Great front row chalets
Corner Strand and Bogyoke Rds, Mawlamyine T: (057) 25764-5 F: (057) 24927
Definitely the best location in town, the Attran Hotel has bungalows -- and they really do like suburban bungalows -- on a lawn overlooking the bridge and the waterfront, right at the top northwest corner of town. The 10 front row rooms, after a recent makeover, are delightful: spacious, spotless and with fine balconies to admire the river view.
All come with a lounge area as well as bedroom. All bungalows come with air-con and ensuite hot-water bathrooms plus, in theory at least, free WiFi. In addition they offer tea- and coffee-making facilities and an inclusive breakfast. The two rear rows, ‘city view’, are shabby and dull. If you want to splash out then the riverview bungalows are excellent. Otherwise though, forget it – Ngwe Moe is better in that range.
Buffet breakfast is taken in a rather dull hangar-like room, which is a shame since they also have a splendid wooden deck outside where lunch, dinner and drinks are served. Even if you’re not staying here, this is a fine spot for a waterfront sundowner and their Sino/Burmese fare is very good, with generous servings and reasonable prices.
Attran's riverview bungalows are maybe the best option in town for a splurge, but the standard rooms don’t compare either quality or price-wise with other options in town. Bear in mind that the best rooms are much sought after, particularly during weekends and holiday periods, so as always in Burma, book ahead where possible to avoid disappointment.
By Mark Ord
Last updated on 18th March, 2016.