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Kumudara Hotel Bagan
Ranked #30 of 47 Hotels in Bagan
Reviewed 12 August 2012

We stayed in a junior suite on the upper level of the new two storey building. The room was very big, beautyful and perfectly clean. We had a balcony with a fantastic view over the temples. I don't think there's many places in the world where you get such a unic view in an affordable hotel.

One mayor problem with the room was that the air conditioning wasn't strong enough for the big room, so it was uncomfortably hot in the room.

Some minor problems:
- There's no shower curtain, so bathroom floor becomes wet when showering
- There's a safe in the room, but I'm not sure if it's possible to use it or if it's just for decoration. It looks like it's bought in an antic shop
- It was difficult to close the door to the balcony

The staff was friendly, but not very well trained. They often seemed confused when we asked them questions.

Most restaurants are quite far from the hotel, so we chose to have dinner in their restaurant one night. Service in this restaurant was extremely slow, the waiters didn't understand us when we ordered, so we had to wait for a manager who spoke english. After that, it took more than an hour to get the food on the table (and we were the only guests in the restaurant for the first half hour).

The breakfast was buffet style and nothing special. There were some asian hot dishes, but the choice was rather limited for western food.

Bagan is a very hot and dry place, so we used the swimming pool both days. The water is green, i guess it's some chemicals or something. Hopefully it was safe to use it... There are some sunbeds around the pool, but they're not very comfortable. They would be much better to use if there were cushions on them.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 9 August 2012

We loved this place! Was concerned that we would be disappointed as had read mixed reviews in here, however, we arrived in the evening following a stay in Manalay and were delighted by the location and the warm welcome we received on arrival. We stayed in 3 chalet style bungalows. The pool must have been cleaned up because we found it clean and a welcome refreshing dip at sunset was a real tonic. We enjoyed the short walk to local restaurants in the evening and had no problems organising transport and discovering good places to eat.

Breakfast was very good, and we liked to proximity of our hotel to local attractions. Bikes were of a reasonable standard, and we had an excellent day exploring local temples. Even more fun taking the bikes out at night without lights!! Would not hesitate to recommend this hotel. Good efficient laundry service and pleasant staf, overall cleanliness good.

Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 8 August 2012

We stayed here for two nights in July 2012. The hotel is very well maintained and consists of villas and good-sized rooms. Our junior suite was a bargain compared to other places in Myanmar and afforded wonderful views over the Bagan temples. Good self-service breakfasts, old fashioned safes for your valuables, a swimming pool and a decent restaurant for when you retreat under the midday sun. Take a good torch for seeing the inside detail of temples and also for night-time, if you venture into New Bagan for dinner. There are some alternative dinner options within 20 mins walking distance but the streets are not well lit (don't worry about personal safety - it is one of the most pleasant, and safe, countries I have ever visited).
It's up to you to decide what, if anything, responsible tourism means to you but it saddened us to see so many (young) people using AC cars to see the temples. The hotel rents out bikes, which are good to get to Old Bagan. However, access to some of the more remote temples on the dry, sandy terrain is limited by car or bike. I would suggest sustaining local business in the form of the horse carts. There are about 5 or 6 that hang around outside the hotel and you can negotiate pretty decent all day rates (about USD15-20) including a sunset view. The carts can hold up to three passengers in addition to the driver. The horses appear to be well kept and they can access terrain that a bike or car will struggle with. Our horse cart was licence no. 40 and I would thoroughly recommend that driver, who was clearly struggling to make a living in the face of competition from (far more expensive) AC cars. Finally, take a good supply of 200 and 500 kyat notes to tip the key holders at the sights. While most are permanently open, some of the more remote ones have to be opened up when you visit and the key holders usually also show you the highlights of each temple. They are hardly paid anything so a small tip is appreciated.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 August 2012 via mobile

Good hotel with a great location amids the pagodas. We had a junior suite which is very good value compared to what you get in yangon or mandalay for a similar price. The view from the balcony is unbeatable, seeing the lit pagodas at night from your room. The room is quite luxurious and well maintained. Airco worked well and pool was nice. The restaurant is ok, I can recommend the tomato myanmar salad which is like a peanut-onion- tomato salad. Overal the myanmar food is better that the rest, the fruit shakes are not that good as they are warm. You can rent bikes, my tip is to pick the ones you want before breakfast before the other guests select the better ones, as they are not all equally comfortable. There is free internet but it almost never works. Staff is friendly, overal a very good pick given the alternatives in Myanmar.

