The hotel is built on stilts and is only accessible by boat. Lovely place, the room is all bamboo, but with a comfortable bed with mosquito net, and a modern bathroom. Very thin walls though, and every noise travels through. The cottages are arranged in a horseshoe shape with the reception and restaurant in the middle. Our room is right on the end as far away from the reception as you can get. Have they heard about my coughing? Wooden walkways connect the rooms, and there is electricity! All mod cons.
I found the following charming English description of the hotel on a Burmese web-site:
"Built with the one of the ends of the lake Inle, the first hotel on pile, from where one will fully appreciate life on the lake.
Very sufficient comfort, with mosquito net and shower rooms into hard, elegant covering each bed."
The hotel Thande is lovely. We've got river front bungalows and the rooms are almost ready for us when we arrive. It's a very friendly hotel, the staff meet us on the steps with the key every time we return from an outing.
I spend a lot of time in bed in this hotel, as I am already suffering from bronchitis when I get an outbreak of dysentry. Thank goodness for antibiotics!
One of the best hotels in Bagan. All the rooms are chalet style, there is a lovely outdoor restuarant serving good food (I managed one spoon full of chicken soup before I had to run)
The hotel is blessed with a wonderful view of the Pindaya Cave complex from every little chalet in the grounds. The main reception and restaurant buildings are rather grand but have a somewhat run-down feel to them. The rooms are large, everything is made from wood, and there is a small terrace front and back.
I is bloody cold in the night, only 8ºC in the room! We commented on the temperature in the room to Aye Mae, who suggested we ask in the reception for a fire. They only have one fire between 46 rooms, and we've got it! Not that it makes that much difference. It is very odd, more like an infrared lamp than a fire, but it does increase the temperature from 8º to 11ºC overnight. Big deal!
The problem with visiting any country during festival time, is the awful music that is playing from the cave complex until the early hours. I don't know what time it finishes, I finally fall asleep. The music starts up again at 5am in the morning.
Built on an 15 acre site
Lush tropical gardens
24 hour room service
Individually controlled air-conditioning (no heating)
Satelite TV with 14 channels
Hot and cold shower and bath tub
The boat is lovely, all constrcuted of teak, old fashioned by with all mod cons. All the cabins face outwards to the prominade deck where there are a couple of loungers outside for looking at the passing scenery.
The boat was built in Scotland in 1947, it is no longer steam powered, but up until the late 1990s it carried local cargo and passengers. Now tastefully converted, its has retained many period furniture and a collection of historic artefacts, prints and antiques.
Three meals a day are included, and jolly good they are too. All shore excursions are also included.
This is a popular hotel in Bagan, with an unrivalled location. The deluxe river view bungalows are best, as from the adjacent terrace you have a perfect view of the sun setting over the Irrawaddy .
The restaurant serves good food and has a nightly traditional puppet show. The hotel is set in beautiful gardens and if the weather is good, breakfast is served in the garden. The recent addition of a swimming pool has ensured that this property remains the best choice in town.
It is a rather nice hotel, with a lovely swimming pool set in a courtyard. The room is large and smells beautifully of citrus every time we arrive back. The reception is large and airy, there is a bar and shopping arcade. We like this hotel. The staff are friendly, and always seem to know which room you are in.
An ols state-owned hotel, it's now under private management.
Located in 5 acres of garden
Remote-controlled air conditioning
Private bath and shower
In-house music and video
Mini bar and refridgerator
Tourist Information Desk
Fully equipped gym
Outdoor swimming pool
Floodlit tennis courts
24 hour doctor on call
Laundry / Dry cleaning services
Swan cafe with Western and asian Food
Hot Pot Suki Restaurant with Asian Fondue
Peking Restaurant for Chinese, Thai and Burmese dishes
Terrace bar for breakfast and buffet lunch
Kim's bar and Carioke
The hotel is a boring square block, right next to the railway station. It's got an outside glass lift, but I think that is the only redeeming feature - apart from the view of course. From the room we can see Shwedagon, all lit up and glowing in the distance.
I really don't like the hotel, and the breakfast doesn't improve my impression: there is a cold buffet - cold toast, cold fried eggs, cold sausages!
Over 150 rooms
Individually controlled air conditioning
En-suite facilities with bath tub
Beauty and hair salon
The hotel at the summit is nowhere near as bad as Nunu had made out. It is basic but adequate with a very comfortable bed and en suite bathroom with hot water. What more could you ask for?
