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“Still a classic hotel, but restaurant is below standard”
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The Strand
Ranked #2 of 159 Hotels in Yangon (Rangoon)
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Reviewed October 24, 2013

Starting and ending our three week Myanmar trip at the Strand was our first choice. We had stayed here in 2002 and were looking forward to it. The rooms are still classically good and the bar has it's charm, as well. But the restaurants were very disappointing. Dinner was an absolute bust and even breakfast were slow and unimaginative. We ended up eating elsewhere every night. They are now a distant second to the Governor's Residence.

Room Tip: Rooms away from the street are quieter.
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 19, 2013

I have nothing but praise for the Strand Hotel. It served as our home base during our two week trip around Myanmar, with my wife and I staying there three separate times (and in three separate rooms). Each time we were in a Deluxe Suite (two on the first floor, and one on the second), which were all very spacious with well appointed bathrooms, comfortable (if firm) beds, pleasant seating areas, flat screen televisions, and wi-fi. Square footage and down pillows aside, the real standout of the Strand Hotel is their level of service and attention to detail. Each floor has its own butler, who each seemed to know exactly what we wanted every time we called. More importantly, though, our flight out of Myanmar didn't depart until 1AM, and the hotel not only held our bags for us while we spent our last day sightseeing, but they also provided us with access to the spa (at no cost) so that my wife and I could freshen up before our flight. As to the food, the breakfasts are very nice with freshly baked pastries prepared at the hotel, the restaurant has a very good selection of western food (if you get tired of rice), and you should make sure to take advantage of happy hour at the Strand Bar on Fridays (from 5-11) for a chance for 50% off your drinks, passed hors d'oeuvres and the opportunity to overhear secrets from drunk employees of the Australian and British embassies.

Room Tip: All of the rooms were quiet, but if you want to avoid all street noise, you should ask for a room fa...
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 18, 2013

Very good hotel. Well decorated. Very large rooms. Very clean. Nice atmosphere everywhere. Very good restaurant. Very friendly staff. Internet has ups and downs, but the entire hotel is about staying in an historical place, so the internet is not really important in such a place...

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

You don't need to stay the night here to be able to sample an aura of bygone Yangon. I highly recommend the front bar as a perfect place to escape the heat outside or a passing downpour.
The ceiling fans & opulent interior are in great contrast to the badly broken pavements outside. The bar accepts US dollars and was empty when I arrived. Beers are $6, Juice $5. Drinks come with complimentary snacks. Staff seeing I was alone - brought over some books of Old Rangoon to read as I drank. I thought this was a great touch. There's also a pool table & at the rear an Art Gallery, plus an extensive Antiques Shop.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

Myanmar is not known as tourist destination until recently and I did not know what to expect out of this old hotel. After staying for three nights, I must say the hotel still retains all the British colonial charms one would expect! A 24-hour butler service, wooded flooring and stairs to the rooms (beside the lift or elevator), large suite with antique wood furniture, well-stocked lobby bar where cigar smoking is allowed! Just very charming and quaint! Need to book way in advance during the peak tourist months as there are acute shortage of tourist class hotel in the country.

Room Tip: any higher floor room so that you could fully draw the curtain with privacy.
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

I have just spent 2 nights at The Strand hotel and it did not fail in a ways to impress. At one time owned by the same family who ran Raffles in singapore this is at truly lovely hotel.

It only has 32... Well let's call the suites because they are all very large. This also means that booking well in advance is a must. We were on the 2nd floor each with its own butler waiting to greet you when you go and come. Nothing is too much for them and they are all very professional.

The bar has happy hour on a Friday with half price drinks but the big turn off is that they allow smoking in the bar. To remedy this you can drink in the main lobby.

It is located in the heart of the old colonial area and the feeling I get is that in 10 years time there will be very few of them left - a pity given it would be a great attraction. At the moment most are still housing government agencies or are undergoing some redevelopment. It has the potential to put the Bund in Shanghai to shame if they get it right.

This is one hotel that you have to add to your list.

Room Tip: There are only 32 rooms and all are great although you could pay extra and pay for a sea facing suit...
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 8, 2013

I was greeted by the GM -Didier and he gave a warm and pleasant introduction to The Strand and I was so thankful for the upgrade to one of their 3 Executive Suites. They are simply huge and with teak floors and polished dark wood finishes they give of an aura of the old Colonial past. With the City just beginning to boom from tourists ( and The Governors Residence just about to start a big refurbishment of their rooms - I would not want this Grand Dame to become an old Dowager Duchess ! The amazing space needs some homely warmth and more life in the wall art/ objet d'art and 'stuff' of interest. ( See Raffles in Singapore for the right comparison)
The breakfast is all ordered and served fresh ( refreshing after endless buffets !) andAfternoon tea is cute and worth a stop off for
The Male massuer was very good at his job, so much so that I fell to sleep mid-treatment and woke myself with my own snoring (lol)
The bar on the night I was there was very quiet ( and again lacked intimate atmosphere ) but I have to admit to not being there later at night.
All round a centrally located , fantastic, well run establishment - just need the investors to release some cash for keeping it at the Top

Room Tip: if you want size go for the Executive Suites
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled solo
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Additional Information about The Strand

Address: 92 Strand Rd., Yangon (Rangoon) 11181, Myanmar
Location: Myanmar > Yangon Region > Yangon (Rangoon)
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in Yangon (Rangoon)
#2 Family Hotel in Yangon (Rangoon)
#2 Luxury Hotel in Yangon (Rangoon)
#3 Romantic Hotel in Yangon (Rangoon)
#5 Business Hotel in Yangon (Rangoon)
Price Range: $360 - $774 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — The Strand 5*
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Strand Yangon closed on 1 May until November 2016 to undergo a complete facelift that will return the award-winning heritage hotel to its former glory. Constructed in 1901 in a classic colonial style, the hotel will retain its heritage architectural details, such as marble and teak wood flooring, ceiling fans, chandeliers, lacquer wood furniture, Burmese antiques, and signature service elements, while being given a complete upgrade and contemporary twist through a refreshed colour palette and subtle decorative details. The interiors of all the hotel's 31 suites will be redecorated in keeping with the Strand's legendary style and elegance, while at the same time updated with the latest technology, including new air conditioning, sound and communications systems. The Strand is famous around the world for its flawless, personalised service and suites will continue to be attended by the hotel's team of highly trained butlers. Once "The finest hostelry East of Suez", we are very eager to reveal the new Strand and bring it back to its former glory. Please continue visiting us for updates and bookings. ... more   less 
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