I stayed at The East hotel in January 2012 for 2 nights. Upon arriving at the hotel in the morning from Bangkok our room was not ready (no problem), but while we were sitting in the lobby two different guest came down to the front desk. The first women complained she had no hot water, the second women complained that her drain was backed up and it smelled horrible. I was thinking, my friend and I made the wrong choice and walked over to Traders Hotel next door to see how much the rooms were. They were a little more than double the $50 USD a night we had paid through Agoda for The East Hotel. Even though Traders has a pool my friend and I decided to give the East Hotel a chance. Upon walking into the room it was of good size, very clean however no safes in the room. Some people on Trip Advisor complained about the shower being in the room, however this was not an issue. Both my friend and I did experience no hot water on the first night however this was fixed by the next day. The hotel is in the city center next to The Traders Hotel, Sule Pagoda and close to the Shwedagon Pagoda. The hotel request guest use US Dollars, but will take Myanmar Kyats at a higher rate of 900 Kyat (800 is regular). The taxi driver from the airport will take US Dollars and the airport taxi drivers generally speak English, but the city taxi drivers will only take Kyats and generally do not speak English. When you arrive in Yangon change some Dollars into Kyats at the airport. Banks close early on Friday and are closed through the weekend and if you need to exchange money you will have to do it at the black market exchange at an Indian guys shop in one of the shopping areas. Bring a lot of mint condition bills as they are very picky about what they take, credit cards are not accepted. If you are looking for a cool place to hang out at night check out 50th Street restaurant and Mr. Guitar. If you are looking for nightlife with the ladies check out Emperor and Palace in China Town. If you need a tour of Yangon with a cool guy who speaks English and wont rip you off contact Zayar, mobile: 09 5166958 when you get into Yangon. He was our taxi driver from the airport and for $60 USD he gave us a full day tour of Yangon from 0900-1600. He also took us to a travel agent that book our airfare for our trip throughout Myanmar. In conclusion the East Hotel was average and had clean rooms for $50 USD a night. If you don't mind spending a little more check out Traders Hotel, it is a beautiful hotel with a pool. There are numerous other hotels in Yangon to choose from that would have been a little better.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- East hotel is situated in the heart of the Yangon downtown area, within walking distance and easily accessible to main shopping area and commercial centers. New concept boutique hotel with all rooms are designated carefully to appreciate local design and craft, 39 Deluxe, 3 View Deluxe, 1 Deluxe, 2 Junior Suite, 8 Retro Deluxe and 3 service apartments, service provided by warm and friendly staff. The hotel is boutique hotel, set in the heart of Yangon business district. It is conveniently located between two major roads, Sule Pagoda Road and Bogyoke is an easily accessible from both incoming and outgoing to downtown area. The property is unit in that when many hotel a large portion of similarly designed rooms with a small amount of individual rooms. Last is the other way around. Lobby area and dinning have a wireless facility with internet access. Room have a wireless internet access direct from your room. Room all have a new flat screen television, unlimited mineral water, and tea and coffee facilities. All in all, a visit to the East will be in memorable on, with subsequent visit giving you the choice of a new room style or just make a special request for the one you had before. East hotel radiates an opulent charm of contemporary Myanmar décor perfectly blended with the traditional warmth of Myanmar Hospitality. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- East Hotel Yangon, Myanmar