We booked our hotels to Myanmar about a month ahead. Because of these our choices were limited. We got whatever we could. When we arrived in Yangon we stayed in Yuzana Hotel in Yangon which was quite old and not so clean. But the thing that made it all worth while was that it over-looked the most magnificent landmark of Yangon, the Shwaydegon Pagoda.
We got a Deluxe Suite with both a City View and Pagoda View. The in-laws at first got a smaller room with only a City View. They complained because they paid the same amount. At first they said that the entire hotel was full, but with a little insistence they got a room that seemed to be in the same category as what we got. So if you are booking here, make sure to request for a room with a Pagoda view.
I really felt like I stepped into an 80’s movie. My in-laws were saying it reminds them of hotels in Russia (where they stayed for quite a few years) complete with the “minder” in the corridor of each floor. The said that the old-style Russian hotels would have a babushka to take care of your need and watch over the guests.
Our room was sparse but huge. I was glad that the furniture was minimalist and the flatscreen TV and ref were unexpected.If we had only known that the flatscreen would have a USB port, we would have brought a USB with movies and TV shows to watch to sleep. I was also surprised that the outlets were universal. And.. there were switches for each outlet. I think this is to make it easier to “unplug” electronics because of the frequent black outs and electric surges with generators. That’s also why most hotels have voltage protectors for TVs and refrigerators.
Yuzana Hotel Hygiene and Sanitation
Before we got ready for bed we wiped all surfaces, light switches, door knobs, remote control and other frequently touched surfaces with alcohol free wetwipes because they were visibly dirty.
The bathroom left much to be desired. We sanitized the toilet seats with wetwipes and had to use spray disinfectant for the bathroom floor, but even then I would not recommend going barefoot in there.
Time to Sleep
Then it was time for bed and to enjoy the magical view of the Shwedagon Pagoda. The bed and pillows were tough – TD and I both woke up with a sore backs and a crick in our necks. I had no problem with bedbugs after I sprayed my Natural Bedbug spray from the Philippines.
I hear this is the only hotel with this kind of view! (I am not really sure.) The price, the view and the size of the room was okay though the hotel is quite old. A must for improvement are:
- Bathroom hygiene or sanitation – Bring cleaning aids like these.
- The breakfast food – very oily and tasteless.