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Pine Hill Resort, Kalaw
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Reviewed 18 November 2012

We had no choice but to go to the Pine Hill Resort (because all the hotels were fully booked) and we had 75$ room so we thought it would be amazing. And instead, the room was not even worth 30$ per night !! Plus, you could even hear your neighbor next door for as the walls are so thing! The hotel has no charm, kinda depressing ambiance and mcuh appreciated by seniors (and we are 30 years old :)).
The restaurant is ok (and its feminine staff is very kind) but decoration really needs a refresh ! Anyway, nothing bad but so expansive for what it actually is and it is very far from the city (20 minutes walk) so if you want to have dinner in the streets of Kalaw, you need to get a taxi.

Room Tip: our advice is to ask for the cheapest and to look at it, otherwise you might have a unpleasant surprise if you take a 75$ room like us and you end up in a weird and lame pension room.
  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank louise b
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Reviewed 9 October 2012

This hotel has so much potential with its beautiful exterior and its colonial architecture. But the rooms and restaurant interior is badly in need of a facelift. Everything is a bit old and tired, from walls to furniture. The bedrooms didn't have any closet. Lights are very dim. Bath towels are rough and limited (which is ok, I'm not sure if they have a dryer. If you ask for laundry service they need 2 days, so maybe laundry is hung dry). Spiders in room sometimes. The restaurant's table cloths all have stains (that can't be washed out) and the menus are old and worn. I kept thinking how much nicer this hotel would be if they put some money in to do a renovation. Food is so so.

On a brighter note, the service was above and beyond. The staff was all female and they rush out to attend to you every time you walk by the lobby. They carry your luggages (which we insisted no because these girls are so tiny), rush to give you umbrellas if it's raining, and are super accommodating. The restaurant was supposed to be closed between 2-6, but when I asked if I can get something to eat at 4, they said no problem and got the kitchen cooking for me. I requested stirred fried vegetables for breakfast instead of bread and they gave me that too, no nonsenses like "we don't serve that at breakfasts". I can't say enough about the staff. They are all very sweet.

There is no internet. And make sure you bring your own toiletries like soap, shampoo, etc. They don't provide any but little hotel bar soaps. They do have hair dryer but you have to ask front desk to bring you one.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank probativev
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Reviewed 8 August 2012

Stayed here for one night. It consists of a series of wooden colonial buildings set within beautifully maintained gardens about 15-20 mins walk from town. The rooms and bathrooms are good. The (all female, at least the day and night we were there) staff were fantastic and wore big smiles on their faces. Come here to get away from it all. If you want 10 TV channels, you won't find them here.

Room Tip: There are lots of rooms so try to get a room where you have no neighbour, as the walls are made of wood, so you can hear someone next door if they are noisy.
  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank rsinghabout
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Reviewed 30 May 2012

Unfortunately I only had one night in this lovely hotel. The room was spacious and although there was no air conditioner, you really don't need it up in the hills. It was easy to catch a breeze by opening the big windows and doors onto the balcony. The rooms are set in lodges of two to four rooms in wide gardens. The staff were lovely and attentive and made me feel as though I was a guest rather than a customer. The location is a little out of town. The food in the restaurant was delicious. I would have loved to stay longer.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled solo
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1  Thank ellipsis000
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Reviewed 12 April 2012

My wife and I stayed here for two nights in late Feb. ‘12. Pine Hill is pleasant a 15-minute walk from the center of town on the top of a hill overlooking a wooded ravine. Another 15 minutes further along the same road brings you to a very interesting cave pagoda with hundreds of Buddha statues, set in a peaceful country setting. Pine Hill is one of several hotels along the same road.

The Pine Hill looks like it began as a colonial homestead and has been transformed over the years into a sprawling rustic resort with beautifully landscaped grounds. “Rustic” means it is comfortable and attractive but certainly not luxurious or upscale. Our room (105) was good sized and comfortable, but could have used more storage area and surfaces for belongings. There was no closet and no dresser, and we wound up storing many things on top of the small fridge. Also adding to the rustic feel was a lack of lighting other than one dim overhead light and a couple of table lamps near the bed. The twin beds were comfortable. The room had no heat and in late February it was quite chilly at night. The friendly staff furnished hot-water bottles and with the warm blankets were ok during the night except for the cold trek to the bathroom. One of the nicest features of the room was a small balcony that offered a view of the ravine.

Our bathroom was large with a shower that wasn’t separated from the rest of the room. The pedestal sink offered no counter space, and only a small shelf above the sink was available for toiletries.

Breakfast was served in a pleasant restaurant near the reception building. It was a little thin but adequate– a couple of kinds of fruit, choice of eggs, toast and jam.

Overall we enjoyed the Pine Hill and certainly survived roughing it for a couple of days. The hotel is attractive and located in a very picturesque spot.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank NaMakani
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