reminiscing the great times experienced in myanmar beginning the early 1990s, i decided to read the most recent reviews from fellow travelers regarding this grand old hotel. the strand may not be for the indivual on an expense account with appointments to maintain and a corporate boss requiring accountability. no...the strand is for the mature liesure traveler who appreciates a relaxing experience reminicent of colonial days.
i first stayed at the strand in 1996 during the country's failed 'visit myanmar 1996' promotion. the room rates were near US$400/n while the staff were receiving the equivalent of US$6/mo per individual. while i had daily appointments to maintain, i also had sufficient time to slow my pace to enjoy the aura of the strand hotel.
in the 90s, there was no wi-fi. there were no flat screen televisions nor multiple international channel availability. you couldn't even get a sim card for your mobile phone because myanmar post and telecommunications didn't offer this convenience. so, for evening liesure diversions, one was left to either taking a slow walk about, hardly feasible because of the heat and humidity, or lounge about in the lobby and the bar.
what i remembered best was the fact that just staying at the strand necessitated being attired properly. the strand had that air about it, and if one were not attired decently, one would feel terribly out of place at the strand.
aside from the suite like rooms where everything was impecably in its proper place, only 32 rooms were available during those early years, i remember having to let the water run for a short period before it appeared sufficiently clear for cleasing. the grounds surrounding the strand were meticulously maintained, similar to the raffles hotel in singapore and the oriental in bangkok.
if you were seeking a great hotel for business during the early to mid 90s, you may have chosen a more recent construction like the traders hotel (now called sule shangri-la hotel but same organization) which opened in november of 1996. while both hotels offered high levels of comfort, they differed immensely on character.
my guess is that the more mature the indivdual, the greater the chance he would gravitate towards the strand, a hotel that exists in direct contradiction to the progress of time.
- 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