We booked a 2 night stay in this boutique hotel. I'm not sure there is an ideal location in Mandalay, as the sights are pretty spread out around town. The hotel booked us an English speaking driver for a full days touring 50,000 kyat, which we thought was money well spent. They also had a meet & greet each night poolside, so it gave an opportunity to talk with fellow travellers. Nice touch. The pool is tiny, the restaurant OK, the breakfast adequate. We found the rooms small and dark.The bed was hard & lumpy. We stayed in the Kachine suite, that had an outdoor shower and waterfall, but the minute you opened the door, there were mosquitos, and the water was not hot at all. So it was pretty useless. It also blocked all light. It was a pretty room, but 2 days was enough. There is a nice gym, reading room up a winding staircase. Bathroom featured thin and frayed towels, browning grout. You need a Sherpa guide to get in and out of the shower/tub.Time for a redo?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An oasis by the landmark Red Canal in local folklore just minutes from the famed Mandalay Palace and other attractions, The Hotel by the Red Canal is a convenient sanctuary, with its lush tropical greenery and calming water features, amidst the hustle and bustle of Myanmar's cultural city. “By choosing to stay with us, we will provide you with the extra measure of quality, comfort and personal convenience that you are looking for. Being small, we are able to provide personal attention to the needs, wants, and expectations of every guest.” The boutique-style hotel is a celebration of all things Myanmar, featuring teak furniture and fixtures & fittings made from rattan, mother-of-pearl and other local materials as well as Myanmar marble lining the bathroom walls. Each of the 4 types of guestrooms or customized suites, differentiated by individual style, bears the name of the major ethnic groups in multi-cultural Myanmar and is adorned with rich traditional paraphernalia and trappings reflecting their respective cultural heritage. All Chin and Shan suites feature a balcony overlooking the swimming pool and garden green. Ground floor Chin suites enjoy a “water moat”. The Rakhine suites are spacious and ideal for the business traveler. An outdoor shower with a slate wall of cascading water is the highlight of the honeymooner Kachin suites. ... more less
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