When planning our trip to Yangon we looked at the various hotels on offer and compared their location,facilities and price. After some some thought we made reservations at the New Ayar Hotel. I’m glad we did. At a price point this February 2014 of 1700 Thai baht (55. Canadian)
for a standard and 2300 Baht (80. Canadian) for a suite. We chose the suite. Both rooms were advertized at 55% off and came with a breakfast buffet.The New Ayar Hotel is located right downtown a few blocks from the must see Sule Pagoda and many of the old colonial buildings that Yangon has become famous for. With Tourism just starting up in Myanmar the infrastructure and competition hasn’t yet gelled so expect to pay a little more than Bangkok for a room. That said our arrival was a most pleasant experience. The doors were opened for us and the reception attendents paused in their service to other customers with a request for us to sit down in their small but organized lobby. A moment later we were presented with two glasses of juice.Sometimes it’s the small trinkets of gratitude that stand out in ones mind.
Reception went smoothly and we were presented with our room keys # 702. From previous reviews (thanks Tripadvisors) we knew that the best views are on floors six and above.The suite was large and clean with a sitting area adjacent to the duvet covered kingsized bed. A writing desk was positioned beside the bed and a few feet from the washroom. Our room was equipped with a large but quiet remote controlled ceiling air conditioner. A cabinet with a 42” flat screened tv was in front of our sitting area. The satellite reception included all of the usual favorites from Europe and the USA. We mostly chose to watch english feeds of CNN and DW. Besides the TV was a fruit tray, a stand alone electric kettle, packets of tea, plates, a knife, fork and two cups and saucers. All good so far. We tried the bed. Although the mattress was not as thick as what we have become used to in Canada it reminded us of many that are in use in Europe. Very firm and for us very comfortable.The duvet made a nice touch. Beside the bed was the writing table. We chose to put all of our possessions in and on this. The washroom was medium sized with two disposable toothbrushes, toothpaste, a razor, shaving cream a packet of Q-tips, soap, shampoo, shower gel and cap. I was starting to really like this place. From time to time we heard noise from the hallway but all in all not a bother. The views from the seventh floor are of the waterfront or the city. Ours was the city with Shwedagon Pagoda visible in the background. The elevators are older and a little slow but never let us down with malfunction.
A few of the reviews we have seen here dismissed the breakfast buffet as wanting. We felt nothing of the sort. While Ham and Bacon were not on the table almost everything else from a European,American and Asian breakfast buffet was.
So many I’m sure to leave some out. I saw, Coffee, Tea, a chef enabled egg station,
selection of fruit, croissants, sweet rolls, french stick, white and whole wheat bread, butter, jam, Yogurt, cereal, milk. Steamers with rice congee, chicken curry, boiled sweet potatoes, corn on the cob fried noodles, fried rice, stir fried vegetables with mushroom and a tossed salad with two types of dressing.
From some of the reviews I was expecting a motel six continental breakfast. Boy was I surprised. The staff in this hotel worked very hard to please my wife and I on our one night stay. I must say it worked. We both left rested and content. Well done New Ayar Hotel. Thanks again.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- New Aye Yar Hotel Yangon, Myanmar