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With regards to your interest in Yangon hotels..
Over the last 8 years I’ve been involved in developing Myanmar Tourism and it’s here that I put my hand up to having a vested interest in the tourism industry. My company specialises in arranging Custom Tours of Myanmar. So, putting that that aside for a moment, I visit Myanmar 4 or 5 times a year and have travelled extensively throughout the country, so I’m very familiar with all available accommodation options. I do not have anything to gain by offering you my opinion except the knowledge that I’ve passed on accurate and current information. I’ve stayed at all the major hotels in Yangon and I’ve visited most of the other worthwhile sites whether they be 3, 4 or 5 star. My recommendation for BUSINESS travellers is the PARKROYAL. This is centrally located, but the primary reasons I stay there consistently are:
* It is always clean and tidy
*The hotel offers “RELIABLE” HIGH SPEED CABLE internet
*The food selection is excellent
*The staff are extremely well trained
*The pool and gym facilities are first class
*The meeting areas are very well designed and positioned to maximise your benefit
*Comparitively speaking the room rates are well priced.
*It’s within walking distance of Scott’s Market and other shops
That’s it really..
The SHANGRI LA having been recently refurbished is over-priced and over crowded (especially at breakfast times when you often have to wait for a seat). The STRAND is way over-priced and located in a remote corner close to nothing of interest (also no pool). The GOVERNOR’s RESIDENCE is way over-priced and really just designed for tourists going on a “Road to Mandalay” river cruise (all owned by the same company BELMOND). That’s also located our in the suburbs close to nothing of interest. There are other choices such as the SAVOY (slow internet – old rooms), the SEDONA not too bad as a business hotel. The new MELIA will open this month and that looks really good HOWEVER the rooms rates appear very high. There’s also the NOVOTEL, but again that’s just a tricked up IBIS (over-rated & over-priced). For first time visitors wanting a real feel of traditional BURMA, I highly recommend the Kandawgyi Palace. It’s superbly designed and placed in a luxurious tropical garden setting looking out over the lake. Business travellers from Thailand may be familiar with the CHATRIUM brand. That’s also a great business hotel but it is quite isloated, you need a car (taxi) to go anywhere. So, that’s my recommendation my friends..
I “choose” the PARKROYAL because it is consistently good.
Travel safe..

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