab city – hope you had fun! Thanks for linking to #citytripping again.

  5. Sounds good! The bed looks lovely and big and I love the lobby area. Location is so important…although a shame about the building work. Thanks for linking to #citytripping again.

    1. Yeah, I have stayed in accommodation where the rates were cheaper, rooms were comfortable and clean, etc, but so far away from the main attractions. I remember staying somewhere in HK (my first visit) which required me to take a bus and a metro to the city centre – it turned out to be a long journey and major hassle 🙁 Since then, I have learnt my lesson and I spend more time researching to get better accommodation options.

  6. This looks lovely – I do like smaller places with plenty of character too (and idea to have somewhere in a great location at a good price as well). Chiang Mai is somewhere I’d still love to visit, as I wasn’t able to when I visited Thailand before. Thanks for linking up with #citytripping

  7. This is a great way to travel, something nice about a B&B, the smallness makes it easier to understand the local culture better and usually it is also fun to talk with the guests and locals as a smaller setting seems to put people at ease (and of course, the price usually not too bad). This place looks incredible (I like the shot down the stairs into the lobby!). Cheers and continued happy travels to you!

    1. In fact, I gained insights into the way locals live, their thoughts and opinions about life, country, etc, when I stay in a B&B or guesthouse. It’s more personal 🙂

      1. Agree. In business, we use to stay in 5-star places and while they were great (sometimes it felt like you would not want to leave the room or the hotel) ~ and that in itself is the problem (and quite horrible if you think about it). 3-star and lower is now my life 🙂

    1. I know, very cute, right? 🙂 Well, if you get the chance to go to Chiang Mai, Thailand, 3Sis might be a good place to stay. Thanks Keisha for your comment and for visiting my blog. Cheers!

    1. I agree, sometimes when you need help or require something that involves customisation, they will be able to accommodate your requests. Glad you like the pictures 🙂

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