Enjoyed staying at the Arthawaka Hotel for two nights in April 2013.
Staff are super friendly and even though many do not speak English terribly well, they are unbelievably helpful and nothing seemed to be too much trouble.
I got the impression the place is still bedding in. Some of the staff are a bit inexperienced (which I suppose is no surprise at all given how rapidly Myanmar is opening up for tourism) and the chap who I assume was the manager always was on hand to supervise and step in if necessary.
Am particularly grateful for their flexibility in letting me check in early on day one and check out late on the final day. One does get very dirty cycling around, so being able to have a shower before heading for the airport was very, very helpful.
Rooms are nice and certainly good value for money. One or two odd things like no shower curtain and rather over pretentious bathroom fittings, but overall excellent.
I hired a bike each day. Nice, new bikes. Bit girly ladies bikes with no gears and basket on the front, but seems that is the same as you get everywhere, so I think I got a good deal.
Hotel restaurant is OK, but nothing special. Much, much better option is to walk a few hundred metres towards town and on the left is a little open-air restaurant offering Burmese and Chinese food. Fabulous place! For less than 5,000K got wonderful chicken curry (dishes just kept coming!), drinks, introduction to the chef and a front row seat for the mobile disco making it's way up and down Kayay Street!
Give it a year or two to get things all working a bit more smoothly and will be 5/5 then.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Conveniently located in Bagan, Arthawka Hotel is a great base from which to explore this vibrant city. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. For those of you who want to venture out, Eight Faces Paya, Archaeological Museum, Gawdawpalin Pahto are just some of the attractions available to visitors.Offering hotel guests superior services and a broad range of amenities, Arthawka Hotel is committed to ensuring that your stay is as comfortable as possible. A selection of top-class facilities such as bicycle rental, Wi-Fi in public areas, airport transfer, restaurant, tours can be enjoyed at the hotel.Hotel accommodations have been carefully appointed to the highest degree of comfort and convenience, with complimentary bottled water, desk, television LCD/plasma screen, shower, non smoking rooms in each room. The hotel offers many unique recreational opportunities such as outdoor pool. Whatever your reason for visiting Bagan, the Arthawka Hotel is the perfect venue for an exhilarating and exciting break away. ... more less
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