137 Pillars House

Chiang Mai, Thailand

An historic building set in stunning gardens in Old Chiang Mai

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At a glance

60 rooms

Built in the 1880's as part of the East Borneo Company headquarters, 137 Pillars House is a beautiful teak wood building that has been carefully restored to reflect its 19th-century origins. With 30 beautiful suites, gourmet dining, a swimming pool, library and an array of spa treatments, this place has a warm and relaxing ambiance.

Location

On the eastern side of the Mae Ping River in Old Chiang Mai and adjacent to the Wat Gate Khar Rham Temple. 6 kms from Chiang Mai International Airport.

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Things to enjoy

Beautiful garden setting, historic house, spa, Thai dancing, music, cocktail parties and cultural lectures on Grand Lawn, library, lounge, bar dining room, Thai cookery demonstrations, fitness room, swimming pool.

Number of floors: 2

In detail

The undoubted air of sophistication at 137 Pillars House is in part due to the interplay between the nostalgic design and décor and the modern comforts of a contemporary hotel. Each of the generously-sized suites has a veranda or patio overlooking the stunning gardens.

Make the most of 137 Pillars House superb location and spend a moment of contemplation in the pretty gardens complete with an inviting pool. Then wander around the immediate area and discover the Wat Gate Khar Rham Temple and Museum as well as the other teak wood houses nearby. End the day with a relaxing massage before a delicious dinner in the hotel dining room.

Rooms

Architectural historians and conservationists worked meticulously to reinforce the integrity of the original 1889 structure at 137 Pillars House. Our guests can expect the same nostalgic ambience in all 30 suites, along with the latest modern comforts and conveniences.

137 Pillars House

Rajah Brooke Suite

All larger than 70 square metres, these king bed suites each extend to an airy, vintage tiled veranda over tropical gardens with cane shades for privacy, rattan planter’s chair and plush day bed. Beyond a vast walk-in closet, the en suite bathroom with dual washbasins includes a sunlit WC, free standing Victorian bath, separate indoor and outdoor garden showers. For families, we offer these as interconnecting suites.

137 Pillars House

East Borneo Suite

Averaging 75 square metres and accessible by private corridor, each one king bed or twin bed suite extends to an airy, vintage tiled veranda over tropical gardens with cane shades for privacy, rattan planter’s chair and plush day bed. Beyond a vast walk-in closet, the en suite bathroom with dual washbasins includes a sunlit WC, free standing Victorian bath, separate indoor and outdoor garden showers.

William Bain Terrace Suite

Overlooking the historic pillar house, infinity pool and garden wall from the upper floor, both 100 square metres, one king bed suites extend to a generous living room and airy, vintage tiled veranda with cane shades for privacy, rattan planter’s chair and plush day bed. Beyond a vast walk-in closet, the en suite bathroom with dual washbasins includes a sunlit WC, sunken bath facing onto the tropical foliage, separate indoor and outdoor garden showers.

Louis Leonowens Pool Suite

Our two top-tier ground floor suites each sprawl across 135 square metres, including a generous living room and super king bedroom with French doors overlooking the infinity pool, garden wall and historic pillared house. Beyond a vast walk-in closet, the en suite bathroom with dual washbasins includes a sunlit WC, sunken bath facing onto the tropical foliage, separate indoor and outdoor garden showers. More private pleasures may be enjoyed in each suite’s own 5.5 x 2.5 metre swimming pool.

Services

137 Pillars House revives the Old World elegance of the Orient and provides every modern luxury to guests we think of as visitors to our home. We will lead you through the surrounding charms of Chiang Mai, to my favorite local eateries, Thai designers and community projects like our neighbor the Healing Family Foundation supporting uniquely disabled young artisans. Then we’ll welcome you back here into pampered privacy. The home-style residential concept allows our guests to participate and share in the richness of a likeminded international community while creating plenty of space for sublime intimacy in our sumptuous suites and throughout our tropical grounds.   As hosts, our ambition is that guests of 137 Pillars House will collect meaningful experiences that remain in their hearts long after they leave us. More than building a very comfortable place to sleep, we sincerely hope to create exceptional memories for each guest on every single day.


Directory of services

  • Butler service
  • Car Parking ( complimentary )
  • CD / DVD library
  • Cellular phone rental
  • Chauffeur driven car
  • Complimentary newspaper
  • Concierge
  • Daily maid service
  • Daily newspaper
  • Doctor on call
  • DVD /CD Library
  • Express check-in/check-out
  • Fax machine rental
  • Foreign currency exchange
  • Guests relation services
  • Hairdresser
  • High speed Internet in public areas
  • High speed Internet in guest rooms
  • Interconnecting rooms
  • Internet / E-mail terminal
  • In-villa dining
  • Laptop Rental
  • Laundry service
  • Limousine service
  • Luggage services
  • Multilingual staff
  • Nanny service
  • Porters
  • Pressing service
  • Room service - 24 hour
  • Shoe shine service
  • Turn-down service
  • Valet Parking
  • Voicemail message system
  • Wake up calls
  • WI-FI in public areas
  • WI-FI in guest rooms
  • Wine, flowers & fruits in-room

On-site facilities

  • Business Centre
  • Fitness Facility
  • Gym/studio (unsupervised)
  • Jogging trail
  • Library
  • Luggage storeroom
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Spa (supervised)
  • Wine Cellar

Family facilities

  • Sofa beds

Languages spoken

  • English
  • German

Dining

A range of bespoke dining options include the The Dining Room, Palette Restaurant, Jack Bain's Bar, The Parlor, Wine Cellar, Dining Room, Kitchen and Private Dining, using organic ingredients from the Hotel’s garden.


