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Chiang Mai hotels - YCV booked, D2 a good option?

Old Dec 17th, 2006, 10:22 PM
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Chiang Mai hotels - YCV booked, D2 a good option?

Was wondering if anyone had any first hand experience at the D2 hotel in Chiang Mai. I know everyone raves about YCV, and that was our first choice, unfortunately its booked for the dates we want it. Is the D2 hotel a good alternative? Any other recommendations?

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Old Dec 17th, 2006, 10:31 PM
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It gets good reviews. The main difference is that D2 is a highrise hotel not so much unlike any other highrise hotel. Over the years, we've discovered that we prefer places that are more personal in feeling than most highrise hotels are. But that doesn't mean that D2 is not good...just that we would not choose to stay there. You do have many other options.

Other places you might look at...
http://www.baannamping.com/
http://lannamantra.com/press.html
http://www.hoteldecharm.net/ lists a number of nice options
http://www.banntazala.com/
http://horizonvillage.net/
http://www.baanorapin.com/
http://riverpingpalace.tripod.com/
just for starters.
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Old Dec 18th, 2006, 05:02 AM
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Chiang Mai has now a great choice, Manathai Village is another option plus places like Baan Tazala and Athitan Villas. If you don't mind being out of town the Jirung Resort is all suite and most of the year under USD 100, superb if you want to spend a lot of Spa time but not so good if you want to be close to city center.
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Old Dec 18th, 2006, 05:56 AM
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Thanks KimJapan & JamesA, I'll check out your links. We would prefer to be in the city centre, maybe in the vicinity of YCV and D2. We don't really have a budget, I guess around 150USD per night. Anyone else with suggestions, please tell me.
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We stayed in both recently. I have to say that we were disappointed with YCV. Building noise was an issue but there have no control over that. Maybe our expectations were on the high side. We expected a more traditional feel to the place.
All the staff that we came into contact with was very pleasant and courteous. A nice surprise upon returning back from The Elephant Conservation Centre was to find a Birthday cake and card from all the staff, a very nice touch.
D2 couldn’t be more different. A bit like chalk and cheese. Ultra modern, very minimalistic. We were upgraded to a suite. Very grand. Complementary drinks in the club lounge. Staff very pleasant. The selection of food at breakfast was fine and we ate in the restaurant one evening and the service and food was good.
Would we stay at YCV again, probably not? It wasn’t what we expected.
Would we stay at D2 again, yes because we couldn’t fault it?
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I recently posted about a new boutique hotel in CM called Amata Lanna. I'll top my post about it for you. You can also see some photos of it at www.marlandc.com (click on this year's trip in the last row on tha page, then click on CM, then on hotels). There happens to be a photo of the D2 exterior (really grim-glad to hear it's better on the inside) as well as YCV and Amata Lanna.
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