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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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? 🙂
Location & Contact:
150 Prapokklao Rd
Chiang Mai 50200 Thailand
Tel: +66 53 273 243
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