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Sa-chan

Follow my free advice and avoid it

1.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 11 Jul 2020via mobile
Where to start?
I guess I should start with the only good thing about this hotel: the view from the deluxe rooms and the restaurant. End of the good things.

We booked this hotel for two nights. They had a promotion: deluxe double room for 70 000 kyats (51 $) the first night, second night 50% discount.
When we checked in, we found out that the rooms were far away from what it was expected from a 4 stars hotel. Bed sheets, pillows full of stains (check the pictures). The glass door and windows dirty. We went to check the swimming pool. Dirty as you can see it on the picture. It has nothing to do with what you see on Booking.com. So the worst about that swimming pool is that anyone who comes and pays an entrance fee of 5000 kyats (around 4$) can come and take pictures around it. This makes it crowded, loud, messy, dirty and you feel you’re in a zoo. They find it normal that all locals gather in there for 4$ on the same level as the hotel guests who pay 50$. On top of everything, they clean it from leaves only in the morning before 7:00 am. The weather was bad and very windy so the leaves were falling all the time. Somebody should be checking it from time to time during the day like people do in 4 stars hotels.
To be honest, I wouldn’t have agreed to swim in there even without leaves and dust. The water was obviously dirty. There was no transparency at all.
For all these reasons, we decided to cancel our booking for the second night and left the next day.
The cherry on the cake! No hot water! We complained about it and they sent somebody to check it. They said all is done and they’ll come back to check it again 30 min later. We agreed and left the room to go and visit the surroundings. When we came back, I thought all was solved so I decided to pay for the night. Later I checked the water and it was still cold. In the morning, same thing. And believe me, it’s pretty fresh and humid in the morning.

When we checked out, we told them about it. No apologies, no discount. Nothing!
Just these words: « Please, write a review so the management can see it. It’s hard for us in this season. We don’t have enough people to check everything. » Saying that it’s ridiculous isn’t saying anything.

Now about the breakfast. Seriously, in Myanmar, you get a better breakfast in Many guest houses for less than 20$. So the breakfast in here was a choice of fried rice, fried noodles or fried vermicelli. People who prefer a European breakfast can get a toast with a microscopic portion of butter on a small dish that is obviously too big for it. A little portion of jam. One egg and coffee.
They don’t serve anything more. No fruits, no veggies in Myanmar where these are the cheapest things ever! My local friend heard something about fresh juice from other guests so she asked for fresh juice and only then we had two small glasses of fresh juice. They didn’t say anything about it in the beginning.

This hotel is a real trap. It’s far from everything and the road to it is really bad (check the pictures). If you’re hungry, you’ll have to try their restaurant with astronomical prices! See the picture of the room service menu. You’ll find the same prices at the restaurant. Believe me, it’s never worth it in Myanmar when it’s that expensive. A local tomatoe salad for 6$ is above all words. This salad costs everywhere between 1 and 2.5 $.

Conclusion: If you want to enjoy your stay in Popa, better to choose the Popa Garden View. It’s closer to everything and more recent. At least, if you’re not happy with their restaurant, you can easily get to the nearest city or other restaurants on the way. And it’s closer to Taung Kalat.
Date of stay: July 2020
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Reviewed 2 March 2020 via mobile

The views and serenity are beyond words. Very good and safe hotel. Clean facilities. Wi-Fi is only available in the restaurant and reception. But who needs Wi-Fi in this amazing tranquil place. Good restaurant and food options. Alcoholic beverages are also very nice. Try some of their cocktails. Fantastic service from staff too.

Date of stay: February 2020
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Reviewed 22 February 2020 via mobile

if you like to Enjoy the scenery.
But do not expect friendly People like everywhere Else in Myanmar. You have to Pay 100 US $ but now they start to Fool you as much as possible. Charge for everything prices like in Europe. 11 $ for a simple Curry?!? 4 $ for a small Beer!?! And you are at the end of nowhere.
No Cappuccino for breakfast if you do not like to Pax extra?!?
Schade, dass gibt dem ganzen eine säuerliche Note.

Date of stay: February 2020
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
2  Thank soda1166
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Reviewed 16 February 2020

We were taken here for lunch after our tour of Mount Popa. The scenery is absolutely breathtaking from the restaurant. Staff are kind and attentive. There is plenty to choose from - the menu caters for all. It is a lot pricier than anywhere we have been - each meal would be US$12 and above. The meal is not bad - I had the Myanmar curry and my children had the pasta. Only mean below this would be starters. View is however breathtaking

Date of stay: February 2020
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 February 2020

Quite expensive and the food was ok but for a place like this should be much better. Lovely views of Popa when you are eating .
BEWARE, there is a big con where they charge you $2 entry into the restaurant and say it’s for a warm can of Pepsi !! We we’re made to pay as we were told we did not have a reservation, the place was empty not one person eating there yet they insisted that we pay an entry fee to the restaurant!!
We later found out that this is a scam and we should not have paid !

Date of stay: February 2020
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank Mike P
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Reviewed 10 February 2020 via mobile

Deluxe room with clear view of Mount Popa and sunset view for cheaper than any 5 star hotel, well worth your money! And breakfast included And if you’re a hiker, there’s the 11-mile round trip hike to the summit right outside the hotel, with breath taking panoramic view and hidden pagodas along the way. Two nights here would be enough.

Date of stay: February 2020
Trip type: Travelled solo
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