Grand Hill Hotel Hpa-an

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Hpa-an, Myanmar

Grand Hill Hotel Hpa-an Reviews

gingerbatik gingerba…
533 reviews
Expensive hotel in Hpa an Feb 06, 2013
This is the only hotel available closer to the city area as we didn’t book hotel in advanced and all other hotel are fully booked, except one other hotel which is more further away from this hotel (outside city areas). The location of the hotel is pretty far from city centre and transportation is very difficult unless you have your own car.


The building itself looks very attractive with bungalow style accommodation and plenty of greenery surrounding the areas and also the hotel located far from the main street, at the small dirt road at the end of the road. When we check in at the hotel, the receptionist who didn’t speak much English didn’t give our passport back unless we pay the room in advance (it seem not much trust here). After we paid the room, we get our passport back.

The room is very small probably only 11 sqm and really basic and catasprobia. There is only one queen bed in the room and small night table on each side of the bed. Old and small television at funny angle in the room, small bathroom with old hand basin which tingle toward the front and water not come out properly (just trickle of water), and luckily working air condition. It advertises to have hot water but there were no hot water for shower during our stay and the water is really cold. No wardrobe or hanger to put our clothing either and not much space for our backpack. It is really tiny room. We feel robe off from this hotel for this type of room with price of usd 45 per night for single or double bed with buffet breakfast. There were no wifi in the room, however we can have wifi at the lobby area.

The buffet breakfast held in spacious garden and the food is pretty basic as well with fresh fruits of bananas and water melon, toast, fried eggs, fried vegetables, fried rice and Myanmar dessert, fruit juice and tea or coffee.

The hotel also has a small restaurant for dinner near lobby area but the food is not that good. The price is not bad and quite reasonable considering it is far from city centre. The service is very slow and it takes more than an hour before the food ready and they didn’t even gives the drink we ordered until the foods arrive. It is probably cheaper to eat in the hotel than go out for dinner to city centre considering we have to pay for taxi to go there and back to the hotel and it seem transportation at night time is a wee bit difficult and we had to wait for awhile before we find taxi back to the hotel on our first night there.

The receptionist at the hotel able to arrange private tour to the caves nearby, bus ticket or taxi to city centre or bus station at reasonable price and we need to book one day in advance. There is nothing special about this hotel and if we have other choice, we wouldn’t stay here.
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gate to the hotel
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tj1777 tj1777
378 reviews
Over priced hotel with lousy location Dec 24, 2012
We only booked this hotel as a last resort - all the other hotel in Hpa-an had turned out to be fully booked for when we arrived. To be fair the grand total of hotels in Hpa-an which accepts foreigners is only three. And none of those three hotels are overly big generally this was never a problem in Myanmar up until pretty much this tourist season which had seen another explosion in the number of tourist travelling to the country. Unfortunately this explosion had been combined with an equal explosion in the rates the hotels tends to charge for a room.

We kind of got stuck at the Grand Hill Hotel which is poorly located a couple of miles out of the small town of Hpa-an. So to get to and from the city require you to catch some sort of local transport - most likely a tuktuk from the main street which is a short walk from the hotel. There are a decent number of tuktuks driving by - but not sufficient to guarantee you won’t have to wait for a tuktuk to arrive. On at least one occasion it took us a while to find an available tuktuk and then agree on the price - which is always reasonable from this street.

We had booked a room in advance and from the other hotel where we booked it we got the impression this would be a nice hotel with all the things you would like - like hot water air-condition and a window in the room. After all the hotel is fairly expensive for Asia at 45 dollars a night so we had pretty high expectations of this semi luxury hotel - the Lonely Planet guide didn’t do anything to lower these expectations since it said the hotel had everything you would like. The hotel is located on a big ground and got some nice bungalows spread around the area. So just when we arrive we think this looks pretty good and we are initially happy about the prospects of the hotel.

Unfortunately the good impression of the hotel doesn’t last long. We give the passports before we go to see the room - and they won’t give them back unless we pay for the room. This is pretty bad service from an up market hotel. When we get to the room we soon realize why they made these percussions. The room is tiny with no windows. The side of the room is dominated by an oversized television which is using the last big tubes before the change to flat screen television. The location of the television is at the side of the bed since it the room was too small to allow you to pass the television if they had put it on the end wall at the foot end of the bed. When you go to bed you need to take care not to hit your head against this dangerous looking structure on the wall next to your bed. After looking at the room we initially wanted to leave. But considering we had tried to book every other hotel in town this didn’t look like an option so we decided to stay. We wanted an upgrade to a room with some as fancy as a window but they insisted this would make the price even higher - so we just kept the lousy room. We didn’t get happier when we tried to enjoy the hot water in the bathroom - which turned out to be poor cold water.
The bed and the dangerously locate…
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A bungalow - look it got a window …
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