Yangon's hotels are all overbooked and bursting at the seams in the current frenzy of interest since Burma's reforms began, so I ended up paying $60 a night to stay at the City Star. The location is great - the hotel is beside City Hall, and is close to the Strand and the Independence Memorial. The Sule pagoda is a stone's throw away.
The room was spacious with wooden floors, hot water and air con. The Wifi worked - but with the reliability issues typical of the internet in Yangon, even in a five star, but I don't blame the management for that. The air con was noisy, as other reviewers have pointed out. But it worked. The hot water maker for tea and coffee also worked and two bottles of water and two sachets of ready mix coffee were included for free in the room. There was a power cut during my stay, but the back up generator kicked in immediately.
Other elements could be improved and should be improved for the sake of guests. The minibar fridge was on, with power, but not at all cool. The bath towels were disgusting and had stains on, as edm07 has pointed out, but the hand towels appeared fresh and white. "Get a decent laundry contract" would be my advice to the management. Breakfast was not very appealing with a limited selection, watery coffee, and margarine for the white toast. This could be improved significantly. Burma produces decent coffee and tea and the hotel wouldn't go bust serving some to its long suffering guests. The lifts might also need some work as for most of my stay only one was functional.
If you like jogging you can run from the hotel to the Khandawgyi lake (2.5km) and then along the boardwalk beside the lake (2km each way). Watch for the holes in the pavement or you'll drop into the conduits beneath!
The front desk staff were very friendly.
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