De Lanna Hotel is a compact, nicely designed hotel with a resort feel. There are three floors and two blocks all facing a swimming pool and garden. The trees and plants add green and breeze to the environment. The rooms are tastefully done, the furnishings are modern industrial amidst a backdrop of wood. The third floor rooms have high ceilings with lovely lamps. The beds are firm with lots of cushions and pillows that add warmth to the room. The TV comes with many cable channels, but if you're in Chiangmai for Lanna culture, you would be better off wandering around the walled inner city of Chiangmai (where this hotel is located).
Breakfast is good, and many guests like to sit in the garden (tables on the grass) by the pool. Staff are very pleasant, but in general, you barely need to interact with them (unless you want to ask questions) because when you go in and out of your room, you do not have to pass by the reception. So there's a lot of privacy as if you were staying in your own apartment room in a resort complex.
A tip as regards returning to the hotel from wherever you have been: tell the driver the hotel is near Wat Phra Singh, which is an important & beautiful temple in the old city section of Chiangmai. It is deservedly well-visited temple with an adjacent Buddhist school (where you can eat at the cafetaria very cheaply and perhaps converse with novice monks who want to practise their English).
Another tip: Explore the neighbourhood south of the hotel. Look out for the Chiangmai City Art & Cultural Centre: you can't miss it because of the "Three Kings Monument" (a hunky sculpture of King Mengrai, the founder of Chiang Mai; King Ramkamhaeng of Sukothai; and King Ngam Muang of Payao). Also, you will find lots of vocational schools and more importantly, social enterprises (like shops that sell merchandise handcrafted by prisoners, and massage done by women who served time briefly behind bars). You're right in the area of Lanna culture, ethical consumption and social responsibility ! Great location, yes. And if you're a shopper, spend a Sunday in Chiangmai because the street where De Lanna Hotel is located will be closed off in the evening to become a pedestrian shopping street where locals ply their arts and crafts for sale. Buy the fresh strawberries & roasted soya beans or mango with sticky rice.
Almost all rooms face the swimming pool, so the main issue is whether you wish to be on the ground f...
See more room tips
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC