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.
- 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