Amazing hotel Nyaung Shwe is about 18 miles from the Heho Airport, but we drove through the mountainside therefore it took a little longer than thirty minutes. However, we enjoyed taking photos of the beautiful scenery along the mountain. The hotel location was perfect, within walking distance whether going to town or down to the lake and nearby restaurants. One of our best was Thanaka restaurant which was only two minutes walk. The Amazing of Nyaung Shwe is a two stories building totaling 16 rooms, overlooking a man made lake, to its right is a large monastery. At first, it appeared a little noisy since we just left a very quiet hotel in Yangon (Classique Inn- outer skirt of downtown ); however, once we were in our room ( we got two room upstairs), we could not hear the noise any longer. If we really tried to listen, we may hear the sound of the rocking horse steps. Yes, in this ancient town, people are still transporting via horse carriages. It's really neat!
I love everything about the Amazing hotel in Nyaung Shwe. Most staff was very kind, except for one lady at the information desk. She was okay, but seemed a little abrupt with us. We noticed she was all nice and smiling with another guests, but then when we came to ask question about signing up for our next day boat tour to Inlay Lake, she changed her attitude quickly and appeared to be much less enthusiasm and seemed a little mean and giving us her cold shoulder type of attitude! We went through with her, but then the next day we decided not to deal with her directly. We had a very good boat tour guide, and we hired him again for our second day boat trip. My favorite time was spent at the Thuka Spa. If you stay at least five nights like we did, the hotel offers one 60 minutes complimentary Thai spa massage, which I enjoyed so much and signed up for two more: herbal oil and Asian aromatic massages during our stay, got 10% in house guest discount. Love it!
I did not pay for the hotel stay, it was taken care of by my sister and her husband. I do know it was on the high side for Myanmar, as expensive as Sheraton, Marriott or hotel Sofitel here in the US. So you can expect their cuisine must be superb! And it was. Staff was dressed in beautiful Myanmar uniform, housekeeping did their daily routines "turning you down for bed time" with a small cake basket or cookies treats and opened the bed blanket for us. Laundry service was also excellent, reasonable and quick. They picked up our dirty clothes (from the laundry bag) and returned to us nicely ironed, folded neatly inside a plastic bag for each item, the same evening.
In Inle lake, the market comes around every five days. We were lucky enough that the market was in Nyaung Shwe on the day before we left. People from the mountain and many other villages all came together bringing their goods for sell. One thing, you must bargain while shopping here, usually you can offer 1/3 of the original asking price. We were lucky to have one hotel staff came along to the market with us, so we know we did not pay overpriced.
If your destination is Inle Lake or Nyaung Shwe, give Amazing of Nyaung Shwe a try. You will enjoy a pleasant stay. We sure did!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in the heart of Nyaung Shwe Town, the Hotel Amazing Nyaung Shwe is a landmark, combining the best of traditional Myanmar architectural style with all modern conveniences. The Hotel Amazing Nyaung Shwe surpasses any other hotels in the area and defines true luxury. ... more less
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