- Style Heritage homage, contemporary courtyards
- Setting Inside the Old City
Rachamankha hotel brings Ancient Chiang Mai to life with the precise mix of modern luxuries and stylish accents honouring the area's rich hitstory. Reminiscent of a private compound, rooms with white walls and raw silks surround lush courtyards. A collection of Asian art and striking antiques amps up the simple approach to decor at this gorgeous hideaway.
Need to know
- Rooms 24, including two suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $232.98 (THB7,508), excluding tax at 17.8 per cent.
- More details Rates include à la carte breakfast and selected minibar drinks and snacks.
- Facilities Free WiFi throughout, book and DVD library, art and antiques gallery, massage pavilion, gardens, boutique. In rooms: LCD TV with satellite, DVD player, minibar, air-conditioning.
- Poolside A delectable 20-metre turquoise-tiled pool with terracotta surrounds, day-beds under umbrellas and a massage pavilion for the ultimate in relaxation.
- Check–out Check-out 12pm; check-in, 1pm, but both flexible subject to availability. Late check-outs up to 6pm are charged.
Children Rachamankha isn’t particularly child friendly; only babies and those over the age of 12 can stay. A cot or a rollaway bed can be added to Deluxe Rooms and Suites.
- Eco‐friendly As it is inspired by ancient, vernacular design, Rachamankha is a cool, energy-efficient building. Solar-powered lighting is used and, with the exception of the GM, all staff members are local. The hotel sponsors community temples and schools.
- Also Smoking is allowed in outdoor areas only. The hotel offers knot-kneading massages upstairs in a pavilion by the pool, as well as in-room treatments.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms The Two-bedroom Suites may have the space of an apartment – along with private access to the pool – but our pick would be a romantic Deluxe Room with silk-draped canopy bed.
- Packing tips Relaxed and chic, Chiang Mai is a city built for exploring. Flat shoes for shopping, maxi-dresses for evenings out and something suitable for elephant trekking should all be in your case.
- Also Rachamankha is the personal project of interior designer and owner Rooj Changtrakul and his step-father, the award-winning Thai architect Ong-ard Satrabhandu. The main inspiration for the hotel is 15th-century Lanna architecture, although it also reflects the symmetry of Chinese design. The owner’s collection of art and antiquities is on display throughout the hotel and in the upstairs gallery.
Food and drink at Rachamankha
- Hotel restaurant The elegant Rachamankha dining room is the only part of the hotel open to non-guests. Small and intimate with white linen-covered tables, Ming-style porcelain, Lanna-period antiquities and heavy silverware, it serves northern Thai and European food. Top tips are the deliciously fragrant Tai-Yai prawn soup and earthy lamb masala stir-fry.
- Dress code Smart but pared down – it’s a city hotel not a beach resort.
- Top table One outside in the pretty courtyard.
- Last orders Both the restaurant and bar see action until 10pm.
- Room service Light snacks and drinks are served from 6.30am–10pm.
- Hotel bar Rachamankha’s bar, beside the restaurant, is a charming spot for a pre-dinner cocktail or a cup of the best coffee in town.
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More details