Thanakha Inle Hotel has possibly the best location in town, with very plush rooms, and prices to match, though no pool makes rates a little high.
In this upper range, Thanakha is competing with cosy Maison Birmane, the stilt chalet charm of Viewpoint and classy Inle Lake View, with their infinity pool and lake background chic. We have them just missing out on the bronze.
To reach Thanakha, cross the bridge at the end of Yone Gyi and take the first lane on the left along the riverbank. It’s a scruffy dusty or muddy track (delete according to season), but a five-minute walk will bring you to the yellow-painted hotel buildings. The principal building is three storeys and houses reception and the deluxe rooms, while a wooden walkway lined with lush vegetation divides two rows of two-storey suites as it makes its way down to a wonderful waterfront deck and cafe. From here you look right across the channel to the boat jetties opposite.
This view is their best feature although of course you can stay anywhere in town and still wander down here for a sundowner.
Rooms are very well designed. All are spacious, tastefully decorated and well-appointed. Decor is what they claim Shan style, though it seemed to us a fairly standard boutique fashion of bare brick and white walls with a few strategically placed tasteful photos. With a view to cool winter mornings, rooms also come with both heating and air-con. The raised waterside deck and garden should cut out most of the boat noise in most rooms. Bathrooms are very well turned out though as usual, mozzies may be an issue thanks to the garden; we didn’t see any mosquito nets, nor anywhere obvious to hang one, and this may be a drawback.
It’s a shame the suites are built in two-storey blocks; ‘executive’ ones are on the upper floor and come with balconies and a better view, with ‘junior’ ones downstairs.
If you can get an online deal it may be worth considering, though the walk-in rates seem a bit steep. Note that the high season rates below were for the 2015/16 season; 2016/17 weren’t confirmed.
Address: Nan Thae St (over the bridge and left), Nyaung Shwe
T: (081) 209 928, (081) 209 954;
Coordinates (for GPS): 96º55'25.86" E, 20º39'22.58" N
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Room rates: US$100 to $200
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Deluxe double room||US$85||US$120|
Junior. Executive: $125/$180.
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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