Dusit D2 Chi­ang Mai

Business Traveller - - TRIED AND TESTED THAILAND HOTELS - Tom Ot­ley

BACK­GROUND Part of Dusit hotels, the D2 brand of­fers mod­ern and func­tional ac­com­mo­da­tion. In this case, there is a large gym, swim­ming pool, De­varana spa, bar and restau­rant.

W H AT ’ S ITLIKE? It is one of clus­ter of newer high-rise build­ings out­side the Old City – look up wher­ever you are dur­ing the day and you’ll see the Dusit D2. The lobby is light and air-con­di­tioned. Ser­vice through­out is ex­cel­lent.

WHERE IS IT? Just off the Chang Klan Road in the city cen­tre, a 45-minute taxi ride from the air­port. It’s a two-minute walk from the city’s vi­brant Night Bazaar and a 15-minute walk to the Old Town.

ROOMS The 131 rooms are of a good size, with en­try-level Deluxe rooms and Club Deluxe 32 sqm, while Stu­dio Suites boast 64 sqm and the D Suite 128 sqm. The style is con­tem­po­rary, with low-backed corner so­fas, large hang­ing lights and open-plan bath­rooms (with op­tional slid­ing doors). Our Stu­dio Suite had a roomy sit­ting area with a sofa, easy chair and cof­fee ta­ble. The large bed­room with king-size bed had a flatscreen TV and slid­ing doors to a good­sized bath­room with a large shower and sep­a­rate bath. There was am­ple hang­ing and drawer space in the dress­ing room. While the em­pha­sis is on the func­tional rather than the lux­u­ri­ous, lit­tle touches en­sure it doesn’t feel soul­less. There is free wifi in ev­ery room.

FOODANDDRINK Café Sol, the restau­rant, was bustling at break­fast, with an ex­ten­sive buf­fet of Western and Asian choices on of­fer. How­ever, it was largely de­serted in the evenings – no sur­prise given the ho­tel’s prox­im­ity to hun­dreds of in­ex­pen­sive restau­rants and the ex­cel­lent Night Bazaar. The lobby bar, Mix, shows

While the em­pha­sis is on func­tion rather than lux­ury, lit­tle touches en­sure it doesn’t feel soul­less

sport on a large pull-down screen in the evenings, but de­spite ami­able staff, it’s not the sort of place peo­ple linger due to an ar­ray of bars on the doorstep. More ap­peal­ing is the Club Lounge on the sev­enth floor, but you need to pay the up­grade for a Club room for that.

MEET­INGS Rooms are on the lower lobby floor, with the largest ca­pa­ble of host­ing 100 for a ban­quet.

LEISURE There is an out­door pool with loungers, para­sols and bar on the mez­za­nine floor. It’s a small-but-wel­come re­treat from the hus­tle and bus­tle of Chang Mai’s streets. On the tenth floor is a wellkit­ted-out gym, which can get busy at peak times. The De­varana spa of­fers mas­sages and other treat­ments.

VERDICT A great choice, with all the fa­cil­i­ties you need. Good sound-proof­ing en­sures that, though you are in the thick of things, you aren’t dis­turbed.

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