Soho Bar and Guesthouse in Gay Chiang Mai
Posted 11 July 2011 - 01:55 PM
Coffee Bar open from 12 noon
(coffee, smoothies, wine, wine coolers and beer) and full service bar from 6 p.m. until 12:30 a.m.
20/3 Huay Kaew Rd. Chiang Mai 50300
Tel: +66 53 404175, +66 85 029 8485
Posted 22 August 2013 - 08:31 AM
Last year I stayed at the Soho Guesthouse because the guesthouse recommended by several GT members was fully booked. First off, make sure the taxi driver knows you want to go to the bar & guesthouse, not the Soho Hotel which is far away. I arrived around 11:00 AM to find the place chained and padlocked. I banged on the grates for about 10 minutes and finally the one staff who lives there heard me and came down. He was a very gregarious and polite young man (and VERY cute) who spoke no English. We finally got me registered and checked in. I should mention that while I arrived in CM, my luggage didn't. The shopping center across the street was a Godsend.
That evening I met the owners. I briefly spoke with both independently and 1) asked for assistance in the morning to contact the airline about my lost luggage (one owner is a native Thai speaker), and 2) asked for toilet paper as my room had none. Both owners said no problem, they would take care of both. When I returned from dinner both were gone and no toilet paper. In the morning After returning from breakfast across the street there was a note on my door that read, "Haven't heard from airline. Suggest you call them." I did find the resident staff, grabbed him by the hand and took him to the first floor toilet and pointed to toilet paper. He understood and promptly arrived at my door with two rolls.
I should mention that my room came with a private bath, but the bathroom was located outside my room adjacent to the breakfast room, so I had to cross the stairway to get to my bathroom. In spite of being "private" I found cigarette butts and garbage left by other residents in my bathroom. During the 3 days I was there the refrigerator in the breakfast room was never restocked. Some of the jars (such as jams) looked like they had been there for months. For that reason I decided tio eat out rather than avail myself of the included breakfast. The door to the guesthouse are had a lock on it and I was given a key, but it was never locked, so anyone who came into the bar had access to the guesthouse floors. That unnerved me a bit.
I asked staff about check out as I needed to be at the airport around 9 AM to fly back to BKK. I was told I needed to settle my bill the night before at the bar, then in the morning, bring my luggage down, unlock the chained/padlocked gate, take my luggage through the gate to the outside, go back and place my keys behind the bar, exit the gate again and re-chain lock the gate.
After that first night I never saw the owners again.
I would wholeheartedly agree about the relaxing friendly atmosphere of the bar. Staff tried to be helpful though some had very limited English skills. If I return to CM I would definitely visit the bar again for an evening, but I would not stay at the guesthouse again, primarily because of the lack of professionalism/attention of the owners.
Posted 07 October 2013 - 10:29 PM
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