Strand Hotel, Rangoon

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Strand Road, Rangoon +00 95 1 243 377

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    Live the high life.

    by planxty Updated Oct 19, 2013

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    The Strand Hotel is nothing short of a national landmark. It speaks of a time all but gone, and is the very height of colonial refinement. It is almost inevitably equated with the Raffles Hotel in Singapore, and it is very impressive inside and out following a multi million pound refurbishment a few years ago. I'm told it even has a steam driven lift (elevator)! Apparently, Mick Jagger stays here when he's in town.

    With rooms starting at over 400 USD I'm not suggesting that you actually stay here, unless you are on an expense account or extremely rich. However, as a small "splurge" it's nice to visit the extremely pleasant bar which is open to non-residents. The surroundings are lovely, with a baby grand piano and a half-size snooker table serving as a pool table, and the service, as you might imagine, is superb.

    It is certainly a lot more expensive than other places in Yangon, but not outrageously so. the draught beer is 2 USD a glass (it is about 35 cents in a normal bar) but this still works out about the same price as London.

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    Drinks at the Strand

    by albaaust Written Sep 7, 2006

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    Toasting a great trip

    Every Friday night from 5.30-10.30pm half price drinks are offered at the Strand - a perfect way to end a wonderful trip.

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  • Dec 3, 2012 at 12:36 AM

    I stayed at the Strand awhile back - it's still a bit down in the mouth and much of it is truly tired looking, but with history like that, who cares? It's perfectly acceptable and the renovations done by Aman, who dumped it after a short period when they made no money at all from it, are serviceable and still there. Noteworthy are Aman's gray upholstery - very serviceable but chic nonetheless. The food is a bit blah and the service is genial but limited, but in Burma, the food sadly is commonly a bit blah anyway. Still, you can feel The Strand was beloved by the people of Rangoon and has played an important role in receiving dignitaries from everywhere. Tokyo's august, legendary Imperial Hotel operated The Strand during World War II, but after the war the place was a genuine mess (my first stay there was 34 years ago, when the bathtubs were rusting and nothing worked properly); it's better now but it's nowhere anywhere as confident ,nor as brash or self-promoting, as the tediously grandmotherly Raffles in Singapore, which is a theme park celebrating itself.

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