Staying at Le Meridien Chiang Mai in Thailand was the first time I was able to experience what I had heard about in the past but only dreamed about at any number of hotels: Concierge Level. Nothing will make you feel like a rockstar faster than premium club level breakfast, cocktail hour, canapés, and amazing views at the top of a stellar hotel in a foreign city. As a Starwood Preferred Guest member, I happily booked at an on-brand resort for our few days in the ancient city. This allowed us to experience affordable VIP treatment at Le Meridien Chiang Mai. (I even share what it cost me at the end of the post.) The hotel is centrally located and we were able to walk or tuk-tuk everywhere from its convenient placement. But, funny enough, we hardly wanted to leave.
It’s one of the tallest buildings in the city at 22 stories high. We learned it will remain so for the foreseeable future as there’s a new preservation law prohibiting buildings in the area from being greater than 8 stories tall. This is great news for the hotel because its unprecedented views will remain a luxury only it can offer, unobstructed by any surrounding buildings.
Entering the hotel is quite a site: grandiose spiral crystal chandeliers draw your eyes up to the great height of the ceiling. Stylized furniture is inviting and cozy, as you sit in comfortable chairs drinking your morning coffee from Latitude 18 bar (the latitude coordinate of the hotel) awaiting transportation for an excursion or especially after an exhausting day of travel and site seeing. The custom carpet in the hotel lobby is actually a map of the city – how cool is that?
We passed this metropolitan hallway of mirrored glass and illustration on our way to the elevator to travel up to the 21st floor to our luxurious, spacious room. Hungry from traveling from Bangkok earlier that day I was very excited about these incredible macarons awaiting our arrival. If you’re wondering if they tasted as good as they look the answer is YES! Their pastry chef, Zulal Dalbas, is so talented and absolutely wonderful at her craft.
I really love a great bath tub. The potential of soaking in hot water after a long day is downright romantic to me and I really appreciated the hotel’s attention to detail in design. From its pristine sinks to white tiles, to the clear glass partition allowing views from the bedroom to bathroom, to couch underneath the main area’s window I welcomed it all. If you haven’t laid in a Le Meridien bed you haven’t felt a touch of heaven. The beds are incredible and we were looking forward to enjoying it’s soft mattress and sheets from the moment we entered the room to see it practically glowing before us.
A creative advantage to staying at this hotel is their hotel keycards. They’re not simply a way to access your room but also serve as a means for discounts in the area. They allow you to “unlock” local activities like an umbrella making experience at San Kamphaeng. We weren’t able to partake this trip, unfortunately, due to our existing schedule but it’s definitely a great thing to know before you go. They have various keycard designs, all with the same function, but it’s fun they keep it fresh on the designs. We had the colada beverage key!
Every guest is able to enjoy the incredible view from the top floors of the hotel at the spa. While the fog didn’t provide such a great opportunity to see it the morning we visited we enjoyed the sound of the water fountain jets swooshing onto their Plunge pool and a tour of their wonderful amenities. They’re open from 10:00am to 10:00pm, so whether you’re an early morning person or night owl there’s something for everyone. They have 8 treatment rooms; be sure to book your appointment ahead of time.
The view of the mountains is similar to the view from the floor-to-ceiling windows of the Concierge level lounge, which is fabulous during the day and at night. We visited the lounge daily, enjoying breakfast pastries, eggs and coffee then afternoon wine and gourmet snacks. I loved that they had fresh vegetables, fish and bite-size delights. A personal favorite was the outstanding almond croissants the pastry chef crafts everyday. They will blow your mind, they’re that good! If you’re still feeling social at the end of the day, Latitude 18 bar transforms from a morning espresso stop to evening cocktail destination.
As a little bonus we were elated to close out our last evening with these divine, rich chocolates, compliments of the hotel. There’s nothing more sweetly satisfying than the taste of true high quality chocolates. But the icing on the cake was a to-go breakfast box, which they had ready for us at 4:30am the morning we had an early flight to Phuket. How’s that for VIP treatment?
What did this VIP treatment cost? Nothing. As in…I never even saw a bill. I booked it all with my Starwood American Express, on points I naturally earned throughout the year simply for using it, on the Starwood Preferred Guest website.
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