Once owned by Louis Leonowens of Anna and the King fame, this ornate heritage home is a meticulous garden paradise set in the middle of Old Chiang Mai and a living restoration of the Orient’s old world elegance. Named for the 137 teakwood pillars that formerly supported it, 137 Pillars House invites guests to step back into the effortless lavishness and discrete service of another time, all while enjoying the modern conveniences of today’s finest luxury hotels.
137 Pillars House is a stunningly intimate 30-suite boutique hotel exuding both nostalgic design and modern comfort. The original 1889 colonial teak foundation has been painstakingly conserved and shines throughout the resort’s structures, from its lotus-carved ceilings to the rich teak and rattan embellishments present in the gardens, pools, and suites. Four types of colonial-inspired, scarlet-accented suites boast furnished vintage tiled verandas with tropical garden views, cane shades, and free-standing roll-top Victorian baths blended with modern facilities such as outdoor garden showers, flat screen televisions, preloaded day-to-night iPods, and Puripunn bath amenities. The two exclusive Louis Leonowens Pool Suites overlook the historic pillars house and contain the added luxuries of an infinity pool and garden wall on the top floor.
With such comfortable rooms, it is tempting to enjoy breakfast in bed or out on the private veranda, tasting some of the fresh fruit delivered daily to the room. If leaving the room is ultimately necessary, consider relaxing with a Thai or aromatherapy massage at The Spa, meditating during a private or group yoga class, or luxuriating on a silk-shrouded lounger by the pool, where complimentary homemade sorbet, cool mineral water, and cold towels are sure to help take the edge off of northern Thailand’s renowned heat. Whet the appetite with afternoon tea in The Parlor before indulging in The Dining Room’s dramatic seven-course authentic Thai dinner showcasing the harvests of local farmers and organic ingredients from the hotel’s gardens. Alternatively, opt for light and artistic fare at Palette, Thai cooking classes in the Kitchen, or intimate dinners or picnics in a secluded tropical nook in Chiang Mai. The options are endless.
While 137 Pillars House is private enough to feel secluded, it is just a few minutes away from some the surrounding temples, landmarks, and shopping districts. Explore Wat Gate, Nimmanhaemin Road, and Ping River, and return to the enveloping calm of the resort for a retreat from the surrounding bustle and an indulgent sundowner at Jack Bain’s Bar.Request Information