Jack Bain's Bar

We’ve collected our favorite books on Chiang Mai and Thailand here inside Pillars House, plus vivid coffee table books, histories & mysteries, popular paperbacks, this month’s magazines from around the globe and all the notable newspapers plus a wide selection of DVDs and CDs. Linger comfortably in this air conditioned refuge over fresh fruit drinks, Italian and local coffee and teas, wines, brandy, port, sherry, cognacs and aperitifs.

Restaurant details
Type: Bar
Dress Code: Casual
Opening Hours: 10am to 10.30pm
Smoking: No (Non-Smoking)

The Parlor

Afternoon high tea is served in the classic style as Chiang Mai’s early foreign visitors enjoyed. Partake of these scrumptious pleasures in this cozy indoor nook within Pillars House, by the infinity or on The Lawn. All offer relaxed environments for our guests to meet & mingle over bespoke tea blends, coffee concoctions and complimentary Thai sweets.

Restaurant details
Type: Tea Room
Dress Code: Casual
Opening Hours:
Smoking: No (Non-Smoking)

The Wine Cellar

Toast your days of historic exploring, elephant trekking or sunbathing with sips from our well-edited selection of New and Old World vintages from around the world, including notable Thai wines that are gaining international recognition. Join our regularly scheduled wine tastings or host a private event in this intimate gathering place inside Pillars House, pairing your favorites with European cheeses and Thai tapas.

Restaurant details
Type: Wine Cellar
Dress Code: Smart Casual
Opening Hours:
Smoking: No (Non-Smoking)

The Dining Room

For breakfast, lunch and dinner, The Dining Room adjacent to Pillars House is a stylish yet comfortable environment to savour our favorite recipes prepared with fresh organic ingredients. Diverse and accommodating menus offer classic Thai fare meant to be shared and seasonally inspired international dishes, all showcasing the distinctive harvests of local farmers. Go al fresco on the adjacent courtyard surrounded by our tropical gardens.

Restaurant details
Type: Contemporary Asian Cuisine
Dress Code: Casual
Opening Hours: 6.30am to 10.30pm
Smoking: No (Non-Smoking)

Palette Restaurant

A delight to the senses, where guests can enjoy exquisite cuisine in an intimate setting, as well as displaying engaging Nouveau Asian Art exhibits. Palette Restaurant is located in the hotel’s original teak homestead which dates back to the 1800’s. The restaurant can also be booked exclusively for private functions and special occasions. Palette’s menu is light and artistic, offering a selection of cuisine with a brilliant array of colour and flavors using locally sourced and organic produce

Restaurant details
Type: Western Cuisine
Dress Code: Smart Casual
Opening Hours: 6.30pm to 10.30pm
Smoking: No (Non-Smoking)

Spa

Thais learn the art of massage from a young age. When it came to providing these services to our guests, we knew just what to do. We endured the necessary kneading to carefully select our top-notch team of professionally trained therapists and created a non-clinical spa to pamper our guests in holistic pleasures. Our tightly edited menu of massage and spa treatments features classical and current Asian methods from Aromatherapy to Thai Massage and Yoga. We also offer private lessons with our therapists to initiate guests in the timeless techniques of Thai massage.


The Spa

Spa Treatments
  • Body scrub
  • Herbal wrap
  • Swedish massage
  • Thai Massage

Leisure

As hosts, our ambition is that guests of 137 Pillars House will collect meaningful experiences that remain in their hearts long after they leave us. More than building a very comfortable place to sleep, we sincerely hope to create exceptional memories for each guest on every single day.


Activities

  • Golf Driving Range - Nearby
  • Hairdresser - Nearby
  • Jogging Track - Nearby
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool - On Site
  • Safari - Within 10 Miles / 15 Km
  • Tennis - Within 10 Miles / 15 Km

Meetings and Business

The Drawing Room: Fully modern meeting facility supported by all necessary business centre services. It is the ideal venue for a small private dining function, social gathering or business meeting.


Business Services

  • Air-conditioning
  • Audio-visual equipment
  • Broadband Internet access
  • Conference telephone
  • DVD
  • Flip charts
  • Internet / E-mail access
  • MAC computer
  • Microphone
  • Mineral water/Tea/Coffee
  • Overhead projectors
  • Projector
  • Scanner
  • Wireless internet access

Getting there

Hotel Address

137 Pillars House
2 soi 1 Nawatgate Road
Tambon Watgate Muang
Chiang Mai
50000 Thailand Chiang Mai50000Thailand

Airports

Nearest international airport: Chiang Mai International Airport (7 Km.)
Nearest local airport: Chiang Mai International Airport (7 Km.)

Trains & Buses

Nearest train station: Chiang Mai Train Station (5 Km.)

Near 137 Pillars House

Wat Gate Khar Temple and Museum, historic district of Chiang Mai, over 300 Buddhist temples, Chiang Mai National Museum, Chiang Mai Arboretum, zoo with pandas, Huai Kaeo Falls, Doi Suthep & Doi Pui National Park, Khruba Siwichai Monument, Royal Winter Palace, Doi Pui Tribal Village.


Landmarks

  • Wat Gate Khar Rnam Temple
  • Chiang Mai Aquarium
  • Chiang Mai Night Safari
  • Huai Kaeo Falls
  • Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep
  • Royal Winter Palace (Phuping Palace)
  • Doi Pui Tribal Village

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