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The Strand
Ranked #2 of 155 Hotels in Yangon (Rangoon)
Certificate of Excellence
2 reviews
“beautiful, lovely comfortable room”
Reviewed 21 February 2017

beautiful colonial building. the room was spacious and comfortable. the breakfast wasdelicious, with a huge selection and an attentive staff. loved it here. in a developing city this hotel is an oasis of luxury, with international clientele.

Room Tip: quieter rooms off of strand road, which is busy.
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  • Stayed February 2017, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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21 reviews
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Reviewed 19 February 2017

A beautiful building, nicely restored, but we had clunky service both nights we stayed there. The airport pick-up didn't arrive, our room wasn't ready, so changed to a noisy room above the bar, and the breakfast service was just appalling. A grand hotel that would benefit from some competent management.

Room Tip: Rooms above the bar should be avoided - very noisy.
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  • Stayed January 2017, travelled as a couple
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 February 2017

They have a whole book to cover the hotel's long history.
Mark Murraybrown (Ops Manager) was a charming host during our 4 day stay.
The Strand road is very busy by day and the river view is gone at ground/street level.
There is no swimming pool nor rear garden, yet...
So after being closed for most of 2016 the interior design now shines and this small hotel is a haven of peace (except perhaps during daily afternoon tea).
There is a lift (with aggressive doors) but the stair case is so beautiful we used it.
The Sarkie's bar was a shade ordinary, playing loud music and being a local embassy workers' watering hole and snooker hall. Decent bar food is available.
We did not use the main Restaurant (closed Sunday & Monday).
Our breakfasts and one dinner in "Strand Cafe" were very good and most comfortable.
Breakfast till 11am offered some fine local dishes which should be tried. The Lobster omelet was a disappointment as were breakfast pastries. Service charming.
The bedrooms are huge and very attractive, though storage and lighting is limited and the wardrobe space should be opened up.
(We had no "Fire & Evacuation" information, nor room service menu in the room!)
The locking up and handing over of the key to landing staff each time is very old world (we had some bedroom lock problems) but fun.
The fine wood framed room double glazing just about does the job but the glass is very thin and car horns are the norm. I expect you would not want a front facing room but I was not in one. The side rooms look at either "Myanmar Airlines" windows or the Australian Embassy building close by.
Unfortunately the rear yard of the hotel is at present a dumping/waste area.
The bathroom area was very disappointing, very little money having been spent here.
Bathroom storage is restricted to counter top, no shelf or cupboard.Double sinks but one central mirror. One set of small bath products which you must share with the shower was a poor show, but fine towels.
All (4) bathrobes hang on (loose) hooks in the bath space making it seem cramped. We were shocked by some broken and missing bath side tiles and despite reporting them received no repair. The short fast fill bath was uncomfortable and had no safety grabs, the shower average, and all the tiling quite poor.
Local staff were charming and helpful but may not be very English fluent.
As a famous hotel it did not feel complete which was disappointing. However the spacious quiet interior, good food, and fine style make this an escape and a peaceful haven.

Room Tip: They are all huge, poor views at the sides, lots of traffic to the front.
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  • Stayed February 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 February 2017

We had high expectations from this hotel and it mostly didn't disappoint. The hotel has a very grand appeal to it and the rooms, lobby, everything about it just had a fantastic colonial appearance. It made you feel special just by being here.

We stayed 3 nights and they weren't without their issues. Firstly our door didn't lock upon closing and once fixed the lights wouldn't turn on (unrelated) so we moved rooms. The 2nd night our aircon broke about 2am and squealed for ages until we realised it was the aircon. The only way to get it to stop was to turn it off, which left the rest of the night a tough one to sleep due to the heat.

The hotel was full and so they couldn't move us again. We spoke to the VP for the hotel and we resolved the issue for our 3rd night and they handled it very well and we were happy with the outcome.

Our last night they went over and above to ensure we had a great experience on our last night and we did.

Problems occur, it's how they get dealt with that matters and the hotel dealt with these issues well.

My fiance wants to make it clear that you should bring you own hair dryer, we swapped it out twice and still couldn't get it to blow warm air.

The staff were great and the service was fantastic, faultless and you were really made to feel welcome.

A small note is that the hotel was recently renovated and closed for a while during this period. Since then, we've noticed cracked tiles in the shower in 3 of the rooms we stayed in, doors in some of the cabinets hanging off and overall a little more effort could have been made to to the quality of the rooms as well as making them look fantastic.

Overall, we enjoyed our time here and would stay again should we return.

Room Tip: Back of the hotel is best, close to the main road get's noisy at night.
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  • Stayed February 2017, travelled as a couple
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Seer Green, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 February 2017

A super swish hotel where service and attention to detail is second to none. Situated near the port, the hotel is a 3 floor colonial style building built in 1902 and recently renovated to a very high standard. High ceilinged colonial luxury updated by extremely tasteful contemporary interiors, the hotel has been host to many famous visitors like Rudyard Kipling, Earl Mountbatten and in recent years Mick Jagger and George Soros. You can imagine the story swapping in the lovely bar sipping on a cocktail or two. The operations manager Mark will personally greet you and introduce you to your butler who will look after your every need. He clearly runs a very well oiled machine despite the constraints imposed by a newly emerging economy. Minor criticisms were a cumbersome internet login, and a slow to deliver breakfast. Our bathroom (room 211) suffered from slow water flow and was in need of an update. Otherwise I can’t fault the room or the hotel. It has earned it’s place on the LHW list.

  • Stayed February 2017, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Strand
Address: 92 Strand Rd., Yangon (Rangoon) 11181, Myanmar
Region: Myanmar > Yangon Region > Yangon (Rangoon)
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Yangon (Rangoon)
#2 Spa Hotel in Yangon (Rangoon)
#2 Family Hotel in Yangon (Rangoon)
#3 Romantic Hotel in Yangon (Rangoon)
#5 Business Hotel in Yangon (Rangoon)
Price range (per night): $306 - $955
Hotel Class:5 star — The Strand 5*
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Strand Yangon closed on 1 May until November 2016 to undergo a complete facelift that will return the award-winning heritage hotel to its former glory. Constructed in 1901 in a classic colonial style, the hotel will retain its heritage architectural details, such as marble and teak wood flooring, ceiling fans, chandeliers, lacquer wood furniture, Burmese antiques, and signature service elements, while being given a complete upgrade and contemporary twist through a refreshed colour palette and subtle decorative details. The interiors of all the hotel's 31 suites will be redecorated in keeping with the Strand's legendary style and elegance, while at the same time updated with the latest technology, including new air conditioning, sound and communications systems. The Strand is famous around the world for its flawless, personalised service and suites will continue to be attended by the hotel's team of highly trained butlers. Once "The finest hostelry East of Suez", we are very eager to reveal the new Strand and bring it back to its former glory. Please continue visiting us for updates and bookings. ... more   less 
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