137 Pillars House
Chiang Mai, Thailand
137 Pillars House has the feel of being secluded in a secret and lush tropical garden in the heart of Chiang Mai. This hidden gem has an old world charm, transporting you to times gone by with the history of the main house.
At a Glance
Beautiful design full of old world style and vintage Oriental accents
Nestled in a beautiful lush tropical garden in the heart of Chiang Mai
Delicious Thai cuisine using only the best locally sourced ingredients full of vibrant and heady spices
Stunning 25 meter infinity pool
Holistic spa with traditional Thai massage and relaxing therapies
Just a 15-minute walk from the famous night bazaar
137 Pillars is wonderfully located in Wat Gate district near the banks of the Ping River, with easy access to all of the cultural and heritage sites of Chiang Mai. The area of Wat Gate was so named for the Wat Gate Khar Rham Temple, a traditional Thai complex with a multitude of pagodas, on the doorstep of 137 Pillars.
All of the 30 suites in this boutique hotel are sympathetically designed in line with the building’s interesting history dating back to 1889. Complete with roll top baths, elegant four poster beds, beautiful teak furnishings and stunning Oriental accents, each room is completely unique and a work of art in itself.
Warmly welcoming guests back each evening after days exploring the ancient sites, guests can take advantage of the tranquil 25-meter swimming pool set alongside a beautiful garden wall. Yoga, meditation and a fully equipped gym are available to pamper body and mind. Expert therapists are on hand at the spa or even in the privacy of your own suite with therapies such as Thai and Aromatherapy massages to revitalise and rejuvenate.
Dining at 137 Pillars House is a picturesque affair with each venue being stunningly situated either on the veranda, around the infinity pool, in the lush tropical grounds, or in the beautifully decorated dining rooms. Cuisine includes gourmet and fragrant Thai dishes, full of heady spices coupled with fantastic modern European menus.
Being so close to the center of all the action in Chiang Mai, it means you are ideally located to explore the second biggest city in Thailand. The night bazaar and china town are about a 15-minute walk away and there are restaurants and bars within a 5-minute stroll.
All 30 suites are absolutely stunning in design, complete with enormous four poster beds or generous twin beds, sunlit bathrooms with deep soaking tubs, dual washbasins and in some suites, separate indoor/outdoor showers. Like the Rajah Brooke Suite and Borneo Suite, the larger, William Bain Terrace Suite benefits from an airy, vintage tiled veranda but with the added luxury of a separate living room. The Louis Leonowens Pool Suite goes one step further with its own private plunge pool and views over the infinity pool, garden wall and historic pillars house.
|Rajah Brooke Suite||
Over 70sqm in size and features a king bed, a furnished veranda and an en-suite bathroom with a free standing Victorian bath and separate indoor/outdoor showers. The rooms overlook the tropical gardens.
|East Borneo Suite||
Measures about 75sqm and is accessed by a private corridor. Features either a king bed or twin beds, an en-suite bathroom with a free standing Victorian bath and separate indoor/outdoor showers. The suites have verandah overlooking the tropical gardens.
|William Bain Terrace Suite||
These two suites measure 100sqm and have views of the historic pillars house, infinity pool and garden wall from the upper floor. There is a separate king bedroom and living area as well as a verandah. The en-suite has a sunken bath looking out to the gardens.
Children are welcomed at 137 Pillars House and interconnecting suites are available for families. However, it does have quite a grown up feel to it and there are probably other properties better suited to families in Chiang Mai.
137 Pillars House offers three separate dining venues. The Dining Room serves beautifully balanced Thai dishes alongside seasonally inspired international menus which showcase the local organic produce. The Palette restaurant is located in the hotel’s original teak homestead dating back to the 1800s and serves light and imaginative menus. Choose to sit in the main restaurant or opt for dinner in the intimate Wine Cellar or private open-air veranda.
With old school glamour, The Palour Lounge serves long leisurely afternoon high tea by the infinity pool or on The Lawn and for sundowners, Jack Bain’g Bar provides perfectly crafted cocktails.
137 Pillars House has a lovely holistic spa, with treatments and beauty rituals that utilize products that are entirely locally sourced and only use organic ingredients for a truly pampered experience. On top of this there is a 25 meter swimming pool and fully equipped gym with yoga and meditation classes.
Located in one of the most culturally rich cities in the world there are a whole host of tours and activities available around the city and through the ancient ruins that can be easily arranged by 137 Pillars House.
Location & Directions
Chiang Mai, Thailand
137 Pillars House is located in Wat Gate district along the Ping River in Chiang Mai.
When to go
The best time to visit Chiang Mai is between October and April. The monsoon season traditionally begins in May and lasts through to October, with July to September usually being the time of heaviest rain. The hottest month is April, when temperatures can hit the 40s. The cooler months of November to January will be a good time to travel if you don't like the heat, with the average day temperature slightly below 30°C.