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Reviewed 24 May 2014

Location is perfect! One block and you're in the Bogyoke Aung San Market, at another block is a rooftop bar, in front is Shangrila Hotel, at the end of the road is the Sule Pagoda and Independence Park and if you walk a bit further there's a row of old beautiful colonial buildings where you can do a "heritage walk"; around 4 to 5 blocks away is 19th street (row of restaurants and bar), an easy 10 minute walk...and don't worry it's very safe to walk around even in the wee hours of the night. There's a "street food" area at the back of Shangrila by the way. There were welcome drinks and cold towels upon arrival which we highly appreciate. They gave us a room which supposedly was too crowded for three but it was just right for me and my friends with large luggages. I don't have issues with the bathroom, but a fully-closed toilet would be better. I love that they offer Burmese breakfast, because it was really good. It introduced me to the Burmese condiment called Balachaung, which i ended up hoarding and bringing home with me at the end of my trip. It was a bit expensive for what it was, we paid 145 dollars a night for a twin room with an extra bed. The same hotel say in Siem Reap would cost half. But out guides said hotel prices are going to normalize in 2 to 3 years. I don't think it's open to the public but we snuck on the rooftop to take pictures (sorry but the door/window was unlocked! A bit dangerous because there are no railings whatsoever) and the view was awesome! They should convert it into a bar or lounge. A bit of a splurge for a hotel but it's a good base in Yangon.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
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2  Thank phoenixmemphis
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Reviewed 22 May 2014

The staff were polite, super alert and attentive yet kept a respectful distance. The minute we entered the lobby, smiling greeters came forward with chilled hand-towels and ice-cold Tamarind juice.

We stayed there 2.14.2014 and 3.1.2014 - were put in rooms with separate entrance from the reception. You had to exit the lobby to get next door, somewhat of a hassle. Had to climb 2 flights of stairs with 3 weeks worth of luggage but the porters were always helpful. They jumped to open doors every time we approached the doors.

One great feature was their mini refrigerator in the hallway, well-stocked with chilled drinking water free for guests anytime. What a welcome convenience in their hot, humid climate. (Other hotels limit you to 2 pints of complimentary drinking water a day - not quite adequate since travelers are advised to use bottle water even for brushing teeth.)

Teak is used through-out the stairs, floors, wall, doors - very appealing, rich and warm.
Soundproofing was good. We slept well. The showers were good. Some hotels in Myanmar lack water pressure.

Vendors cramp every available inch of the sidewalk, set up with low plastic tables and chairs. The police depot is just 2 doors down the hotel. We did several walking tours to the Scott Market, Sule Pagoda, the Indian district and the old colonial section. Interesting.

Room Tip: The suites were spacious. Regular room can be tight.
  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank 3Kells
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Reviewed 18 May 2014

My room (501) was good size, reasonably clean, quiet and right next to the all you can drink bottled water fridge in the hall. Shower/WC arrangement a little strange and probably overall a little threadbare, wifi but only just, TV and AC fine. Breakfast missable but functional. Location spot on, easy to find and right there in central Yangon with intense hustle and bustle just round the corner. The only thing was the price - my "delux" room was $90 per night which seemed excessive but that seems to be the way for vibrant but dilapidated Yangon where accommodation isn't quite as cheap as you might expect. Same quality in Thailand would be a third of the price, Vietnam even less. Staff however were excellent.

Room Tip: Take ferry over the Dalah, busy as can be, and get trishaw to show you around the pagoda and things, hot as can be, but be sure to establish a price before you set off - haggle. It's good to get a wee rural counter to Yangon's urban mess
  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled solo
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Thank D0ug1969
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Reviewed 17 May 2014 via mobile

It was easy to find the hotel because its facade stands out in the area. Also it's right across Trader's Hotel (Sule Shangrila). We got a double room with an extra bed and still have enough space to move around. The shower and toilet is more or less incorporated in the room with only a swing door yo separate it from the actual bedspace. Breakfast has good options and the staff were really helpful.

Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
Thank Raffy C
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Reviewed 13 May 2014

When Myanmar's market and economy open since 2010, hotel accommodation rose to astronomical heights. Before the release of Daw Aung San Su Kyi, 3 to 5 star hotel rates were priced a fraction of what it is today. If you can find hotel accommodation under USD $ 100/- these days, then you can consider yourself fortunate. Don't fall the spider's web of Yangon's so called hotels, that over price you and give you the basics that do not satisfy your logic or expectations. One very good boutique hotel in the city center is East Hotel at Sule Pagoda Road. Don't be mistaken for Eastern Hotel. East Hotel maybe 'pricey' for boutique hotels' rates, but it will definitely be considered value for money in this country that has newly opened up its economy and reforms with the sudden 1000s of tourists flocking in the whole year round. Look out for reviews before you commit your accommodation needs, to avoid the culture shock of some ghetto motels that charge you an arm and a leg for the basic of basics.

Room Tip: Go for the higher floors and behind the hotel to avoid the traffic jams in front of the hotel from 8am to 8pm.
  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled on business
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Thank BrianJay2014
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