Travel: Empress Hotel Chiang Mai, Thailand / by Jenn Chan

Empress Hotel Chiang Mai

 

The service at the Empress Hotel in Chiang Mai will dazzle you! We were welcomed warmly by their very gracious front desk staff and showed to our room where a beautiful bouquet waited and a bag full of Thai snacks. A good start to a lovely stay!

 

Empress Hotel Chiang Mai

 

The room was very clean and well appointed. Lighter hardwood floors contrasted with the dark wood paneling and beautiful embellishments. The bar is well stocked and the work space is very functional. The bed passed the comfort test with flying colours as I sank into its plush duvet. The washroom offers a very clean, modern oasis away from the humid Thai heat outside.

 

Empress Hotel Chiang Mai Room
Empress Hotel Chiang Mai Room
Empress Hotel Chiang Mai Room
Empress Hotel Chiang Mai Room
Empress Hotel Chiang Mai Room
Empress Hotel Chiang Mai Room

 

Speaking of oasis from the heat; the Empress pool is among the best in Chiang Mai!  Our room offered a beautiful view of it from the 21st floor and the area bustles with happy guests laying out on chaise lounges and enjoying frosty cocktails from the pool bar. People swim laps as children frolic in the shallow end and weary travellers swap stories of their Southeast Asia adventures leaning against the pool's edge with Thailand's famous Singha beers clinking in celebration.

 

 View from the Room

View from the Room

 Empress Hotel Swimming Pool

Empress Hotel Swimming Pool

Empress Hotel Swimming Pool

 

The Chao Nang dining room is raucous spot where Empress staff entertain guests with sing alongs and delicious food. Each course of our culinary experience came served by a kneeling waiter who also bore gifts. I was presented with a lovely pair of elephant salt and pepper shakers which I will cherish and Jenn received some lovely pearly jewellery which she is actually wearing as I write this. The food is top notch and there will certainly be something for everyone whether you opt for a set menu or explore the large buffet. The freshness really jumps out at you!

 

 Empress Hotel Chao Nang Dining Room

Empress Hotel Chao Nang Dining Room

 Mai Tai in a Pineapple

Mai Tai in a Pineapple

 Prosciutto & Melon Balls 

Prosciutto & Melon Balls 

 L'angostine Salad

L'angostine Salad

 Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pie

 Dragonfruit TukTuk

Dragonfruit TukTuk

 Surprise Dessert

Surprise Dessert

The service is what sets Empress apart from other hotels in Chiang Mai. It is centrally located, only a short walk to the vibrant Night Market area, and it is surrounded by all the shops and restaurants you could ever need. There is no reason to leave! I would happily stay with Empress again and I think you should do yourself a favour and check it out!

 
Words: Scott Allan
Photos: Jenn Chan