Yangon is a tough city for rooms. Either they are very good and very expensive, mediocre and expensive or cheap and normally rented by the hour.
The Savoy falls into the first category. Very good, but it comes at a cost. In a city similar to New York or San Francisco the cost of a night's rest at the Savoy would be a bargain. In Yangon I was expecting at least a third less.
The hotel is one of those classic hotels of yesteryear updated to modern standards. The hotel was nearly fully booked so my choice of rooms was limited and I was only going to spend around 12 hours there anyway so room 103 on the ground floor with a wonderful view of the parking lot suited me fine.
The room has beautiful teak (I assume) flooring and is appointed with everything you expect in a hotel of this caliber. Large King sized bed, festoon with pillows galore of various weights and hardness. A snow white duvet and air conditioning strong enough that actually using the duvet is a real option. Television of course (I didn't watch any TV so no comment on programming or signal quality). A good strong WiFi signal and bandwidth a little broader and faster than most I experienced in Myanmar. A writing desk and chair rounded out the main room. The room wasn't large by anyone's standards, but large enough for one night. If I stayed longer I would probably be spending a lot of my time poolside or touring the town. 103 could get small after not too many hours. There was one unique feature that I had not seen in my entire time in Myanmar, a clock ! It was one of those old fashioned styles with the round face and the bells on top. At first I thought it was merely a decoration, but the time was set to the correct time, so I imagine it worked. I put my trust in my iPod.
The bathroom had the three fixtures you would expect. Sink, toilet and shower. For me it was fine, though to the mold phobic if you looked down in the corner of the hinges to the shower door and looked really hard you could indeed see some mold. Bath gel, body lotion and shampoo were in small vase shaped glass bottles with heavy solid glass stoppers. As well as many little boxes of things that probably held shower caps and Q-Tips and those sort of things. Hair dryer of course and towels.
The ubiquitous mini-bar was of course there. There were four half liter complimentary bottles of water, a hot water kettle, coffee and more kinds of tea than I understand.
The room was quiet in spite of it being next to the entrance and parking lot. The thick curtains did a wonderful job of blocking the outside ambient light.
I went in search of food and found two options. A French restaurant Le Bistrot and the Captain's Bar. The bar had a nice menu of easy to eat with a drink in your hand kind of food. I guess you would call it 'Bar food'. It looked interesting, but the bar was the most happening place in Yangon. It was packed to the rafters with merrymakers. Probably THE place to be in Yangon. I opted for Le Bistrot, a much more sedate venue for dining and writing for me.
I pretty much had the place to myself, it was still early. The goat cheese salad was large enough to share, with great flavors and textures. The duck in pepper sauce was cooked just right and presented on a piece of slate with baby carrots (just a hint overcooked) and some very nice mashed potatoes. I have had red meat (steak) in pepper sauce but never duck. It was a great combination. The house French Chardonnay was a very good choice. Apple tart with ice cream to finish and a near perfect meal. Add great presentation of the dishes and the staff attentiveness, but not over so, I had a great meal for little more than the Olive Garden would have cost me at home.
I can not come up with enough superlatives to describe the staff, from the greeting at the door to the closing of the taxi's door the staff were absolutely outstanding. I would love to give special accolades to the mature smaller man who met me at the door and escorted me to the room, but I was in such a check-in tizzy that I forgot to get his name.
I give my stay the full five stars and would have loved to experience the Savoy a little longer.
- 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