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Belmond Governor's Residence
Ranked #1 of 155 Hotels in Yangon (Rangoon)
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London, UK
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“Surely the only place to stay in Yangon?”
Reviewed 22 April 2014

Governors residence is a stunning old colonial-feel hotel with teak wooden flooring, walls, panels and old pandas fans above you. Sitting having a cocktail you feel transported back to a different era.

All public areas are visually beautiful and the staff are amazingly helpful and chatty. Nothing was too much trouble and it was a genuine helpfulness rather than an expectation of a tip at the end of the stay. Hnin Nwe was particularly helpful.

We did a lot of sightseeing but still managed to squeeze in an hour by the glorious pool which complete with an array of gorgeous bar food and cocktails you are hard pushed to remember you are supposed to be in a country that's only just waking up to tourism.

The main building has a bar, breakfast room and a few small shops plus a beautiful veranda that overlooks the pool and gardens. At breakfast they had an egg station, dim sum and juice bar plus an impressive selection of cereals, cheese, cooked and cold breakfasts inside. At night the veranda turned into a magical, cool high end dining experience with a great chef at the helm (from Mexico which the menu gives more than a nod to). This was THE place to come for an evening so all the nicer to know we were staying here.

Upstairs is reached by a huge winding staircase with massive windows overlooking the back part of the hotel and rooms. The space is huge but actually feels less cosy at night - still great but not quite as perfect. This is where the nightly curry buffet is served ($42 pp) but we opted for the a la carte menu downstairs.

The rooms are behind what was the original 'Governors Residence' in newer two storey buildings. The room was large and spacious, beautiful teak floors, huge recently renovated bathroom with massive black granite bath/shower. We didn't spend long in the room but slept brilliantly with super cool AC and gorgeous soft bed linen and pillows.

There isn't a thing I can fault about the hotel and would return immediately. As a comparison we stopped in for a quick drink at its main competitor in Yangon "The Strand". Other than those wanting to stay there because of its history, there is a massive gap between the two. The Strand felt dated, stuffy, tired and somewhere my grandparents might have liked. The bar is supposed to be a hotspot but we went and it was so soulless and empty we didn't even stay for the drink.

The hotel also helped us arrange any tours of Yangon. We opted for the elephant coach which whilst pricey at $150 each we had the old thing to ourselves which felt totally decadent and fitting. That came with a driver, a drivers assistant who gave us drinks and freshly squeezed pineapple juice from the back area if the bus, a guide from 2-7pm and looks and stares and waves that were befitting of a celebrity. These buses are everywhere in the city and were used in the war a lot to transport troops around apparently but it was one of just three that had been decked out in cream fabrics and teak. It was deserving of the waves.

The guide we had - by sheer chance - was a young lady called Suzie who if you can you must ask for. Her English was perfect, she was funny, interesting and interested. She wasn't in a rush to show you anything she felt you should see, she worked through the list we gave her in time-efficient order making sure she added in a few of her own suggestions "shall we walk down this street - it's a really lively area and full,of gorgeous old buildings" and "oh how lovely, the market boat on the river is only here once a month - it's your lucky day. Do you want to jump on it to have a look". There was no parading us before her cousins' friends' aunt who made silk ensuring she'd get a little extra commission.

Lovely hotel, lovely tour and a lovely city that was supposed to be the quick stop of Myanmar.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 April 2014

Probably like many other tourists to Burma, Yangon was our first stop and was our first hotel in this country where tourism is very under developed. Surprisingly, other than the room which was perfectly fine, exceeded our (not very high) expectations. This boutique hotel was located in the embassy area and has a very low key, discreet entrance. Some people might prefer to stay in the center of town but we liked the quiet neighborhood. The staff was very friendly and efficient. The service, both at reception as well as at the restaurant, was very good, probably the best we have received in Burma. Our room was facing the very nice garden and quite spacious with two sofas in the sitting area. The earthy and simple deco of the bathroom makes one feel very close to nature which was lot of Burma was about. We had accepted the fact that everything else might be cheap in Burma, hotels are not as they are in demand right now. In fact, we feel all hotels we stayed in Burma was overpriced for what they offer. Given that, Governor's Residence was at least worth the money.

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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 April 2014

Unique experience in a hotel that needs a bit of rehabilitation and attention to food service. Certainly one of the best hotels in Rangoon, it wonderfully represents the history of the town, however the owners have not fully reinvested in the facilities as would be expected at this level. It does not work as a business hotel as there are very few places to speak in private. Unique pool very nice tourist setting with decent food.

