Strand Hotel Yangon
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A great stay in Yangon Jul 22, 2015
We stayed at The Strand in Yangon for 4 nights in July 2015. We booked the room using an online hotel booking site and got what seemed to be a deal as it included free wife and breakfast. We arrived in the afternoon and took a taxi from the airport to the hotel. It was about 9 USD for the taxi and due to traffic it took about 1 hour.
The Strand is located in an old colonial style building and it does not seem to have that many rooms. The lobby was located in the open atrium upon entering and the check in was fast and we were shown to our room (room 110). The room was much larger than expected when the door was opened – on the floors there were dark wood, the walls were light and the ceiling was high. There was space for both of our huge Samsonite suitcases in the suitcase table in the entrance hall which was excellent. The wardrobe had a few hangers but there could have been more. The room itself was dominated by the kingsize bed that had two types of pillows and a good duvet. The bed was also very comfortable in my opinion. Each night at turndown service we got a couple of snacks on the bed together with a calligraphic impression of various Myanmar words (e.g. smile, love, joy etc) together with a flower garland.
There was a desk with a chair, a makeup desk with a stool and mirror and a desk that was the stand for the TV and that contained the small fridge with various drinks. One coke was 3 USD and one large beer was 6 USD. In the grocery store the beer would cost about 1 USD btw.
The room also had a small lounge with a small sofa, two chairs and a small table. The wifi was far better than expected and I think we were allowed to have 4 devices connected. We did not get much of a view – our window looked straight into the building next door and a dark alley.
The bathroom was in white and brownish tiles – there were two sinks with various amenities. The main amenities (shampoo, shower gel etc) were in small containers that were refilled daily. There was also a small pot with fresh flowers that had a lovely scent. There was a shower corner with a glass door and a bathtub right next to it. The water did take some time to get warm but it came around eventually. The bathroom also had a separate small room for the toilet. The amenities also included thanaka – the paste that Burmese women use in their faces as sun screen and decoration. The towels were good – some of the towels were extremely large!
There was no iron and ironing board in the room – but on our floor there was always a “butler” of some sort. When we wanted to send out some clothing for ironing the maid informed us that she could iron some of the items for us.
Breakfast was served in the restaurant with a view to the busy road outside. The breakfast was a la carte but it was possible to order eggs of your choice, homemade yogurt, cereal, fresh baked bread etc. The service was fast as there were not that many guests there.
The location of the hotel was good in my opinion. Located on Strand road it is only about 900 meters to walk to Sule Pagoda – or about 10-15 minutes.
I normally like to stay at new and modern hotels so I was not expecting that much from The Strand being an old colonial style hotel. But I was surprised and I have to admit that I found the Strand to be excellent. The service was great, the room was huge, breakfast was good and location was good. It is of course an old hotel but it is aging with dignity. It might lack some modern facilities but it is compensated with an eye for details and great service. Even the toilet paper seemed to be soft and thick! If you are going to Yangon and want to pamper yourself with a nice hotel I can highly recommend The Strand.
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Strand Hotel Yangon Overview
The hotel is located within the commercial and dipomatic districts in Yangoon, is a 30 minute drive from the Yangon international Airport .
Hotel also provide senses to a relaxing massage at the Spa Suite , Golf court , Tennis are available nearby .
Completely renovated, the 03 storey late-victorian colontal hotel maintains a stronf sense of charm and history. The hotel?s provided 30 beautifully appointed suites are essence of timeless elegance , and boast high ceiling , teakwood floors, spacious bedrooms and luxurious bathrooms, .
Deluxe suites feature high ceiling, polished wooden floors, open plan bedroom, separate sitting area and spacious bathrooms. All rooms have both air-conditioning and ceiling fan. Deluxe suites face the Yangoon river or are general a little more spacious. "STRAN SUITE" measures almost 200 square meters and includes a large bedroom with a canopy bed and attached bedroom, small study. living room, veranda and dinning room with attached butler's pantry.
The Strand Cafe, with its big, teak- framed windows, look out onto Strand road. Globe chandelter lighting, floor of tile inlaid with teak, dinning chairs of sturdy egg-cane rattan and black ceiling fans and corners, a timeless charm. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served, with menu featuring burmese and Western cuisine. The strand grill is perhaps Yangoon's most elegant dinning room. More upbeat music is found in the "STRAND BAR". There, amid the teak tables and long bar, a three-piece Jazz band performs nightly.
Victorian-style Strand combines the charms of the 1920s and 1930s with lavish modern day amenities .
140 km to the nearest station (myanmar railway station), 19 kms to the nearest airport (mingaladon).
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