La Maison Birmane Inn lays claim to being Nyaung Shwe’s original boutique hotel.
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With just 10 rooms and with a good reputation, prices are high though it's all very tasteful and the staff – and chefs – are impeccably trained.
The Inn, certainly cute, is French run -- and so with plenty of French-speaking guests -- and large doses of Gallic flair and charm have gone into the design of the communal areas, the slightly congested garden and the wooden rooms themselves.
The cosy accommodation is divided into bungalows and chalets, the latter of which are two-room suite versions. The mainly wooden rooms are delightfully set out and decorated, and each comes with an individual balcony complete with traditional-style roof. Since we’d hazard a guess that mosquitos may be a problem thanks to the lush garden, each room’s four-poster bed comes with a mosquito net. Interior decor is minimal and they let the varnished wood take main stage, so rooms appear clean and uncluttered. Ditto for the bathrooms and though the rooms are only equipped with fans, bathrooms do come with hot showers. The WiFi reach in this small resort seems better than usual.
Apart from high season rates, the main drawback we could see – though only a minor inconvenience – is the location down a quiet lane by the town hospital. While the waterfront jetties are close, Yone Gyi Street and the main action of Nyaung Shwe is a bit of a walk. Coming back down these dark lanes at night, those of a nervous disposition may want to arm themselves with a stick before facing the packs of street hounds, though Phaung Daw Pyan Street with a selection of eateries isn’t so far. The in-house restaurant with a Franco/Burmese/Thai selection is very good, but not cheap.
By Mark Ord
Last updated on 13th October, 2016.
Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Deluxe bungalow, low season: US$60, high season US$90. Notes: Chalet: $75/$125
Kyaunn Taw Shayt St (Off Mingalar Rd, opposite hospital), Nyaung Shwe
T: (081) 209 901
Room rates: US$40 to $100