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Hotel Grand United (Ahlone Branch)
Ranked #20 of 151 Hotels in Yangon (Rangoon)
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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“Just an average choice in Yangon !!”
Reviewed 18 July 2014

Was pleasantly surprised to find a hotel for a reasonable rate in Yangon for a change but was horribly surprised to get a room without window for that price !!!! On argument that it was not informed, the front desk actually asked for 60 $ more per night to change to a room with a window which was later reduced to 30 $ per night !

Since I was there for only two nights, I decided to spend those 30$ for better use and tolerate the suffocating feeling of a window less hotel room !!!

The bathroom sink is put in the bedroom which actually does not give me a very good feeling and also bathroom itself was very small and ill structured !

The property being new is clean but have a kind of tacky interior !! Restaurant staff are nice and they also serve reasonably good food. Breakfast was not too impressive and limited on choice !

Have a good gym with acceptable equipment and space.

Overall, for a short business trip this hotel can be ok but for the price they are charging, Yangon can provide you with better options. Just look around before deciding on this one.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled on business
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Hotel Grand Uni... H, General Manager at Hotel Grand United (Ahlone Branch), responded to this review, 19 July 2014
Mingalabar!

Thanks for your feedback on Tripadvisor!

We thank you for your constructive criticism, but would like to kindly clarify a few issues in your review:
1) Our base rooms are Superior Rooms with No Windows and if you book directly to us or online, then you were definitely informed of the room type name as per above. If you book through a non-online tour operator, sometimes, they may not be clear on this. We have and will continue to be pushing on this to ensure there is no misleading in the description of our room types. Please kindly email grandunited.head@gmail.com for further clarification of this issue.
2) The reason why the front desk asked for US$60/night was that the next room type - "Superior Room with City/River View" was not available; instead, only our Junior Suites with Pagoda View were available, which was why there was this jump. Our front desk manager eventually gave you a discount for the Junior Suite.

We also appreciate your comments about the structure of your room, the interior design and breakfast options. This feedback is very valuable for us and we will present this to our management for further discussion.

We hope that we can show we can improve upon the weaknesses described in your review and please kindly drop us an email @ grandunited.head@gmail.com so that we can ensure your next stay is a better one!
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Berlin, Germany
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 July 2014

I stayed in this hotel over several weeks and in three different rooms. The first room had no windows, but was otherwise good, particularly for the price I paid. The second room on the 11th floor was the best I stayed at. Great view over downtown Yangon, no noise from the street, spacious. When I returned after a night away, the only room they could offer me with a queen bed was a smoker room on the 5th floor. I'm a very sensitive non-smoker, but the room was actually not smelling at all. The low floor proved to be quite loud though, particularly due to the construction site next door. I also paid the same price even though I didn't have a bathtub in this room. So better ask for a room on one of the upper floors and check if you like it, before agreeing to stay there!

Otherwise, the hotel was a lot better than other places I stayed at in Yangon. Excellent huge breakfast buffet with international newspapers to read. Clean (as it is still very new). A fantastic gym (and sauna) with brand new equipment. Internet was working most of the time. Good location (I was a bit worried at first, but it proved to be quite accessible) and they provide a free shuttle service daily to Scott market, Shwedagon and Chinatown.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled on business
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 July 2014

To start with, this hotel is just a 20-30 min walk from Shwedagon Pagoda, and infront of Central Women Hospital. Area was quite and clean unlike other busy and noisy areas in yangon. There is a seafood restaurant nearby, and some western cuisine if you walk 200-300m further ( on the direction to pagoda). Staffs are nice and kind., and the rooms are extra clean and kept with same standard as 4-star quality, and does the bathroom too.There are some complimentary eateries like noodles and chips other than water bottles. and the bed and sleep was excellent.

TV has most of the best channels to surf, including LIVE Football Worldcup ( Thats a PLUS !!)

There is a free shuttle from hotel to major tourist attraction like Shwedagon Pagoda and Bogyoke Market on daily basis, you can check the timing in front desk, though you may need to register day before

The restaurant in the second floor is not so pricey compared to the restaurant out, but if you gonna order something, make sure you have ordered something Asian Cuisine, I had bad experience by ordering Western ( burger and pizza ) and mushroom soup which is totally and unbelievably sucks.

Though breakfast was exquisite, with lots of choices and varieties. And the staffs will make sure you had everything you need right at your table.

There are pool table near-room next to restaurant, for hotel guests too. Though didnt get a chance to try, as it was crowded on night time. Plus sauna is free for hotel guests.

And the rest is best compared to some of the other hotel i stayed in yangon, especially value for money ( below $100 ) hotel with such luxurious service. I would recommend this hotel to anyone who s looking for a little extra pampering.

Room Tip: Rooms on high floor with Shwedagon Pagoda View will be greater, but costlier i guess.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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Hotel Grand Uni... H, General Manager at Hotel Grand United (Ahlone Branch), responded to this review, 11 July 2014
Mingalabar!

Thank you for your feedback on Tripadvisor! It is a pleasure to read your review as it gives us motivation that we are on the right path towards providing world-class services and facilities.

We are glad you appreciated our location, close to major landmarks and downtown Yangon, yet in a serene neighborhood, avoiding the bustle and hustle of the city. It is satisfying to hear that our room cleanliness and amenities offered meet your expectations of a 4-star hotel.

