I have to concur with much of what has already been said - it's a relatively modern hotel right on the river, the staff is extremely nice, rooms are clean, free wi-fi (although my kindle died here, which broke my heart since we were only halfway through the trip - I'm sure it was not their wi-fi's fault), it is close to the temple and they start chanting at about 5 am, great rooftop restaurant/bar with free happy hour rum sour drinks. We actually had a suite - it was huge but kind of a quirky layout and feel (and it was still the least expensive hotel we stayed in). We were on the city view side - would have been nicer to have a river view (they were full so could not change). Staff could not have been nicer. It is surrounded by people living on the river and while it felt a little daunting when we walked at night about a mile down the road to a restaurant, there was nothing but smiles from people we passed and not even one of the many dogs growled. While the living conditions around the hotel may be third world (as another reviewer put it), the people are anything but - i have never been in a country where people were so friendly and welcoming. In fact throughout Myanmar, I never felt any hint of concern about crime or saw anything that made me concerned about safety.
Based on what I saw of downtown Mandalay (very hectic), I think i would prefer this location after a long day of sightseeing. And you can't beat the value.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ayarwaddy River View Hotel is located on the bank of Ayarwaddy River,not so far from the downtown and guest can go most of the interesting places within 15 minutes driving time. Guest are being served with complimentary free flow cocktail(Happy Hour) in every evening and they can see the beautiful panoramic sunset view from our sky bar.Free Xylophone and Puppet show are the special entertainment programs for the guest. We also welcome to outside guest to join dinner and drinks at our sky bar. Thanks for taking your time to read our descriptions. If you have any inconvenience,please let us know and if you satisfy for our service,feel free to share with your friends. ... more less
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