Htein Htein Tar II
Htein Htein Tar II Magwe Reviews
The new number two hotel Dec 30, 2012
We didn’t actually want to stay at this hotel - but the tuktuk driver had taken us to the neighbor hotel against our wishes and we didn’t have a map so had no clue where to go. Hence we decided not to stay at a hotel where the tuktuk driver would get a commission and instead we went for the hotel next door.
The hotel was the newest, best and unfortunately the most expensive hotel in Magwe. The 50 dollars for a room was actually a shared record for most expensive room during our stay in Myanmar - and way more than you would expect to pay in a small town far far away from the tourist trail. But we didn’t want to spend all afternoon looking for a cheaper option so we decided just to pay the price for a room for a night.
The room was decent size and it was brand new - it actually smelled new as well with some odour of fresh paint. The good thing about the new room was everything actually seemed to work - there was hot water which did have some pressure - a true luxury for country side Myanmar. There were the usual standard for a business like hotel with television, air condition and a bit of a table and chair to sit at if you wanted and a big bathtub which was clean unlike a couple of other hotels I stayed at. The hotel had a pool where - so this way it did separate itself from all other hotels I had stayed in at Myanmar. There was a nice area around the pool where you could relax and behind the pool was a couple of buildings which I think was changing rooms but I didn’t have the time to enjoy the pool so I didn’t check if these small buildings were actually changing rooms.
We had to leave very early the next day so we asked the manager to book a tuktuk to pick us up at around five in the morning and we asked to have the breakfast early if possible plus naturally a wakeup call terrible early in the morning. Unfortunately the service seemed a bit shaky - when we went out we had expected the manager would have made the reservation of the tuktuk in the mean time - but when we got back it turned out he hadn’t booked the tuktuk yet. He did actually book it after we asked for it a second time - and the tuktuk showed up in the morning - but if we hadn’t asked we might have had big troubles when we left the next day.
It was a bit the same with the breakfast - we had to repeat the request for an early breakfast before they actually arranged it. The early breakfast wasn’t a good idea since they insisted on serving fried eggs which we would have to leave on the table overnight till next morning - not exactly according to most recommendation for storing food.
The worst thing was that they actually forgot the wakeup call the next morning - which I personally find unforgiving at an establishment which is sort of business style hotel. When we woke up the next morning the reception was completely dead - there were no sign of any staff awake anywhere at the premises. Fortunately we had set an alarm clock so we woke up and caught our tuktuk for the bus station.
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