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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled on business
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Mexico City, Mexico
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Reviewed 21 April 2014

I spend a few days in this hotel before departing on the Road To Mandalay with Belmond (used to be Orient Express) http://www.voyagesinmyanmar.com/web/rtm/road_to_mandalay.jsp

The hotel is LOVELY. Great service. They advice on how to take a cab, how much to pay, where to exchange money, etc. You can see the Shwedagon Pagoda on your way from the airport. Food is delicious. Try the sticky rice for breakfast. Dinner menu changes everyday. Good WiFi.

Best of all: private tours! You can go to the travel desk (or something like that, ask to anyone at the hotel and they will tell you where to go) and ask for whatever you have in mind. My husband and I decided to go to the other side of the river. Our guide was Coco and he told us about the history of the city, about Aung San Suu Kyi and he showed us how most burmese people lived. It's an unforgettable experience if you're interested in culture and local living. Coco took us to an orphanage and we saw children from the Chin State.

I will definitely go back to Myanmar and will definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 April 2014

For over $500/night i did not find the value. It is a nice boutique hotel but I think they are charging a lot of premium for the brand. No views from my room, flies between the glass and window blinds. No internet working for entire night. You do not expect these from a $500/night hotel.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled on business
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 April 2014

The governors residence was our first stop in Myanmar in what was always going to be a crazy 3 days. The property is amazing. After driving through smart albeit dusty suburbs you arrive at this calm oasis of water and greenery. The staff were throughout our brief 24 hour stay very warm and welcoming. As we arrived early we had breakfast on day one, followed later by a poolside lunch and an evening meal in the a la carte restaurant. The top floor restaurant is a buffet curry, which looked great but we preferred to sit downstairs by the floodlit pool. The dinner was excellent. It is rare that we have had 3 meals in one hotel all on the same day, but with the governors residence it was warranted. Rest assured we didn't just eat, there was a lot of sightseeing also squeezed in! The rooms are scattered through the back of the property, 2 storey villas mixed in with trees and lawns. Our room was huge and immaculate. We were on such a tight schedule that I didn't get chance to use the spa which was a shame. Overall this was a very enjoyable albeit brief introduction to Myanmar and is thoroughly recommended.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 April 2014

We began our 3-week trip around Myanmar at this exceptional hotel and were greatly surprised as we had been warned that Myanmar (Burmese) hotels were not quite up to other top class Asian hotels. Not so for The Governor's Residence (an Orient Express Hotel). The staff, overall ambience, food, gardens and our superb room were every bit as good as the best of Asia. And they even reserved the same room for us on our return at the end of our magical time in Myanmar.
A perfect beginning and ending to this amazing trip.

Room Tip: Garden room on ground floor overlooking a small pond - recently renovated
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Belmond Governor's Residence
Address: 35 Taw Win Road | Dagon Township, Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar
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Region: Myanmar > Yangon Region > Yangon (Rangoon)
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Yangon (Rangoon)
#1 Business Hotel in Yangon (Rangoon)
#1 Luxury Hotel in Yangon (Rangoon)
#1 Romantic Hotel in Yangon (Rangoon)
#1 Family Hotel in Yangon (Rangoon)
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:5 star — Belmond Governor's Residence 5*
Number of rooms: 49
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Part of Belmond's international collection of iconic luxury hotels, trains and river cruises, Belmond Governor's Residence is a 1920's teak mansion and hotel situated in the heart of Yangon, Myanmar. Surrounded by lush gardens and lotus ponds, and home to two resident peacocks, the property is a peaceful oasis and retreat from the bustle of downtown. The hotel features the Kipling Bar and two restaurants, including the renowned Burmese Table, a gourmet introduction to the cuisine of Myanmar. The Mandalay Restaurant on the lower level of the mansion serves international fine dining al fresco on the terrace overlooking the lotus ponds. Guests can enjoy swimming in the fan-shaped pool in the gardens or indulge in treatments at the Governor's Oasis Spa. Complimentary daily guest activities and complimentary guest bicycles are provided. The hotel is located near the iconic Shwedagon Pagoda and a short taxi ride to the city center. The People's Park is located within two blocks. ... more   less 
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The Governor`s Residence By Orient-Express Hotel Yangon (Rangoon)
Governors Residence Yangon Rangoon
Governors Residence Hotel Yangon Rangoon
Belmond Governor's Residence Yangon, Myanmar

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