Before I elaborate on our stay at The Savoy, it's important to know that you should lower your expectations significantly--chances are, you will not be getting the level of service and room that you would with the same price in a "normal" country. After all, Myanmar is in great shortage of real modern hotels while number of inbound tourists increase as the day goes by. That is going to be the case before international chains like Shangri-La opens up at around 2016/17.
To begin, this German-run boutique hotel has nothing to do with the famed Savoy in London. The hotel is conveniently located not far from the Shwedagon Pagoda (roughly 15-20 minutes walk) in the embassy district. It has a relatively more modern/western vibe than the old downtown part, but we did not explore.
The room was spacious (we got a standard one; think it's called "deluxe") with all necessary furnishing. To my surprise, they even got a flat screen TV. The bathroom was decorated with style but not luxurious--the shower was a bit mediocre. For those of you who like teak wood, yes, the room had teak wood floor.
The staff was overall attentive and helpful, but again, you can't really expect Myanmar service to be on par with what you would get in more developed countries. They tried their best, and you just need to have a little bit of patience.
Breakfast got variety (not a feast) and was very fresh. We liked both sitting outside and dining inside looking out to the Shwedagon out of the window. We did not try the restaurant nor the bar.
We liked this boutique hotel for its basic yet quaint feel and all the thoughts they'd put into the decorations and design--the paintings, the sculptures and all. We looked into the souvenir shop but decided not to buy anything as Yangon was our first stop, but only to realize later that the stuff we saw in there was actually of the best quality we came across on the whole trip.
In sum, this is a nice hotel and probably one of your best bets in Yangon. And no, as much as a night costs here, you should not expect it to be of luxury/boutique standard in the West or other Southeast Asian countries. Myanmar simply is not there; hotels are by and large expensive and not value for money. That said, I will recommend this place to other folks visiting Yangon, and I myself am very likely to stay there if I went again.
PS: Just in case you can't accept the fact that you're paying luxury price and not getting what you know as "luxury" in your home country, you might wanna take a look at Governor's Residence and The Strand. We did not stay at either as both were fully booked. Governor's looked good but the price was even better (US$600+/night during Christmas), while The Strand seemed to have everything it takes to be called luxury but receive very mixed reviews (perhaps due to old decor?).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Savoy Hotel is a four star colonial boutique hotel committed to personalized and attentive service. It is ideally located in a picturesque area of Yangon overlooking the Shwedagon Pagoda, Myanmar’s “twinkling wonder” and nearby the People’s Park. All 24 deluxe rooms and six suites express the charm of “the old days” with traditional Myanmar antiques, teak furniture and spacious bathrooms. Nicely overshadowed by tall old trees, the large pool with its lounge area makes the Savoy Hotel a silent oasis in the middle of the buzzing city. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Savoy Hotel Yangon Rangoon
- Savoy Hotel Yangon Myanmar