It’s often difficult to find a nice guesthouse in a place like Chiang Mai where guesthouses are a dime a dozen. It’s even more difficult to find an exceptional one to make your experience all the better. Luckily, there’s Cool Guesthouse. It’s everything you could possible want for a thoroughly enjoyable stay in Chiang Mai and the knowledgeable and friendly staff, most of whom speak excellent English and French, are always around to offer you advice and a smile, making you feel right at home.
Owned and operated by a Frenchman, Xavier, and his wife, Nathalie, Cool Guesthouse is conveniently located by the North Gate of Chiang Mai’s city center wall. Guests are within walking distance of the numerous temples and street markets that have made Chiang Mai a top destination in Thailand. An added bonus to Cool Guesthouse’s prime location is its close proximity to the North Gate Jazz Co-Op, a fun and intimate jazz bar known for it’s live music, reasonably priced drinks, and cool atmosphere (a special thanks to Xavier for clueing me in).
Guests can start their day with a delicious breakfast and cup of cappuccino at Cool Guesthouse’s outdoor cafe. Their croissants are undoubtedly the best in all of Chiang Mai. Service is prompt, yet unhurried, helping to set the ideal tone for a great day of exploring. Passionate about sustainability, Xavier and Nathalie source ingredients from the local organic fruit and vegetable markets, ensuring that the local community continues to thrive. Even the wine served at Cool Guesthouse is organic so you can drink to the health of the earth as well!
Adding to their eco-friendly outlook, Cool Guesthouse offers its guest complimentary use of bicycles as an alternative to renting motorbikes. It’s the best feeling to discover a new place on a bicycle, feeling like a young child looking for adventure again. For some reason, whenever I’m on a bicycle, I seem to find it too! I took advantage of the bicycles and rode around the city to my heart’s content, covering much ground and finding hidden gems along the way. It’s a great way to explore Chiang Mai and I thoroughly loved this feature of Cool Guesthouse.
After a day discovering Chiang Mai, or perhaps even after a late night out, sometimes you just need to sit somewhere quiet and peaceful. The tranquil inner courtyard and garden of Cool Guesthouse is the ideal spot for a little reprieve. The surrounding greenery offers a cool shade to relax in while you read a book or enjoy a cool drink.
Spending the night in the extremely cozy rooms at Cool Guesthouse is also a special treat. Equipped with air conditioner, fan, and en suite bathroom and shower, the rooms are quiet and spacious, making it a wonderful place to lay down your head at night. The bed is so comfortable, I had some of my best nights of rest here.
I feel lucky to be able to call Cool Guesthouse a home away from home. Sometimes, that’s all you want, and need, as a traveler.
Cool Guesthouse also has an in-house travel agency to help with transportation and travel plans. The staff know the flight, train, and bus schedules like the back of their hand, making it quick and easy to get you to your next destination. If you can tear yourself away from Chiang Mai and a nice guesthouse such as Cool Guesthouse, that is!
Visit Cool Guesthouse‘s website for more information and to make your reservations on-line.
*Disclaimer: My stay at Cool Guesthouse was sponsored by the hotel, but all opinions are an accurate and honest view on my experience there.