Corner of Bo Myat Tun & Mahabandoola St, Bo Myat Tun Tower, Botataung Township, East Central Yangon T: (09) 59311, (01) 298 184
Bo Myat Tun Hotel is not for those looking for luxury or all the flash comforts that a hotel can provide (see mould picture below), but rather it’s for those looking for a simple place to stay with air-con, a comfy bed and a good location in downtown Yangon (Rangoon) with great views of the city.
Don’t come expecting the pictures you’ll see from Bo Myat Tun online; each room seems to vary in size and conditions, from open to tight, organised to scattered and grand view to wall view. It’s a bit strange that all rooms cost US$49, no matter if it’s a single or a double with or without a view; at least that’s what the front desk insisted upon, though perhaps something got lost in translation.
Rooms are not the cleanest, and even a bit raw with the occasional stain on a bathroom wall. There was a faint smell of stuffiness or mould, but at the time we visited, this is a common affliction for almost every building in the city. Even the balcony we saw was a bit of a poor sight, overgrown and rusty in true Yangon fashion — yet the view, even taking in Shwedagon pagoda, is one of the best we’ve seen in all of the downtown accommodation and worth every bit of lacking luxury. They do have WiFi in the lobby but it's extremely poor so don't count on using it.
Air-con is in every room, along with TVs that have about three channels, mostly Chinese stations with English subtitles. Hot-water bathrooms are adequate, aside from the stained walls, and come with complimentary toiletries. Furniture is basic but you’ll find included bottled water plus a kettle for coffee and tea. A breakfast buffet is included in the price and they do offer room service from 07:00 to 21:00. But the hotel is located on Mahabandoola Road, which boasts great local food vendors and Burmese and Western restaurants such as 50th St Bar and Grill and Union Bar and Grill.
Sights and attractions are walkable, with Botataung Pagoda and the harbour just a few blocks away, and Sule Pagoda and other grand attractions that downtown has to offer a quick walk away. Taxis are easy to find, so don’t bother with their overpriced airport transfer fee of US$12. An average taxi to Yangon International Airport will be 5,000 to 8,000 kyat whether coming or going.
Bo Myat Tun Hotel accepts credit cards, which is a huge advantage over other accommodation of this price. It’s doesn’t offer luxury, but it does have a solid location just east of the centre of downtown Yangon and if you manage to get a room with a view, it’s not a bad deal.
By Christopher Smith
Last updated on 3rd February, 2016.