The view from the terraces more than made up for any lack of luxury - the Golden Rock.
we were very lucky as we went in july, the low season.. so, when we checked in to paramount, we were given an upgrade to the bangalows (usd45) on the water for the usd30 that we paid.. :) we had one a great stay here.. definitely a must.. :)
the staff here is very nice, attentive and friendly.. by the time we left, we knew most of their names! one guy accompanied us on our boat trip for the whole day and refused any tips from us at the end of the day.. the rooms are fantastic.. with a view of life on the lake passing by.. food in the resort is delicious and reasonably priced.. really nothing to complain.. perfect place to just kick back and relax.. :)
Be aware that most upscale hotels and guest houses are either government owned or owned by a relative of a high ranking official. If you don't want your money to go to the burmese government, make sure there is no connection. All guidebooks provide several options and sometimes it is very easy to ascertain. A prime location is always an indication of a connection.
This small hotel is situated opposite to the Sedona hotel in Mandalay. The room that we had was quite cramp. There's not much space left for us to put our luggage. There's a king-sized bed, a TV, a bar fridge, a small cupboard not for clothes in the room and not much space to walk around already.
As for service, it was better at other hotels.
We paid USD20 for one nite, and on our last nite, USD16. If you bargain, the manager will always try to add extra USD1. I will give other hotels a try if I visit Mandalay again...
The housekeeping is very efficient. Everytime we leave the room, our room seemed to be cleaned and if the bed was messed up, they will make our bed. It's not only once in the morning. It will be throughout the day depending on how many times you went back to the hotel.
In the morning, we will see someone polishing the parquet floor. It's every morning. The parquet floor is very smooth and look waxed. It can get a little slippery if you are not careful.
Ouside the hotel, there will be many blue taxis and trishaws waiting for business. Just walk across the road to catch a glimpse of the lake around Mandalay Palace.
I stayed in Thante (Thande)hotel, Old Bagan for 3 nights. Booked through Internet (www.stayxs.com), it was 24 USD for a standard double room in bungalow with wooden floor, a/c, TV, patio, surrounded by lush gardens.
It is located on Irrawaddy river bank: the breakfast ( a lot of food) is served right at the river bank, so you can enjoy the VIEW (really amazing!!!). The hotel has a nice swimming pool. Thante hotel has probably the best location in old Bagan, you can easily walk to many temples (I also walked to Myinkaba village, I guess it was less than 30 min). A horse cart to Nyaung-U is 1000Kt. Horse cart rented by hour: 1000Kt per hour.
Excellent location, very close to many temples, beautiful garden.
If you've had a great time in a hotel/guesthouse where ever, do leave a tip for the hotel staff. I know a fair few places in Burma where the hotel staff is on duty 12 hours a day, 7 days a week and they earn less then 8 dollars a month (10.000 ks). Ok, most of the time they have accomodation in the hotel (The places i've seen where they do sleep ranges from a tiny dirty room that they have to share to a bench in the reception area or even a mat on the floor there) and it is usual that the hotel provides the food.
The guys gladly run any errand for you (like getting cigarettes, beer, food). So do leave them a little something (we usually give about 1500 - 2000 ks per person depending on how long we stayed at the place and how many errands they've run) and buy them an occasional beer.
The picture of the Garden hotel as shown here doesn't mean that it is here amongst others that the guys earn this little. I don't know for sure. though i wouldn't be too surprised if they do earn around $10 a month. But as said, i don't know this for sure (yet).
This is the perfect hotel for your stay in Bagan. The place is beautiful, rooms are nice and clean, and it has a pool !! It's located on the edge of town, so there is not so much noise and traffic here. There is a nice restaurant and also a bakery on the premises. The staff are very nice and helpful as well. There is no better way to wind down from a hot dusty day biking around the temples than to have a refreshing swim in the pool. Bicycle rentals are available here also. I rented my bike for my 4 day stay (about $3 per day), and kept it parked on the porch outside my room.
Rooms have TVs, nice beds, phones. One very unique thing was the matching blue sink, bathtub and toilet in the bathrooms...VERY COOL
We had afternoon tea here. It was amazing.
One of the 'Small Luxury Hotels of the World', the Savoy Hotel is situated within walking distance of the Shwedagon Pagoda. The 30 rooms are air- conditioned and decorated in colonial style with wood and rattan. Cafe Yangon serves traditional British afternoon tea, Kipling's Restaurant is a mixture of east and west and the Captain's Bar is set by the palm-fringed pool. As you would expect from any member of this hotel group, the service is first class.
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