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We stayed here for 7 nights(private room).
-The room is clean and comfortable.
- Peaceful location , and near Sunday market
-There is no water/ hot water sometimes in the bathroom.
-Luggage can not be kept in the lobby after check out, so that we need to hold our luggage when we hang around. It is inconvenience.
This place was nice. My family and I showed up a little early expecting to just leave or bags and explore and they already had the room available and let us check in. The location was perfect for us, just inside the city wall but on the quieter side of town. The room was just what we expected, clean and fan cooled.
- This is a good place for someone with a very low budget. $5/day gets you a bed at this hostel.
- It *might* be fun if you are a Beatles fan. That was the draw for me, more than the low price. We booked the entire 5-bed room for three people to get some privacy.
- The lady at the front desk was friendly enough and she smiled at us whenever we walked in. She wasn't the person who received us though, so there was no engagement beyond that.
The not-so-good for those who might be taken in by the photos:
- You are not allowed to wear shoes beyond the first floor. This means walking barefoot or with socks on not so clean floors. I'm Asian and I can understand removing your shoes in someone's home, not in a commercial establishment. I didn't have to remove my shoes in any other hotel in Southeast Asia in my 2 months of travel.
- The room is spartan and devoid of any cheer.
- The communal bathroom is disgusting. When we saw it, we resolved to not shower for the next four days.
- I woke up bitten by ants in my bed. (I had no food items on me or in my bag.)
- On day 2, I found that there was no water in any of the bathrooms. I found another hotel and moved out.
I have stayed in expensive and cheap hostels in Europe and the USA. I was expecting something on the lower end of those experiences but not quite so low.
It's a pleasant 2 nights. Clean place with unique charm. The water heater could be a bit warmer.
A simple grunt, no hello, no welcome didn't give us a good first impression. We asked for a town map but it was all to hard so we gave up. We went to our room alone and barely said a word for our remaining time. The room and bathroom was just average but it was cheap. Breakfast not available until 10 am.
Overall an OK and very average place but you can get so much more for your money elsewhere (we recommend Deejai Backpackers which is directly opposite and has rooms for the same price plus access to a pool, a lovely chillout/bar area and friendly staff). Penney Lane was the least friendly place we stayed during our trip. The staff pretty much never spoke to us and weren't even willing to help us book a taxi to the airport on the last day. We never saw anyone eating there and the one time we requested a coffee they said no, which was odd for a cafe! The wifi is very weak on the top floor and the bathroom isn't great but is clean and the shower is fairly powerful. The aircon double has a comfortable bed but we advise you to use a mosquito net (not provided by the hostel) as there were ALOT of mozzies in the room.
Overall we recommend staying elsewhere in Chiang Mai.
And some tips food wise, check out the grilled tilapia at Lert Ros (it is INCREDIBLE), take a one day cookery course at an organic farm with the Thai Farm Cookery School (so much fun and you will leave ridiculously full) and also Barfry outside of the old city to the west if you fancy something different from Thai food for the evening (it's in the student/shoreditch type area - walk around the back streets, we went down Soi 11, and there are some really kitch bars)
We stayed at Penny Lane Hostel & Vegetarians the night from 9th to 10th of december. Me and my boyfriend were traveling from Bangkok by train, and we arrived Chiang May at 8.30PM, therefore later than the usual check-in time at 2PM. I previously let Praeploy know about this, and she told me there was no problem with this. That was great.
When we arrived to the hostel at 9PM Praeploy gave us the key for our room. We asked her about where to go to have dinner and she provided us some indications. However, she didn't help us to our room (4th floor; she stayed at the reception), she didn't tell us where our (shared?) toilet was, we found out ourselves. Next day when checking out there was a man at the reception together with her, he took our key and tell us goodbye, but Praeploy didn't. We were a bit disappointed with this...
Concerning the room, it was correct: air conditioning, quite clean. Enough for just 1 night stay.
I will take your suggestion to improve.
We booked the private room which was clean and had air condition. The bed was a bit hard but not really a concern. The shared bathroom was just across the corridor. Sadly it wasn't that clean - mostly due to the fact that more people moved in during the week. The staff was helpful and the hostel is about 8 minutes away from a walking street.
I will take your suggestion to improve. Thanks.
I will take your suggestion to improve.
A very cute place to stay in Chiang Mai. The owners are very friendly and easy going! The Bathrooms could be cleaned more often and a shower curtain would be nice. It is a very nice place to stay and it is its money worth.