Our and the hotels' reservations were off by one day. After a very early flight in from Bagan, the most gracious staff treated us to breakfast while making other arrangements for us at their sister hotel, Mandalay View Inn. They made sure we could use their transportation back and forth for use of the pool, the fitness center and business center. Their sister property is a small, pension style, nothing fancy. The staff there was just as friendly and the location was great, near the Green Elephant restaurant, Cafe JJ and right on the corner of the palace walls, perfect for starting the walk up Mandalay Hill. Breakfast boxes ready for early flight out, quiet and accomodating.
A note of caution; the hotels websites say they accept credit cards and they do not.
- 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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