Hotel Review: Le Méridien Chiang Rai Resort, Thailand

Location

The Le Méridien Chiang Rai Resort is located at 2 Moo 20 Kwaewai Road, Kwaewai, Robwieng, Chiang Rai, 57000, Thailand. It’s about 18 minutes driving distance to the Chiang Airport and is down a dusty and deserted-looking road. You would never guess there was a resort there, which makes it all the more calming and peaceful!

Arrival & Check-in

We arrived via taxi (no Uber in Chiang Rai) from the airport after getting dropped off by our driving coming from Laos. It was a quick ride in and cost 180 THB ($5.30). The hotel also offers a shuttle for 600 THB ($17.65) but we didn’t bother with it. We arrived after dark, but check-in was quick and smooth. The taxi drops you off right in front of the open-air reception area, where they had live music playing traditional Thai tunes. We each received a welcome drink and were invited to sit at one of the check-in desks. It was very relaxing after a long day!

After the particulars were sorted, we were shown to our room and around the compound, which is quite expansive. They have a store, three, restaurants, a bar, spa, gym, and just about everything else you can think of. After walking around for 10 minutes or so, we left in our room.

Room

The room itself was pretty standard but rather spacious. In my experience, Le Méridien hotels are consistently above average but not ultra-luxury. This one fit right into that category and we were pleased with it.

Nicely-sized and modern, with appropriate furniture.

After a few days in the jungle, we were ready for a real bed!

Fruit and chocolate as a welcome gift.
Stop looking at me, swan!
Tub filled with bamboo or something.
Balcony with weird yet comfortable furniture.
View from the balcony overlooking the pool.
View from the other side of the balcony back at the main resort building.
Murky water, but a nice view!

Lounge

Le Méridiens do not have lounges, and thus there wasn’t one here for us to visit.

Gym & Spa

See my gym review!

Value

This property was an incredible value. Thailand itself is very cheap, but places like Chiang Rai are even better. Paid rates at this place are $65-$100 per night and the reward nights are a great deal as well (3,000 SPG points + $50/nt). This is one of the most undervalued properties I have visited.

Summary

I didn’t think ahead enough to get as many pictures as I would have liked (still ironing out the kinks for these reviews!), but regardless you should take my word when I tell you that this place is fantastic.  The rooms are and property are pristine and the spa was my favorite ever. Don’t miss an opportunity to stay here if you go to Chiang Rai!

 

 

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