This property is rated as a 4 star hotel in Myanmar. It is not part of a large international chain and certainly lacks the staff quality and software to operate like an International 4 star hotel.
The hotel has some decent hardware. It has an impressive facade with a nice lobby which has been newly renovated(photos attached). Wifi is free and you can get your passwords from the business center(photo attached) at the lobby level. Internet connectivity is fast - unlike at many other international hotels around Myanmar. It has a great gym(photo attached) which doubles as a health club which locals join as members. The 4 swimming lane pool(photo attached) outside the gym is clean and large. The gym does not have a spa and you will have to call a nearby hotel if you want to get a massage.
The rooms of the hotel are very basic(see pictures). There are no safe boxes which is a major miss in my mind. No one wants to be carrying their passports and valuables as they go about their sightseeing or business meetings in Yangon. There is also no iron or iron board in the room. Furniture in the room is worn and the carpets could use a good scrubbing. On the flip side, hot water is in plentiful supply in the showers and the room has a water kettle and free coffee and tea facilities, along with free bottled water.
The lack of hotel management software in the hotel shows up in the details around the hotel. Corners are cut in the upkeep of the rooms. Furniture is scuffed, paint is peeling from the walls...There is also a strong smell of cigarette smoke throughout the hotel from the lobby to the hotel corridors leading to the rooms. Fortunately the rooms that we stayed in were fine and reasonably clean.
The hotel offers buffet dinners at US$18 per head, but there were few takers during my stay at the property. Contrary to some of the other reviews, there are a number of decent food options within walking distance from the hotel. Black Canyon Cafe is 3 minutes walk away(out the hotel and left on Ahlone road) and has a great selection of Thai and Western food and espresso drinks/smoothies. Black Canyon is part of a Thai chain of cafes and is a reliable bet for good and safe food. If you are more adventurous, you can take a 12 minute walk around the block(out the hotel turn left on Ahlone Road and walk for 5 minutes; turn left on Pyay road and walk for 5 minutes; turn left at the Indonesian Embassy onto Pyidaungzu Yeiktha Street, pass the French Embassy and the National Archives) to Feel Restaurant where, in my opinion, some of the best Myanmar food in Yangon is found(see other reviews in tripadvisor).
Beyond its proximity to Shwedagon Pagoda another huge plus staying at this hotel is that it is directly opposite from the People's Square and Park which is one of the major parks surrounding the Pagoda. This 130ha park offers some stunning views of the Pagoda. Tripadvisor does not have a listing for this park yet, but you can Google it to find out more.
Overall, I think it all boils down to expectations. If you are expecting a 4 star hotel in a international city - that is not what you are going to find here. I think that what you will find here is more like what you get when you visit a Hampton Inn in the US or an Ibis Hotel in Europe - a 2 star product with a decent room, amenities and a free hearty breakfast in the morning at a price which is lower than the International chain hotels like the Traders or the Park Royal in Yangon. If you check into this hotel with the right set of expectations, you should be fine.
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- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Summit Parkview Yangon is located in the up market vicinity of Embassies, Shopping Centers, Food Outlets, National Museum and the People’s Park. The hotel is a short 5-minute walk to the iconic 2,600 year old Shwedagon Pagoda, a must for every visitor to Yangon or a 5 minute drive to the famous Bogyoke Market, the historical market destination for tourists. Its a 10 minutes drive to Downtown and 30 minutes to and from Yangon International Airport. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Summit Yangon (Rangoon)
- Summit Parkview Yangon Rangoon
- Yangon (Rangoon) Summit
- Summit Parkview Hotel Yangon, Myanmar