Where: Chang Mai
Design style: Modern luxe meets traditional Thai style
This luxurious 30 suite boutique hotel in Thailand is built around a colonial teak homestead dating back to the 1880s. Located in a leafy residential enclave a few minutes walk from the historical Wat Gate Temple, Ping River and boutique shopping area, 137 Pillars House is an exceptional place to honeymoon – two of its suites even feature their own (small) private pools.
Architectural historians and conservationists worked meticulously to conserve the integrity of the original 1889 structure at 137 Pillars House ensuring truly distinctive luxury accommodation in Chiang Mai. Guests can look forward to the same nostalgic ambience in all 30 suites, along with all the modern comforts and conveniences that you would expect at the finest Chiang Mai luxury hotel.
Tiled verandas, cane shades, rattan furniture and free standing Victorian baths are reminders of days gone by, blend with modern facilities including outdoor gardens showers, flat screen televisions and WiFi.
A range of bespoke dining options at 137 Pillars House include the Palette Restaurant, Jack Bain’s Bar, The Parlor, Wine Cellar, The Dining Room, Kitchen and Private Dining, using organic ingredients from the Hotel’s garden.
The Dining Room: For breakfast, lunch and dinner, The Dining Room provides a stylish yet comfortable environment for you to savour our favourite recipes prepared with fresh organic ingredients. Our menu offers authentic Thai fare and seasonally-inspired international dishes, all showcasing the distinctive harvests of local farmers. Feel free to dine al fresco on the adjacent courtyard surrounded by our tropical gardens.
Jack Bain’s Bar: You can find a collection of our favourite books on Chiang Mai and Thailand at the Jack Bain’s Bar. Vivid coffee table books, history non-fictions, mystery novels, latest newspapers and magazines from around the globe, plus a wide selection of DVD’s and CD’s. Linger comfortably in this air-conditioned refuge over fresh fruit drinks, freshly brewed coffee and teas or your favourite cocktails.
The Parlour Lounge: Afternoon high tea is served in the classic style as Chiang Mai’s early foreign visitors enjoyed. Partake of these scrumptious pleasures daily in this cozy indoor nook within Pillars House, by the infinity or on The Lawn. All offer relaxed environments for our guests to meet & mingle over bespoke tea blends, coffee concoctions and complimentary Thai sweets.
The Palette Restaurant: A delight to the senses, you can enjoy exquisite cuisine in an intimate setting. Palette is located in the hotel’s original teak homestead which dates back to the 1800’s. The restaurant seats up to 20 diners. An additional 16 diners can be accommodated in the intimate Wine Cellar and private open-air verandah. The restaurant can also be booked exclusively for private functions and special occasions. Palette’s menu is light and artistic, offering a selection of cuisine with a brilliant array of colours and flavours using locally sourced and organic produce.
About the area
Seven hundred kilometres northwest of Bangkok and just over 300 metres above sea level, Chiang Mai sits along the Mae Ping River, a tributary of the Chao Praya River that flows through Bangkok. Chiang Mai, meaning “new city” in Thai, was founded by King Mangrai in 1296, succeeding Chiang Rai as the capital of the Lanna Kingdom, or literally “Kingdom of a Million Fields.”
Lanna was a prosperous trading centre on the route from Yunnan in the south of China to the Burmese coast and the Gulf of Martaban. The kingdom was also renowned for its scholars and craftsmen. A city wall was built to protect it from invading Burmese who nonetheless managed to occupy the royal capital in 1558. Chiang Mai formally became part of the Thai Kingdom in 1774 when King Taksin captured this prize back from the Burmese. As the unofficial capital of the north of Thailand, Chiang Mai remains a close second in national importance to Bangkok.
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