Corner of 5th Street & Daw Nu Street,
Pyu-Saw-Htee Quarter, New Bagan
Tel: (+95-61) 65142, 65402 / Mobile: (+95-9) 650 5221
Because of the semi-arid climate there, Bagan was the one Myanmar destination we wanted to be sure to choose a hotel with a pool. Based on that criteria, traveler reviews and the price, we selected the Kumudara Hotel.
The room and pool area could have certainly benefited from some maintenance but all things considered, this was the best value hotel we stayed in during the entire trip. The rooms were large and included a/c, private bath, television and a balcony. From the balcony on our room we looked out over the pool grounds and could see pagodas just off the hotel property.
Wi-Fi in the room was a bit sketchy but we got a good signal in the lobby. We found the staff to be extremely friendly and willing to go out of their way to be helpful. A couple examples: 1. When we accidentally dropped a photo memory card through the floor boards of the dining area deck, one young staff member crawled under the low deck to retrieve it for us. 2. Even though we booked the ticket through a Yangon travel agent and the transportation to the ferry jetty with a guide not affiliated with the hotel, the hotel front desk was instrumental in reworking our departure schedule when the time for our river ferry departure got moved up an hour to 6:30am at the last moment and they provided breakfast to go for us that morning.
The buffet breakfast was decent and because one person in our group arrived in Bagan with a slight upset stomach, we ended up having dinner at the hotel all 3-nights we were in the city. You can read about the restaurant in more detail on our Bagan Restaurants page.
Some reviews we had read felt like the location on the outskirts of New Bagan was not the best but we liked being where we were. One of our lasting memories of the trip was being able to see pagodas on the edge of the property grounds while cooling off in the pool. We also enjoyed hearing chants from the nearby monastery while we sat in the outside dining area having dinner.