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"Where is the best hotel in Mandalay, in Bagan, in, in, in???" 

I so often get to be asked. "Hum, uh...oh well" - how to start explaining?

In fact, there is no 'best' hotel here! BUT we have a lot of GOOD hotels, and some of them can easily compete with top hotels in Western countries!

So why not to write about the most popular hotels in Myanmar and telling you all the positive reasons to book there and to OVERLOOK some of the whims, which, alas, unfortunately do not make them THE BEST.Best hotels in myanmar


And of course the SERIVCE! It is always in the hands of the GMs (General Manager) - and some of them, after having been here for a couple of years, act meanwhile as if they were the owner of the hotel and we tour operators should be glad and humble (!) and, above all, treat them with velvet gloves touching a raw egg...They really sometimes forget that at the end of the day they get their cheque signed by someone else...

Commenti di clienti

We are still collecting from our clients the "the real critical comments" and in future we will publish some of them as well - as long as we consider them as reasonable.

OK! Let's start in alphabetical order WITH B as

BAGAN

THANDE (OLD BAGAN)
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We do only offer here the Deluxe Rooms with river view - I must admit - they have the best view ever! Right from your bed you watch the life on the Ayeyarwaddy River!
The breakfast buffet and dinner are at the river side terrace. It is managed by locals and they try their best - we can recommend it. Not recommendable are the rooms in the two-storey building (which was built in 1922 for the Prince of Wales when he visited Bagan). What our clients also do appreciate is that it is not so crowded with big traveller groups.

You can relax at the new kidney-shaped pool and dine at the river side terrace! What more do you need?

THARABAR GATE  Rating of myamar hotelsRating of myamar hotelsRating of myamar hotelsRating of myanmar hotels
"Located right in front of the legendary gate of this 10th century city, the hotel overlooks and is wihtin 3 minutes' walking distance to the spectacular Anandar Temple.... is just a 10 minutes' drive from Nyaung Oo Airport ... 86 superior and deluxe guestrooms including 4 deluxe suites, all with ensuite bathrooms ... tastefullly decorated with teak wood fittings and traditional Burmese antiques."

Rooms
- that's what I liked best - every room had its own mural painting!!! It's just a newly opened hotel (Dec. 2002). Christian, the French GM, always with a smile, is very service-minded and VERY much focused on Food and Beverage.

There is no garden
, but the outdoor setting and the beautiful swimming pool invites for relaxing and a refreshing jump into the pool!

As already said, the rooms are really very tastefully decorated, BUT watch out in case you have a room near the "wall"!!!  Behind the wall a street leads to the jetty and trucks loaded with people heading to and from the jetty wave you a friendly "HI" into your room!

All in all it's still a new hotel, but I truly can recommend it without so many hums...

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It's located in New Bagan amidst a beautiful tropical garden and also offering a nice swimming pool - with a view to a little pagoda. The spacious deluxe rooms are very stylish and lots of little details give the final touch. On request you can have dinner at the swimming pool side or opposite of the pagoda - quite romantic...
A  hotel with twenty one air-conditioned rooms with bathrooms attached (hot & cold shower) and minibars.
It's a simple and nice little hotel in Old Bagan. The owner, a charming Myanma lady, trained her staff very well!
Rooms are clean and simple furnished - just some rooms are a bit too small and not much place left for 2 people with luggage!
No garden BUT a big terrace with a spectacular view of old Bagan and its temples. Perfect for dinner during hot season time, as there mostly is a welcoming breeze.
And enjoy the Myanma cuisine - just ask your guide and tell her/him to order for you! Delicious!

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"Nestled on the banks of the Ayeyarwaddy River, the Thiripitsaya Hotel reposes  serenely amidst the myriad centuries-old pagodas of historic Bagan... A dip into the pool or sunbathing on a deck chaiselounge.... a realxing massage at the Spa... a satisfying meal..."

Yes!Yes!Yes! BUT - ... again, all is so Japanese-perfect that it lacks a "warm ambience" - not much to say, it's very neat and tidy, a four star hotel, service ok, managament under control (!), chef very ok, breakfast really nice with a view to the Ayeyarwaddy River.

Well, the garden looks a bit "naked" - just plain grass, with orderly planted trees, and quite boring for me; anyhow, until now there is no better hotel in Bagan!

MANDALAY

MANDALAY HILL RESORT (former Novotel)
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An international hotel - don't get confused that it once was the Novotel - it was always far better than most of the Novotels in Europe! Australian Manager Richard Mayhew brought back the service we had in the 90ies!
The swimming pool has a superb view to the Mandalay Hills.

