- Reviews: 3975
GRAND UNITED (CHINATOWN): TWICE IS NICE
I stayed at the Grand United – Chinatown on my first and last nights in Burma. This is an excellent hotel as long as you are fine with a hotel in a very busy area. The hotel has a saying of ‘Embrace the Buzz’. Chinatown and its car traffic are always buzzing. When I arrived here I was greeted warmly and shown to my room. The room was large. It had a sort of living room with furniture, large desk, a good bed and a reasonable bathroom. Plenty of room to stretch out and relax. The only issue was the traffic outside. Having said that, when I turned up my excellent air conditioning, I couldn’t hear the road anymore.
The room (401) was excellent and had nice things like a cold fridge and flip flops for the bathroom and tile floors. The staff were most helpful and the location was excellent. Chinatown is a very vibrant area day and night. In the evening you have night time outdoor food markets in the street. In the morning you have outdoor pop-up restaurants for a hearty breakfast. There is also an amazing collection of great restaurants and bars. Never a dull moment.
The breakfast room, with a very good breakfast buffet, is located on the roof. From here you have excellent views of the local area. I paid an extra $20 for the rooftop Penthouse Suite. Actually, I liked my room and bathroom on a lower floor better. The Suite was large with 2 living room areas, but the bathroom was smaller and had no way to vent steam.
Both of my stays were pleasant and I am happy to recommend Grand United. They actually have 3 properties and if you stay in all 3 – you get gifts and discounts!
• 24 well appointed and air-conditioned rooms
• Rooftop restaurant and breakfast buffet (included in the room price)
• In the heart of Chinatown
• Superior Double Room with Street/City View (186.86 sqft/17.36 sq m)
• Deluxe Twin/Double with Street/City View (251.01 sqft/23.32 sq m)
• Penthouse (Special) Room (279.86 sqft/26.00 sq m)
• Air-conditioned, fridge and furniture
• Free high-speed Wi-Fi Internet access.
• 24 hour room service and electrical supply
• Complimentary buffet breakfast
• Hair Dryer, toiletries
• Mini-bar with drinks, noodle cup, potato chips and Coffee/tea-making facilities
• Satellite/cable LED television, Writing desk, Telephone, Electronic safe
- Reviews: 3975
HOTEL MANDALAY: FAIR TO MIDDLING
I chose the Mandalay Hotel because it was in between U Bein's Bridge and central Mandalay. In retrospect I would have chosen a hotel closer to Mandalay Palace. Don't get me wrong, this is a nice hotel. Its decor and feel is a bit basic, but it makes up for this in other ways. The rooms are reasonably sized and the beds or good. You will have a quiet night's sleep. The rooms have everything you need including loads of excellent toiletries. The mini bar was cold, there was reasonable furniture, plenty of hot water and coffee/tea on my large desk. The rooms will never win a design award, but they, and the hotel, are spotlessly clean. Breakfast was a combination of hot and cold dishes and a cooking station for eggs. Not bad at all.
Hotel Mandalay is a good solid choice that is overpriced - like all tourist hotels here - by local standards. They do have lots of facilities including a swimming pool and tour operator.
* 50 rooms and 20 Royal Suites, quiet, good beds
* Free Wi-Fi
* Fitness Centre, Swimming Pool
* Spa-foot Massage, Beauty Saloon
* Free Parking, Shuttle Bus service
* Souvenir Shop, Bicycle rental service, Laundry service, 24 hour room service
* Air Conditioning, Satellite TV, Mini Bar, IDD Telephone, free Wi-Fi, coffee/tea
* Shower and bath, great toiletries
FOOD & DRINK:
* Dining hall, European, Chinese and Myanmar cuisine. Several. Buffet breakfast
* Romantic Bar
* Internet , E-mail, Meeting Room
- Reviews: 3975
BAGAN THANDE HOTEL: HISTORY, ROMANCE AND NATURE
The hotel began as a two storey building built in 1922 for a visit from the then Prince of Wales. He later became King Edward VIII and abdicated in 1936. The original building is now 2 luxury suites and is the only colonial era building in Ancient Bagan City. I booked this hotel because of this connection and the great reviews. Arriving was amazing. The taxi drove past several ancient pagodas and into beautiful tropical gardens. The room was small, but very comfortable and even had its own porch and chairs to sit outside and enjoy the gardens. The swimming pool was surrounded by tropical plans and more ancient pagodas. The restaurant sits right on the Ayeyawaddy River and offered good breakfast buffets and amazing river views every day. This hotel is excellent. It’s a long walk to any restaurants, but that is the only drawback. It is beautiful, historic, and the staff are very friendly. The hotel is in natural gardens and we even had a resident owl when I stayed here. An excellent choice.
The hotel is MUCH cheaper if you book direct with them – but you must do this well in advance. They keep rooms reserved for sales through AGODA.com and the prices are a lot higher if you end up using them.
