Serenity in the midst of the old city

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“The Rachamankha is a hotel designed in the Lanna style by one of the leading Thai architects Ong-ard Satabrandhu. In fact he still has an office in the grounds. The hotel only has 28 rooms of which two are suites. All the rooms are set around two courtyards and are tastefully done. The furnishings are antique replicas but there are real antiques dotted around the property.
The hotel does not allow children under 12 and therefore there is a peace and quiet around. There is never a feeling of crowds and noise. In fact, during our 5 day stay, we hardly came across other guests other than at breakfast.
The breakfast is served in the restaurant and has an outdoor courtyard. It is a la carte and very well done. It makes a change from the usual buffet mêlée. Fresh juice and lovely warm breads and pastries accompany a selection of hot breakfast choices including the traditional eggs benedict as well as noodles and rice! The breakfast staff were excellent though with the personalised service a tad slow. Food was good and well presented.
The grounds of the hotel is divided into various courtyards including one for the pool. Each had a water or some architecture feature and it was tranquil for a rest. There is a library filled with antique books as well as current books and magazines that you can browse. There are a couple of PC’s there and a decanter of cognac that you can help yourself to. A nice quiet spot to do some reading. The pool area is beautiful and the blue tiled pool was very welcoming with its warm water. Although there is a spa area, there is no resident spa team. They get staff from outside to come provide the spa services.
The rooms are very comfortable and quiet. The bathrooms are a little tired around the edges but that seems to add to the charm. The housekeeping staff are great and as with all good properties, you get an evening turndown. The addition of a coffee capsule machine is a welcome feature and it means that you can have a nice cup of coffee in your room or take it out to the guest sitting area outside. It was my birthday during our stay and on the day itself when we got back from visiting some temples, there was a lovely card and bottle of fizz on ice waiting for us. This was a lovely gesture and made you feel special.
All in all, I would recommend this hotel for it’s location, facilities and staff who were attentive and helpful. A great stay and we hope to be back”