Welcome to Trace Hotelistro, a boutique hotel in the heart of Chiang Mai’s arts district. It combines modern design with a local food experience. We stayed at Trace Hotelistro for their opening. A review made with love and coffee by Hostelgeeks.

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  • How to book Trace Hotelistro?

    Check out the official website of Trace Hotelistro. Why? There you can get the lowest prices!

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  • Advantage of the Location of Trace Hotelisto

    The location of Trace Hotelistro could not be more perfect. It is located on Taephae Road, the city’s main road.

    Trace Hotelistro is just a few meters from the Night Market, where you will find not only clothes and souvenirs, but also a fun food court to spend your nights with live music. We really recommend you stop by!

    Just across the street, is one of the most famous pizza places in Chiang Mai, Street Pizza and The Wine Houzz.

    Right next door, there is the temple Wat Upakhut, beautiful to visit. Join also the temple tour around Chiang Mai, highly recommended.

    More interested in street food? There are plenty of food stalls in the area. For a cooking class, we recommend Vannee and her home cooking school.

    Cooking Class Chiang Mai

    Taephae road is also home to top end handicraft boutiques, antique shops, as well as restaurants and bars. If you want to get a Thai massage, you will also find many places in the surrounding area.

    Last but not least, you might wonder how to get there from the airport. Chiang Mai airport is just 4 km from Trace Hotelistro. Taxis are not expensive in Chiang Mai but you can also request a pick up. The staff will be happy to help you.

    Trace Hotelistro, Trace Hotelistro Chiang Mai Provincia de Chiang Mai Tailandia
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  • All room types at Trace Hotelistro

    Private Room Types available: Twin room with shared bathroom, Double room with shared bathroom, Superior double room with shared bathroom

    Shared Room Types available: For dormitories, please check out Oxotel Hostel.

    Not sure what room to pick? Here is a full overview of hostel room types.

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Let us talk about our detailed Trace Hotelistro review.

Chiang Mai is known as Thailand’s jewel of the North. And at the same time, as food paradise. Even though Trace Hotelistro is not a hostel per se, it reflects everything a modern quality hostel stands for.

We stayed in the city for over a month. It’s the easy-going vibes, the numerous smiles and last but not least the design that made us fall in love with Chiang Mai. The numerous different kind of tours and activities also make this place special. Walk around and you will discover beautiful temples and well-designed cafés, boutique stars and accommodations.

One of them, is the brand new Trace Hotelistro.

Details at TRACE Hotelistro rooms

We must admit, we do love Thai food. And this hotel combines, in a unique space:

  • Unbeatable location
  • Design
  • Delicious food
  • Warm-heart staff

Just below the Hotel, you will find the Thapae East Jazz Club. This Jazz Club with live music is one of Chiang Mai’s hidden gems.

Patio at TRACE HotelistroWe are Hostelgeeks, your shortcut to the most amazing hostels all over the world, the 5 Star Hostels.

Trace Hotelistro only has private rooms, but it is a budget friendly accommodation. Fear not, if you are traveling solo and would love to stay in a dorm, check out the other 5 Star Hostel in Chiang Mai, Oxotel Chiang Mai (don’t be fooled by the name, Oxotel is one of the top hostels in the world)

If you are traveling around Thailand, we have more hostels for you to fall in love with!

Here are the 5 Star Hostels in Thailand:

  • Happynest Hostel in Chiang Rai, home to the White temple and tasty clay pots
  • Yim Huai Khwang, the only 5 Star Hostel in Bangkok City
  • A design hostel which is the perfect starting point for going island hopping in Krabi, SleepClub Hostel
  • Mini Boxtel in Ao Nang, a female-only boutique hostel on the beach front

Also, don’t forget to read how to discover the best coffee places before your trip. Matt is crazy about coffee and we learned how to find the best places.

Believe us, the coffee scene in Chiang Mai is pretty epic.

Coffee and cake at TRACE Hotelistro

Coffee time at TRACE Hotelistro

Trace Hotelistro in Chiang Mai is a 5 Star Hostel because …

Let us introduce you to Trace Hotelistro.

1. Antique house meets boutique design

Located in an old building from the 19th in Taphae East, Trace Hotelistro is a tiny boutique hotel with only 6 beautifully designed private rooms made with love.

