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“Good location. Great service.”
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Alfa Hotel
Ranked #97 of 149 Hotels in Yangon (Rangoon)
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“Good location. Great service.”
Reviewed 7 January 2014

Stayed at the Alfa Hotel for 5 nights. The staff were very friendly and went out of their way to accommodate all our needs. The hotel is in an excellent location and about a 15 minute walk to the Aung San Market. The hotel is a bit run down but other than that it was clean and comfortable. Breakfast was great also. Awesome bar up the top with the best view of the Shwedagon Pagoda. Will stay there again.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 6 January 2014

We stayed at the Alfa for 1 week over the New Year 2013/2014. It is a good location, walking distance to Bogyoke Market. The staff are so friendly and polite, just lovely people. Wifi does not work in all bedrooms but does in the public areas. The rooms are tired and need renovation, however it was adequate.

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Pattaya Thailand
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Reviewed 12 December 2013

I stayed at this hotel for six nights on a last minute deal with Asia Travels and paid $120 a night. Considering there is a dearth of hotel rooms in Yangon and the country is holding the SEA Games at the present time I considered the price excessive but understandable. Having read some of the reports on here I was seriously considering cutting my losses and going somewhere else. When I arrived at the hotel, the staff were very friendly and I was given a room on the 10th floor which was described as a luxury room with a pagoda view. I was taken up to the room and, bearing in mind previous posts was very apprehensive about what I was about to be given. The room I had was superb. It was large, clean with a fantastic view. The bed was very comfortable and the sheets were clean as were the curtains. The air con was a modern Mitsubishi type which was effective and silent. There were some stains on the carpets in the corridor and the wallpaper looked like bad workmanship as opposed to neglect. Its a well worn saying but if you go to a foreign country you do not want to stay in a hotel room or wander around the building taking photographs. It may not appeal to some people but I have no complaints about the place and would have no hesitation in going back there. The staff were superb, the location excellent and all in all a very nice holiday

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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled solo
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Bruxelles
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Reviewed 4 December 2013

Don't let you cheated by the first - good - impression you get when you enter the hotel. The lobby is clean and bright. The shock strikes you when you get out of the lift and you are KO when you get into your room! We had booked a Deluxe room with Pagoda view for our last 3 days in Yangon, for which we paid 130 $ per night. Well, indeed the room (11 floor) looked onto the Shwedagon Pagoda. The problem was that we could not draw the curtains: they were attached by a wire. The wallpaper came off the wall, there was a hole in the sheets and the awfully noisy air conditioning dated back to Mathusalem!. I have posted some pictures to prove I'm not lying. The shower didn't work propoerly either. Quite depressed, I asked to change room or see another one, so as to verify we had not been given a rat's hole. But that was not possible, the hotel was fully booked. They nevertheless sent someone to fix the shower, which was the least they could do! I eventually saw 2 other rooms thanks to the hotel housekeepers, but they were similar, i.e. in the same bad condition.
Breakfast is served on the 1st floor: Burmese and international food, nothing special to mention. The watermelon seemed to have been stored in a freezer.
The only positive aspect of this hotel is its location: downtown, near the Scott market and the bustling life, and at a stone's throw away from the Shwedagon Pagoda and its spiritual fervour.
My conclusion is that it is a shame to impose skyrocketing rates for rooms worth 1 star max.
The owners should first think of the wellbeing of their guests rather than the money they could get from them!

