Once Upon A Time
Located on a quiet corner, right off the main road of Chiang Mai’s Old City sits Once Upon A Time Boutique Hotel. It’s a wood-slated boutique hotel with as much authentic Thai architecture and charm as you can imagine. As soon as I stepped inside the front doors and felt transported into an architecture magazine. Beautiful tiled floors and walls, light streaming through open shutters and grained wooden tables line the small lobby.
The two sweetest girls running the hotel greet us with a smile at the front desk of the new six-room hotel. We were led up the wooden stairs lined with vintage photographs to a glass door that separated the bedrooms. We chose the Deluxe Double Room option that included a king sized bed located on the second floor loft in a loft, a futon mat in the living area with a TV and a complimentary breakfast.
The tables in the lobby area have neatly labeled condiment holders, a cart holding juices and cups in the cutest little glass containers. I looked around thinking to myself, “I really need to take decorating tips from these people”.
This place oozed authentic charm and made you feel you’re staying in a high-end Thai home. I chose the fresh fruit option for breakfast and was so pleasantly surprised. The hotel manager brought a giant bowl of fresh fruits like kiwi, melons and berries covered in yogurt. She also brought out a glass of buttery croutons that I couldn’t stop eating.
We only stayed three nights at Once Upon A Time but I would recommend to anyone passing through Chiang Mai. Even just to take pictures of the beautiful, detailed lobby.
What have been some of your favorite hotels stays in Southeast Asia?
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