This hotel is lovely, well thought out and well designed. However, it is in a really boring area, out of town, with no buses or taxis (except on the back of a motor scooter).
Management and staff tried very hard to please, with welcoming smiles and all of the service we could hope for.
Our room, 601, was large, clean, had good linens and was nicely decorated with appealing Burmese prints on wood walls. Two rooms, each w its own bathroom, open onto a shared lounge where self-catering coffee and tea is located. Right outside each bungalow (of 2 guest rooms) also had its own patio. AC worked great. Rooms had robes. Bathroom had tub and shower and plenty of amenities.
Happy hour, with "free drink and snack" was one of three mixed drinks and snacks were peanuts. Setting for drinking and dining was lovely, and there were mosquito coils beneath our chairs. They could have also used fans (I could have anyway!)
There is a large pool, very clean, a gym (infrequently used) and a small but tasteful gift shop, and beautiful landscaping everywhere.
One night we walked to a nearby restaurant (the only nearby business of any sort that we saw). I think it was Taste of Mandalay. Service, setting and food all made the mark, and it had fans and was less expensive than the hotel.
If I return to Mandalay I would look for a place in town. Otherwise, I'd certainly return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in the charming city of Mandalay,Hotel Shwe Pyi Thar is a place where local charm, cultural heritage and scenic beauty blend seamlessly with modern hospitality. Exuding elegance, this upscale hotel is adorned with traditional teak furniture and classical touches, while also offering a range of facilities to suit both business and leisure travelers. Its unique position, overlooking the hazy Shan Mountains yet just five minutes from Mandalay city center, makes Hotel Shwe Pyi Thar the perfect option for all types of guests. ... more less
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