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The Hotel Bagan Umbra
Ranked #13 of 46 Hotels in Bagan
London, United Kingdom
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“Great pool - and breakfast”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2014

Lovely pool, although not enough chairs and loungers. This will be a big problem when the new building is finished with many more rooms. The standard rooms were run down, although large enough and the impression gained was that nobody was interested in them as new rooms being built. Staff pleasant but spoke little English and not up to date on means of transport apart from expensive taxis. Breakfast was brilliant - tea and real coffee, even plastic cheese slices (which were like manna from heaven after 3 weeks cheese starvation). Omeletes etc and pancakes cooked to order and a good buffet.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2014

Nice rooms - especially the Superior and Deluxe, which are spacious and with a/c. Good selection at the buffet breakfast which is served in the outside garden area. Lovely pool which is great to use after a day sightseeing. There is Wifi, but like almost all places in Myanmar is unreliable and very slow when it works.
They rent bikes and electric bikes at good prices. They can also arrange horse & cart, or onward buses if needed. The only downside was they tried to charge us for the pickup which they hadn't mentioned in the email, or at check-in, but they didnt charge us once we pointed this out.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2014

They've got the best offer compare to their price! Friendly and helpful staffs, great location, reasonable price, very nice atmosphere with the pool and clean rooms! Their wifi not so strong but who cares it's a holiday! Then what else you need!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2014 via mobile

I really enjoyed my stay at Umbra. Location was perfect and i could rent a e-bike (8 dollars per day) to get around. So much fun! They also had a pool and it was just like in the pictures ;) The staff did everything to make you feel welcome and also served you food/drinks wherever you wanted.

Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2014

The rooms were clean the staff were friendly and helpful. Could do with a few more beds around the pool. But the star of the show were the breakfasts! Delicious and lots of it! The hotel is well located with a number of restaurants within walking distance.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2014

Yes certain rooms are run down, not very clean and overpriced for what you get.

I chose it for the location and for the pool and it did not disappoint. The breakfast was better than I was expecting, we had an old room opposite the pool and we didnt suffer with any noise. The staff (guys) on the drive were a pleasure to deal with

We went next door to the small local shop and picked up some mosquito coils and they were gone pretty quick.

Dont be fooled in getting a massage arranged by the front desk. Its very cheap but terrible.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2014

The hotel is between Nyuang U and Old Bagan and, with a bicycle, in a great location to explore the temples and pagodas. There are some decent restaurants close by, but the restaurant at the hotel is actually pretty good and the woman who seems to run it is very kind and helpful. The rooms were adequate with good A/C but nothing fancy. However, they are building a brand new "wing" that looks to be nice. Of course, it will probably be more expensive also. There is a swimming pool which was a real plus after coming home from biking around the pagodas in the heat and dust and it was quiet at night for a good sleep.

Room Tip: I stayed in the building in the back on the second floor behind the pool and liked it.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about The Hotel Bagan Umbra

Property: The Hotel Bagan Umbra
Address: Nyaung U Main Road | Wet-Kyi-Inn Village, Nyaung U Township, Mandalay Province, Myanmar, Bagan 05231, Myanmar (Formerly Golden Express Hotel (Bagan-Nyaung U))
Region: Myanmar > Mandalay Region > Bagan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 46 Hotels in Bagan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — The Hotel Bagan Umbra 3*
Number of rooms: 94
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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