The Best Unique & Boutique Hotels

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Top 9 Cool and Unusual Gay Friendly Hotels in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai has more than its share of stunning, bespoke boutique hotels. From the extremely modern to the classic and traditional. Many of them make use of and draw from Northern Thailand’s Lanna heritage in their decor, resulting in some truly beautiful resorts. As a small city, many of them are located inside the walls of the Old Town or along the riverfront, which are perfect areas if you’re in town to explore temples and discover Lanna culture.

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♥ Riverside location
♥ Gorgeous modern decor
♥ Excellent wellness and fitness facilities
♥ Fully serviced apartments available

Anantara Chiang Mai Resort features contemporary Asian-inspired decor that perfectly blends with the manicured grounds for a feeling of complete relaxation. Every spacious room comes with a private balcony, rain shower, and luxury toiletries, and the serviced apartments also include a fully-equipped kitchen. As well as a large infinity pool, a state-of-the-art gym, and a blissful spa, you’ll find various wellness and fitness activities on offer, such as yoga, Tai Chi, and kickboxing.

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Why we love it

♥ Lovely riverside location
♥ Cozy, homey modern decor
♥ Awesome rooftop bar and pool
♥ Walking distance to Tha Phae gate

Located along the banks of the Mae Ping river, sala lanna features tasteful and neutral modern decor with touches of traditional Thai influence. All the rooms are supremely cozy and fairly spacious, but we recommend going for a river balcony room to really soak in the riverside ambiance. The rooftop bar and swimming pool have great panoramic views, and the poolside massage treatments on offer are a great touch.

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Why we love it

♥ Peaceful tree-lined grounds
♥ Lovely rooftop area with river views
♥ Spacious and comfortable suites
♥ Idyllic riverside location

This ultra-stylish riverside resort features contemporary design and open, pleasant green spaces. The accommodation is made up of 30 luxury suites, each with plush furnishings and state-of-the-art tech, some even including a private plunge pool. The swanky rooftop area features an infinity saltwater pool, a bar, and a gym, all with scenic river views. Elsewhere, you’ll find two chic restaurants and a rejuvenating spa.

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5/5
Why we love it

♥ Jaw-dropping scenery and surroundings
♥ Stunning traditional villas and pavillions
♥ Outstanding facilities across the board
♥ Larger villas and residences available for groups

This 5-star stands out due to its exceptionally gorgeous setting among lush rice fields in the outskirts of Chiang Mai. The city is about an hour’s drive away, and the hotel provides a shuttle service, but the idea here is to get away from everything. All the facilities, from the outdoor pools to the spa to the authentic fine Thai dining, are exceptional. Choose between a romantic pavillion or a large villa, all designed in a beautiful traditional style and surrounded by abundant greenery. Fully equipped residences are also available, and come with private butler service.

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5/5
Why we love it

♥ Quiet but close to downtown Chiang Mai
♥ Luxurious amenities in every suite
♥ Beautiful grounds and design
♥ Fantastic-looking pool and gym

This hotel manages to feel fully remote and peaceful, while still being just a 10-minute walk from central attractions like the Night Bazaar. Set in a beautiful colonial-style building, 137 Pillars House offers a range of modern suites, elegantly decorated in a mix of Thai and European styles. You’ll find a freestanding Victorian tub, open-air shower, and complimentary minibar in each one, as well as a plush bed and soothing garden view. The pool area is particularly lovely, featuring a huge vertical garden, and the wood-paneled gym is exceptionally classy.

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Why we love it

♥ Perfect location for discovering old Chiang Mai
♥ Stunning Asian design throughout
♥ Outstanding breakfast
♥ Lovely swimming pool

Featuring an exceptional location inside the walls of the Old Town, Rachamankha Hotel is a short walk from most of Chiang Mai’s iconic temples and markets – in fact, Wat Phra Singh is just next door. The exterior design a lavish homage to Lanna and Chinese heritage, but the interiors and modern and practical, although Asian decorative touches abound. A delicious breakfast is served every morning in the picturesque courtyard, and there is a large central pool for cooling down.

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5/5
Why we love it

♥ Stunning all-white color scheme
♥ Luxe colonial architecture
♥ Private pools in most suites
♥ Old Town location

Featuring some of the most aesthetically pleasing rooms in all of Chiang Mai, this is one for Instagram boasting. The decor is almost entirely white, with ornate colonial details throughout, which contrasts beautifully with the bright green gardens that surround the house. Most of the suites have their own private pool – we recommend the glass pool suites in particular. The Old Town location just adds to the charm, placing you right among Chiang Mai’s traditional temples.

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4.5/5
Why we love it

♥ Perfect central location for temple hopping
♥ Truly spacious rooms, with four-person options available
♥ Wonderful breakfast
♥ Two spas on-site

This stylish modern resort sits in the Old Town, right next to Chiang Mai’s famous Wat Phra Singh temple. The rooms are huge and extremely pleasant, with big windows, hardwood floors, and wood-panelled walls. The Family room, with two large double beds, is ideal for a group of friends. There’s a central outdoor pool and a nice gym with a good range of equipment, as well as two spas with distinct ambiances, one traditional and one more modern. The buffet breakfast is excellent, and the staff go consistently above and beyond for the guests.

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5/5
Why we love it

♥ Old Town location
♥ Sleek and modern interior design
♥ Big rooms with living space
♥ Superb food

This hotel offers super-sleek modern decor, set among manicured gardens within the Old Town walls. The stylish monochrome rooms are large and are filled with luxe amenities – book a suite to get a complimentary massage at the spa. The hotel also features an outdoor swimming pool and a pleasant gym, as well as an upscale restaurant serving farm-to-table Thai and Italian specialties.

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