As a popular hotel for tour groups, the Panda's lobby can be quite hectic. With a wedding and party hall on the top floor, staying on the 11th floor might not get you much peace. We were in a junior suite (room 1111) and could hear every drum beat and the music from a wedding one late morning.
However, on our second round, we stayed in a "Panda Suite" (the suite with the Shwedagong Paya view) on the 9th floor (room 901) with a wedding on (again), but no noise at all. We prefer this suite to the Junior Suite for its panoramic view. Superior rooms on the same side has the same but more limited view of the paya. The rooms are quite spacious.
Though The hotel itself looks a bit faded, the rooms and bathrooms are clean. Breakfast is decent, with both Asian and eggs, toasts, and fruits.
The location of the hotel is close enough for a cheap taxi ride (1,500 - 2,000 kyats = US$ 2 - 2.50 to the main market or the Shwedagong. Very close to the hotel there are quite a few local street restaurants with a wonderful variety of Myanmar curries which come with a nice plate of boiled veggies and a dip - 800 kyat (US$ 1) for a curry and rice. (Exchange rates are much better at the market.)
The best feature of this place is the staff who are courteous and very helpful. Though the desk seems to be busy all the time, they do make you feel welcome no matter what your problem is.
Overall it is a good value. We'll come back again.
Oh, most of the time the Internet here is so slow. But it could be the case for most part of Myanmar - like in Bagan, which is so slooooooooow. This might explain why an email contact with the hotel took longer than usual for a reply.
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