The rooms are ok - the breakfast was mediocre - last time I had it was February 2003.

NADI MYANMAR
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Has all facilities which a standard hotel can offer. It's nice and clean; well, the furnishing is not exactly our Western taste and sometimes it is just a pity - local people spend so much money for their hotels, even get from Western tour operators advice how to do - and at the end of the day we get a nice hotel, but unfortunately no atmosphere!

SEDONA
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"Sedona Hotels International is a Singapore based hotel management arm of Kepel Land Limited, a premier property developer in Singapore and the region..."
at the moment (April 2003) I would give 3 and half smileys as it is not so well managed. It is just the best located hotel in Mandalay: Everything could be perfect if the owners would decide to send somebody there and take more care of it - as they did in recent years but then sent the GM to Yangon. That's why we have now a much, much better service at the Sedona Hotel in Yangon!

SWAN
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It's a nice Superior hotel in Mandalay, just next to the Sedona Hotel. The Deluxe rooms are recommendable - the ones facing the swimming pool area, which is quite nice! They even have a gym there!

Meanwhile we HAVE choices in NGAPALI BEACH! Let's start here with the

AMATA
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Well, here we got luckily a new hotel at one of the most beautiful beaches in Myanmar! It's the Amata, which stretches for 500 feet along the white beach of Ngapali, covering an area of 5.2 acres.

It can provide luxurious accomodation in 85 rooms. Most of their rooms are in bungalow type, secluded in its own compound, each containing a soak tub and an outdoor shower. The Hotel is professionally designed and supervised by Spine, an architectural firm based in New York, U.S.A. However, the style is a blend of traditional Asian and exquisite modern, applying locally produced teak and cane generously in a contemporary way of furnishing.

It is the first season of their opening, so let's see how service is. When we were there for the soft opening, all was ok!

SANDOWAY RESORT
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The MOST tasteful hotel at the beach! Last time when I was there (March 2003) we found it all a bit "pompous" - they redocareted it, respectively enlarged the restaurant terrace. For such a kind of beach resort it was a bit "too much". But to be fair: I was told that the big restaurant was built because there will be 15 new bungalows for coming high season. How wonderful!

The Italian food is superb, the wine also  - unless they are able to offer you what they have on the wine list! (by the end of the season there is not much variety...)

SILVER BEACH
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Standard Hotel at the beach - for people who just want the beach atmosphere it is the perfect little Bungalow Hotel. The rooms are poorly furnished, but have aircon which is very important during the summer season - no breeze at night... As already told, the food is excellent, especially considering the price:value relation!

Meanwhile the Silver Beach started to build 8 Deluxe Bungalows with seaview... Bungalows are supposed to be 3 1/2 * accommodation. They are nicely decorated - we only do not understand why the 'living area' is in the back of the bedroom: and thus no sea view!  We are still waiting for the bungalow price. Also a new restaurant is under construction. The owner told me that all we be completed by the end of this year.

SHAN STATE
Inle Lake

INLE PRINCESS
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A beautiful resort on the lake. The only problem is that during high season it is mostly fully booked and not easy to get rooms. They only have 28 beautiful chalets and 24 superior Rooms.
Also here you have a huge dining hall, the food is ok but by far overpriced! You pay for decoration and the charming owner!
From Kaung Dine or Nyaung Shwe it takes about 20 to 30 minutes to get there. If you arrive in the evening it is not advisable to take a boat when it is dark - although you can reach this resort by car, but only by pick up!

HUPIN HOTEL, KAUNG DINE
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 It's a kind of a village resort and is located on the west bank of Inle Lake and near the Kaung Dine Village. We like it, especially the "floating huts" which are made of Padauk or Teak Wood and Bamboo. Not only do you have a nice verandah but also your own jetty (!) and a just marvellous view to the lake!
The bathroom is simple and I always wonder who is using the little cute wooden bathtub!
The huge dining room does not have a personal touch BUT the left side of the dining hall is reserved for individual travelleres, on request you have candle light dinner and the Shan cuisine is superb! This is the place to taste this delicious cuisine - but order it the moment you check in, as it is not ' a la carte' .
"Round the corner" live some villagers from the Padaung tribe (long neck ladies) - for some of you who have not taken enough exotic pictures it might be an interesting visit!

PARADISE INLE RESORT
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This resort is located in the middle of the Inle Lake - 50 bungalows on stilts built in traditional Shan style. Also, here every bungalow has its own (but small) little private balcony. The bungalows are connected by wooden wlaways to the reception, restaurant or jetty.
As long as I can remember - food was always good here!

