With an ever-increasing number of digital nomads, remote workers, location independent workers or whatever the newest term they are using these days is, there is always hot demand for working and meeting space.
Personally, I don’t like working in a café or a restaurant. I often find myself getting distracted by all the different smells, noises and that always avoidable loudmouth on the phone. Working at home is really good but unless I am living in a suite apartment I find it very difficult to make the transition from bed to the ‘office’ and back to bed again.
There has been a decent influx of co-working spaces and alternative areas around Chiang Mai. I am a huge fan of working in a co-working space. I find it’s a great way to meet like-minded people, get more productive and get that real office feel that some of us need.
If you are anything like me, you like to spend your days working in the morning, then lurking the neighbourhoods of a city trying to find new and exciting food & places to hang out. This is where we managed to stumble across one of Chiang Mai’s newest and in my opinion coolest hotels / co-working spaces.
Nestled halfway down an unassuming street near to Chiang Mai’s Boxing Stadium and beloved Myeongdong hot pot restaurant is a space called Isty Hotel.
This hotel opened recently in the last week of January 2018. We were lucky enough to spend the day hanging out at this hotel at the end of January, just before this brand new hotel opened for business. This is what we thought.
When you first walk in the first thing you will notice is the giant communal driftwood table. This thing is amazing, located in the main lobby it is an inviting open area. Perfect for eating breakfast, having a meeting or getting some work done. The rest of the lobby is a modern combination of concrete, brick, wood and metal. Which to be honest is actually really warm and welcoming.
The Co Working Space
The co-working space is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen. They offer their own brand water for free, lots & lots of fresh fruit on platters. This is paired very well with a selection of plants and other greenery around the space. They have comfortable chairs, a tonne of desk space/power points and I could not forget the amazing view of the pool. They also have a bookshelf with a decent selection of biographies, inspirational books and other knick-knacks in case you are looking for some inspiration mid work session.
Next to the co-working space, they have a communal kitchen for the guests who are staying. This is a super clean brand new kitchen. A very well stocked kitchen with all the essentials, every appliance you can think of and gorgeous wood bench tops.
Throughout the whole place, they have some really rad inspirational quotes made out of metal on the walls. This flows right through from the entrance way, to the pool, co-working space, lobby, hallways and rooftop. A really nice touch!
Their rooftop is one of the coolest in Chiang Mai. It has comfortable astroturf, amazing views of the mountains, and the amazing Myeongdong & Lakjum Moomtuk hotpot restaurants. Thanks to the owners also owning a furniture store they have an endless supply of the worlds most comfortable and quirky furniture throughout the hotel. The roof has a fantastic selection of bean bags, human cat beds and bar seats.
The rooms are super modern, comfortable rooms. Compared to other rooms we have seen at a similar price point we have seen these are very spacious, comfortable and liveable.
Our favourite part of the whole place (aside from the roof) was the nets that hang from the second floor above the check-in desk. I can only describe them as the trampolines on a catamaran. These are a cool addition and something that I have never seen inside a hotel before.
All & all we had an awesome time hanging out at the Isty Hotel. Its now one of our favourite rooftop gardens & co-working spaces in Chiang Mai. We love the unique furniture and feel of the place. We plan on heading back to Chiang Mai in late 2018, we can’t wait to hang out here and get some work done!
(Just kidding we want to hang out on the roof and swing around in the net!)