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 November 2013

When we arrived at this hotel we were in high spirits. The taxi had only cost us 8,000 Kyat from the airport and the hotel staff who greeted us on arrival we smiley and very welcoming. Unfortunately when we headed to our room things started to decline quickly. The corridors have wallpaper basically falling off them and the room had the same problem and a large damp patch on the carpet. After the loo broke and leaked on the floor we understood why the damp patch existed. We tried to change rooms but the hotel was full so we stayed put. After the initial shock of the room quality we found several extra good points that we had previously over looked. Both the wifi and the air conditioning worked very well. The location of the hotel is about a 20 mins walk from the Shwedagon pagoda and a 5 min walk from a good market. There are also good cheap restaurants near by. The rooftop bar and restaurant is also good for both food & drink although a little pricey. We decided to stay in this hotel as it was the cheapest option in the centre of town, people will continue to stay here for the same option. I'm not sure if I'd stay here again, if I did it would largely be due to the friendly staff.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thailand
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Reviewed 31 October 2013

Spent 2 nights (15-17 Oct). As with all hotels in Yangon, this is over priced for what you get but that is because of the hotel shortage. As other reviewers state the rooms are average with some wear but had hot water and the air con worked. The bed was very comfortable, firm which helped prevent waking up with a sore back as alot of hotels think a soft bed is the way to go. Room was clean to normal hotel standards. Hotel is in a good location, within walking distance of town and the main pagoda. What really made the stay a good one was the staff. From the front desk, to housekeeping, to wait staff at the breakfast buffet everyone smiled and spoke pleasantly. Something not always seen in other places. Our arrival was the day after a bomb exploded in the Traders Hotel so the government was on edge and asked hotels to inspect luggage of arrivals. At check in the staff was very apologetic about asking to look at our bags and did so without tearing them apart. The fresh watermelon juice was also a nice touch. The breakfast buffet included with room is more than adequate. They offer both western and asian dishes. There aren't omelets or waffles but eggs, toast, coffee or tea is more than enough for me. If you want a truly awesome buffet breakfast go to the Park Royal but be prepared to pay a lot. The Sapphire roof top bar is quite nice. There was a review in Time magazine about the bar and said that June through September it was closed for rainy season. Obviously since that review management has put a roof over a large portion of the seating area. We visited right after a rain storm so the humidity had dropped and it was cool. You can see the city and the pagoda from there. Drinks are reasonably priced. They had a BBQ set up but not going which was disappointing. We had a couple bar snacks which were ok. The overall rating was based on location and staff. Once the hotel room supply for the city becomes sufficient, this hotel should go for about $30-40. FYI: The Scott Market which is shown on most tourist maps is closed. It looks like they are building a new market across the street but why the closed the old market is baffling.

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Bangkok, Thailand
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Reviewed 15 October 2013

The hotel is average standard, a few years with a bit of wear and tear. The location is good; many downtown Yangon attractions and Shwedagon are within walking distance. The view from the hotel's rooftop bar at night is nice and a good place for night-time photos with Shwedagon as a backdrop.

One of our two rooms had a bit of a moldy smell, so maybe not suitable for allergic visitors.

Checkin was a bit late; we arrived in the morning and were told our rooms would be available at 2PM. We left the luggage at the lobby and went for a walk around town. Friendly staff, but one of the receptionists had a bit difficulty understanding English. (Or, maybe we had trouble understanding her... :) ).

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Alfa Hotel
Address: No. 41 Nawaday St., Yawmingyi Qr, Dagon Township, Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar
Region: Myanmar > Yangon Region > Yangon (Rangoon)
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #97 of 149 Hotels in Yangon (Rangoon)
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Alfa Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 90
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Alfa Hotel, founded in 1996, is now renovated and ready to welcome guests from all around the world to The Golden Land once again. Strategically located in the heart of Yangon, Alfa Hotel is situated right in the central area of the city. While providing quick access within walking distance to many of the city's famous attractions, such as the Shwedagon Pagoda, the Sule Pagoda and the Scott Market, it also offers a serene environment for our guests to rest. Some of the rooms share the beautiful scenery overlooking the famous Shwedagon Pagoda. Alfa Hotel strives to provide excellent service to our guests, making this the perfect place for business travelers and tourists. Alfa Hotel has preserved the glorious time this country once had for the guests. Travelers who stay with us will be taken back in time, surrounded in an environment that compliments Myanmar's rich history and traditions. ... more   less 
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