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Princess Garden Hotel
Ranked #5 of 51 Nyaung Shwe B&B and Inns
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Salalah, Oman
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“Pleasant place to stay!”
Reviewed January 14, 2013

We enjoyed our stay in one of the bungalows at Princess Garden. The place feels a little like an Oasis with its pretty gardens and refreshing swimming pool. The room was quite basic, but comfortable. However, one big complaint was how DARK it was in the bungalow. There is very little lighting and with the dark bamboo walls the room just doesn't get bright enough. I used my headtorch to read at night! Also, the shower (although there was hot water) was just a trickle - not what you want after a hard 3-day trek. That said, Princess Garden has friendly staff who make you feel welcome - and they bring you a surprise drink in the afternoons which was a nice touch. Be aware that the hotel is a little out of town. We didn't think this would bother us - it's not a long walk - however, we felt very uncomfortable taking this walk after dark. There is no street lighting and there are lots of stray dogs - not good! It is also nigh on impossible to find transport. If Princess Garden had a restaurant we'd have been more than happy - but being 'forced' to go out every evening for dinner turned into a chore of trying to make transport arrangements to avoid the walk. There are no rickshaws/tricycles etc. by the hotel. One of the male hotel staff was helpful in getting one for us, but previously we asked a female staff member and she refused to help - insisting we had to walk. We didn't find it easy to find transport in town after dark either. Also be aware that there is no internet access available at Princess Garden.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 13, 2013 via mobile

This place is superb value at 35$ double

Lovely garden, cold swimming pool and free fruit juice at sunset . Pretty good breakfast as well

Hotels here get full quickly. If you want to stay here book early. It is best value around. I would pre-book at any hotel if going to inlay

We managed 3 nights here but could only find odd nights in other hotels to make up the week

  • Stayed December 2012
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed January 12, 2013

I recommend this hotel if you value hospitality, good food and peace. It was just great with a genuine welcome and attention to detail. I spent 3 nights in a single bungalow with views of the canal. It was a treat to sit on the veranda in the afternoon and watch life go by. It was very peaceful and relaxing with added touches in kindness such as hot water for tea making and fresh fruit juice being delivered to the room. Breakfast was excellent. I wish I had booked a week in Nyaungshwe just to have more time to sit around and do nothing. You really can relax here.

The Hotel is located a short walk from town and there are good restaurants close bye. I recommend using the bicycles that are available for rental all over town, even if you are out of practice like I was it is easy to cycle there as it is flat and in January the weather is cool.

The trip on the lake was a dream, and easily arranged in one of the travel offices.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed January 10, 2013

We had a very quiet and relaxing time here, however a bungalow was being constructed right next to ours and they were building rooms around the pool so it was pretty noisy and disruptive.
However, the owner did take the time to explain to us that he has no choice but to build rooms quickly because of the new regulations being brought in by the government to do with the size limits for hotels and guest houses.

Generally the service was ok, but not very warm. The staff don't really interact with you unless you ask for something and didn't have too many suggestions for activities. However every day a smoothie was brought to our rooms and a big boiler of fresh water for tea. The rooms were clean and our bungalow was just the idyllic simple room with a lovely balcony with chairs for reading over looking the little canal.

We borrowed bikes one day and the pedal fell off one whilst we were way out of town, so we had to walk back and take it to a local shop in town! But the experience of the repair shop was so lovely that we are glad this happened.

The pancakes at breakfast are amazing. We were there for 4 days and the slow paced life in Nyaung Shwe, the bustle of the markets and the beautiful lake were great. The pool looked lovely but due to all the construction and builders around it we didn't go in.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 8, 2013

we stayed three nights and were verbally told at time of reservation that they only have a room available and not a bungalow, which are much nicer and costlier. The garden and pool area are very nice and give a relaxing feeling. The breakfast was very good and we were really taken care of.
The rooms are new and not yet fully furnished. They lack a table and a chair and a wardrope. Outside there is little veranda with comfortable chairs to sip your sundowner.
As mentioned by others, the rooms are clairaudient, so eyeryone has to take care, and respect others sleep. Lots of hot water in the spacios bathroom.
We would stay again, if needed.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 1, 2013

We've just come back from the Princess Garden hotel and unfortunately it was a HUGE disappointment. The reviews you see on tripadvisor or lonely planet all talk about the bungalows. However, the owner has just recently completed a block with new rooms which is nowhere near the standard of the bungalows. We stayed in such a room which was VERY basic:
- square room with bed, fan, bedside tables and fridge
- no TV, no wardrobe, no shelf so we had to put all out clothes on the floor
- the rooms have only one window to the garden but if you don't want to be exposed you have to keep the curtains shut which makes the room very dark (only one ceiling light)
- the front "window" is actually only a mosquito net so the room is freezing at night and gives you no privacy whatsoever. You have to whisper in your own room if you want a private conversation. This means of course that you hear every word your neighbours are saying and/or their snoring. Great when their conversations wake you up at 3am...
- there was no hot water when we were there so we had to change our room to one closet situated to the boiler. Then it was fine though.
- only a mosquito net as a window in the wet room too: absolutely freezing!
- no wifi at all

I really would not recommend staying in these rooms. Also I have to admit that I am mad at the owner, as I booked the Princess Garden hotel based on the reviews on tripadvisor (#2 B&B) but he could have told me that the room we booked was not the same standard as the bungalows. I have stayed in basic hotels before but I was just expecting something that had at least a window, privacy and hot water.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Regina, Canada
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Reviewed December 26, 2012

My husband and I spent 5 days at Princess Garden in July 2012. It was by far the best place we stayed during our month in Myanmar. The owners were extremely helpful and assisted us in any way they could. Although located on the edge of town, I found that to be beneficial, as nothing is very far away, and the countryside was beautiful. You can bike to the winery and into town, although everything in town is accessible on foot. The pool was refreshing after a day trip to Inle Lake or whatever other adventure we decided to do. The service was outstanding - cool beverage on arrival most afternoons, great and plentiful breakfast, etc. I highly recommend this bungalow/hotel!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Princess Garden Hotel
Address: Mine Li Street, Nyaung Shwe 081, Myanmar
Location: Myanmar > Shan State > Nyaung Shwe
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #5 of 51 B&Bs / Inns in Nyaung Shwe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 7
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