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Great if you are looking for a bit more upmarket stay while in Chaing Mai. Good location close to laundry, bike hire, the old town and many food options. The ladies who run it give you a great run down of Chaing Mai and surrounds (including maps) which is super useful. 'Café cat' at the front does good coffee and you can hang out with one if their many friendly cats.
Not far away from the main attraction in a very conventient area with many restaurants/stalls to eat and everything you need around. The staff was gorgeous, helped me with everything and explained the area very detailed with their own useful map. The rooms were nice and cleaned everyday. Unfortunately the guest house is right at a busy street and the sound isolation is poor, hence a bad grade in atmosphere because of loud noise until late. At night they have their own security guard patrolling!
This is a bargain for the price you pay. Wonderful owners and staff who will go out of their way to help you. Clean and comfortable rooms.
The girls are lovely and it's a great place to stay! Only downside is if you want to walk anywhere...to get into the centre, it's a hairy walk with no pedestrian path and then you have to cross 4 lanes of traffic with no pedestrian lights, not so good feeling as though you have to risk your life if you want to walk to town. Otherwise...it was a lovely area and a lovely stay!
thank you very much for let us stay with us and all the usfull tips you gave us about where to eat and thai massages etc. we really appreciated it and will certainly come back one day. chantal and philippe, switzerland
I really enjoyed my stay here. The two ladies running the place are really friendly and caring. The neighbourhood has plenty of great food options and is not far from the old city. Thank you!
Comfortable, clean and freshly renovated, fairly pretty common areas. Not in the most convenient location if you're new to Chiang Mai/Thailand but gives you a chance to try out some of the local street food (as opposed to the more common night, tourist heavy night market options). I don't understand why they don't just have normal doors - the padlocks are a bit weird - but ultimately doesn't matter because a door is a door. The receptionist was incredibly thorough in her advice when I checked in
The best hostel of the trip! The staff waas just amazing, no words to discrebe how great they were, they do everything to make your stay even more enjoyable. The beds has mosquito nets to prevent then, fresh towels and bottles of water everyday. Definetly recommend it!
Great guesthouse! The two women who own the place are absolutely lovely, they provided us with a map and pointed out dozens of places to eat, shop and sightsee which was incredibly helpful for first-timers to Chiang Mai. The only issues with the guesthouse itself were that the bed was quite hard by western standards and also the walls were quite thin, but not so thin you couldn't sleep.The location isn't the best but a short tuk-tuk ride into town and the surrounding area is local and friendly.
Very nice and helpful staff, yet quite basic rooms. Good value for money!
Staff are very friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. The room has cold AC and a fan, 2 bottles of water are provided everyday. A moped rental place is located next door which makes navigating the city really easy and fast, and 250 bhat per day isn't bad at all.
Pretty good hostel, not too far from the city center and you can rent mopeds right next door. Staff are very friendly and helpful, they went above and beyond for us. Left them the key to our mopeds because we had to leave for a tour early in the morning, upon arriving back from our tour they returned to us our moped deposits hassle free. Also offered to hold our bags while we explored the city on our last day with a late flight.
Nice quiet place. Bit of a walk from the old town, but as a result the local area feels much less touristy. Excellent staff, helpful and friendly. No common area (the cat cafe doesn't really "work" as that), so not much of a place to meet people.
The staffs are helpful and friendly. The atmosphere of common room is nice. Just like a cafe which full of cats. And those cats are lovely. The rooms are spacious and clean. Look forward to staying here again.
My only cons are the noise coming from outside the room (looked like the door or wall were too thin and if you are located near the stairs, probably you will get up early) and bathroom itself (there is not a proper shower so u might get disappointed). All in all, the staff were incredibly helpful and the location near a local market is great if you like thai food (need to rent a bike to move further but worthwhile).
- Novice Nomad
- All Male Group, 25-30
- (1 review)
Very nice guest house in the north of Chiang Mai. Wish I had stayed here during my first visit to the city. The staff are very helpful and friendly, speak English well and give out good advice on what to do (they sure you down for 10 minutes when you arrive and explain where everything is). Room was clean and I have no complaints.
The staff was very helpful. They provided maps and went over in detail about the area. Just one suggestion the toilet paper maybe should be in a holder that covers it because of the shower/toilet bathroom the toilet paper gets ruined. You are outside the old city area, but there is a lot to discover and eat outside that area. And the walk to the wall area is quick and easy.
Banilah is located in a local feeling part of Chiang Mai with good access to the city and food and drink. I think the most amazing part of this hostel is the staff. They were so helpful from the get go. They helped us by mapping the city when we arrived and then helping with the motorbike rental, taxis and suggesting places to eat and drink. We ended up going to this hip area based on their suggestions and that was absolutely awesome. It made our trip going to eat and drink there. Stay here!!
Very helpful Staff, room fine & plenty of cheap places to eat locally.