The Yuzana Garden Hotel is located across the street from the Park Royal Hotel and about an easy (very slow) 30-40 minute walk to the Shwedagon Pagoda. Taxi was about 1,500 kyat to the Shwedagon.
The place is fading as you see immediately by the scafolding covering almost the entire exterior of the building. The interior could use a remodel too. But its not bad if you can get a room at a reasonable price. A rather dark lobby with fading carpets gives you the idea. They always seem to have rooms available which is not the case at most of the better hotels in Yangon these days because of huge tourist and business demand. We were sent here at the last minute after our agent, who had confirmed rooms at another hotel three months earlier, told us those rooms were no longer available when we arrived in Yangon. They were good enough to give us a suite (Room 401) which was huge with high ceilings, parquet wood floors and ceiling to floor curtains. It was quiet and clean. No complaints there.
Keep in mind too that they do a huge wedding business especially on holidays and weekends. The reception facility is in the back, behind the hotel restaurant. One day they had receptions at 9:00am, noon, 3:00pm and 6:00pm. It was not a problem though as it was almost as if it were a separate facility and parking lot, unlike the Summit Parkview, where we have stayed in the past, and who runs weddings right through the front entrance and lobby.
TV received Bloomburg and Al Jazeera. No CNN or BBC.
Bathroom: Huge but water ran constantly out of the sink faucet and they could not fix it. Small shower plus a separate bathtub but the water ran so slowly that it would have taken all day to fill it up for a bath. Water stopped at times but a call to the front desk would usually cure the problem.
Front Desk people were all fairly young. Not all spoke English well but they were always friendly and helpful and responded quickly to any problems. Nice bunch of young people trying hard.
Breakfast: A descent buffet with eggs cooked to order, cornflakes, assorted fruit, rolls, tiny pancakes and honey, noodles and rice porridge, plus bacon and potatoes.
Restaurant: Not many people ate there but we did on two occasions because we returned to the hotel late at night and other places were closed. The food was actually fairly good and relatively inexpensive. I suppose after serving hundreds of wedding guests all day preparing a few extra dishes wasn't a big deal.
There are only a few restaurants nearby. One is a Thai/Western food place called Santino's which is good. Air-con, quiet and huge portions. There is also a nice noodle shop located on the nearby corner that is frequented by a large number of Burmese and foreigners.
Internet: Charged 1,000 kyat (about $1.20US) per continuous hour, meaning that once your hour starts it runs straight through, whether you use the computer or not. It was slow and very spotty in the rooms but fairly good in the lobby. Also note that phone calls going out of the hotel are very expensive. You can use phone shops across the street for much less and there is a funky little internet shop down the street that has much faster connections and reliable service.
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