Traffic is a problem in Yangon so location is important. Hotel Esta offers a fairly good location relatively close to Scott Market, Strand Hotel as well as Swhedegon Pagoda and several very good restaurants. Service on all accounts was excellent. The room was slightly small but very clean. Wifi in the room was actually pretty good…not so good in the lobby. We were actually surprised by the very good quality sheets. Breakfast was good and service there was good as well. Power went down one night but the hotel backup kicked on in less than 1 minute. Laundry was expensive but returned folded very smartly in cellophane bags.
Hotel Yadanarbon Mandalay is an attractive building with a comfortable lobby. Service was very friendly and responsive. WIfi was a little complicated to hook into but actually worked pretty well in the room. Beds were a little inconsistent…one bed in our twin room was significantly more comfortable than the other. Roof top restaurant is attractive and offers a free cultural show every evening. Good location near the train station.
Tai House Resort – Wow Wow Wow! We had read good reviews but this hotel exceeded our expectations. Beautiful open air lobby/restaurant…lovely cabana rooms set in very nice garden. Large rooms, comfortable beds, nicely appointed bathroom. Quiet a/c. Limited TV stations but one of the few TV channels available was BBC and spotty internet but neither was really a problem. Most rooms are set as a duplex or 2 rooms per building and the walls between the two rooms are a bit thin so sounds carried but we experienced very light outside noises and a lovely garden. Due to circumstances of our itinerary we took all our meals at the absolutely terrific restaurant serving a mix of Shan, Myanmar and Western dishes. Very impressive back up power plant at the ready in times of downed power. Hsipaw is not easy to get to but once here, Tai House is an excellent and very economical choice.
Our final stop in Myanmar for our 2016 trip was once again the Viewpoint Lodge & Fine Cuisines and again we loved this hotel. The service (especially the head waiter) was terrific and everything was well thought out and executed. Basically the same as we reported in our previous visit to the hotel.