A top pick!
Formerly a budget crashpad called New Heaven, Zfreeti has been totally rebuilt from the ground up under new ownership to become something of a flashpacker’s paradise.
Located a 15-minute-walk from the bus station in Nyaung U and five minutes’ from the main restaurant strip, Zfreeti is a breath of fresh air in a town full of old, grubby digs in dire need of an overhaul. Although quite close to the main business area, Zfreeti is thankfully on a quiet side street with very little passing traffic and as a result gets very little of the road noise that many hotels on the main road endure.
It’s a massive complex comprising a number of long accommodation blocks, a towering open-sided pavilion and a pool area surrounded by a large brick fence. Opened in December 2013, it’s one of the newest hotels in Bagan and still has that crisp, new feeling with sparkling tiled floors, bright white sheets, modern flat screen TVs and a clean blue pool that is a godsend when the temperatures soar into the 40s as they do on a daily basis in the hot season.
Rooms are equipped with air-conditioning that keeps rooms icy cold, something which is not always a given in other hotels with air-conditioning in Nyaung U due to their age.
Rooms come in three price ranges with the primary difference being size, although the most expensive rooms do a safety deposit box and tea- and coffee-making facilities whereas the cheapest don’t. All rooms catch great light and are a joy to relax in, especially when compared to the particularly funky budget backpacker options around town. Facilities include free in-room WiFi, flat screen TVs with 12 channels including a few in French and German, comfortable beds adorned with crisp white linen and colourful local fabrics, minibar fridge and spotlessly clean hot shower and toilet with complimentary toiletries.
Every morning a large buffet breakfast is served on the rooftop terrace and is included in the room price.
The pool area can be baking hot in the hot season, so there are staff on hand to serve cold drinks poolside. You’ll need them as the shade is very limited and you’ll likely burn to a crisp in about half an hour. Some sort of retractable shade netting is seriously required for the months where daytime temperatures reach 40 degrees Celsius on a daily basis.
In a town full of old mediocre accommodation options, Zfreeti is a shining light. Sure, you’ll pay a bit more than the average for something this new, but we can’t state enough how much we think it’s worth it in comparison to what is available in Bagan, especially if you are travelling with a bit of extra cash.
In our view, there is no need to splash out on the most expensive rooms here as the cheapest ones are adequate enough and represent great value for money in Bagan. A top pick!
By Adam Poskitt
Last updated on 3rd February, 2016.