Many hotels in Myanmar have extremely friendly and welcoming staffs. Many hotels also go the extra mile to ensure that their guests are comfortable and happy. Many hotels have scenic locales, teakwood floors, and a casual welcoming ambience.
This is not why I am giving this hotel such an extraordinary review.
I have traveled many, many times to Myanmar. I find its people to be charming and genuine in a way that I have not found elsewhere. I love the countryside. I love the religion(s) imbedded in the souls of the people, and I admire them for inching their country forward despite all the obstacles which they endure on a daily basis.
OK. Now the reason for this review: Yep, the staff is awesome. Real smiles, real effort, and a desire to make you want to write the review I am writing because you were not as lucky as I am and have not yet been to this place.
My only complaint (other than the elephant in the room who's watching me write this review and shaking his head at me) about Myanmar is that the food can be a little off-putting to people who are not totally comfortable with the wide array of tastes which run the gamut from fermented-sour, to hot, to olfactory putridness which tastes great on the tongue. Yep. I like to eat. I am a foodie. And you know what? When I was at this hotel, I gave the following directive: I want 5 or 6 dishes of traditional Myanmar food. The only caveat I gave is that all vegetables be either cooked or dumped in boiling water for a few seconds, And I ate like a hog. Until I was stuffed. I am slowly learning to cook Myanmar food at home, but nothing can substitute for the fresh ingredients sourced locally.
Oh, and by the way, as a correction to the previous review, the main building WAS original and the guest rooms were purpose built 15-18 year ago as a hotel.
Although this was unfortunately NOT the case during my visit, this joint is super, super romantic. If you're in love, take your lover here and fall even more deeply.
Feel free to contact about this hotel or anything else Myanmar related if you have any questions. I LOVE the country and the people, and I am passionate about people getting a chance to see for themselves what the hubbub is all about.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.