The plush interiors and rustic teak exterior of recently opened The Manor work very well together, making it compare favourably to the new concrete blocks going up around town.
The two-storey, dark teak and red-tiled building is found among several newer hotels on the corner of Phaung Daw Pyan and Kyaung Taw Anauk streets to the south of the town centre. Much of the ground floor is left open, with bamboo blinds replacing walls, while rooms are found on the deceptively extensive second floor. The ground floor area aims to be a standalone restaurant and another very attractive wooden veranda overlooking the street functions as the breakfast and drinks area for the hotel guests.
If the high season hike looks like a lot, in their defence we’d point out that low season rates are very good for what are excellent quality, well-appointed, sparkling new rooms. The upper floor deluxe rooms are well worth the extra $5, as the standard rooms we looked at lacked any view and were on the small side. Deluxe are much larger and brighter though facilities -- air-con, minibar, hot ensuite shower, WiFi, free tea and coffee -- are similar. Decor is minimal, leaving clean and uncluttered white painted rooms with decent solid furniture. For a change, attention has been made to create shiny, modern bathrooms. Hot water works well; WiFi is above average, as are breakfasts.
The downstairs restaurant serves Burmese plus some Western and local specialities. It seems a bit of a distraction however in an area that already has many. Overall, and in particular during off-peak periods, The Manor is a very good deal.
Address: 16 Phaung Daw Pyan Rd, Nyaung Shwe
T: (081) 209 946-7;
Coordinates (for GPS): 96º55'44.59" E, 20º39'27.53" N
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Room rates: US$20 to $40
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||US$30||US$50|
|Deluxe double room||US$35||US$65|
Based in Chiang Mai, Mark Ord has been travelling Southeast Asia for over two decades and first crossed paths with Travelfish on Ko Lipe in the early 1990s.
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