Old building, TRACE Hotelistro
The owners are a group of architect friends who decided to share their designed space with visitors from around the world. They do love the sharing culture of a hostel, but the space was not big enough to build dorms.

Therefore, they built 6 cute private rooms with shared bathrooms. This way, they aim to maintain the sharing culture and community feeling of a hostel.

To take advantage of the space, there are two separate bathrooms: one for women and one for men. In each bathroom you will find three showers and toilets, and a luminous mirror with washbasin to get ready before leaving the hotel.

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Beautiful bathroom at TRACE Hotelistro
In order to be sustainable, they aim to be as local as possible.

The chairs and furniture are all from local manufacturers. The communal table in the lounge belongs to Tock’s father (one of the owners).

TRACE Hotelistro table details

Table details when partying at TRACE Hotelistro
Tock wanted to bring the table to the hotel to add a community and family feeling. You can really notice the good vibes.

The ornamental furniture are all Thai handcrafted teak. And the lamps are actually bamboo bird cages.

It is a great idea to up-cycle the everyday objects, right? We collected 13 hostel design ideas that you can steal borrow. Get inspired by our 5 Star Hostels to take your home decor to the next level.

Lamp details at TRACE Hotelistro

Chill out in TRACE Hotelistro terrace

The only thing that is not locally produced are the mattresses. The team wanted to guarantee western comfort, and they know that Thai mattresses are considered hard for many western guests. That is why they bought soft, high-quality mattresses.

They simply wanted to ensure your satisfaction.

Here is our guide to all different hostel room types.

Cozy double room in TRACE HotelistroThey also aim to use local products for the hotel as well as the restaurant.

In their restaurant: craft beer, brewed coffee, cakes, and delicious Thai dishes let you discover the cuisine of the north, with coconut cutlery and Thai pottery.

 

Local drinks at TRACE Hotelistro in Chiang Mai

Tasty food at TRACE Hotelistro, Chiang Mai

In their hotel space: local furniture and products.

Even the cream and soap in the bathroom are from a Thai company. They smell like heaven by the way! They smell so good, we actually asked where to purchase these creams. And, you can get them directly at Trace Hotelistro.

There are other 5 Star Hostels which also offer catering facilities such as:

  • Lemon Rock Granada, vintage hostel with Bar and soul music in the beautiful city of Granada, Spain.
  • We Crociferi in Venice, a 5 Star Hostel in a former monastery with an in-house Bar and Restaurant.
  • Hopewell Lodge, the timber lush lodge in New Zealand, with its epic Mussels night and hand-made cinnamon rolls.

2. Food experience at home

This hotel is a new concept on the Chiang Mai scene. Trace Hotelistro is an accommodation option that combines: fantastic food and great design.

Sweet details at TRACE Hotelistro

Trace Hotelistro is located in Thapae East, an important place in Chiang Mai, where many venues are held. To get there, you have to walk the popular Thapae Road.

Look for Olé Mexican Restaurant as a reference. Once you get there, step into the patio. Trace Hotelistro is inside the building on your left, on top of the Thapae Jazz Club.

Great Hotel in Chiang Mai, TRACE Hotelistro

Once you get to Trace Hotelistro, you will be directly in the restaurant area.The door is over 200 years old. It has been refurbished with love and care.

On the left side of the bar, you will find the reception corner.

Maybe you would like to have a drink while you check-in? They have delicious creamy coffee, a great selection of craft beers and other drinks available.

Craft Beer at TRACE Hotelistro, Chiang Mai

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Just behind the restaurant, you will find the hotel area, separated by a door to guarantee the guest’s rest and to restrict the access.

Leave your shoes on the shelf in the left corner, put on a pair of slippers, and embrace the Thai home feeling.

Trace Hotelistro has been carefully decorated to evoke a home feeling. The doors are the original doors of the house. You will find many Thai teak and bamboo decorative elements all around. The design is modern and clean.

Even though some rooms are small, you won’t feel trapped.

TRACE Hotelistro double room

Hand-made desk at TRACE Hotelistro

Just hang it! TRACE Hotelistro

They did an amazing job with the lighting to make you feel cozy and relaxed.

The comfy rooms have also been decorated with wood and teak, with lovely small touches such a mirror, hangers, bamboo lamps, a desk and a good soft mattress.

Details at TRACE Hotelistro rooms

Soft mattress at TRACE Hotelistro, Chiang Mai

For those who have been traveling for long around South East Asia, you will sleep like a baby on these beds. We did not realize we were missing a soft mattress so much until we slept here.

