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New Aye Yar Hotel
Ranked #114 of 158 Yangon (Rangoon) B&B and Inns
Malmedy, Belgique
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2011

Last July, we came back from Bagan and our local guide proposed us to take a look to the New Aye Yar hotel, because we didn't want to return to the first hotel we had when we arrived 12 days earlier in Yangon.
They proposed me 2 rooms : one on the 8th floor for 47 USD per night, and one on the 10th floor for 42 USD per night. I took the "best" one at 47 USD. The man at the reception told me right away that they will put an additionnel bed in our room, for we needed a triple room. So we went up to the 8th floor.
Surprise, surprise : insteat of putting a bed in our room, the room maids dropped a mattress on the ground and started to put a bed sheet on it. I went down to the reception and complained : I though I was in a hotel and not on a camp site !
The guy said that in Myanmar, it's like that things used to be. But I did'nt give up and they finaly brought a real bed to our room. The room maids where not very happy and made some bad faces...

Now, we had some time to have a look around : our local guide was shocked : dirt everywhere in our room. Seems it has not been cleaned for a long time.
Moisture on the wall, run down furniture, pealing colour dropping on the group (never taken away by the room maids), a dirty thermo bottle we found on a table and that was neither cleaned by the maids, nor taken away by them the 2 days we spend there,...
And the bathroom, completely run down and dirty.

When you see the lobby, you might think you are in a upper class hotel. But just leave the ground level and the corridors and then begins another world.

It's a shame and a pitty, because there are some nice people working here : the bell captain is always polite, smiling and very helpfull, and some of his collegues too.
Even at the lobby, employees smile and are helpfull. But there is a giant gap between their behavior and what you get as a so called room.
It's not surprising that there where no westerners the time we spent there. Mostly chinese and local guests.

So, despite they have a restaurant with not to bad food, don't stay there. This is just a place to spoil your holiday.
Your cellar at home is probably cleaner than this so called hotel.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2011

A friend and I stayed at this hotel late February for 5 nights. We both had deluxe rooms which were huge with large beds, a couch, TV. Cost was $35USD per night. The hotel is a bit dated and the rooms need a bit of an overhaul and worn out. I have a feeling it was a pretty nice hotel years ago. It was clean , the air con worked and it was pretty cheap so it worked out well for us. It is not a well known hotel and appeared to have a larger percentage of folks from Myanmar staying there. We only saw a couple of other Westerners the 5 nights we were there. So there are very few reviews. The breakfast was simple and more Asian of course then western but we were happy. The location is in the older part of the city, but we enjoy walking around the area and mingling with the locals more then the tourists. (although there are not "that many" tourists in Myanmar anyway) Taxi's are always out front. It is about 2000 Kyat to get anywhere and nothing of great interest was that far away. (Temples, markets, etc) It was also just a lot of fun to walk around the area. People from Myanmar do not see that many westerners so you get a lot of looks and a lot of smiles!

A few negatives. My room was a little noisy, even though I was on a higher floor I had a lot of street noise. The bed was really hard.

There was hot water. And that is the most important thing next to Air Con!

The staff at the hotel was great. Even though Thailand makes the claim of the Land Of Smiles, I swear the biggest smiles in the world come from the people of Myanmar. This was no different with our front desk staff and the other staff of the hotel. The hotel also has an internet cafe on site with a lot of computers. Internet in Myanmar is very slow but the staff in the cafe is very helpful and will help you.

If you are looking for cheap digs in Yangoon and do not need to be impressed, this hotel works out fine. We would stay there again, but if we go back to Yangoon would probably check out some other hotels downtown.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2011

v professional staff,respond to emails which is unusual in Myanmar, huge room with parquet floor, clean but tired bathroom. excellent interent cafe. nice area.close to good restaurants and food stalls.. very good value

Stayed January 2011, travelled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2010

I have been to Yangon 3 times for the past 2 years, and this is the first time I stayed in New Aye Yar Hotel.
I found this place through internet, and I emailed the hotel to reserve a nice double room for us for 5 nights. Within less than 24 hours, Daw Sandar Kyaw reply us with professionalism and assure us that a nice Deluxe Double Room has been blocked for us.
We arrived at the hotel, on the 10th April, by catching a taxi from the airport.
When we arrived, we already like the place because of its great location. Easy to get to everywhere, yet in a quiet neighbourhood. (FYI, Sule Pagoda is just less than 10 minutes walk from the hotel).
The staffs at the check-in counter check us in efficiently, and ask the porters send us straight to our room. Our room is on the 8th floor with wooden panel flooring, spacious and reasonably clean, and come with all standard amenities. Hot/Cold Shower with bath tub, TV with good selection of channels, mini-bar, and guest sitting area.
From our room, we have a panaromic view of the river. I can see Bototaung Pagoda on the left, and all the way to Strand Hotel and Pazudong on the right.
One most important factor, there is electricity available 24-hour in this hotel. So, after a hot day walking around the city, you can come back to a nice and air-conditioned room.
They also have in-house laundry service at reasonable rates, compare to many hotels I know in Yangon.
Right behind the reception, there's the 24-hour internet cafe @ 500 kyat per hour.
The porters (door-men) are very helpful and informative. It is because of them, I'm able to find traditional Burmese Massage for the very first time. One hour massage for only 3000 kyat (eq. to US$3) along Lada Street from 6pm onwards. There are a row of wooden chairs lie up along the Lada Street, whereby these male massuers perform the massage right there in the open air. Very good massage, better than Thai massage.
After 5 nights stay at the hotel, we left Yangon for Bagan and Inle Lake. We stored our big luggages with the New Aye Yar Hotel when we travelled to Bagan and Inle Lake.
We stayed for another 4 nights at the New Aye Yar after we came back from Inle Lake.
The staffs really welcome us back like old friends.
Truly glad to find this hotel.
I will definitely be back.

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: New Aye Yar Hotel
Address: No. 170 176, Bo Aung Kyaw Street | Botataung Tsp., Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar
Region: Myanmar > Yangon Region > Yangon (Rangoon)
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #114 of 158 B&Bs / Inns in Yangon (Rangoon)
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — New Aye Yar Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 99
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
New Aye Yar Hotel is located in the heart of downtown Yangon, within easy walking distance of Sule Pagoda and historic colonial buildings. Also within walking distance are numerous shops, restaurants, banks and markets. The hotel features 101 rooms and suites, free WiFi in guestrooms and public areas, and complimentary deluxe buffet breakfast. 24-hour electricity, air conditioning, hot water, satellite TV, same day laundry and 24-hour room service are standard as well. The hotel came under new management in February 2013. As such, all guest rooms and suites are being renovated and a new restaurant and business center are under construction (complete in May 2013). ... more   less 
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