Smart Hotel Mandalay
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Great location in Mandalay - near Mandalay Palace and the train station. Plus a great hotel manager Feb 23, 2014
Smart Hotel is located within 500 meters from the Railway Station. While it is not along a main road, it isn't difficult to find as long as one follows the grid system for the roads in Mandalay.
There are two main attractions of this hotel - first is the bar on the top floor which gives an almost 360 degree view of the surrounding areas in Mandalay, and second is the warm hospitality of their hotel manager, Terrence. Terrence greets the guests in person, speaks at least 4 languages, and has a lot of stories in his illustrious career as a hotel professional in many regions of the world. You can often see him at the reception lobby or during breakfast at the Oscar Room on the first floor.
The restaurant has great tasting Myanmar fish curry, among others. On the top floor where the bar/lounge is located, there are two telescopes that one can use to peek at the temples on top of Mandalay Hill.
The amenities of the room are fairly good, especially the hot water which could be scalding hot, so beware. Mix hot and cold water properly so one doesn't get burned from the initial dip. There are the usual towels, bidet, LCD TV located above the bathroom door, and comfy beds.
The hotel has its own car/van service and guests can have their tours booked here - including tickets to the ferry ride to Bagan.
Overall, this is a highly recommended hotel and is slightly cheaper than other hotels in the region.
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