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“Basic hotel at premium rates”
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May Shan Hotel
Ranked #74 of 167 Yangon (Rangoon) B&B and Inns
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“Basic hotel at premium rates”
Reviewed 21 June 2013

Room rates seem to be opportunistic and do not reflect the basic nature of the hotel and its amenities. The location is quite central but that is of debatable advantage when there are few attractions nearby. The bus station is a one-hour taxi ride away and well north of the airport. The only worthwhile local attraction was the Shwedagon Pagoda, which is a taxi ride away.

The windowless room was clean but felt claustrophobic and resembled a cell. Breakfast was served in a small space at the rear of the lobby that appeared to be part of someone’s living space.

Staff was helpful and very patient in making numerous calls to find onward hotel accommodation.

My recommendation would be to skip Yangon and start a visit to Burma in Mandalay.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled solo
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Durham, North Carolina
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Reviewed 14 June 2013

It is not a hotel! Rooms are rather basic, very much ran down. There were no windows in the room! There was a loud fan facing the corridor. It was not particularly clean either. Staff was fine. One great thing about May Shan is its convenient location. Still, for the price they charge there are better options in Rangoon.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 June 2013

Accommodation in Yangon is hard to come by if you want to be a responsible traveler in Myanmar. If you are like me and want your $$ to go to local businesses and hard working families, this is the place to stay. Be warned accommodation is expensive for what you get but that's the reality people! Also, as this was our first hotel experience in Myanmar we were expecting more bang for our buck but after travelling around the country for a month, we ended up back at the May Shan for one night on our way back home so that says something!
Pros - The booking process was easy, all booked via email and got quick responses. Central location, easy walk into town, China town, markets. It's basic but clean. Friendly staff, very helpful with directions and recommendations. It has a lift! Comfortable beds, good water pressure, standard breakfast included, great aircon units, tv and free fast wifi!
Cons - small bathroom, toilet and shower together
Tips - Don't get your money exchanged in the hotel, go into a bank or withdraw from ATMS. We got better exchange rates that way. Clean and new US bills required here. We stayed in room 601 as recommended in the Lonely Planet guide (for the view of the Pagoda) This room was more expensive than the others. We stayed in a double room at the end of our trip and it was just as good. No view but we didn't miss it. Get ready for your tea to come in powder form (this is standard every where in Myanmar) Go around the corner to the teahouse and get a traditional Myanmar Breakfast. Would also recommend getting glasses made at the shop next door. Husband had 2 sunglasses and 2 seeing glasses made, couldn't be happier with the quality! Happy travels!

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Oxford, UK
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Reviewed 5 June 2013

May Shan is really more of a guesthouse/hostel than a hotel, with a fantastic location in central Yangon less than 50 meters from Sule Pagoda. Overall the location is pretty much all this place has going for it. The rooms are small, dark, and very dated. Bathrooms very old and shabby.

Standard breakfast is included, but is pretty poor so either head out somewhere or ask for Mohinga fish noodle soup (the nice staff in the restaurant will go out and get it for you).

The May Shan reminded me of the kind of place you would end-up at in other countries in SE Asia if everywhere nice was fully booked! Rapidly increasing tourist numbers and limited accommodation in Yangon mean there aren’t many alternatives. The prices May Shan charges reflect this limited supply rather than the quality of the hotel.

Wifi in the lobby was a benefit and worked most of the time. The staff/owners were always pleasant too.

Room Tip: Ask to see the rooms available as some have windows and some don't
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled solo
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Manila, Philippines
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Reviewed 28 May 2013

One thing about this hotel is its location. It is located at the heart of Downtown area very near the Sule Pagoda which adds convenience to our stay. However, the price that we paid for a double room of $55 was not worth it. Breakfast was just right, with the butter and jelly all for you to spread. The room is quiet small with no windows and the CR has no exhaust. Good that is has elevators. In fairness, it maybe one of the better hotels in the area but not so when compared with other cities in Southeast Asia in terms of value for money. Overall, the hotel is just average but you can find other hotels near the area which is cheaper with the same amenities.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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Crescent Head, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 May 2013

We stayed in the May Shan for three nights and found it clean and comfortable. However, the rooms are tiny with just enough space to walk around the bed. We had a double room with window ( yes the window is an optional extra ). The room had a good clean comfortable bed, excellent air con and TV. The bathroom is also smallish but clean and functional, if you call a shower over the toilet functional, but it is a fact of life in Asia. The breakfast was fine, orange juice? fried egg, toast and bananas with tea or coffee. The hotel is located right next to the Sule Pagoda and is just a short taxi ride to just about anywhere. We found for the price in Yangon this was a good find as we place clean and comfortable at the top of our priorities. There are a few restaurants nearby but one we found to be better than the others was the Suzuki Cafe, a couple of hundred meters up the road ( opposite direction to the pagoda ) on the opposite side of the road to the hotel, just past the stairs to the overpass.

Room Tip: We stayed at the back of the hotel on the seventh floor which was quiet and had a city view. However...
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 May 2013

I spent two nights at the Mayshan Hotel in Yangon, paying $45/single. The hotel is in a great location near the Sule Paya in central Yangon. The hotel was very busy with tourists when I was there, tourist numbers (and hotel prices) have really risen considerably in the past year so the quality for the price isn't great. Hotel had free wifi but speed was very slow.

My room was very small with no windows but was clean, had aircon and ensuite bathroom with hot water. I was able to arrange my plane tickets to Bagan via the hotel and paid for them on arrival. When I arrived my room was not yet ready so I wandered around Yangon for a few hours.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled solo
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Property: May Shan Hotel
Address: 115 117 Sule Paya Road | Kyauktada Township, Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar
Region: Myanmar > Yangon Region > Yangon (Rangoon)
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Ranked #74 of 167 B&Bs / Inns in Yangon (Rangoon)
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Hotel Class:1 star — May Shan Hotel 1*
Number of rooms: 9
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