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“A solid option in Yangon”
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East Hotel
Ranked #51 of 158 Hotels in Yangon (Rangoon)
Reviewed 18 July 2012

Due to decades of isolation the hotel industry in Burma has been greatly neglected. For a long time it was seen as anything but a lucrative industry and now the country suffers from a great shortage of options. In Yangon you can feel that you can pick a hostel or a USD 150 per night giant hotel, the mid range options are not very present.

The East Hotel is one of the few mid range options that achieves a lot. Small but smart rooms, good wifi access throughout the hotel, some of the most comfortable beds I've experienced in the country, a good breakfast menu, and kind employees at the front desk who will try their best to help with anything you need.

It is located on the large Sule Pagoda road and is just a block away from the famous Bogyoke Market and is within walking distance of other interesting sights in the downtown area. On either side of the hotel are movie theaters which offer a great cultural experience (warning: people here don't believe in being completely silent during a film). Also in the same block are two relatively decent restuarants which are cheap. One is a Thai restuarant and the other offers beer food and a fairly extensive menu (ask the sweet waitresses for their favorites, they can recommend great curries which are only found in Burma and done well here).

I've read a few reviews which find fault with the design of the rooms and the lack of bathroom privacy. Yes, these rooms might not be prime for sharing with a travel companion who you do not know very well. If you tell the front desk, prior to your arrival, that you would like as much bathroom privacy as possible they will understand and will try to accommodate you. The rooms are not massive but I found them to be roomy and not cramped. They try to make the small spaces feel larger and put in sweet decorative touches. Flat screen TVs, writing desks, coffee makers, unlimited free water (this, in my opinion, is a huge selling point and one to not be overlooked. I have never encountered this before and when dealing with the Yangon heat it is an extreme blessing), solid and free wifi access, and nice sheets.

One note: a few of the girls at the front desk, while extremely nice and well meaning, do not speak perfect English. If you have a tricky request try and talk to one of the two gentlemen who work at the desk. They are a bit older and speak excellent English. Everyone here is willing and waiting to help you and these guys can help with just about anything, in my experience.

This is a great little spot. Yes there may be some small problems but for USD 50 per night I find it to be as comfortable, if not more so, than some of the much more expensive hotels in town and has a better location for exploring.

Room Tip: Some rooms do not have windows, it may cost a few extra dollars but a room with natural light is ver...
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Reviewed 13 July 2012

Location: not particularly attractive, but central. Having said this, central Rangoon is pretty small so this applies to a number of hotels.
Service: I booked my stay at the East through Agoda and requested a taxi from the airport. No response, so I contacted the East directly who told me that would be USD16 payable in cash on arrival. When I arrived at the hotel (at 10:30) I was told that my room wouldn't be ready for two hours. Was the hotel really so full they couldn't find a room for me (yes, was the reply) and as they knew precisely when I was arriving, mightn't it have been courteous to let me know the position in advance (smile, no reply). Next morning I needed to change some money. Sorry, your USD notes have been folded in half so we can't accept them. OK, so crisp new GBP notes? Sorry, we can't change GBP but the bank will. Off to the bank. Sorry, they also won't change GBP. So at this stage it was very much null points for service. However, when I returned hot, sticky and exasperated from the bank, the girl at reception relented and said she'd ask the manager about changing GBP and eventually I was able to do so, which did raise my view of service somewhat.
Maintenance: Not terribly good. It's a newish hotel so my advice would be get in quick before it becomes too shabby because there's no much sign of ongoing upkeep. Spray unit in shower wouldn't stay up (had to use an elastic band to keep it up) and blind pull was broken.
These negative points could all be sorted by management but what are more intractable are the structural problems. The interior looks as if it's been designed by a first year architectural student. Endless references here to the in-room loos but what bothered me much more were the large windows on to the corridors from bedrooms. What is their purpose? Who knows, but the results are that there's always a certain amount of light coming into the bedrooms and a great deal of noise, exacerbated by the hard flooring in the corridors.
Amid the eye-watering inflation in Rangoon hotel prices, the East remains pretty reasonable but the acid test has to be whether I'd choose to stay there again. I'm afraid the answer is no.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 11 July 2012