Please note that all of the hotels in Shan State mentioned here have no aircon but are equipped with a fan.

REGAL HOTEL - SUITES
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Yes, Yes, yes! Finally we are getting more and more hotels which are up to our standard. This little hotel sits on stilts on the lake and I have been staying in the suites which just had a wonderful view to the lake. The Shan Cuisine is delicious - you just have to know what to order!

I recommend the suites! As in most of the wooden/bamboo bungalows on the lake, they all are not that soundproof and you might hear your neighbour watching CNN. Luckily they ony offer one programme!

Kalaw


HILL TOP VILLA
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At the moment it is the best hotel available. The chalets are clean, nicely decorated, every room has a private fire place - and yes (!) you can use it ! - a spacious bathroom and a little verandah. It is located on the top of Kalaw Hill and in the morning you have a beautiful panoramic view. I love this hotel!
 
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We are still waiting that ONCE, only once we do get a real, real colonial-style hotel. Here we are, Kalaw Hotel, once a beautiful colonial hotel and now renovated - nothing cozy left, at least the outside façade has still a 'colonial touch'. The rooms are spacious and clean, but alas without any atmosphere. The bathrooms, well clean but not nicely renovated. Let's say the rooms are BASIC, service so 'la la' and table cloths not acceptable. For our clients we supply our own table cloth! It seems the manager does not really know what his job is... at least our guides do know.

YANGON
Well, well, well! We have plenty of hotels here in the green capital and again, we are still looking forward to getting the 'best" hotel  one day...

THE DUSIT INYA LAKE RESORT
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I admit, we have been using this property very seldom. Of course we had our reasons! Meanwhile it is managed by the Dusit Group (Dusit Hotels & Resorts) and we are quite pleased with its changes.

From outside this neo-colonial style resort might remind you of a submarine! It is nestled among  over 28 acres of tropical landscape gardens. About 15 minutes drive from YGN International Airport as well as from the famous Shwedagon Pagoda. If you have time enough, you can enjoy two professional tennis courts, the swimming pool, - with the BEST view, especially for the sunset - use the jogging track or just go to the gym.

GRAND PLAZA
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A first class hotel right in the centre of Yangon - opposite of the Railway Station. Rooms and suites are elegantly designed - furnished with teakwood, fine fabrics and traditional handicrafts and of course equiped with modern amenities.

Swimming pool, tennis court, gym - it's all available. New there: the Zen foot Spa. What a treat after a long day of walking and sightseeing!

NIKKO ROYAL LAKE HOTEL
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It's a perfect First Class Hotel for travelers. The spacious rooms either enjoy a spectacular view of the Shwedagon or the magical Kandawgyi Lake. And what we really like: Every bathroom has a separate shower. This hotel has the most beautiful swimming pool which is located amidst plush greenery and tropical landscaping!

PANSEA
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The Pansea Yangon is located in the Embassy Quarter of Yangon. An imposing teak mansion restored to its pristine glory! Clustered around the restored colonial residence lie the spacious rooms and grand suites. Spacious fitted bathrooms with their free-form bathing areas emphasize the garden resort's tasteful luxury.

It's an elegant Boutique Hotel where you get the feeling of old colonial times...
Do you want to discover the exotic delicacies of Myanmar? Why don't you try it there?! Or relax after your exciting sightseeing day at the poolside?

SEDONA
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Within a 15-minutes drive from the international airport AND to the city centre, the Sedona Hotel Yangon impresses with its Myanmar-inspired decor and architecture. For travelers or business people - it's just what you need after a full day of sightseeing or business meetings. The spacious rooms are tastefully decorated. Swim in the beautiful free-form pool, work out at the gym or play tennis on the lighted tennis court.

THE STRAND
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SUPPOSED to be THE Best Hotel in Town as1901 this used to be one of the best hotels in the Far East. The hotel's 32 spacious suites are located on the hotel's two upper floors and serviced by a team of butlers, 24-hours a day.

The Strand Cafe with its big, teak-framed windows and the the elegant Strand Grill offer the best cuisine in Yangon - but alas, no atm
osphere and comparable with a morgue.

Since years we have been pondering why in such a small hotel it is not possible to give this charming hotel more atmosphere. Indeed The Strand still takes advantage of its reputation awarded during colonial times and we are expecting its new manager to bring back the charming atmosphere it once had a century ago!

To be frank: Although it might claim to be a 6 star hotel -  but for this it still has a way to go...


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