Arriving at the hotel I was quite worried what I would find after a recent spate of negative reviews on TripAdvisor and some cautioning words from a local. However, while not exactly pleasantly surprised on arrival, I thought the hotel was fine. It's definitely not 3 stars like they say behind their reception desk, but you get what you would expect for the cheap (for Bagan) $50 price tag.
The only real negative that stops this hotel from being great is the old, run down rooms. On the plus side the air conditioning works well, the bed is fine, there is a mini bar and TV and we had no problems with noise (we were in Room 301). On the negative side the door doesn't close flush so there is always a gap mosquitoes get through, we had real trouble getting any power outlets to work because they're so old plugs don't stay in place (only one worked in the room and it needed an European converter, even the converter supplied by the hotel didn't work), the WiFi is truly awful (I wouldn't rely on it for anything while you're here) and in general the room looks beaten up with mould in the bathroom, peeling paint on the walls etc.
Outside the room we had no issues. The staff were helpful, the pool area is lovely and the breakfast is really excellent. It looks like they're building new rooms, when they finish I expect this hotel really will be 3 stars (or probably more).
I think if you come to this hotel expecting to get what you paid for, not thinking you got an amazing bargain on a spectacular hotel, you won't be disappointed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Umbra Bagan is located at Wet Kyi Inn village, mid-way between Old Bagan and the City Nyaung U. Old Bagan is one of the most significant archeological sites in the world which rose to glory as capital of the First Kingdom of Myanmar in the 11th century. The Hotel Umbra Bagan is closer to major tourist attractions like the famous Shwezi Gon Pagoda and Anandar Temple. The beauty of ancient Bagan can be seen early in the morning and be explored simply from the hotel's doorstep. After guests spend the day biking around pagoda in heat and dust they can enjoy our two swimming pools. Also the Hotel Umbra Bagan offers a pleasant quiet surrounding at night with its 5 acres of beautifully landscaped garden. ... more less
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