From the moment we walked in the door, we felt like family. We were greeted with hugs and fresh juice for all. We noticed our names up on the chalkboard in the dining area and just loved that extra touch. Ms. Toto really showed how much she cared about her guests and the staff was just wonderful too!
Flashback to 2014:
We were invited by Swiss-Lanna Lodge to stay with them a couple of nights and write a review about their property. As with any review we provide, we give our own opinion about the property and recommendations. This was a little “staycation” for us and a chance to live a couple of days on the other side of Chiang Mai. It is amazing how a different perspective of the same thing can really open your eyes! We had a great time.
Wow, I don’t even know where to start. We loved our room! This is a traditional Thai home converted into a very nice guesthouse.
They offer 3 rooms with a shared bath and 3 rooms with a private bath. Two of those with the private bath are also family rooms, which will accommodate 3 people. We actually had 2 rooms during our stay. Alan and I were downstairs in the master suite and the kids stayed upstairs in the family room with bunk beds! They were very excited about this arrangement.
The attention to detail throughout the property was apparent and you can see that every detail was thought of. We especially like the availability of electrical outlets and the great wifi access!
I have to say one of our favorite things was the outdoor bath and shower room in the master suite. The kids even came downstairs to use our shower as it was so much fun. It took a little getting used to, but then it was fun. We were greeted each morning by a little black and white kitty outside and no other creatures to be found.
There are many common areas within the property for all guests to enjoy. On the ground level there is a hammock and sitting area in the front yard. The outdoor breakfast dining area is a great social gathering spot the entire day and evening.
On the upper floor, there is a gorgeous covered deck to relax, read, meditate or just enjoy the city sounds. There is also a sitting area inside that is great for relaxing. The kids had fun exploring and checking out all of the areas.
If you feel like a stroll around the neighborhood you are in for a “Dang” good treat! Yep, just around the corner, on Soi 4, your senses will tingle with joy as you approach a wonderful bakery named Dang! We visited there a couple of times and were delighted each time, try the blueberry muffins! Yum.
This is located next to Wat Muang Kai, which is also nice to visit.
The Amenities and Activities
Breakfast is served on site with a very reasonable and delicious menu. For just a couple of dollars I ordered a lovely omelet with toast. All other meals should be planned off-site or you can bring food back and enjoy it in the dining area. There are many local restaurants within walking distance as well as a Rimping grocery store. We enjoyed one dinner outside along the Ping River.
They also offer scooter or bicycle rentals, if walking isn’t your thing. If you are in need of a tour, everything can be arranged even for something as simple as transport. The staff is on hand available for you from 8am – 8pm. There is also a little library and game area in the lobby, which was nice. We found a deck of cards and put them to good use in the evenings.
The Swiss Lanna Lodge is located in an upscale traditional Thai neighborhood.
It is just east of the Ping River and not too far from the Chiang Mai train station. It is a bit of a walk into town, to the Night Bazaar area, but not too bad if it isn’t the heat of the day. We opted for their scooter rental and took this opportunity to explore the area on wheels. I would recommend this option, if you are up for the adventure. The neighborhood is very tranquil and safe, so it was easy getting our “scooter ride” down, before hitting the city traffic.
When it was time to say good-bye, there were more hugs and photos.