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Bagan Hotel River View
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Between Gawdawpalin Temple & Archeological Museum | Nyaung Oo District, Bagan, Myanmar   |  
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Ranked #15 of 31 Hotels in Bagan
Athens, Greece
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“Location, location, location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

We stayed for three nights in Bagan Hotel River View. Since the hotel was part of a package deal, I do not know how much we paid per night (though overall and from what I understood, hotel prices in general were absurdly high this Christmas season).
Overall impression: Lovely, especially owing to its location

Good points:

• Location: Close to the museum and right in the middle of the historical site
• Lovely hotel grounds (with two temples), next to the river
• Very polite and friendly staff
• Free (but wanky) wifi in lobby (not in rooms)
• Spacious rooms and spacious bathroom
• Clean
• Complimentary toiletries, sufficient towels
• Friendly staff (but a bit slow)
• Lovely for sunset views
• Fridge, TV
• Some good dinner options, but a bit expensive (only few options for vegetarians)
• Breakfast is ok (the omelet is good)
• You can walk to some restaurants (Sarabha), it’s about 20 minutes, but make sure you have a torch with you since it’s very dark – other than that, it’s perfectly safe
Some negatives:
• Staff tends to be noisy in the corridors early in the morning, disregarding the fact that people might be sleeping at 5 am.
• Only limited choices for vegetarians (and are not pointed out on menu)
• Drinks served at bar are in mini-format (and not very good either) – bar closes at 23:00, so there’s nothing else to do but go to bed after that; no happy hour
• Bathrooms need refurbishing

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

I had a hard time deciding which part of town to stay in, but this turned out to be the perfect choice. The hotel is located right in the middle of the oldest temples, in fact, they have two temples right on the property. Across the street is a lovely place to climb to the top at sunrise and take some great photos. With a bicycle, you can get anywhere within a few minutes.

The rooms were nice, as well as the grounds. Although, the first night, I had some very noisy neighbors and the walls are thin. The hotel was going to move me, but the neighbors checked out in the morning. I didn't have another problem with noise.

The breakfast (included) was nice, as was the atmosphere of the patio right on the river. However, I had dinner there one night and found it to be very mediocre and overpriced. I enjoyed the vegetarian options nearby much more. (I'm not a vegetarian, but their food was so good!)

The pool is lovely and the people working there are quite attentive.

Right now, they seem to be having some glitches in management. I booked a breakfast box and taxi for my departure, but neither were ready when I went to check out. Tourist information was sketchy and sometimes wrong. It wasn't exactly a well-oiled machine. Wifi is only available in public areas near reception, but since my room was near the pool, I could sometimes pick it up. In spite of these little mishaps, which are currently par for the course everywhere in Myanmar, I would definitely stay there again!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

Probably the feature I described in the title is present in other hotels in the Bagan area, but in my experience this is a really rare and distinguishing feature. Of course, you can't throw a ball in Bagan without hitting an 800-year-old Stupa, but still, breaking your fast with one looming over you is quite the experience, specially since on the other side the Ayerawaddy river offers a very scenic view.
Breakfast is quite ok (absolutely not outstanding if compared to other hotels in Myanmar), but it holds its own. Dining is much, much better, with quality food both in the Myanmar and the Western variants (you can find good hamburgers, and the set dinners we had were amazing). The flipside of eating close to the river, though, is that you have to share your food with flies and small bugs; an honest price to pay for the atmosphere, though.
Rooms are good, not excellent, bathrooms are average; ours in particular had a faint sewage smell in the afternoon, but it went away after showering.
The location, as I said, is amazing, and it deservers a full 5 stars; but you should be aware of the fact that it's in Old Bagan - which is great, of course, since it's close to some of the most beautiful temples, but it also means that it's pretty far from some of the more decentered ones, which is not a problem if you're traveling by car, but if you're biking, it might be worth a thought.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2012

The location of this resort is good. It's quiet, on the river, yet nearby easy access to explore Bagan. The ancient temples are literally on the grounds of the hotel, and you can see others just out the window. The rooms were very large, although the windows were a bit exposed to those who walked by. The swimming pool is extremely cold, which is nice after a hot day of riding around on bicycle, but not particularly pleasant to stay in for very long. Food was average. I was pleasantly happy that the rooms were very quiet (I somewhat feared that I would hear the doors open/close from other rooms, but we didn't hear a thing.

The staff were very helpful and kind. There was a bit of a mix-up (through nobody's fault), and they more than made it up for it.

I strongly recommend the bike rental that is across the street. Actually not sure if the hotel rents bikes, but the guy across the street from the hotel stands by his rentals: We got two bikes for two days, which due to the tough terrain we took them on, suffered two punctured tires and a broken chain. All we had to do was find someone with a cell phone, show the rental's phone number, and he'd showed up with a new bike for us to use within minutes (even when we were way out). Point is: if you rent a bike, make sure they provide the same service or you can find yourself very stuck.

Room Tip: Not sure I'd want a room overlooking the river. They face the eating area, which I think played...
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  • Stayed November 2012, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

Located within historic Bagan proper with an actual authentic stupa on the property, the hotel offers clean rooms with a Burmese feel. The large lobby has ample seating for guests who want to use the Internet, along with bar service. There is no Internet service in rooms. The lush green landscape around property including expansive views of Aye Waddy River make the hotel experience more special. Enjoyed having breakfast and a dinner out on the terrace. While we were there, a wedding was also held on the grounds one evening. The property is not situated right next to any restaurants or major destinations - taxi, car or horse/donkey cart is necessary to get around. Bagan's major points of interest are very accessible from this location.

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

We stayed at this hotel for 5 nights in November 2012. If you're planning to visit Bagan - stay in the old city amidst the historic sites. The situation is superb on the Aye Waddy River. breakfast and dinner are served in the open air restaurant overlooking the river. the service is great and the bungalows comfy,,,although the bathroom is very small! However most time is spent out of the room enjoying the scenery! The swimming pool is very shallow however and the change rooms a bit grimy....
If you are on a tour take the time to step outside the hotel to give some trade to the children selling postcards, artists selling pictures and the horse and cart transport - they need the business - too many tours pick up inside the hotel and drop off inside the hotel and never interact with the local people....If you have time take a trip with cart 192 MYO MYO who is a young man supporting his parents, 2 sisters and a brother - he deserves a break!!!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

We were in a junior suite with a view of one of the large temples. That was the best part. Breakfast is less than average. There is no place near enough to walk to at night. If you are staying for more than one night you can buy a bottle of wine in the bar and they will mark it for you and keep in the refrigerator until you want it again. We had 2 bottles of good French wine at an ok price. Avoid the massages at all costs. The room is disgusting and the massage therapist bad. Wi-fi in the lobby worked fine.

Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: Between Gawdawpalin Temple & Archeological Museum | Nyaung Oo District, Bagan, Myanmar
Location: Myanmar > Mandalay Region > Bagan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#10 Spa Hotel in Bagan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Bagan Hotel River View 3*
Number of rooms: 124
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