File this one under "a little pricey for what you get", but it's a nice location in Old Bagan so it will make your wandering amongst UNESCO-restored Buddhist Stupas easy. In fact there's a nice one in the grounds of the hotel itself.
The rooms are clean, functional and a bit motel like, decorated with lots of teak. I'm not sure where you'd get hot water for your flask from (we filled up during breakfast).
You go out the front door here and be in the middle of some awesome history in about 10 minutes of walking. When you take the path in (near the old gate) there's an excellent food stall where you can get rice or noodle dishes, fresh juices, bottles of water etc at local prices. It's run by a lovely family and everything is fresh.
There's internet in the lobby but none in the rooms. Here's a great tip tho... if you go to the beer garden at sunset, you get a strong and fast signal from the more expensive hotel next door, unlocked.
The pool is nice, but there were weird biting bugs sharing it with us.
They don't take credit cards... you'll need to settle up in cash.
Unless you are documenting Buddhist history you'll probably only want to stay a day or two in Bagan and this is a great central hotel to do it from. There's not a lot to do here except soak up the serenity.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bagan Hotel River View is situated in a stunning location with fantastic views across the Ayeyarwaddy River. With the towering Gawdawpalin Temple on one side and the river front on the other, this attractive hotel is situated in the heart of Old Bagan, one of the world's most fascinating cultural heritage sites and Theravada Buddhism first flourished in Bagan. The hotel set on its own 7.8 acres of landscaped garden, indulges prominent view to breathtaking Ayeyarwaddy River, a treasure of Myanmar and a gift from the Nature. Not only the resort has been meticulously planned to be unique and original. The hotel unique architecture remains loyal to authentic Myanmar cultural and its lush garden compound features two ancient Pagoda are Shinpinthettawshay Pagoda and Shinpinthettawya Pagoda. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- River View Hotel Bagan
- River View Bagan