137 Pillars House reception.
137 Pillars House reception. Supplied

From historic residence to hotel

THE new 30 suite 137 Pillars House, Chiang Mai will open on January 1, 2012.

Situated in a tropical enclave near the Ping River; adjacent to the famous Wat Gate Khar Rham Temple, 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. 

137 Pillars House is managed by SilverNeedle Hospitality and is a member of Small Luxury Hotels.

Historic past

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.

Guest quarters

There are four suite types, 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 are featured in the two Louis Leonowens Suites. 

Grounds and gardens

Prior to its transformation, much of 137 Pillars House was enveloped in tropical northern Thai forest. The elegant Lady Palm and Mimosa trees were retained to honor the property's unique heritage while creating shade and breeze along the stone walkways. Fragrant, indigenous blooms line the original elephant path, a favorite outdoor reminder of 137 Pillars House's historical past.

In the hotel's Market Garden, the 137 Pillars House master gardener takes full advantage of Chiang Mai's cooler climate to grow organic fruit and vegetables. He collaborates directly with the Executive Chef and is available upon request to guide guests through this edible landscape.

Guest entertainment on The Lawn is regularly scheduled, including Thai music and dancing, cocktails parties and cultural lectures.

Drinks and dining 

The Library Bar- guests can linger over fresh fruit drinks, Italian and local coffee and teas, wines, brandy, port, sherry, cognacs and aperitifs.

The Parlor - afternoon high tea is served in the classic style as Chiang Mai's early foreign visitors enjoyed, with bespoke tea blends, coffee concoctions and complimentary Thai sweets.

The Wine Cellar- serving aselection of New and Old World vintages from around the world, including notable Thai wines. 

The Dining Room - for breakfast, lunch and dinner, The Dining Room adjacent to Pillars House is a stylish yet comfortable environment to savor our favorite recipes prepared with fresh organic ingredients.

The Kitchen  - ashowpiece and gathering place for Thai cooking demonstrations. 

Private dining- in-suite dining or dine in a private spot on the grounds. Set at least one night aside for our chef's BBQ on the expansive verandah of your suite. For adventure filled days or upon departure, allow our kitchen team to prepare gourmet picnic baskets and light lunch boxes good to go.

Additional features

The Drawing Room

The 19th century directors of the British Borneo Company would certainly be impressed by our 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 for up to 25 people.

Relaxation and recreation

The spa

Classical and current massage and spa treatments include Aromatherapy, Thai Massage and Yoga with private lessons available. Beauty rituals integrate local organics and ancient secrets. Essential oils are distilled on site and freshly made beauty products come straight from our organic garden.

The gymnasium

The gym is equipped with the latest multi-station free unit and free weights as well as computer controlled cardio-vascular equipment.  

Swimming pool

Dive into the shimmering 25 x 5.5 metre pool, where snacks, sweets and fresh fruit drinks, as well as items off the main menus are delivered by attentive staff who drop by withcomplimentary homemade sorbet, cool mineral water, cold towels and atomizer mist.  

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