• The historic first hotel in Bagan
• 1 River Suite, 2 Prince of Wales Suites, 44 Deluxe rooms, 20 Superior and 11 Economy
• Large gardens to explore, dine in or have a drink by the Ayeyarwaddy River
• Beautiful pool area with its own temple
• Buffet Breakfast is included
• ATM/cash machine on site
• Free Wi-Fi (in the lobby)
• Excellent location
• Guest library
• 24 hour room service, laundry (next day)
• Quiet – absolute tranquillity
• Tours, car hire, free parking
The hotel has 3 Suites, 44 Deluxe rooms, 20 Superior and 11 Economy rooms. All rooms have:
• Good mattresses and all are quiet and have a porch
• Air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms, TV, safes, coffee/tea
• Bathrooms with bathtub/shower, good toiletries
FOOD & DRINK
• Acacia Shade Restaurant – riverside dining (breakfast, lunch, diner)
• Panorama Bar – overlooking the river as well
• Beautiful outdoor pool, hot tub
• Bicycle rentals
• Spa with full treatments, massage
• Business Center and Conference facilities
• A taxi from the airport is about $7
- Reviews: 120
Winner Hotel, Kalaw: Good location
The rooms were clean, wood floor and panelling. Beds were fine. Bathroom a little tired and had to use the hand shower whilst sitting in bath. Kettle. Wifi. Fridge that didn't work. Yes, the hotel has been added to which makes the stairs interesting.
Very damp climate means washing doesn't dry - try leaving your bedroom window open in daytime.
Continental breakfast, eggs to order, noodles on request. Lovely lady called Ma Thin Thin Aye served us. Good view from balcony of the monks coming down from the hill.
Yes there are dogs. There are stray dogs everywhere in Myanmar. You are also a short walk from the centre of town.
Close to centre.
- Reviews: 120
Asia Plaza: Convenient
After reading reviews, I was prepared for the worst. However it was quite acceptable: we had a large room with kettle & fridge, Aljazeera on cable. Got the room attendant to change the set up from a king bed to two singles. Bathroom bit tired but clean and with a shower curtain (uncommon in Myanmar).
Front rooms overlook station and can be noisy as no double glazing but you can see the Shwedagon Pagoda. Lift can get busy but it has a glass wall so you can enjoy the view once you are in it.
We were told breakfast starts at 6.30am but we chanced it at 6.15am on our day of departure and it was a hive of tourists. The buffet does not have any lamps/candles under the "hot" food but didn't bother me. Yes, staff need a bit of training and food needs replacing but I guess standards will improve.
Wifi in the rooms was a pleasant surprise.
View of the Shwedagon from the top floor restaurant/balcony.
Ruby Mart (supermarket) just up street.
- Reviews: 63
Thiri Marlar: Good location and room rates
Very nice hotel just out of the center of New Bagan. Nice, clean rooms and breakfast is served on the roof, overlooking the pagodas.
Friendly and helpfull staff.
- Reviews: 116
Kandawgyi Palace Hotel: Stunning view of the Shwedagon Pagoda
I had the most wonderful experience at this hotel. I even loved the way the power would go off unexpectedly. The staff here were very efficient and went out of their way to help you. Breakfast is fabulous and I loved the giant dinosaur in th garden. The view of the pagoda is stunning - both day and night.
Pool is great - there is a wonderful outdoor bar. This place is really unique.
- Reviews: 10
Amazing Bagan Resort (Bagan Golf Resort): Wonderful Oasis in Bagan
Not far from anywhere, a quick trip from the airport and only 20 minutes to most temples by bicycle. Very reasonable price for a fantastic clean room, friendly and helpful service, lovely environment, great pool, complimentary bicycle usage, etc. We had to leave early for our plane on the last day before the regular breakfast hours so they prepared a hot breakfast box for us to take.
- Reviews: 1274
inn wa guest house in bagan: inn wa guest house in bagan
cheap but very clean, in center of bagan, excellent friendly service..you get bikes to rent in a couple of seconds...or any info you need
they allow to stay also unmarried couples to stay in one room, not like some others around where they only want to make more money
- Reviews: 1274
MAY FAIR INN YANGON: MAY FAIR INN YANGON
situated in heart of downtown yangon
24 huor satellit tv video and telefone service available
bathroom with hot water
friendly helpful reception..excellent location very good priced
- Reviews: 6
Park Royal Yangaon: good Hotel
We came out of the airport saw a lady carrying a placard with our name. When we identified ourselves she said she is the chauffer send by Park Royal hotel where we had booked. Her name is Saji. Saji is a short and sweet lady and she was driving a big Toyota van. All the way from airport to hotel she gave us a non stop commentary on Yangon and when I say nonstop I really mean it! This hotel is located in Alan Pya Phaya road,Dagon township and is very near to Thai Airways office.This is a highly reputed hotel in Yangon and has a reputation for excellent service.
We checked into the Orchid club and here our Room charge was around 80 USD if I remember correctly.We hired a Merc from the hotel for sight seeing at 25 USD/hr with Saji again as our chauffer and guide. Again it was non stop commentary from her.
