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“Top class hotel and staff, wonderful setting, amazing breakfast” 5 of 5 stars
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Belmond Governor's Residence
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   35 Taw Win Road | Dagon Township, Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar   |  
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Ranked #1 of 94 Hotels in Yangon (Rangoon)
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“Top class hotel and staff, wonderful setting, amazing breakfast”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

We had originally intended staying at the Strand hotel in Yangon, but it was fully booked and so we went to the Governor's Residence and I am so happy we did! This is a special place. It was originally the residence of the governor and has been cleverly transformed into an elegant hotel. If you are planning the trip of a lifetime, consider staying here for a couple of nights. It is expensive, but worth it. First of all, the setting. It is outside the hustle and bustle of the city centre, but still very accessible and set in beautiful gardens. You feel pampered from the moment you arrive as you are greeted with a cold towel and a cool drink. The rooms are spacious and luxurious and the bath is really unusual - made of terrazzo and big enough for two.

We had dinner there on the first night and sampled the (Burmese) curry buffet. I just wish I had been hungrier as there were a lot of dishes I did not have room to try. The same is true of the breakfast buffet, which feature a huge variety of Asian and western dishes and some delicious looking pastries. There was rye bread, which made delicious toast and it was the only time we had the sort of European bread that I really like during the whole trip. The staff were both helpful and knowledgeable, a combination not always easy to find in Myanmar hotels, where everyone is always very willing, but not always very exprienced.

Evening events were organised in the garden for the guests - on our first night there was a cocktail party and on the second evening we had the strange and wonderful experience of sitting in a garden in the Myanmar capital watching The Lady, the film about Aung San Suu Kyi.

We were pretty busy seeing the sites of Yangon, but we made sure to save some time in the afternoon for a swim in the beautiful pool. The sun beds come equipped with a sun hat and a fan - a nice touch. When we left, I was presented with a little gift of Tanaka - the local sun screen made from an indigenous tree. Th Governor's Residence does the big things, and the small things, really well.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013 via mobile

You will feel like stay in a city resort, the hotel located in CBD surrounding Embassies yet a min away to shopping mall and sightseeing places. Staffs very helpful always ready to helping you any inquires you may have in mind. Susie, GRO is friendly and very helpful to wrote me a places where I would like to visit in Myanmar to show to local taxi driver, it is great help.

  • Stayed May 2013
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

While I have been to other more luxurious hotels/resorts, this place was, overall, definitely one of the best to relax. The facilities were clean and the staff was very accomodating. I and My wife especially enjoyed the pool that was open 24 hours - it was warm during the night.
Far more than we had expected!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

We stayed here 2 nights booked via My Way Travel agent. It was relaxing, the gardens, rooms, restaurants, pool were lovely. I think it's best hotel in Myanmar.
We loved hotel! Will Come back next year!

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

We stayed there during the Water Festival. We greatly appreciated being away from the noise of the festivities and yet could feel the cheerful atmosphere in the hotel with the daily celebration organised for the staff.
The rooms are awesome, well-equipped, everything is thought to make you feel comfortable. Extremely clean and spacious with a wonderful view on a lotus pond and the gardens.
The food is gorgeous (breakfast buffet and dinner). The staff is wonderful and always smiling.
The swimming-pool was very welcome in such a heat!!!
The buildings of teak wood make you go back in time and feel like Karen Blixen in Kenya!!!!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

Everything about the Governor`s Residence expresses quality.
From reception to leaving, service is of the highest possible quality.
Breakfast, lunch or dinner taken on the veranda are all enjoyable and indeed memorable.
The gardens are a delight.
Bedroom and bathrooms are spacious and have great character (though the bathrooms are now a little tired).
Book early to avoid missing this most marvellous experience.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

Look no further...this is the place. Excellently placed within the city's Embassy Quarter we could not have asked for a better place to stay. Loved it. The entire staff was so kind & attentive. Two of my favorites were Susie & Charlie & of course, Thomas (reception).

We stayed here when first entering Burma & again at the end of our trip. We're so happy that we stayed several days as it's truly a wonderful place to interact w/ the lovely people of Burma as well as chill & bask in the glory of a bygone era-colonial style. The fabulous atmosphere was so relaxing & quiet. The rooms were lovely & the beds were super comfy. The food was absolutely delicious & cooked to perfection.

We simply cannot say enough positive things about The Governor's Residence. When we return to Burma we will choose to live like a sovereign & stay at TGR.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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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 Romantic Hotel in Yangon (Rangoon)
#1 Family Hotel in Yangon (Rangoon)
#1 Luxury Hotel in Yangon (Rangoon)
#2 Business Hotel in Yangon (Rangoon)
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Belmond Governor's Residence 5*
Number of rooms: 49
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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Also Known As:
The Governor`s Residence By Orient-Express Hotel Yangon (Rangoon)
Governors Residence Yangon Rangoon
Governors Residence Hotel Yangon Rangoon
Belmond Governor's Residence Yangon, Myanmar

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