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“Friendly staff and close to attractions and the city”
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Alfa Hotel
Ranked #111 of 163 Hotels in Yangon (Rangoon)
Reviewed November 19, 2012

This small hotel has friendly and helpful staff who couldn't do enough for me. I found the location was terrific as it was within walking distance of the Shwe Dagon Pagoda in one direction and the central markets in the other. The breakfast was adequate with fruit juice, fruit, toast and eggs, Asian noodles and salads.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed November 18, 2012

Alfa Hotel is one of the newer hotels in Yangon. It is located in Dagon Township and is within walking distance of the city centre, the railway station and the Bogyoke Aung San Market and for the very fit, the Sule Pagoda. However some may find the walk challenging and prefer to take a taxi.

The hotel is within easy walking distance of several acceptable restaurants and drinking establishments although some of these are tucked away in side streets. A supermarket is nearby.

The rooms are large, clean and there is a bathtub as well as a shower. Amenities provided in the bathroom are satisfactory but restricted to shampoo, body gel, a shower cap and soap. The hot water is very hot. An older style a/c was fitted to my room and worked perfectly well. The rooms do not have a safe but valuable items can be left in a safe at reception. Some of the rooms have excellent views of the Schwedagon Pagoda but these rooms are a little more expensive than those which do not.

With advance notice the hotel is guest friendly in a country where this is the exception rather than the rule.

The hotel has 11 floors which is serviced by a single lift with floors sharing a stop e.g press number 4 and take steps up to the 6th floor or down to the 5th floor. This is not a problem.

Alfa hotel has a bar on the ground floor and a dining room on an upper floor where breakfast is served. Asian cuisine is readily available but Western cuisine is limited at breakfast. Again this was not a problem as there was plenty of food available.

The hotel offers free wifi and has two computers for guests to use free of charge. Connections though were a bit hit and miss as is currently normal for this vibrant country.

We made a booking for this hotel through an international booking agency and although the agency confirmed my booking and debited my credit card it did not notify the hotel. This can be a problem in a city with limited acceptable hotel rooms. I phoned the hotel to see if they had been advised of the booking. The hotel had not been advised and had only one room left for the days I wanted to stay. I had to guarantee to take this room if the booking did not come through. Carol, from the hotel, contacted the agency and through her persistence eventually got them to confirm my reservation. Well done Carol!

The action by Carol was symptomatic of the excellent service offered by all levels of staff at this hotel. They were friendly,helpful and eager to please. One staff member, when my mobile phone ran out of funds at a crucial moment, provided me with his mobile phone to use without accepting any recompense for its use.

Finally the hotel offers reasonable value for the rates charged. It is true that you can find hotels with lower rates but when you do do not expect to get much.

Would I stay at this hotel again. Certainly.

Room Tip: Ask for a room facing the Shwedagon Pagoda. You may pay extra but it is worth it.
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 17, 2012

The Alfa Hotel is not worth the money, $ 107.- per night for a filthy room fitted with a loud a/c which made sleeping almost impossible. The doors are extremely thin so that you can hear everything happening on the floor. They charged $ 15 for three short phone calls to Myanmar cell phones - a true rip off. Breakfast plentiful but poor quality. Not to be recommended.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 30, 2012

The hotel is in a great location close to Pagoda and other hotels in the Yangon city center. Rooms are comfortable and clean but don't expect more than basic. The price was very competitive for Yangon as hotels try to get expensive. Together they have twin rooms which is good for friends traveling. Internet and breakfast was free with very good airless connection. The staff was very efficient for Asia and always smiling.

Room Tip: Get the rooms not facing the main road as they are more quiet.
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Reviewed October 14, 2012

This is a good mid-range hotel, off the main street (so somewhat quieter) in a central part of town. Just a short-ish walk from he main pagoda. Good rooms, comfortable beds, slightly older (so noisy) a/c units, very clean and comfortable. Passable breakfast buffet is included. Has a cozy bar downstairs off the lobby. Exceedingly competent and friendly staff. Overall, a solid choice.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 13, 2012

Public areas seem to have been renovated so give an OK first impresstion, But the rooms have not been - poky, not secure (loose-fitting door handles), and dirty, with a bathroom that would hardly have been acceptable in a 1 star hotel. If the outrageous $95.night hadn't been paid in advance (and you're asked to pay a deposit on check in in case you eat or drink anything), I would have walked out. Owners that probably hope that the naturally warm and friendly staff will save them from negative reviews.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed October 13, 2012

Stayed for 2 nights september 30th. Very friendly staff, did everything they could to answer all our questions, their english was ok. The whole place in need of a makeover, and the breakfast could be better, but the location is great.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Alfa Hotel

Address: No. 41 Nawaday St. | Yawmingyi Qr, Dagon Township, Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar
Location: Myanmar > Yangon Region > Yangon (Rangoon)
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #111 of 163 Hotels in Yangon (Rangoon)
Price Range: $64 - $78 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Alfa Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 90
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Alfa Hotel, founded in 1996, is now renovated and ready to welcome guests from all around the world to The Golden Land once again. Strategically located in the heart of Yangon, Alfa Hotel is situated right in the central area of the city. While providing quick access within walking distance to many of the city's famous attractions, such as the Shwedagon Pagoda, the Sule Pagoda and the Scott Market, it also offers a serene environment for our guests to rest. Some of the rooms share the beautiful scenery overlooking the famous Shwedagon Pagoda. Alfa Hotel strives to provide excellent service to our guests, making this the perfect place for business travelers and tourists. Alfa Hotel has preserved the glorious time this country once had for the guests. Travelers who stay with us will be taken back in time, surrounded in an environment that compliments Myanmar's rich history and traditions. ... more   less 
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