  • Stayed: August 2012
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Reviewed 3 August 2012 via mobile

Stayed there for 3 nights in junior suite. Great views over the pagoda plain. Decent breakfast, nice dinner served, very friendly staff, spacious rooms & clean, very comfortable.

Only minor downside is the not so cheap bicycle rent, and the pool (which we used every day) coukd be a bit more clean.

  • Stayed: August 2012
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Reviewed 29 July 2012

I stayed here for five nights in July in a Junior Suite. This hotel has potential and with some TLC could be very good. The location is tucked away but not unreasonably far from restaurants in New Bagan. The staff was friendly and helpful in booking taxis, onward hotels, and making phone calls.

The Junior Suites are nice on the surface but suffer from some problems. The biggest for me was that the aircon was terrible. Bagan is in the hot/dry zone and it is 40 degrees by 8:30am, so good air on was really important but it never got very cold. I had the opportunity to hang out in the bungalows as well, and while they aren't as nice decor wise, the air on is much better. Also there were birds living under the roof, which makes for lots of scuffling and banging around directly above the ceiling. I changed rooms and the staff said they'd have a look, but I don't think they did. Last problem is there is no shower curtain in the bathrooms, which makes for a wet bathroom.

Breakfasts were terrible.

Like I said, with some professional management and some TLC, this hotel could and would be really great.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 17 June 2012

We really enjoyed our stay at Kumudara. It's very peaceful, with fantastic views over some of the many temples in New Bagan, and stunning sunrises and sunsets!
The F&B Manager (Zaw Zaw) runs a great onsite restaurant, serving tasty dishes at very reasonable prices. We enjoyed relaxing there at the end of the day; with a cold beer and good food, chatting to our fellow travellers.
Through the hotel we booked a horse and cart to visit some of the 3,322 temples. Shan, the driver/owner (and Zorro, his horse), were great company for the day and we enjoyed our time with them.
A worthwhile visit, within walking distance of the hotel, is to the Bagan House Lacquer ware Workshop where you can see how local lacquer ware is designed and made. It's an interesting set up, and well put together for the tourists. Interesting, also, to walk through the back streets of the village - people came out of their homes to wave and say "Hello" as we ambled by.
I had a few grizzles, (which were far outweighed by the good things), but I'll mention them anyway.....We visited in May, when the day time temps reached 40 degrees plus, and I found the aircon in our room struggled to keep up. It was disappointing to find the pool out of action, because the water had gone green. This could have been easily fixed with a few chemicals. The internet was very slow, but 30mins free per room per day enabled us to make onward bookings and catch up with emails.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Address: Corner of 5th Street & Daw Na St. | Pyu-Saw-Htee Qtr, Bagan, Myanmar
Region: Myanmar > Mandalay Region > Bagan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #30 of 47 Hotels in Bagan
Price Range: £41 - £64 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Kumudara Hotel Bagan 3*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Every time you open the curtains from your room, you can see the panorama view of ancient Bagan temples. Located at the edge of archeological monument zone, surrounded by farms and ruins of temples, Kumudara Hotel is the only hotel in Bagan with the unbeatable location where you can enjoy the priceless view of hundreds of pagodas and at least 10 famous ones. Famous pagodas include Su La Ma Ni Pahto, Dhamma Yan Gyi Pahto, Ananada Temple, Shwe San Daw Paya, and That Byin Nyu Temple. Situated in the middle of 4 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens and 12.9 acres of farmland, the atmosphere is very quiet, peaceful and serene. If you are looking for a place to escape from your daily stress at the best location in Bagan, Kumudara Hotel is the right choice for you. This is where your Bagan dream comes true! ... more   less 
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