Green Tiger Vegetarian House in Chiang Mai, Thailand
Wow. Where do I begin? As a world traveller and reviewer, I have many opportunities to criticize, compare, and give anything less than five stars. For Green Tiger, I’d like to give a star ranking of “Wow”, if possible. If you are ever going to Chiang Mai, do yourself a favor and stay here! It was one of the most comfortable stays I’ve ever had in my life.
After finding myself cracking at the seams thanks to my profession of being a lawyer, it was time for a vacation…a long one! After winding my way through Indonesia, I found myself in Chiang Mai, Thailand. As I had decided to stay there for two weeks to decompress, I booked myself in two parts of the city – one week at the North Gate, the second week towards the touristy Thapae Gate. With an entire week to kick back and relax at Green Tiger, I got to enjoy this hotel in all of its glory. And it was amazing.
Upon arriving, I was greeted by the incredible staff who were super friendly. Imagine, I didn’t even have to sign any papers or give my credit card. My room was on the top floor at the corner, with a stunning view of the mountain. Let me comment on everything in detail.
Room: Exceptional. I opted for the deluxe room which I had fortunately booked months before. This place, thanks to its great reputation, is getting booked solid all of the time. The room had floor to ceiling windows with a beautiful balcony and waking up every day to that perfectly positioned view was relaxing to say the least. The room was extraordinarily clean and modern. The bed was large and so comfortable I felt like I was sleeping in a cloud! Even the comforter was ultra soft.
Although I did my share of touring and walking around Chiang Mai, I found myself just relaxing in my room during some of the nights just because it was so comfortable. The bathroom was spacious and clean and they always filled up the soap bottles with what I can only assume were some sort of organic soaps. The pictures you see speak for themselves. Zero complaints about the room. Even the internet was super fast despite me being on the top floor at the far corner.
Lobby: One of my favorite parts of this hotel! The owner of the hotel actually designed this hotel down to the chairs and positioning of the rooms. The owner isn’t some average investor who bought a hotel – he built this from scratch starting designing it using Illustrator! Since part of the hotel is a hostel on the ground floor, it is a great place to meet other travelers. The lobby is so inviting, relaxing, and beautifully laid out, you could just as easily enjoy your stay if you just hung ot at the hotel doing your travel blogging, working from your laptop – which many people were doing. All day they keep coffee, tea, and cold water to fill you up. There is such a relaxing, positive vibe to this place. I met two people in the lobby that will now be my lifelong friends. We ended up travelling and exploring together. The lobby even has a little library with Lonely Planet guides and other books.
Honestly, if I sat there all day hanging out with people, my trip would have still been fulfilling. I loved that the hotel owner would talk to everyone, even for an hour at a time, giving great advice and offering whatever help he could.
Food: You have read other people’s reviews about the food. Believe all of the reviews! My room came with free breakfast. Since I didn’t see a standard buffet, my first morning I thought the free breakfast meant the toast and jam…then they handed me a menu and I thought I had to pay extra. Little did I know, that I actually got to choose whatever I wanted from the menu (as in multiple things if I desired), as part of the breakfast. Way better than a buffet! I don’t know what they do with the food here but it is amazing. Super healthy and fresh – from omelets, to yoghurt and granola bowls.
When I first checked into the hotel it was mid-afternoon and I was starving. Not wanting to spend time walking around I opted to eat at the hotel. Although I was craving something hardy, like a big, fat juicy hamburger (which of course they don’t serve), I ordered a vegetable sandwich. Probably the most boring sounding thing on the menu, right? It ended up being the most delicious sandwich I may have ever eaten. I don’t know what they did! It felt like they had baked the bun specifically on the spot. Maybe it was the pesto? If you wonder why this place which is a hotel is named as though it is a restaurant, one bite of their food will quickly silence that question.
Staff: Stellar. The owner is incredible. When I asked him where to do my laundry, he recommended a place around the corner because he said it was cheaper than his own hotel charged (and his own hotel wasn’t even expensive!) Talk about honesty. When one of the other travelers had a problem at the airport after they had checked out, the owner’s wife got in a car, drove to the airport, and yelled at the airline employees for their screw-up, and took great care of their former guest. The girls that work the desk are also super friendly, attentive, and patient. I wanted to find a gym, so they proceeded to make phone calls to various gyms, asking how much they were, until they found a good one for me. Awesome.
After my week there was over, I actually felt sad. Sad to leave a place where I felt such hospitality, comfort, and camaraderie. In fact, when I changed to the second hotel, I was desperately trying to figure out how to cancel and go back to the Green Tiger! Unfortunately it didn’t work out, but I did end up going back to Green Tiger a few more times just to hang out and spend time with my new friends.
I am so happy with the Green Tiger Vegetarian House. It is a beautiful hotel filled with love and positive energy. If you’re going to Chiang Mai, do yourself a favor and stay here! Especially if you’re going to be travelling solo, it is a great place to make friends and feel right at home.
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