137 Pillars House Hotel
The stunning new 30 suite 137 Pillars House, Chiang Mai has a prime location in a tropical enclave near the Ping River; adjacent to the famous Wat Gate Khar Rham Temple. The hotel opened on January 1st, 2012.
The hotel offers guests every modern luxury, combined with the revival of 19th Century oriental elegance and nostalgic ambiance from its former days as the homestead of the Manager of the British East Borneo Company. Nearby cultural treasures await discovery as do the spa’s Thai and aromatherapy treatments.
137 Pillars House is managed by SilverNeedle Hospitality and is a member of Small Luxury Hotels.
Founded in 1296, Chiang Mai was a prosperous trading center on the route from China and Burma. A city wall was built to protect the city, much of which is still visible and parts of which have been restored.
Wat Gate, the area of Chiang Mai surrounding 137 Pillars House, was formerly designated to foreigners. The traditional Thai temple complex of multiple pagodas and living quarters is also home to Wat Gate Khar Rham Museum, founded by former 137 Pillars House owner Jack Bain. It is filled with quirky memorabilia from ancient farm tools and pottery to ornate clothing of the Chiang Mai Royalty plus an extensive collection of historic photographs.
Four stunning suite types range from 70 square meters up to 135 square meters, each named after a famous Colonial settler.
Architectural historians and conservationists worked meticulously to retain the integrity of the original 1889 structure at 137 Pillars House. Tiled verandas, cane shades, rattan furniture and free standing Victorian baths are reminders of days gone by, blended with the modern facilities including outdoor garden showers, flat screen televisions and the all-important wi-fi access. Private Pools (5.5 x 2.5 meters) are featured in the two Louis Leonowens Suites.