Yangon is a very clean and a beautiful city and full of Pagodas,the most famouse one is the Sule Pagoda.Unfortunately there is a severe shortage of electric supply and in the evening there are virtually no street lights.This hotel is very near the city center and the famous Scot market.
The lounge in the Orchid club provides you with the Internet facilities (of course this facility is dependent on the mood of the Junta) and around the clock free snacks !There are host of other facilities that you get in Orchid club, please check their web site. The staff were excellent and very helpfull.
This hotel has everything from swimming pool to tennis court to multi gym to spa to business centre etc etc.
- Reviews: 1
Kandawgyi Palace Hotel: situated on the Royal Lake in the center of Yangon
i went to burma last year. i live 1 week there.. 4 days at kandawgyi palace hotel.
i think that is nice hotel in yangon myanamr.
You shold be stay at http://www.kandawgyipalacehotel.com .
i copied hotel description for you.
The 208 room Kandawgyi Palace Hotel is situated on the Royal Lake in the center of Yangon. The hotel is next to the Kandawgyi Park, and it is within 2 minutes reach of the world famous Shwedagon Pagoda, 5 minutes to the city center and in close vicinity of major shopping & sightseeing spots.
The hotel, constructed with Golden Teak Wood, is built in traditional Myanmar architecture style. The hotel grounds consists of a beautiful natural "Rain Forrest" Garden with trees that are over a hundred years old. The Royal Bungalows with its private swimming pool and jacuzzi, is a must for those who are looking for a romantic vacation.
Masi Private Dining
Oriental Health SPA
Baby Sitting Service
24 hours Room Service
Luggage Storage Room
Doctor on Call
Dry Cleaning, Laundry & Valet
Executive Business Lounge
Chauffeur Driven limousine
Private Digital Safe Deposit Box in Rooms
Swimming Pool with Jacuzzi in Garden Setting
Local and Select International Newspapers
Thiri Cafe & Terrace
Eastern & Western Speciality Thai
Rain Forest, Lobby Lounge & Bar
Cocktails, Hi Tea and Snacks
Health & Fusion Restaurant
Naga Pool Terrace & Bar
Cocktails, Beverages & Snacks
Lake View Restaurant
Light Chinese food
The Members Club
Lounge & Karaoke
Myanmar Culture Show
- Reviews: 3
Asia Plaza Hotel: Good Hotel-Convenient location
A good clean hotel with nice views of the city and Shwedagon Pagoda (from the higher floors). This hotel is conveniently located, a 10 minute walk from the Sule Pagoda and Municipal building.
$20 (Sgl) & $25 (Dbl)-2007 rates, and includes B/F.
Night-Club in hotel basement.
- Reviews: 428
MV Philkade: Luxury liveaboard
As usual, I wanted to be one of the very few divers going to a particular dive site. I don't want to share with many divers as I want to see more fish instead of more arms and legs. So I chose MV Philkade which only carries a maximum of 12 divers.
On my trip, there was only 9 guests which was great. The boat was very spacious, huge and well-appointed. Food was good though the spicyness of the Thai food has been watered down to suit the "farang"'s tastebuds.
The best room is of course the Master Cabin which is monstrous in size with big panel windows so that you can see almost 360 degrees of the wonderful view outside. On the other hand, the standard room where I stayed was average, pretty small comparatively and the bathroom was not as clean as it should be.
Priced at US$1990 for 6D/5N twin sharing basis in standard room (all-inclusive).
See MV Philkade travelogue for a peek into the boat interior and exterior.
Lots of space
- Reviews: 3
Shwe Hin Tha Hotel: Looked Like Great Bargain Hotel in Ngwe Saun
I unfortunately didn't stay at this hotel, because I had pre-paid reservations at another one. But after discovering this hotel, I spent a good deal of time on two days hanging out on their beach and in their restaurant.
A helpful expedition planner whom I met named Tom Tom has his office in this hotel. The hotel consists of lush looking, meticulous grounds, with the buildings having a thatched-hut look as well as a masonry component. The rooms looked clean and well maintained. Although I think the usual price for a single is $15 per night, they offered me one for $10 (the place I stayed was not nearly so nice, and had been paid $45 per night!).
I was told that staff from the US embassy in Yangon had checked out the day before I arrived, and that staff from the Russian embassy are occasional guests (I mention it because presumably these people are "in the know"). The hotel is probably in the class of backpacker or budget travelers. Several of the staff speak good english and were very engaging to talk to, very helpful with information and clearly taking pride in their hotel. It seemed to me that most of the guests at the time I was there were couples who largely kept to themselves.
The hotel is several kilometers outside of the main village of Ngwe Saung (motorcycle or Trishaw taxis from the town cost around $1.25 as of Feb-08). This section of the beach looks most beautiful to me, and abuts on a peninsula of land jutting out into the Bay of Bengal that becomes an island a high tide.
I will definitely try to stay at this hotel the next time I'm in the area, as it seems a great bargain and likely to be a afun experience.
Note that I didn't actually spend a night here though, despite my glowing endorsement ;-)
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