From a small home that is meant to be Grandma’s house, it became a home sweet home for four siblings to come back together. This is the beginning of Nasaraan boutique hotel, Chiang Mai, the place of love and happiness that everyone should have a chance to touch.
“Nasaraan Boutique Hotel, Chiang Mai” is located in the Railway station village, a long history area of Chiang Mai. The inspiration of this hotel started from a family that Grandpa moved from China to start life in Chiang Mai with a group of Chinese people. We want to present our hotel as a place with a story and identity of the local Railway station village. Wat Ket area used to be a trading port for Chinese merchants that led to the immigration of many Chinese people. Later on, the number of Chinese people had been increasing which made the community spread to San Pa Khoi area, resulted in a unique architecture of Chinese-styled commercial buildings that focus on commercial purpose more than design. When the Railway had become the main transportation, Chinese community spread into the railway station area as well. Nowadays, the community is blended into one with no differences of race or rank. This is a story of how Chinese people came into Lanna society. Nasaraan boutique hotel wants to preserve this beautiful story through the contemporary architecture of people in Railway station village.
According to this inspiration, we designed our hotel based on Chinese family style mixed with Lanna contemporary to show the relationship of Chinese and Lanna people among prosperous commercial district in the past. The building is Sino-Portuguese style architecture or European-Chinese architectural style like the home of Chinese merchants in a commercial district in the reign of King Rama VI and Vll, along with the Lanna tradition of Chiang Mai. Our hotel is also designed to be mix-used building as the owners live here in the hotel because it’s family business and it all started because everyone wanted to come back to take care of grandma. The hotel is well-divided for business and for grandma’s convenience. The hotel consists of grandma’s room, Miss Om’s room, guest’s rooms, A Perfect Daughter coffee shop, activity space and a garden with water-well in the center. Lanna people believe that water-well must not be moved or covered up as it will bring bad lucks. This led to the idea of L-shaped building like Chinese merchants’ building in the past. Nasarann area is only 20×40 meter but with a nice design, we manage to have a relaxing garden for our special guests.
We designed and laid out the building to take into account the wind direction to let the hotel to have nice chilling air when the guests are on the stairs or in front of the room. The building receives cool air without relying on an air conditioner. Some parts of the hotel use natural energy from the sun with solar cells system and water heater that is heated with air conditioner by pulling the remaining energy from the air conditioner compressor to create hot water without using more energy. We really care about the surrounding environment because air conditioner can release heat out of the building that will affect neighbors. We have wastewater treatment with grease filter from cooking every day to avoid clogged pipe. We try our best to not leave anything toxic to the environment. Another small thing that we always do is garbage management, any sellable garbage will be sold for recycling process and any reusable will be used again.
Nasaraan boutique hotel is a three-story hotel with only 14 rooms because we want to provide the best care for each of our guests. We also want our guests to feel comfortable and enjoy the place like their own home. There are three types of rooms including
- 11 Deluxe Double Rooms (31.5 m2) with king size bed for 2 guests
- 2 Deluxe Twin Rooms (31.5 m2) with 2 single beds for 2 guests
- 1 Family Room (63 m2) that is separated into a living room with a working desk and bedroom with 1 king size bed and 1 single bed. This family room is the only room with a television and bath tube.
Apart from a small number of rooms, we pay attention to our room detail. We try to keep the boutique surrounding so we only use furniture with hotel standard that is specially designed for our hotel. We also provide the best service for our guests to make them feel welcomed and touched with the sense and identity of local people.
For the rooms, we pay careful attention to every detail about the room in order to provide quality sleep for our guests. We use high-quality pocket spring bed with Allergen-free soft cotton bedding that will take you to your sweet dream. Now the guests start calling it “Soul trapping bed”. To add a Chinese touch, we decorate the room with a high table like a Chinese tea table that Chinese people often drink tea throughout the day. We also have caffeine-free herbal tea provided before bedtime because warm drinks will help stimulate the subconscious mind to relax and create an atmosphere that makes you feel fresh, lively and relaxed with a Bluetooth speaker named “Entertainer”, a unique design speaker from Nasaraan boutique hotel. Nowadays, people tend to spend time on the phone, so we want this “entertainer” to create another atmosphere through music acting as a replacement for the TV and let you experience true relaxation.
If you want to take a break from the mobile phone, we have magazines to provide for you in the room but if you seek for more, we also have a bookshelf to share for our guests at the end of the corridor. At Nasaraan boutique hotel, we really pay attention to every detail of the rooms including soap, shampoo or lotion in a reusable container or complimentary water in the glass bottle to avoid single-use plastic bottle.
In the morning, our guests will get to eat fresh and healthy breakfast. Grandma always teaches us that good breakfast comes from quality ingredients. Nasaraan’s breakfast is a homemade cooked food by the owner of the hotel in every step of preparation. The main ingredients are selected from the neighborhood first to avoid traveling and air pollution. The quality ingredients that can be found in the area are white pork sausage from “Pinyo store” and Chinese sausage from “Mee Fah store”. Both are high-quality ingredients from stores that have been in the community for more than 50 years.