3. Thai Design in an old refurbished house

This hotel is one of the oldest buildings in the city of Chiang Mai. Located on the Thapae road, the location could not be more central.

Thapae Gate was the gate through which diplomats, traders, and visiting monks passed when they had business in the city. Taphae East it is still the main center of Chiang Mai’s public city activities and festivals today.

Around this area, you will find top end handicraft boutiques, antique shops as well as restaurants and bars opening up. One of the best Italian restaurants in Chiang Mai is just in front of Trace Hotelistro.

Tasty pizza in Chiang Mai

There are also many street festivals held on Thapae road: concerts, buskers, stalls, and other forms of entertainment. The famous Night Bazar is just 300 meters away – close enough to enjoy it, far enough to not hear it when sleeping.

You can also kick-off your bike tour through the Old Town from here.

It is crucial to the team to maintain the local connection. Thankfully, the hotel is placed just above one of the most local Jazz Clubs, Taphae East. There, tourist and locals meet, reunited by jazz music.

When the Jazz Club hosts a concert, you can just move downstairs to the patio or even stay in the restaurant. The staff will open the windows and turn off their music so you can enjoy the live music. It is like having a private concert at dinner.

This reminds us of the 5 Star Hostel in Vienna, Hostel Ruthensteiner. Here, the music is also an important element which has connected travelers all around the world.

Note: for music lovers, check out this article about best places to hear live music.

For more inspiration, we recommend following guides.

4. Family feeling with Thai Food

As mentioned before, this hotel comes only with 6 rooms. It is a small cozy place, full of family vibes. You will get this family feeling as soon as you cross the threshold. The staff will welcome you with a big smile.

During our stay in Trace Hotelistro, many curious people just came to see what was inside the building. All of them, guests and visitors, were welcomed and invited to spend time in the restaurant area.

Come in! TRACE Hotelistro

The restaurant is also used a common area where guests can simply relax, talk to the staff, use the wifi and meet other fellow travelers. A sofa, a community table, and good vibes make it simple to connect with other guests.

In-house Restaurant at TRACE Hotelistro

Smiley Nanda with guests at TRACE Hotelistro

Trace Restaurant also offer tasty food, amazing cakes and one of the best coffees we tried in Chiang Mai. Ask for the brewed coffee, and if available, a piece of cake.

As it is newly opened, there are still not many customers coming to the restaurant, but we have no doubt it will be successful, the food is so tasty!

Hand-made cakes at TRACE Hotelistro

5. Warm smiley heart

Thai people are known for their smiles and that is exactly what you will find in Trace Hotelistro: Smiling, friendly staff that will help you with any issue you might have.

Smiley Wasa at TRACE Hotelistro

Met our great friends Nanda and Wasa. We spent much time with Wasa during our 1 month stay.

Wasa and Nanda, members of team, love to chat with the guests. They are very curious about the western lifestyle. Nevertheless, they won’t approach you, as it is part of their culture to respect other people’s space.

Take a seat, ask them to join, and enjoy a chit-chat with the staff. You will discover lots of facts about Thai culture and Chiang Mai itself.

The staff are always willing to improve. Therefore, do not hesitate to ask any question you might have. The hotel has only been running since early 2017 and the ratings on booking platforms are great. They like to hear any recommendations people might have. Feel free to talk to them about your ideas.

Luminous room in Chiang Mai, TRACE Hotelistro

Also, they can help you organize tours, day trips, or even with renting a motorbike. They work together with Oxotel, the other 5 Star Hostel in Chiang Mai. They have experience in tourism and know what kind of things tourists want to see in the area. Ask them for any information you might need.

Here you can find all tours and activities in Chiang Mai.

Aside from this outstanding accommodation, we have discovered more unique quality hostels in Thailand:

  • SleepClub Hostel in Krabi, this design hostel is the perfect starting point for going island hopping in Thailand.
  • Yim Bangkok, the only 5 Star Hostel in Bangkok, Thailand’s capital
  • In Chiang Rai, check out the inspiring boutique Hostel Happynest

In a nutshell, we love it here and we are always looking forward to coming back. To meet out friends, eat great food and be welcome like at a family home. We are convinced you would love it here as well.

Enjoy Trace, enjoy Chiang Mai!

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