The free shuttle service to major landmarks has become very popular since its establishment in December 2013 and we are glad it has been a success, allowing our hotel to maintain the importance we place on connecting our guests closely with local culture.

We note your remarks about our Western cuisines and will pass this on to our food & beverages manager, who will be further reviewing the high standards of quality we place on our cuisines.

Our staffs will be overall very proud of your review and please do give our recreational lounge (billiard, darts) and fitness centre a try next time and we do hope you will give our Western food choices another chance. Our junior suites offer fascinating views of Shwedagon Pagoda; waking up to this and enjoying it at the very dark hours are absolutely mesmerizing moments.

Once again, thank you very much for your review and looking forward to welcoming you again in your next visit to Yangon!
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Chesterfield
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Reviewed 9 July 2014

Very clean hotel in a great location. The rooms were excellent and the staff were friendly and helpful.
This hotel is better than many in Yangon that charge much more for their rooms. The breakfast is good with a good choice on the buffet.
I would recommend the Grand United.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled on business
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Hotel Grand Uni... H, General Manager at Hotel Grand United (Ahlone Branch), responded to this review, 11 July 2014
Mingalabar!

Thank you very much for your feedback on Tripadvisor

We deeply appreciate your positive review and the recommendation you give to our hotel. We look forward to showing even more of our Grand United services, facilities and hospitality in your next visit to this rapidly changing city!
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Reviewed 3 July 2014

Friendly staff, good location and rooms are clean! We got arranged to a corner room on 12/F (highest floor), very quiet as no noise from the street. Also, wifi works all the time! We stayed at another hotel for the first night but it is not as good as Hotel Grand United, definately recommand it!

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Hotel Grand Uni... H, General Manager at Hotel Grand United (Ahlone Branch), responded to this review, 11 July 2014
Mingalabar!

Thank you very much for your feedback on Tripadvisor!

We are pleased to read your review and glad you enjoyed the high standards of our rooms, comfort and WiFi services. Our staffs will be overjoyed by your review and your recommendation of our hotel.

We hope to welcome you or your colleagues/friends/relatives again in your future visits to Yangon!
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 June 2014 via mobile

Enjoyed my short stay at this hotel. Ultra friendly staff, always smiling and ever ready to assist you. Very convenient and safe to get around. Just grab a cab and pay US$2 to get to the nearest shopping centre Taw Win Centre. There's a supermarket, Halal restaurant, Mango and many other shops available. Just across this shopping centre is another shopping centre as well. This is the closest place if you do not want to go to the town area of course.

Stayed June 2014, travelled on business
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Hotel Grand Uni... H, General Manager at Hotel Grand United (Ahlone Branch), responded to this review, 16 July 2014
Mingalabar!

Thanks for your feedback on Tripadvisor!

We are overjoyed to read your five-star review and glad to hear you found our services, staffs and facilities satisfying. We will be sure to maintain the high standards you saw and please be assured that we are making continuous improvements based on valuable guests' feedback such as yours.

It would be a pleasure for us to welcome you again and we do look forward to your future stays at Hotel Grand United!
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 June 2014

It is a good little hotel with basically everything you need for a short business stay. The breakfast is good and most importantly, the wifi works. Locationwise it is not ideal, but there are plenty of taxi available.

Room Tip: There is a construction site on one side of the hotel, try to request a room not facing it because t...
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled on business
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Hotel Grand Uni... H, General Manager at Hotel Grand United (Ahlone Branch), responded to this review, 26 June 2014
Mingalabar!

Thanks for your feedback on Tripadvisor!

We are glad you generally had a positive experience, along with the breakfast and WiFi services.

Regarding location, there are several restaurants/shops within walking distance. We are also located in a calm neighborhood, yet very close to city centre. We are also in further talks with our neighboring compartment for lowering construction time periods, so we do hope this issue can be resolved.

We hope we are given another chance to show that we can improve upon our weaknesses and look forward to your next visit to this historic city!
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Property: Hotel Grand United (Ahlone Branch)
Address: No. 35 Min Ye Kyaw Swar Road | (Corner of Hnin Si Gone Road, Front of Central Women Hospital), Ahlone Township, Yangon (Rangoon) 11131, Myanmar
Region: Myanmar > Yangon Region > Yangon (Rangoon)
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#8 Best Value Hotel in Yangon (Rangoon)
#16 Luxury Hotel in Yangon (Rangoon)
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Grand United (Ahlone Branch) 4*
Number of rooms: 176
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Just 20 minutes away from Yangon International Airport, 8 minutes away from Shwedagon Pagoda and 6 minutes away from Bogyoke Market, Hotel Grand United (Ahlone Branch) places itself at the greatest possible location, for you to absorb Burmese culture and tradition to the finest degree. Surrounded by a serene and beautiful neighborhood, you enjoy a panoramic view of Yangon including Shwedagon Pagoda.Our 180 sophisticated and contemporary guestrooms feature an extensive range of facilities and services, including, but not limited to WiFi Internet in the entire complex, daily buffet breakfast, fitness centre (gym and sauna), specialized restaurant and coffee shop, business centre, conference hall and meeting suites. At Hotel Grand United (Ahlone Branch), you embrace elegance and genuine Burmese hospitality! ... more   less 
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