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“Step back in time at this Colonial Gem” 5 of 5 stars
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Belmond Governor's Residence
35 Taw Win Road | Dagon Township, Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar   |  
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Ranked #1 of 83 hotels in Yangon (Rangoon)
Chalgrove, United Kingdom
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53 hotel reviews
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“Step back in time at this Colonial Gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

What a remarkable place! On arrival, the long open-sided entrance hall that runs through the front gardens leads you into a tranquil oasis of calm. Situated in the quiet Embassy area of Yangon, this hotel harks back to Colonial days, with an abundance of intricately carved teak.

The rooms are spacious, filled with yet more teak - floors, furniture, fittings - all combine to give a wonderful ambiance. Everything you need is available; as you'd expect from an Orient Express hotel this is a genuine five star. The staff are very friendly, helpful, and always smiling.

The restaurant serves a wide variety of foods, from local to western. We only ate at the hotel at breakfast, where the comprehensive breakfast buffet and local delicacies were well presented and very tasty.

The pools is a large quarter-circle, tiled in a dark green which blends into the lawns and gives a feeling of even more space. The grounds are not extensive, but they really do make the best of them. Poolside, there are steamer chairs, huge parasol umbrellas, and each chair comes with a coolie hat and fan!

After a busy day of sightseeing, this is a gloriously decadent retreat a world away from the bustle of Chinatown or the harbour-front area. Sit back, enjoy an ice-cold Myanmar beer, and relax..

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Cleanliness
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Sandhurst, United Kingdom
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88 reviews 88 reviews
26 hotel reviews
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

This is an amazing hotel with fine detail paid to customer service. Our room was serviced 4 times a day. Most of the furnishings are very good & the place has an under-stated feel of quality & service. The pool is a delight & the pool staff are extremely attentive. The selection of food at breakfast was astounding & beautifully displayed. We were unfortunate to have room 102 which has a path running down the side, & while we were there some workman were using a shed nearby so they were up & down the path, not leaving much privacy in our room. When I made notes about it on the comments form, we were looked after within minutes of handing it in. You can't ask for better service than that. This was a beautiful place to stay.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Durham, United Kingdom
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

From the moment we arrived the level and quality of service could not be faulted. Our room was spacious and comfy and had working albeit slow WiFi. The breakfast was superb from the whole Serrano ham to the perfect pastries. Also we were introduced to Mohinga for breakfast by one of the delightful members of staff - give it a go as it was really delicious.

The hotel arranges things for guests each day, cocktail party, showing of the Lady film and we were lucky to go on the inaugural visit to Yangon's wholesale fruit and vegetable market. This had an early start enabling seeing people doing early morning exercises by the side of the road, then the hustle and bustle of the market with its assault on all the senses and not a foreigner in sight. After which we were taken to a local tea house for breakfast which was delicious.

This trip would not suit all guests but if you want to see a bit of real Myanmar then wow.

We had the Myanmar buffet and whilst it was expensive $48 a head the quality was superb and young chefs discussed each dish and advised which, depending on your chilli tolerance, you should try - have the Butterfish.

The pool was excellent although the pool staff could have been a bit more guest observant in securing drinks etc.

The only place to stay in Yangon

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Puerto plata
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

A beautiful boutique hotel. This is the highest end property in Myanmar which is emerging as a new destination, especially for American tourists who now feel more comfortable traveling there

The hotel is owned by Orient Express, known for their luxury properties. The rooms live up to expectations and to the Orient Express standards (we have stayed at several of their properties around the world). The grounds are beautiful with garden landscaping and a refreshing attractive pool.

Food includes the dedicated curry menu upstairs and a combination of western or Asian food downstairs. Breakfast is a buffet with a wide array of fresh fruit, pastries, local fish soup plus the usual bacon and eggs. Request a table poolside (well in advance or you won't get it!); beware of the garden - it is lovely but the mosquitos are active there. There is a high tea but unless you book in advance, we found it impossible to get. Quite surprising as Orient Express had booked our entire trip and any other 5 star property would accommodate a hotel guest in their dining request. But, they showed no flexibility or remorse. Service is high for a developing country but not exactly what you would expect at this level of property: nothing disastrous, just surprising slips

Their General Manager, Thomas Henseler, is quite personable and dedicated. He understands the importance of customer service and I expect he will continue to make improvements. People like Susie and breakfast wait staff also showed good attitude.

Staying there can sometimes feel like you are in a time warp. Eating curry while a string quartet played was reminiscent of earlier days; you could imagine what is was like in the 1920s and 1930s when the British were there

I recommend going quickly if you want to see how Myanmar has been for the last 50 years. Change is coming quickly and I expect Yangon and the country will be very different and with far more tourists in the next 3-5 years

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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DeLand, Florida
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31 reviews 31 reviews
22 hotel reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013 via mobile

This place is a slice of heaven. Wonderful garden, pool, and restaurant. Difficult to believe your in Myanmar. They bend over backwards to make you feel welcome. They accept credit cards with a 5% premium. It takes some planning in Myanmar, make sure you have local currency, or plenty of small USD. If you neec a taxi early in the morning, it is a good idea to book one in the evening before, otherwise, one of the staff is going to have to go out on a bicycle to try and find you one.

Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
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Chicago, Illinois
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

I stayed here for two nights recently on a trip to Myanmar/Burma--and this hotel is the gold standard for hospitality, charm, service, graciousness, and ambience. For my room service dinner, the waiter brought in a table, complete with tablecloth, to my room. Dinner the next evening was superb international cuisine in the garden. It is part luxury hotel/part eco-lodge in the quiet diplomatic section of Yangon. It was the hospitality/service that was unprecedented. Quietly elegant, the Governor's Residence is the place to stay if you want to remember what it's like to stay at a truly first-class hotel.

Room Tip: It's worth splurging on Suite 712. But Room 701 is equally wonderful.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hampshire
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

The Governor's Residence is a beautiful hotel, in a quiet area of a very busy city. The staff offer service which is seldom found these days, making you feel welcome and at home from the moment you arrive. The pool is superb and a welcome place to cool off after a long day travelling or sightseeing. Breakfast offered from 04:30 in the morning, great when you have an early flight, is an outstanding buffet with a wide range of excellent quality food. The restaurant and bar area are inviting and comfortable. The rooms are clean, cool and well appointed and this hotel has to be amongst our top five in the world mainly due to the excellent service and peaceful atmosphere. When we returned to stay at the end of our trip the staff welcomed us back which shows the attention to detail which is what makes this hotel the place to stay in Yangon.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 35 Taw Win Road | Dagon Township, Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar
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Location: Myanmar > Yangon Region > Yangon (Rangoon)
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Yangon (Rangoon)
#1 Romantic Hotel in Yangon (Rangoon)
#2 Business Hotel in Yangon (Rangoon)
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Governor's Residence in Yangon, Myanmar, is an imposing teak mansion hotel set in lush gardens. It is located within the elegant Embassy Quarter of Yangon and close to the spectacular Shwedagon Pagoda. This Orient-Express hotel offers luxury in fascinating surroundings. ... more   less 
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Governors Residence Hotel Yangon Rangoon
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