Classy and reasonably priced
A good location, great views, excellent rooms and friendly, helpful staff make 2015-built Gabbana our clear midrange pick in town.
Furthermore their rates, for Burma at least, represent fine value for money.
Set in a lower rise building, it’s not as characterless as some of Hpa-an’s other new establishments. It has a small pond and garden out front, so some aesthetic efforts have been made, and they’ve also sensibly stuck to white both inside and out, eschewing the Burmese fashion for garishly coloured hotels. Rooms are simple and airy with varnished floors and, in particular on higher floors, some excellent views. Air-con is effective, the WiFi is workable, and facilities include cable TV, tea- and coffee-making facilities and a spotless ensuite bathroom with hot shower.
A downstairs restaurant serves an included breakfast plus lunch and dinner, but best of all is that Gabbana also lays claim to the town’s best coffee shop and bakery. It’s part of the same building but has a separate entrance opening directly onto the road aside the hotel. They serve fine freshly ground coffee, juices, smoothies and teas plus cheap and tasty bakery delights. The WiFi works well so wherever you’re staying in Hpa-an we’d recommend popping in here for a morning coffee or afternoon tea.
Gabbana’s location is convenient too, on School (or BEHS) Street just past the fire station, so a short walk off Main Road and on the way to Kan Thar Yar Lake. We can see this one getting popular with tour groups in high season, so it would be worth booking in advance.
Address: BEHS (School) St, Hpa-an
T: (058) 22425, (097) 9363 9369, (098) 730 501; F: (058) 22511
Coordinates (for GPS): 97º38'9.89" E, 16º53'3.69" N
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Room rates: US$40 to $100
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard single room||US$40||US$40|
|Standard double room||US$55||US$55|
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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