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Sule Shangri-La Yangon
Ranked #5 of 151 Hotels in Yangon (Rangoon)
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“A pleasant surprise”
Reviewed 4 January 2014

It's difficult finding hotel rooms in Myanmar because there are so few…. and this wasn't actually top of our list in Yangon but it proved to be a good choice in the end.

The hotel is downtown, a short walk from the Sule Pagoda and near all the local markets. It's central and a great base to explore from if you want to see the real Myanmar.

There is a lot of security because of the recent bomb but it's nice to know that they're taking security seriously and trying to keep their guests safe.

The hotel itself is nicer inside than out. The hotel has a nice lobby and a lovely bar on the 2nd floor. That said, rooms are nothing special. They have everything you need - plus the bed is really comfortable with a great duvet - but they could perhaps do with a bit of a facelift.

The breakfast buffet is very extensive and the bar has happy hour from 5pm-8pm which is also worth trying. There are even complimentary hot bar snacks on a Friday which is a nice touch.

We did have a couple of issues:

1. The most disappointing aspect of the hotel is the pool area. It's a little soulless but that's not a big deal really…. what is a big deal, is that there are only 22 sun loungers (we counted them!) and it's a 20+ storey hotel. I know it's primarily a business hotel but it's not exclusively so and even it if was, business people often bring their partners when travelling. We came back after a long morning walking around the city to find that there was no space for us which just isn't acceptable.

2. We had room 805 which was really noisy as it was by the staff lift shaft. Initially, we thought it was building work still going on as they are currently renovating the hotel but that was not the case. The Manager Myo came up and confirmed it was the lift. He didn't give any indication that it was something he was aware of which is quite disappointing as we've just noticed in an earlier review from a previous guest that they reported the same issue for room 1105. Obviously all rooms ending in 05 should probably be avoided.

All in all, it is a really nice hotel and the staff are wonderful so I would definitely recommend it. We will actually be returning in a few days and hope to have a room away from the lift shaft!

Room Tip: Don't stay in a room that ends in 05 as you'll be by the lift shaft.
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 January 2014

Went there for two nights and it offers everything you would expect. The rooms are good and clean, service is very good and staff very friendly. The gym is well equipped. Breakfast buffet is fantastic.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 3 January 2014

Stayed here on our last night in Myanmar. Very typical business hotel, but wifi on the entire trip through Myanmar. Room was comfortable for the three of us. Location to market and Pagaoda was an definite plus, we enjoyed the views of the Shewedagon Pagoda.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 January 2014

I flew to Myanmar all the way from the States, so wanted a bit of luxury and pampering when I first arrived. (the rest of the trip was budget hotels). It's a beautiful hotel, great room, decently priced restaurant. Especially AFTER then going to mostly budget hotels, looking back I really appreciated the water pressure, working elevator, etc! It does seem quite expensive for Myanmar, but it was worth it.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 3 January 2014 via mobile

My boyfriend and I stayed here on our last night of a 12 day Myanmar tour, and were quite happy with the decision. Compared to many of the other places we stayed in throughout the country, this hotel actually felt like it was oriented towards international tourists. It is managed by the Shangri-la group, so had many of the classy touches that Shangri-la hotels are known for. The room was lovely and had an amazingly comfortable bed. The wifi is also very reliable - a rarity in Myanmar! The hotel is in a great location within easy walking distance of the Sule Pagoda and the Bogyoke Market where you can pick up all of your souvenirs!

Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 January 2014

I stayed for 2 nights at the traders hotel in Rangoon, Burma - the hotel is going through a renovation so there was construction noise during the day and afternoon - when one is paying $260/night one expects peace and quiet but that didn't happen. Also when I asked the hotel tour desk to arrange a city tour, they were not able to help. After 3 attempts I gave up and arranged a city tour with a taxi driver - I expect more from a 5 star hotel. The rooms are large and clean - no complaints here and the staff is attentive. Breakfast is very good (buffet) and they were able to arrange a box breakfast for me since my departure flight was at 6AM. They do have a security system on entry but it seems to be used more as an exception than the rule (which is good). I had lunch at their Chinese restaurant and it was very good. Their prices are sky-high for most everything - in fact more than what I would pay for a similar hotel in Chicago

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled solo
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Phillip C, General Manager at Sule Shangri-La Yangon, responded to this review, 11 January 2014
We have not ventured into the local tour business as most people have pre-booked plans – but thank you for your suggestion and we will plan to introduce a tour desk. Phillip
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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Reviewed 2 January 2014

We'd booked a room here for our last night in Myanmar and thought we'd splash out a little.

Arrived in a cab from the airport and there was a function of some kind finishing so the cab could not get tot he front door. We lugged our bags and then hit a security screening post (there was a bombing there 3 weeks before). Struggled through the metal detectors and joked with the security staff.

Lugged our bags to the reception counter (didn;t appear to be any staff around to help with bags or point out where it was).

We'd booked through Agoda (was about $270 US per night) and when we were checking were advised we'd only booked for one and breakfast for the second person would be an additional $50 US.

Patrons of this establishment fit the accidental tourist mould, consultants and NGOs. The room was OK but the non-smoking floor smelled of cigarettes. The rooms are like any large international hotel chain, you could be anywhere in the world and avoid contact with the locals so you felt like you had never left home.

If asylum from where you are travelling is what you're looking for you may like this place, but next splurge in Yangon will be the Strand, at least it has some character.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Sule Shangri-La Yangon
Address: 223 Sule Pagoda Rd., Pabedan Township, Yangon (Rangoon) 11182, Myanmar
Region: Myanmar > Yangon Region > Yangon (Rangoon)
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Yangon (Rangoon)
#3 Business Hotel in Yangon (Rangoon)
#4 Spa Hotel in Yangon (Rangoon)
#4 Family Hotel in Yangon (Rangoon)
#5 Luxury Hotel in Yangon (Rangoon)
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Sule Shangri-La Yangon 4.5*
Number of rooms: 479
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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