Our stay during Covid was exceptional. The staff worked hard to maintain a clean and safe environment for guests. The exercise facility and pool were well maintained. The breakfast was wonderful and guests had the option to eat in the dining room or have food brought to their rooms. Every staff member we encountered from the moment we arrived was very attentive.
Great place as always! I've stayed here many times and it's never disappointed. Great tennis courts, great pool, great location. I wish I had had more time to enjoy the dining... the buffet breakfast is excellent.
booking , welcoming , breakfast food, place, swimming pool, checkout and staff services are very good. Cleaning is a little bit weak for room moisture and bath room basin. Inside of pillows are a little bit stain and moisture.
We live in Yangon, and after 2+ months in quarantine we were longing for green space and some nature. We lived at the hotel our first two years in Myanmar, and it's come a long way. They've replaced the old windows with double-paned windows, and the beds are new and comfy. It occupies a space between luxury and homey-ness that is unique, and the beautiful surroundings on the lake make it the perfect in-city getaway for a day, or week, or month.
There's a new chef in the restaurant, and the food was extremely good - we ended up eating the set menu for $10 nearly every day. Presentation and flavors were outstanding, and portion size just right. Every day you can choose from Western, Asian or vegetarian meals that include a starter, main and dessert.
The staff go out of their way to make guests feel comfortable, and clearly have a family-like relationship with the managers. The management has come up with a rotation system to ensure that they can keep as many staff as possible during COVID-19. They go to lengths to make sure everyone feels safe - staff wear face masks, rooms are deep-cleaned, and tables in the restaurant and bars have been spread out for social distancing.
Walking in the mornings is fabulous. One "lap" around the property is .5 mile, so 4 laps equals 2 miles. A perfect pre-breakfast warm-up to the day. The pool is lovely - big enough for laps, and there are men and women's showers there. There's a newly-renovated gym and tennis courts. And the generous balconies off every room are roomy, and great for morning coffee or a sundowner.
The hotel is older than many others, and has a rather no-nonsense architecture style. But the surroundings, service and offerings far outweigh any lingering ties to styles of the past.
Apparently, the hotel was a "gift" from Kruschev when he visited Yangon in 1958. I guess he wasn't impressed with where he stayed at the time. The hotel opened for business in 1962. How splendid it must have been then.
It's still quite splendid albeit all the hectares of woodwork could do with refinishing and some more attention paid to potentially lovely places like the bar, restaurant and the pool area (gossip has it that Kruschev himself doodled its freeform shape, unusual for its day).
As is much of the design of the whole place. A friend described it as "Stalinesque", which I think unfair; in many ways it's more hip 60s design than other buildings of the time in Southeast Asia. Structurally, it seems to resemble a cruise liner, perched on a drydock waiting to be launched into Inya Lake. The inner staircase is a light and elegant thing with steps spaced for big feet and long legs, a rarity in this part of the world.
There are quaint and pleasing signs of the times: opposing wings are marked "Sunrise" and "Sunset". And the Myanmar artworks generously dotted throughout are marvelous.
The fitness centre has the latest equipment, most of which were new to me.
The food is good enough albeit why eat there when L'Opera is in the grounds.
The grounds, beside the lake, which seems healthy unlike the usual polluted cesspools commonly found in cities, are pleasant although it would be nice to be able to circumnavigate it on foot. Unfortunately, its shores are owned by wealthy people. Only the far end is a public park.