This is my 3rd visit to Yangon and the Mayshan Hotel. In 6 short months, tourism has exploded in Yangon but there are no new rooms. So a single room that was $15 two years ago and $25 nine months ago, is now $45. Our triple, booked just a month earlier had gone up $10 in that period. So the maxim is, get a reservation with confirmed rate by email (they adhered to our lower rate without question).
The owners here are very helpful and booked internal air flights for us before we arrived - we paid them only on arrival. The rooms are internal or with window - the best looking out over the Sule Pagoda and costing $89. They are now looking quite dated (small TV, broken/old bathroom fittings, poorly fitting windows), but I have yet to see any viable competition in this mid price range in this location (right by the Sule Pagoda, and an easy walk to the markets, the river, Chinatown, and Little India).
Breakfast is adequate but could benefit from a little dressing up. Egg alone on a plate with toast, canned butter, pineapple jam, a banana, and tea or coffee is no longer the norm in Myanmar.
Internet is available in the lobby area only and is now faster than it was - which is not to say very fast... Beware what sites you access - despite sanctions having been lifted, Paypal will suspend your account if you access it from Myanmar until you get home and can call them.
There is now a branch of CB bank nearby with a functioning ATM that dispenses Kyats to MC and Visa debit card holders, but as the hotel takes only cash, I would still come with an adequate supply of dollars in hand. Taxis are cheap and reasonably fair - a ride to the Shwe Dagon pagoda is about $3, and the airport about $10.
**I like the Mayshan. I like the owners and the staff. I like the location.**
But I hope that they choose to reinvest some of the windfall rate gains they now have with increased tourism into the upkeep of the rooms and some of the services like breakfast (if you crave a luxury breakfast at western hotel prices, Traders Hotel is a 5 minute walk away with a huge breakfast buffet).
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