We booked our hotels to Myanmar about a month ahead. Because of these our choices were limited. We got whatever we could. When we arrived in Yangon we stayed in Yuzana Hotel in Yangon which was quite old and not so clean. But the thing that made it all worth while was that it over-looked the most magnificent landmark of Yangon, the Shwaydegon Pagoda.
We got a Deluxe Suite with both a City View and Pagoda View. The in-laws at first got a smaller room with only a City View. They complained because they paid the same amount. At first they said that the entire hotel was full, but with a little insistence they got a room that seemed to be in the same category as what we got. So if you are booking here, make sure to request for a room with a Pagoda view.
I really felt like I stepped into an 80′s movie. My in-laws were saying it reminds them of hotels in Russia (where they stayed for quite a few years) complete with the “minder” in the corridor of each floor. The said that the old-style Russian hotels would have a babushka to take care of your need and watch over the guests.
Our room was sparse but huge. I was happy with the minimalist furniture. And I didn’t even expect to have a flatscreen TV and ref. YAY!If we had only known that the flatscreen would have a USB port, we would have brought a USB with movies and TV shows to watch to sleep. What an unexpected luxury! I am not sure if the other rooms below this category would have the same kind of TV.I was also surprised that the outlets were universal. Cool! And.. there were switches for each outlet. I think this is to make it easier to “unplug” electronics because of the frequent black outs and electric surges with generators. That’s also why most hotels have voltage protectors for TVs and refrigerators.Before we got ready for bed we wiped all surfaces, light switches, door knobs, remote control and other frequently touched surfaces with alcohol free wetwipes because they were (visibly) dirty. We also sanitized the toilet seats but for the toilet/shower floor we had to spray with Lysol. (which we usually don’t use at home because it’s has toxic components that I don’t think are good for you in the long term and especially bad for small animals and babies)
Then it was time for bed and to enjoy the magical view of the Shwedagon Pagoda. The bed and pillows were a bit touch – TD and I both woke up with a sore back and a crick in the neck. But it did the job and I had no problem with bedbugs after I sprayed my Natural Bedbug spray from the Philippines.
I hear this is the only hotel with this magnificent view! (I am not really sure.) We were happy with it for the price, the view and the size of the room. Just make sure to bring cleaning aids if you are particular about cleanliness and germs (or OC/allergic). =P