Taking the prize for amazing value and location, BED Chiangmai Gate offers affordable accommodation. Located ridiculously close to Chiang Mai Gate, almost on top of it, the property is in the heart of the action for Chiang Mai and is close to the popular Saturday night walking street and to cap it off Chiang Mai International Airport is only 3.5 km away. Its ultra-modern design, emphasis on convenience, simplicity, and functionality leave travelers with the feeling that the attractions of destination are the most important part of the Chiang Mai experience, not an end in itself.
The BED experience is designed as a minimalist experience right from the moment you enter, with check-in taking under 60 seconds in the practical and purposeful lobby area.
There are a number of room options, catering to all the different traveler types who come to Chiang Mai. You can have standard, twin, triple, or deluxe rooms, however, all of them offer a very minimum of modern furnishings and amenities. All rooms are equipped with large TVs, minibars and the more expensive rooms offer views across the old city and the Chiang Mai Gate.
Ask for a room at the top for the best views.
The bathrooms are modern and functional, with each bathroom offering a shower and toiletries. The more expensive rooms offer tubs.
The reception lobby is small and discrete which fits neatly into the hotel’s minimalist philosophy. The main job of the lobby is to check in in as short time as possible. Finished in the hotel’s theme of white and black, the lobby offers a nice glimpse of what this hotel is all about.
The small pool fits perfectly into the rectangular hotel complex and offers a great getaway from the heat of the day. At one end, there is a green garden which offers a shading sitting area.
The in-house restaurant offers a breakfast buffet of eastern and western favorites. For dinner, there are Thai dishes and western favorites on offer at better prices than you will find in many of the local restaurants.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The restaurant lacks charm, which can be easily found in the old-walled city just a few minutes’ walk away.
There is the usual selection of drinks on offer at the in-house restaurant.
BED offers almost unparalleled access to the walled city, mainly because it is located opposite the Chiang Mai City Gate, this means that all of Chiang Mai’s main tourist attractions are within an easy walk. This will save on taxi fares and other associated transport costs. Chiang Mai’s attractions out of the city are all very accessible, with the hotel offering trips and able to arrange transport. A long line of tuk-tuks sits outside the hotel day and night so you will never be short of a ride to wherever you want. Access to the airport is easy and convenient with the hotel close to the main transport highways (but far enough away not to be impacted by noise).
Traditional building, traditional décor and traditional food, Dash (5-minute walk) can best be summed up as traditional and fundamentally Chiang Mai. The dishes offer the main Thai favorites, but also offer the more niche northern cuisine, which is definitely worth a try when in the capital of the north. Huen Phen (5-minute walk) offers a more basic, but definitely not a lesser experience than many restaurants around. Don’t let the plastic chairs and simple wooden tables disguise the tasty food.
Live music, cheap beer, great service staff, what more can you ask for in this late-night stalwart on Moon Muang Road? Lost Hut (5-minute) offers a cool vibe and a great mix of customers to chat away the evenings. For the ubiquitous roof-top experience, head to Oasis Rooftop Garden Bar for a great cocktail menu and the best views over the walled city.
WHY WE LIKE IT
BED Chiangmai Gate is all about location and function. The hotel doesn’t offer the Thai finishes or the traditional vibe of other places on offer in Chiang Mai, but it offers the very best in location and functionality that is a draw for those who just need a place to sleep and a base from which to explore Chiang Mai as a destination. BED is for those who come to Chiang Mai to see the city and surrounding sights, rather than those who come to taste the hotel vibe.