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“Great hotel in beautiful setting”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Green Haven Hotel

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Green Haven Hotel
Ranked #13 of 27 Kalaw B&B and Inns
Lancaster, United Kingdom
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“Great hotel in beautiful setting”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2013

This is a really good medium-sized hotel, I recommend it. The rooms are large and comfortable, the breakfast (served, but a good choice) is excellent and cooked to prder, they gave us a bowl of fruit in the room and the staff are friendly. But best of all is outside: the hotel has wonderful has wonderful gardens with seating in them so you can relax outside, and they have the flowers in bowls around the hotel. And you are on a hill c. 15 mins walk from the centre of Kalaw which means that the view from each window is of countryside. The only type of traveller who would not fit in would be someone in a wheelchair: being on a hill there are slopes and steps. Do go there!

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2013

Hotel was located near Pine Forest and i was visit this hotel last july . Helpful staff / Quiet Place. I recommended to book this hotel if you like quiet place :) .Hotel can give you fully information of trekking service. Room was decor with Pine and you will get fresh when you go in the room

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled on business
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2013

I stayed at the Green Haven for almost four weeks while escaping the heat of Yangon for a spell. It was considered the 'off season' in Kalaw, and there were few other guests at this or any other hotel in the town, which made it an excellent time to visit.

I chose the Green Haven for a long stay because it was away from heavily-used roads, unlike some of the other hotels, especially those near the town market and the main through-road to Aung Ban. The previous comment saying that the road near the hotel is busy I just did not find to be true at all. You see the occasional Grand Tiger (Chinese pickup) going up the road to the military encampment on the other side of the golf course, but very little else ever goes on out there.

The hotel is about 25 minutes walk from the market area of town, but I found this to be an advantage rather than a disadvantage. The hotels over that way are noisy, and the market area is only charming when the 5-day market is happening and you can see members of various ethnic groups, otherwise it's noisy and dusty and no different from markets anywhere else in Myanmar. The Green Haven is located on the road to Shwe Oo Min buddha caves and also (with a bit more walking) Knee Paya, so if you are interested in visiting those places, the location couldn't be better. Shwe Oo Min you can actually see from the balcony of the hotel, it is that close by.

The staff at the Green Haven are extraordinarily nice, and the owner, U Than Lwin, really goes out of his way to make sure everything is 'asin pyay ba deh' (Burmese for 'going smoothly'). I was finding it quite difficult in Kalaw to arrange a decent driver to go to places like Pindaya, Kakku, etc, by the usual method of randomly approaching taxi drivers on the main street. Anyway, U Than Lwin found me one straight away with a decent car (Toyota Crown) and who charged reasonable rates that I didn't feel I had to haggle down.

Re breakfast, you can ask the staff for whatever you want, practically, and they will try to do it for you. I like local food, so I was requesting mohinga or Shan sticky rice the night before, and they would always get it for me and add to it a plate of rice a couple of boiled or fried eggs, a plate of bananas, and usually some 'beh pyo' (boiled beans) as well. There was always far more than I could eat. They were also doing Euro-style breakfasts for other guests while I was there.

U Than Lwin also offered to set it up for me to use the golf course next to the hotel during my stay, but I turned this down as I am rubbish at golf. Others might want to take him up on the offer.

While I was staying, the hotel was undergoing a major refurbishment, with the previously somewhat plain rooms on the right side were all getting the pine panelling that the ones on the left already have. The hotel was also getting a new terrace out front which will be the site of an expanded restaurant / cafe.

The wifi was also upgraded so that by the time I left there were three routers showing up on my Mac's wifi finder. The wifi does cut out quite often because of power fluctuations (much the case throughout Shan State), but I just used to call down to one of the staff and they would reboot the modem, which often worked.

Generally speaking, Green Haven is a friendly and serene place to chill out for a few days. The balcony rooms are perfect for sitting on and having a beer while looking at the treetops of the forest opposite, and doing some writing or whatever floats your boat.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Celerina, Schweiz
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2013

We stayed one night before trekking in Kalaw at this nice, small hotel in British country style. Wonderfully surrounded by the green nature.
When we arrived I was not really sure if I was in Ireland or in Myanmar, the style of this hotel reminded me of my former Ireland stay in b&b's. The staff was as well very lovely, however they were not really professional.
Unfortunately the room facilities drop down the review. Pillows were incredibly hard and very uncomfortable to sleep cause as well to high. Bathroom was functional, but as well here the shower without cabin. This might be Asian standard but is not really practical. So I decided to use the shower in the bathtub, which had nearly no water pressure. Hot water was as well not working this morning. Pity.
Breakfast was simple, but the omelettes very well done. Upon check out the whole staff lined up to say goodbye, really lovely.

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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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Zurich, Switzerland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2013

A simple, clean and friendly familiy-run location.Nice staff.
We stayed just for one night, on our way to Inle. It was very, very cold, during that night also in the rooms. So be prepared and take your sleeping bag with you.
During the night, there was too much traffic on the road passing by to a military camp that is close by.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Congleton, Cheshire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2013

The garden and the outside of the hotel look great but the inside is not that good. The rooms are cramped and there is not wardrobe or anywhere to put your clothes. Fortunately it is reasonably cool up at Kalaw as there is no air con or fan. The curtains don't pull across properly so you get the first light coming in to the room. The shower curtain is in the middle of the bathroom and doesn't seem to serve any purpose but the shower was hot. The staff were very good and always smiling. It was a long walk to town, transport is needed.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Switzerland
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92 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2013

this was not up to our expectations. Food was good. Walking I found a golf course, a pagota, and a lot of military. I broke my toe on the bed because there is hardly any room between the wall and the bed. There are lots of steps going up into the rooms.
Kalaw has an interesting market with snake charmers and exotoic foods.
We ate at a restuarant in town and some excellant food.
I won't share a photo this time!

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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Green Haven Hotel
Address: Shwe Oo Min Street, Kalaw, Myanmar
Region: Myanmar > Shan State > Kalaw
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
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Ranked #13 of 27 B&Bs / Inns in Kalaw
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Hotel Class:2 star — Green Haven Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 20
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