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I visited Chiang Mai in northern Thailand for 3 nights with 7 members of my family in March 2018. This was my third visit to this beautiful city, and on previous stays I had always based myself in hotels that were a little bit far away from the old town. This time I was keen to book a hotel that was much more central so I could easily walk to local restaurants, temples and sightseeing spots. My stay at 99 The Heritage seemed perfect for my needs, with the boutique hotel located in an excellent part of town with so much on it’s doorstep.
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99 The Heritage Hotel – a video of our stay
Upon arrival, I instantly felt calm and relaxed – it was like finding a small oasis in a busy urban area. The interior design is exquisite with the whole hotel decorated in a black and white colonial style. The reception area was bright and welcoming, and I fell in love with the pretty floor tiles and the huge vases of vibrant yellow flowers. The colourful hanging parasols and the old vintage car in the entrance doorway was also a really nice touch.
Checking in at 99 The Heritage
The welcome from the staff members upon arrival was lovely with complimentary coconut juice and mango sticky rice snacks laid out in front of us whilst our rooms were being prepared.
The swimming pool
The swimming pool size was small but cute, and perfect for the amount of guests staying at the hotel. I never saw more than two people at a time lying by the pool so obtaining a sun lounger was never a problem. It was very peaceful and a great place to relax and chill.
99 The Heritage hotel rooms
The rooms were gorgeous and decorated in the same style as the rest of the hotel, with the vintage telephone on the bedside table being a nice final touch. We hit the jackpot with our room – the back doors opened straight onto the beautiful pool area so I had easy access when I wanted a swim. The room was comfy and came with a flat screen tv, high speed wifi and a minibar, so I was well equipped for a good stay!
A wonderful bonus when staying at 99 The Heritage are the many complimentary treats available for the guests in the reception area. After a long day of sightseeing we enjoyed relaxing on their comfy sofas whilst sipping nice cold fruit shakes with some creamy mango ice cream and chocolate cake. Yum!
The breakfast room seemed small but was packed with plenty of wonderful food options. Western style dishes such as bacon and pancakes were available, as well as local dishes such as dim sum and noodles, plus some fresh fruit and cheese platters. You could choose to eat your breakfast inside the breakfast room or just outside in the pretty courtyard. I found the selection of foods very satisfying and I never left the breakfast room hungry.
The local area
The hotel’s location in Chiang Mai old city was amazing, and the famous Sunday Walking Street night market was located 2 minutes away. The stunning Wat Phra Singh temple is located across the road and plenty of other temples and restaurants are within walking distance. If you wanted to venture further afield, there are many Songtaews (red pick up truck taxis) that drive by that you can flag down for a cheap price. Bicycles are available to use for free from the hotel as well.
In summary – I adored my stay at 99 The Heritage. The staff were so friendly and helpful, whilst the hotel itself was just so beautifully decorated. The location made the stay even more perfect.
Click here to check out their rates and offers on their own website, or on booking.com. I highly recommend booking a room with access to the pool.
How to get to Chiang Mai
You can reach Chiang Mai from Bangkok by train, plane or bus. Check 12go Asia for public transport options.
Download the Grab app
Grab taxis are widely used by both tourists and locals, and the fares are really cheap! Download the Grab app here and use the code GRABKTRAVELS to earn a free ride when you sign up.
Sim cards and pocket WIFI
Having data on your phone whilst travelling is almost essential these days – from planning your route around the city, booking a Grab taxi or for staying connected with friends and family back home. SIM cards are pretty cheap in Thailand with generous data allowances and are available to purchase from both of Bangkok’s airports, malls and 7-Elevens (bring your passport along for identification purposes).
You can also prepay online and collect a SIM from Suvarnabhumi Airport, Don Muang Airport or Siam Centre. Just remember to make sure your phone is not locked to your local network provider before purchasing one.
Alternatively if you do not want to change your sim card then renting a pocket WIFI device with unlimited high speed internet access might be for you. We’ve used them multiple times and love that we can both connect our devices to it. Pre-order one online with Klook for collection when you arrive at either Suvarnabhumi or Don Muang Airport.
Other Thailand blog posts
- A Chiang Mai food tour – eating like a local!
- A Day at the Thai Farm Cooking School in Chiang Mai
- Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand
- Top things to do in Chiang Rai
- A Thai cookery class ‘with a twist’ in Bangkok’s flower market
- Exploring Bangkok at night by Tuk Tuk
- A luxurious stay at the Avani Riverside hotel in Bangkok
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Disclosure: The hotel stay was complimentary but as always, opinions are all my own.