We stayed here four nights and I am going to have to go against the grain here. I cannot agree with the sentiment expressed by my fellow tripadvisees. Let me be blunt, this is an average to below-average hotel, and I think people are being blinded by the fact Bagan is such a cool place. In my evaluation, there are only two things going for this hotel:
(1) Location: It is walking distance to the temples in Old Bagan, and you have access to some great restaurants, most notably Star Beans and The Moon-Be Kind to Animals.
(2) The Spa: The traditional Myanmar massage for USD20 administered by Ms Khaing Khaing is as good as it gets. I went twice!
As for the rest of it? Well, it is what it is -- as one reviewer has put it, and without being unkind -- a 3 star hotel in a third world country. The food was ordinary, the rooms pretty run down and tatty, the shower a bit of lottery in terms of water temperature, and the wifi (in the lobby only) pretty hit-and-miss.
To conclude let me comment on the pool. If swimming is important to you, do NOT come here. I swam once in four days and even then the water was so murky I couldn't see in front of my nose. Indeed, while we were there, the pool was actually closed more than it was open, and guests were offered transport to another hotel for a swim about 15 mins away by horse and cart. This, it appears from other reviewers, is an ongoing problem the hotel does not seem able to resolve. Even if you aren't a hardcore swimmer like me, after a tiring day walking around Bagan, cooling off in the pool is a must!
Thankfully, Bagan is such a great place and the local restaurants so good, our experience at The Hotel at Tharabar Gate did not spoil our time here, but it could have been so much better.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Tharabar Gate
- Tharabar Gate Bagan