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"Cannot understand all the positive reviews"
While we loved Chiang Mai, we were quite disappointed by the Bodhi Serene hotel. We booked this hotel based on the excellent TripAdvisor reviews, which are usually spot on. Our first impression was the very unattractive exterior of the hotel. It has a small tacky red sign out front and looks more like an auto mechanic shop or factory than a “boutique hotel.” While the inside is much more aesthetically pleasing, first impressions are everything so I don’t know why they wouldn’t update the exterior. We initially booked 2 nights but later added an additional night so unfortunately we had to switch rooms. One room was nicer and larger than the other but both were dusty, tired looking and swarming with mosquitos. The bathroom had a large bathtub, which looked nice, but the shower was really rundown looking. It felt more like a shower that you would find in a hostel than a boutique hotel. The water didn’t stay hot for long and the water pressure wasn’t good. They provide a few complimentary bottles of water but beware that they will charge you if you accidentally throw the bottles out. Apparently, there is a sign that tells you this but I never saw it. The food was mediocre. The breakfast had an omelette and waffle station with some breads, fruits and pastries in addition to some local dishes. The staff were fine, just not particularly friendly, helpful or welcoming. The WiFi rarely worked and when it did it was super slow. You would have to log in multiple times a day, which was really annoying. Maybe all the positive reviews have made the staff and management apathetic because we had a very disappointing experience. Ironically, we ran into some people at the airport who had stayed at the Bodhi Serene the same time that we were staying there and they had almost the exact same complaints. I would try somewhere else!
"We didn’t want to leave........EVER!"
This was our first visit to Thailand so we didn’t know what to expect. We arrived and were curious as to what we got ourselves into as the outside of the complex is very unassuming and low key. What a surprise once we entered! The gardens were lush, fountains and pools were flowing. It was everything we imagined Thailand would be. Beautiful walkways and very attentive staff. Breakfasts were wonderful with a variety of Western and Asian foods. My daughter absolutely loved the banana pancakes and she ate many of them. We even had a semi private pool right outside our rooms. It was so beautiful and in such a good location that we didn’t want to leave Chiang Mai. Thank you Bodhi Serene, we can’t wait to come back.
Bodhi Serene has a perfect location in Chiang Mai. We stayed for 3 nights including New Year's eve. It was a bit loud at times because of a hostel nearby (on New Year's eve it was expected). The breakfast service was delicious and served in a nice garden location.
"Perfect stay in Chiang Mai"
Great hotel. Good value. Very clean and comfortable. Great breakfast in lovely garden. Nice amenities provided including bottled water. Best part is the location. Close to everything but quiet at night. Oh. Didn’t use the pool but it looked cleaned and well kept.
"Excellent location and decent hotel"
Stayed in the hotel for 4 nights. We arrived the hotel at 9pm and it was difficult to spot the hotel (we drove) as it looked really low profile with no lighting outside and a comparatively small entrance door. Yet, it is out of my expectation after stepping in Serence. The hotel and rooms are neat and clean. Rooms are spacious among other hotels located in this central area. Bathroom with a big bathtub is perfect for couple. Breakfast is just soso with no fresh juice. I would rather to have breakfast at resturants around the hotel, there are lots of choices. Staffs are nice and polite. All in all, spending such amount of $ on Serene is absolutely no regret and you cannot ask for more. I would definitely recommend Serene to people who would love to find foods and massage in walking distance.
Credit cards accepted by the hotel: Visa - MasterCard
Check-in: 2:00 PM , Check-out: 12:00 PM