It is all true about Yangon hotels. The larger western style hotels have increased their prices 2-3X and are now more expensive than equivalents in Bangkok. It is a big problem and the government is threatening to impose a cap of $150 to rein them in (biggest culprits are Traders, Parkroyal Sedona and Chatrium). East Hotel stands out as someone who attracts western tourists but who has kept prices reasonable. Thoroughly recommended, especially for single travellers who will not mind the toilet in same room issue. Excellent restaurant serving healthy good value food. All the staff are very friendly and helpful. Unlike the more expensive, rip off hotels, unlimited free bottled water as well! Free wifi in rooms and lobby/restaurant. Full most nights as people have worked out the excellent value relative to the competition.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled solo
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4  Thank ralondon
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Reviewed 10 July 2012

East hotel was our first stop during our journey through Burma. A very clean and lovely Boutique Hotel. Rooms are clean and the staff is very friendly and lovely. Locatet next to the old market, Train station. Good value! Can highly recomand this hotel.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 8 July 2012

You can't beat the location here and it's 3 times cheaper than it's more illustrious competitor directly opposite! Lots of the other nice hotels are out of town 10~15 minutes by taxi, but this one is smack in the 'downtown' area, 5 minutes walk to the train station, old market area and right next to the Sakura Tower. Not far from the pagodas you'll want to see too. Service is excellent. Rooms have basic asian fittings - white tiled floors, plaster board walls (you can hear noise from other rooms) etc. But the sleep was good, plenty of hot water and some satellite TV too. Quite a good choice of brekkies is thrown in for the price and the wi-fi, though slow, is serviceable. Rooms - my first one was a double bed room (just for me) and it had the infamous 'toilet' shower curtain arrangement. It smelt so bad of paint or glue though that I asked to change later in the day - and I was put in a twin room. Much better. No view to shower or toilet and the room was bigger for the same price. I'd definitely use this place again and with the money you save splurge on afternoon teas and cocktails at The Strand or whatever. Have fun there....

Room Tip: As mentioned - ask for a twin room, even if you're travelling solo. Same price but bigger room w...
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1  Thank YokohamaGeezer
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Reviewed 8 July 2012

A clean budget hotel in good location in Yangon city centre is very rare (I wonder if it exists at all). I have ever tried this hotel and also May Shan Hotel on this axle Sule Pagoda Road. Once you pronounce "Su-le"..., taxi driver will know for Sule Pagoda nearby is so famous. Location strategic in that the multi storey Ruby Mart is 5 mins away on foot, Sukura Building a few steps away where I bought air tickets to Bagan and Mandalay at promotional price (on 3/F, there are 2 travel agencies, also open for half day on Sunday). The 5-star Traders Hotel is just on the opposite (I got a beautiful free city map here, that from East Hotel is just a blur photocopy).

Price mid-range USD58 a night via Agoda (but I heard they offered USD55 to walk-in client! hun!). Room very clean and tidy, bed comfy, staff nice and knowledgeable. A la carte breakfast ok. 2 small bottle water in the room each day but the front desk is generous to tell you that you can get more for free in the hallway on certain floors. The wall between the room and hallway is not a concrete wall but a frosted glass with curtains, strange design, and I don't appreciate as light from hallway seeps through during night time.

For money exchange, I got the best rate at May Shan Hotel K870 for USD1, even better than the Bogyoke Aung San Market which book suggests.

Overall, unless your budget is very tight, this clean and smart hotel is preferable. Don't expect high in Myanmar!

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled solo
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4  Thank MissHK2009
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Reviewed 6 July 2012

I stayed at the East Hotel twice. Although a bit overpriced by my standards, I think it was a good value for Myanmar, and considering its location, near Scott's Market, and Sule Pagoda. Very easy to get a taxi outside at all times, good shopping centre and restaurants nearby.
Both rooms I stayed in were exceptionally clean and comfortable, and stylishly furnished, no sign of mould.
The design of the shower/toilet is unusual and might not suit friends travelling together, as they are not very private but would be fine for couples/singles. The hot water and shower were excellent.
The breakfast included was enjoyable, particularly as they offered Burmese options as well as Western.
The reception staff especially were extremely friendly and helpful, and welcome you with a cool drink on arrival. Free internet at reception also.

All in all a really pleasant experience in Yangon

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled solo
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Address: No. 234-240, 1 Quarter, Sule Pagoda Road | Kyauktada, Yangon (Rangoon) 11182, Myanmar
Region: Myanmar > Yangon Region > Yangon (Rangoon)
Amenities:
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#16 Spa Hotel in Yangon (Rangoon)
Price Range: £23 - £81 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — East Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 53
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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