In addition, we use organic rice from the farmer group of Chiang Rai. That uses natural farming methods, non-toxic. We are so confident in the quality of rice that we would like to offer foreigners to try. Vegetables in each meal, we choose to use organic vegetables from a reliable shop in the market or from neighbors because they are chemical free which is safe for our guests. For the food menu, we adjust a menu to every and there is no frozen food. We also care about food choice for Vegetarians or Ramadan fasting. We can prepare a tasty meal with a beautifully dish decoration for our guests. We want you to eat this healthy food in a delicious and happy way. Just inform us at the hotel when you check in. In every meal, we use permanent containers glass plates, ceramic glass and melamine chopsticks or any container that will not cause global warming. Speaking of breakfast at a hotel may sound normal but you will be surely satisfied with the food that is well-prepared for you.
Relaxing among the green nature, a cool, pleasant, and beautiful garden is just right in front of your room. Guests can also enjoy the surrounding in the pavilion located in our garden. It is also nice to get some light workouts, catch up on your favorite book, meditate or just laying down among Chiang Mai cool breeze. Apart from the green nature outside, the hotel is also decorated with gorgeous flowers in both the coffee shop and reception areas. The seasonal flowers are changed weekly to keep the surrounding nice and fresh at all time, which makes such a nice background for picture taking. Guests who wish to take a walk or workout can do so in the park right in from of the hotel, the green nature and nice surrounding are waiting in a very close distance.
The coffee shop is another simple corner located in the frontal part of Nasaraan boutique hotel. The Chinese-style coffee shop is called “A Perfect Daughter,” the name is from Moana’s original motion picture soundtrack. “I wish I could be a perfect daughter,” is one of the lyric phrases that convey a perfect concept of Nasaraan boutique hotel. For breakfast, guests will be offered a free drink from “A Perfect Daughter” coffee shop, which serves varieties of drink and beverages including Affogato, the most famous coffee in the shop. Affogato’s signature is the wait for the dripping of the coffee over an ice-cream until the last drop. The mixture of coffee and ice-cream creates a wonderful scent as well as a mellow taste, having Affogato with a scone is also interesting. Additionally, Peach Coffee Sparkling is a fresh cold peach tea that can be a great match with Lotus Roots Chips. Good coffee is served right where you stay. However, the coffee might taste differently if you re-visit as we always seek and serve new kinds of coffee seeds. It is our intention to offer guests a new and different taste of coffee from different origins. Miss Im, the third daughter of the family, personally oversees every step of the process from selecting coffee seeds. “A Perfect Daughter” coffee shop encourages customers to bring their own cup for their drink in exchange for a 5 baht discount per cup. By doing so, we are raising awareness on global warming issues, and promoting the use of reusable cups and straws. Accordingly, take away drinks will be served with eco-friendly paper straw, another small attempt to ease global warming crisis.
If you do not have anything planned out, Nasaraan boutique hotel occasionally offers workshops and some activities for our guests to participate in. Such activities include Cooking Class, Perfume Making, Book Launch, and Interesting Talks. For example, with the help of “The Documentary Club”, we have shown a documentary movie that ended with an idea-exchanging session. We will select and choose suitable activities for our guests that correspond well with Nasaraan boutique hotel‘s identities. Moreover, we are pleased to offer our meeting room for rent, it can hold around 20-30 people and is suitable for only a small talking session or a small workshop.
Serving our guests as a family member is one of Nasaraan boutique hotel‘s identities, we care for our guests and look for the best accommodation for them. Our services and suggestions will be based on the need of each guest. If we have elderly guests, we will suggest the rooms on the first floor so they will not have to be troubled with the stairs. In case that you need to work during their stay, we will offer the room with a working desk as for your convenience. Furthermore, families traveling with children will be provided with coloring books for the kids to travel in an imagination world surrounding with a quiet atmosphere. This will allow the rest of the family members to relax and fully enjoy their vacation. Importantly, if guests do not finish their breakfast, Nasaraan’s staff will kindly ask for feedback and comments in order to improve our meals. We would also like to know whether guests do not like how the meals taste or that they would like other kinds of food. For instance, if the children are not eating, we would ask the parents whether they would like some cereals instead so that they would enjoy breakfast. On the other hand, for foreigners who might not prefer rice or pork, we will have alternative menus for them. In addition, if the guests inform us in advance that they will not have breakfast at the hotel, we will prepare a Breakfast Box, which will be in an eco-friendly container.
Guests of Nasaraan boutique hotel will get to experience traditions, festivals and communities surrounding Chiang Mai such as Songkran, the Thailand of Water Festival, Loy Krathong along Ping River, walking around Chiang Mai Flower Festival, people watching along the walking street or even chilling at the market in any season of the year. Staying at Nasaraan boutique hotel offers you more than just a relaxation time, you will get to experience the culture, as well as the beautiful way of life of the Chiang Mai locals. Nasaraan boutique hotel would like to recommend places in the community that might not be famous or well-known, but we would like for you to experience new things along with the local culture. It is more than just the architectural beauty, you will experience local culture, the simplicity that is so opposite to what the famous attractions have to offer. Let’s experience the simple way of living of the locals in the Railway station village.
Moreover, if you do not have any idea of which places to visit during your stay, it is our pleasure to give a recommendation for some activities. Apart from falling in love with the nearby attractions in Chiang Mai, relaxing at Nasaraan boutique hotel is also an option. Our hotel provides a nice atmosphere, local charm, and a service that we hope to be one of the nice memories of your trip.
If you plan to visit Chiang Mai and look for a great and beautiful boutique hotel that will care for you like your own family, Nasaraan boutique hotel has the charm that you look for. Staying at Nasaraan boutique hotel, traveling to places will be very simple, which allows you to take a rest from your usual chaotic life and fully enjoy the peaceful environment at this Nasaraan boutique hotel in Chiang Mai.