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Reviewed September 12, 2011

MINGALARBAR, and thanks for reading my review. I always try to deliver a comprehensive review and spend quite some time when writing one, so in case you like this one, please do not hesitate to hit the “Review was useful” - button, as this is the only “reward” I can get here in TA. And whenever browsing reviews in TA, make sure to primarily trust reputable reviewers, which will be usually those who contribute on a regular basis.
As always, I took a lot of pics, so please check them out, according to the saying “a picture is word a thousand words”.
This review here is part of a series of reviews of Hotels in Myanmar (which I will submit step-by-step when I have spare time), which I visited on several occasions within 2010 and 2011, primarily in Mandalay and Yangon, from cheapo-Guesthouse to 4,5-star-Hotels, so if u plan to travel there in the near future, or are so thrilled by my non-English-native-speaker-writng-style, you may want to CLICK my profile and read them all ;-)

why I decided to stay at this hotel:
I had seen this place several times while passing 78thstreet in a car, and had already been there to have a look at their rooms before, so I finally wanted to give it a try, even it was more expensive than the places in Mandalay I used to stay. Booking through my reliable local Yangon agent (send me a PM if u want to know his contacts) ensured I got a competitive rate. One main reason was, that – unlike their Mandalay counterparts - most of their rooms have KING-SIZE beds, plus they offered free in-room-WiFi, which was quite reliable, considering you are in Myanmar and outside the capital of Naypitaw.

The Facts:
This privately-run place is your typical business-Hotel that you could find in any other Asian city. The patrons are almost entirely locals and Chinese, very few Westerners (didn't see any during my stay there actually). They rate themselves as 4-stars, but I guess that is a bit too daring, but 3,5 stars it certainly is.
The rooms are VERY big, I cannot remember staying at a bigger room in the recent past. Wooden floor, all the furniture is hard-wood, all chairs unfortunately too (a small soft pillow would make sitting in those chairs a little more comfortable for sure). Bathroom is quite big as well (see pics), well maintained with bathtub and no complaints about cleanliness. Water pressure at my room (5th floor) could be a little better, though.
Everything is a bit “old” already, but they maintain things well. In fact, I could see they just renovated the room next door to mine. The bed (see pics) really deserves the word “King-size” (what a pleasure after so many very narrow uncomfortable twin beds I had in Myanmar), the mattress is good, not too soft, but as well no Chinese-style “hard as a rock – example”.
All the usual things u would expect at a hotel of this price-range are provided, kettle, coffee/tea, hair-dryer, free bottled water, sufficient toiletries. No room-safe, though.
Good and strong Air-condition, but the rooms were surprisingly cold even without the AC switched on, which is usually a sign for quality construction-work. When I spent one day mostly in my room to do some administration work online, I never had to turn on the AC, which is very unusual.
Found out their laundry-service is a little daring regarding the prices.
The hotel is located a little South of downtown in the 78th street, next door to the small “78-Shopping mall”, which houses Mandalay's most modern Supermarket “City Mart”, where you can buy all those items that you can find in Bangkok, KL or Singapore, at prices average locals can never afford (so you can mingle with Mandalays “Hi-So” there). The Season's Bakery coffee-shop, part of City Mart, does the best coffee North of Yangon at just 300 KS (it is called “Today's Brew”) plus excellent pastries and pies, near to Yamazaki or BreadTalk quality.
Because the hotel is away from the “Lonely-Planet-Traveler-Ghetto” between Zeigyo and the Moat, you won't see many other Westerners here. Several eating options are not far away (35th street!), and one branch of the popular YUNAN restaurant (Burmese / Chinese / BBQ) is just 5 minutes walk away from the hotel.
Front desk had a very professional attitude, responded quickly to all inquires or small problems.
Not all of them were perfect in English, but there was always at least one available who could help to sort things out.
Next to the reception is a travel agency (Diamond Travel), which will change money at not-too-favourable rates, but stilly handy if u run out of Kyats.
Hotel has an indoor-swimming Pool (unfortunately open until 6 p.m. only) which is actually located on the premises of the 78-Mall (so I assume it is operated by the same owners).
The Breakfast is buffet-style and of course ASIAN (as 95% guests or more are Asians)– so if u r a package-tourist who desperately needs the same BF as at home, then maybe this is not the place for you (in that case, you may soon be Interested to read my review about the “Mandalay-City-Hotel package-tourist-Ghetto”).

SUMMARY:
PLUS – well managed big, privately-operated hotel (more than 80 units), big rooms, free WiFi everywhere in the hotel, indoor swimming Pool (no sunburn then), big and comfortable bed, next to small shopping mall with great super-market. And yeah, PRIVACY.

MINUS – rates only good value if booked through local agent, laundry service expensive, and everything a little long in the tooth (particularly the carpet in the hallways). Locationwise it might not be for everyone (particularly those who are helpless without desperately hold on to their “guidebook” 24 hrs a day)

WOULD I STAY THERE AGAIN OR RECOMMEND TO OTHERS?
Yes, I will definitely consider to stay there again when in Mandalay, and when I have the budget to spend a little more. For my purposes, this place was exactly what I was looking for. I don't like narrow twin-beds, and I DO NEED internet-access for several hours a day. If money is not a concern, you may of course try Luxury-places such as Sedona (which has a lousy management, though), or Hotel by the Red Canal, but for a decent mid-ranger this is a very good choice.
As I said, it is a little South of downtown, so if u only plan to congregate around Zeigyo and the Moat to follow the (really pathetic) Lonely-Planet-recommendations for Mandalay regarding food or shopping, then choose another place to stay.
If you want to spend a little less, but still stay at a modern and clean place, read my review about the brand-new Chinese-oriented HOTEL ROYAL (NOT affiliated in any way with the Royal City Hotel or Royal Guesthouse!), with the fastest in-room-WiFi I found all over Myanmar (but unfortunately narrow twin beds only, and little privacy), or at the HOTEL QUEEN, pretty new and inexpensive as well, but I have only seen it from outside – they only had expensive “Suite-rooms” available when I inquired there.

THE VERDICT :
It is not a perfect place, but quite what I was looking for as an individual traveler.
5 points would make people certainly expect too much, but it deserves a 4+. unfortunately, TA does not have the option to give half points, otherwise I would rate it 4,5.

Did I already mention that “review was useful” - button ? :------P
Oh, and once again: please check my pics {~_~}

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled solo
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  • Stayed: November 2017, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 16, 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: November 2017, traveled with friends
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Stayed: February 2017
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Stayed: March 2017, traveled as a couple
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