My husband and I just returned from a 2 week holiday in Burma/Cambodia/Hong Kong, during which we spent our first 3 nights in the Strand Suite at the Strand Yangon property. (We also stayed 3 nights in the Island Villa at the Aureum Palace Bagan, 5 nights in a pool suite at Amansara in Siem Reap, Cambodia, and 2 nights at the Upper House Hong Kong).
We originally had wanted to stay at the Governor's Residence, but that was unavailable for booking almost 6 months in advance of our stay. We chose the Strand as our second choice. A few weeks before our visit, we did have the chance to switch to the Governor's Residence but decided to stick it out with the Strand. That was a good call for us.
We very much enjoyed the Strand. Service was at extraordinarily high levels, with everything handled with the utmost charm and responsiveness.
The Strand Suite was amazing. For about US$820 per night, we thought the Strand Suite was a steal, especially when compared to the junior suite at the Governor's Residence for US$840. The Strand Suite was enormous, with huge living room, salon, dining room, kitchen, master bedroom, master bath, and sitting room/office. The air con worked quite well, keeping the entire enormous suite cool enough even for my tastes--which are inclined to be quite cool to be comfortable (18-19 C!). The master bath was a bit smaller than one may have expected considering the overall suite size, but it was more than sufficient for our 3 nights. The amount of natural light in the suite was incredible, and it always felt like we had our own apartment in the city.
Room service was tasty and prompt, and our one final dinner in the Strand's restaurant was among our best in the city (especially compared to the travesty of a meal at the city's famous Le Planteur restaurant, already slammed in another review).
We did have lunch at the Governor's Residence on our final day in Yangon--just out of curiosity. Service there was equally as impressive as at the Strand. We thought the property was beautiful, an urban oasis right in the midst of the city, feeling a bit more like an Amanresort ambience akin to the Aman at Summer Palace in Beijing. That being said, we took the opportunity to look at an available junior suite and were completely underwhelmed with the junior suite, especially when compared to our Strand Suite at the Strand. There was NO comparison there. I can't speak to the other suites and regular rooms at the Strand compared to the other rooms at the Governor's Residence, but our opinion is that you obviously get FAR more for your money at the Strand. The junior suite felt more like a deluxe room in a fairly standard hotel room elsewhere--and for about the same rate as our Strand Suite! The fact that the Governor's Residence has a pool turned out to be a non-factor for us, as we found the pool at the GR to be oddly placed in the front of the property in full view of arriving and meal guests--and no one was using it during the several hours we were there having lunch.
Those preferring better bang for their buck or a more urban feel will definitely prefer the Strand over the Governor's Residence. Those preferring a more oasis retreat feel will perhaps prefer the Governor's Residence, as it does have a tranquil resort feel more than that of the Strand--but you pay dearly for that feeling. Overall, we felt the service levels and food quality for both properties were quite comparable; the difference will be in what one prefers in atmosphere.
Were we to return to Yangon, we certainly would opt again for the Strand Suite at the Strand, knowing now what we know. Of course, with a Peninsula hotel coming in several years, I'm sure the service and amenities competition will ratchet up even further at these properties!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Strand Yangon closed on 1 May until November 2016 to undergo a complete facelift that will return the award-winning heritage hotel to its former glory. Constructed in 1901 in a classic colonial style, the hotel will retain its heritage architectural details, such as marble and teak wood flooring, ceiling fans, chandeliers, lacquer wood furniture, Burmese antiques, and signature service elements, while being given a complete upgrade and contemporary twist through a refreshed colour palette and subtle decorative details. The interiors of all the hotel's 31 suites will be redecorated in keeping with the Strand's legendary style and elegance, while at the same time updated with the latest technology, including new air conditioning, sound and communications systems. The Strand is famous around the world for its flawless, personalised service and suites will continue to be attended by the hotel's team of highly trained butlers. Once "The finest hostelry East of Suez", we are very eager to reveal the new Strand and bring it back to its former glory. Please continue visiting us for updates and bookings. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Strand Hotel Yangon (Rangoon)
- Strand Yangon Rangoon
- Strand Hotel Yangon Rangoon
- The Strand Yangon, Myanmar