Meliá Chiang Mai is set to open on April 10, 2022.
The 260-key urban hotel is owned by Thailand’s leading integrated lifestyle real estate group, Asset World Corp Public Company Limited (AWC), and launched by Meliá Hotels International. It is the first five-star property to open in the city since the onset of the global pandemic.
“Following the successful launch of Meliá Koh Samui, Thailand, Meliá Chiang Mai marks an exciting expansion of Meliá Hotels International in Thailand,” said Ignacio Martin, area managing director, Southeast Asia, Meliá Hotels International.
Well-situated on Charoen Prathet Road, Meliá Chiang Mai overlooks the Ping River and the city’s famous Night Bazaar. It is housed in a 22-floor tower fronted by an adjoining seven-floor podium building. The property’s facilities include two restaurants, two bars, two lounges (one is an executive lounge on the 21st floor), a signature Meliá YHI Spa with seven treatment rooms, a fully-equipped fitness center, and five meeting spaces including a ballroom.
Meliá Chiang Mai offers nine categories of contemporary, bright accommodation include rooms ranging in size from 320 square feet to 580 square feet and suites starting at 667 square feet and topping out at 1215 square feet. The lead-in “Meliá Room” features city vistas with west-facing rooms providing a window on sunsets over one of Thailand’s most iconic attractions, the historic Buddhist temple on Doi Suthep mountain, and east-facing rooms taking in sunrise over the Ping River.
The “Meliá Corner Room” and “Meliá Premium Room” are both fully soundproofed and feature a chaise longue that stretches the entire length of the glass wall. On the higher floors of the hotel, the “Level Suite” has a round bathtub and sweeping views of Chiang Mai. The 1,215-square-foot “Level Presidential Suite” is located on the 20th floor. The Level Lounge is available to guests staying in The Level Room, The Level Premium, The Level Suite and The Level Presidential Suite.
Thirty-eight rooms and six suites belong to The Level, which offers an upgraded level of services and benefits (lounge, late checkout, complimentary snacks, evening cocktails, etc.).
The property’s MICE facilities include the nearly 4,000-square-foot Yi Peng Grand Ballroom and two function rooms on the tower’s second floor above the lobby, and a 1,990-square-foot multi-purpose function room on the podium building’s top (seventh) floor. The ballroom has approximately 1,860 square feet of pre-function space, which is connected to the property’s outdoor pool and Tien Pool Bar. As part of the “Power Meetings by “Meliá” program, the Power Lounge features a pool table, drinks area and comfortable, cool seating.
Khom Multi-Function Room, on the seventh floor, opens to a nearly 2,400-square-foot outdoor terrace with views of Chiang Mai, the river and the mountains. It also adjoins a secret garden.
Meliá Chiang Mai’s drink and dining options include:
- Mai The Sky Bar – This 360-degree rooftop bar (22nd floor) is comprised of two bars connected by a glass bridge. It affords views of the Ping River to the east and the Doi Suthep Temple on the mountaintop to the west.
- Mai Restaurant and Bar and Laan Na Kitchen: The hotel’s two restaurants are under the stewardship of multi-award-winning chef Suksant Chutinthratip. Mai Restaurant and Bar is located on the 21st floor. It specializes in contemporary Northern Thai (Lanna) style dishes with Mediterranean influences, prepared in an open kitchen. Laan Na Kitchen serves authentic Mediterranean cuisine in a marketplace setting. In addition to its 110-seat indoor area and 26-seat patio, it features four private dining rooms.
- Tien Pool Bar and Ruen Kaew Lounge: The pool bar, located above the lobby on the second floor, serves snacks with a Spanish flair and a variety of refreshing beverages. Ruen Kaew Lounge is located in the lobby next to Laan Na Kitchen. It serves a healthy, small bites menu under the “My Balance by Meliá” program as well as a wellness-inspired afternoon tea, coffee, and more.
Meliá Chiang Mai has partnered with “Ori9in, The Gourmet Farm” to embrace the farm-to-table movement by establishing its own sustainable farm in San Sai District to harvest organic fruit, vegetables and herbs for its restaurants. Under its 360° Cuisine program, the hotel is working closely with local farmers to improve sustainability, encourage ethical production and help the farming community.
“Meliá Chiang Mai will open with about 160 employees and will eventually employ a total of 240 people,” said Edward E. Snoeks, the property’s general manager. “In addition to being hugely beneficial for local employees and their families, the launch of the first five-star hotel to open in the city since the start of the global pandemic is a much-needed morale boost for the local tourism industry.”