I’m always surprised by how quickly things appear and disappear in Thailand. You’ll go to a busy noodle shop for years and all of the sudden, one day, it will be gone with no trace that a restaurant even existed or you’ll be walking along a road you often drive down and suddenly realize there’s a beautiful boutique hotel you’ve never noticed before.
Like, really beautiful.
Out off all the different accommodations I’ve stayed around the world, my favorites are always those that are small, thoughtfully designed, and bring in elements of the location’s history and unique feel. Hotel des Artists Ping Silhouette in Chiang Mai hits all those points.
Situated on the east side of the river, the boutique hotel is unlike any of the other properties I’ve been to in Chiang Mai. It’s new and fresh but still has features nods to the past. The Wat Ket neighborhood where the hotel is located used to be a lively, multi-cultural merchant area and still has a unique feel with Chinese-influenced buildings and serval shops, cafes, riverside restaurants and galleries. The hotel in turn has incorporated a minimalist designed with both Thai and “modern Chinoiserie” details.
Along with the hotel, there’s a coffee shop, Café des Artists, inspired by old merchant alleys that traditionally connected the river to the street where people could gather in cafes and shops.
Simple and stylish, the rooms are a little tight but comfortable with many featuring views of the back gardens and river.
If you’re coming through Chiang Mai and looking for a special, but still affordable, place to stay, or living here and in need of a staycation, Hotel des Artists Ping Silhouette is definitely worth a look. It’s completely charming without being kitschy, stylish without feeling stiff or too trendy.
The hotel is situated on the east side of the river on Charoenrat Road. It’s within walking distance of a number of cafes and eateries but its about a 20-minute walk to the east side of the Old City. Right now during the summer/low season there are rooms starting at 3,100 baht or about $88 USD on Agoda including breakfast.
Note: I was a guest of Hotel des Artists Ping Silhouette for another story but all opinions and recommendations are my own.
Hey! I'm Alana and I've spent nearly the past decade living in Chiang Mai, Thailand, working as a writer and photographer. I started Paper Planes as a place to share local insight, special places, and how to travel well through a range of experiences — from hostels to high-end hotels, street meat to multi-course meals.
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