If you love history and if you love to shop till you drop, the 137 Pillars Hotel in Chiang Mai is ideal for you. This boutique hotel is a nostalgic mix of fuss free modern design and historic Thai architecture. It has everything you ever want in a hotel: delicious dining, a superb spa and a suitably dramatic pool.
The hotel treats each guests personally and encourages guests to enjoy and participate in the rich local culture while creating plentiful space for intimate conversations. The result is a welcome home like effect amid the beautiful gardens. A bit of trivia: this 1889 built property was once under the ownership of Louis Leonowens, who was the son of Anna (related to the movie Anna and the King).
There are 30 suites in total at the 137 Pillars House. The integrity of this historic structure is being meticulously maintained by conservationists and historians. Guests of all the 30 suites can expect the same old world comfortable ambiance, perfectly matching the conveniences and modern comforts as expected from the finest hotels in Thailand.
Each of its 20 Rajah Brooke Suite has an area of 70 square meters. You can enjoy the King bed which lies close to the vintage tiled airy verandah and the spacious walk-in closets, en-suite bathroom fitted with dual washbasins. Separate indoor or outdoor showers complete the picture.
Averaging an area of 75 square meters, there are a total of 6 East Borneo Suite. These suites can be accessed by a private corridor and you can the pickeither the King or twin bedding. Guests can while the time away on the plush day bed or the rattan planter’s chair out on the veranda.
There are only 2 William Bain Terrace Suite which occupies the upper floor of the pillar house and overlooks the garden wall and infinity pool. It’s en-suite bathroom has a spacious walk-in closet and a sunken bath that faces the tropical foliage.
Occupaying 135 square meters on the ground floor are the Louis Leonowens Pool Suite. The bedroom is seperated by a french door and leads up to its large living room. Not only would you get the view of the infinity pool, you can also frolick in your own private pool.
Dining is impressive in 137 Pillars House, ranging from international cuisine to seven course long Thai menus. Organic produce is used to prepare the dishes. When hungry, the safest way to fill yourself up is to go to The Dining Room – an excellent affair in a wooden house, surrounded by verandahs and shaded by shutters. If you consider yourself a gourmet cook, you can pick invaluable culinary tips at Kitchen cooking school, a place visiting chefs give culinary demonstrations.
The Library Bar is a place where you can sip a cognac and smoke a cigar while riffling through the pages of books. You can also snack all day long with light bites washed down by a cup of tea or coffee. The chairs and the sofas are plush and super comfortable. Heaven comes in the form of classic high tea in the Parlor Lounge, a space littered with ceramic side tables and blue-hued seats.
The 25 meter long lap pool lies in a corner and is dominated by a vertical plant wall. Tempting sun beds dot the decks and total seclusion is possible when you draw the elegant silk curtains along the lounge rails.
The spa is managed by professional trained and experienced Thai massage therapists. Guests can enjoy an extensive choice of spa treaments like aromathraphy or beauty treatments that uses locally sourced organic ingredients. The therapists cater to different kind of massages, including the famed Thai massage. All spa products are tested to determine whether they can be applied on all skin types. Group and private yoga classes are also available.
The Gym is a fully climate controlled affair housing the most modern exercise equipment. This includes multi-station free unit along with free weights. There are also high end treadmills and related computerized cardio-vascular equipment like upright bicycle and an elliptical trainer.
The hotel sits on a prime location beside the Ping River. It is adjacent to Wat Gate Khar Rham Temple from which the local area has got its name from. Guests can statisfy their golf cravings at the Chiang Mai Highlands Golf Course. You can also enjoy an elephant safari if you like an exotic event to spice up your day.
You can request for a tuk tuk ride from the hotel to the shopping district lying on the other side of the river. The Ton Lamyai market is known for its flower and fruit varieties. The market also sells clothes. If you want handicrafts, do visit the Night Bazaar to the south of Chiang Mai city. You can wander along the Charoen Raj Road and pick up high quality paper art works and textiles. You will also find ceramics, homeware and antiques. A number of shops sell beautiful elephant ornaments, fishermen’s pants and stylish scarves.