Comfortable and popular
The spiralling prices of Yangon hotels has become notorious in recent months and while budget travellers can still get away with spending $20 a night if they’re willing to forego many conveniences, those who want a bit of comfort do need to get a bit spendy. If you’ve got the cash, the well located East Hotel offers very comfortable rooms with tasteful decor at prices that are competitive with other upper-end hotels in downtown Yangon (Rangoon).
The entrance to the building — which stands like a jolly orange, skinny giant in the heart of the downtown area – is full of well-dressed employees who will happily greet and guide you to either the front desk or the restaurant on the bottom floor. Employees speak English fairly well and are eager to make your stay to your liking.
The modern furnishings cross over to boutique style and are selected to match a refined decor that fills the lobby, restaurant and rooms. Unlike most rooms in Yangon, these call to us to test the large bed, which comes in each room and is comfy and spotlessly clean. A flat screen television hangs on the wall at the foot of the bed. Room service is available and a coffee and tea maker are perched on a large mirrored table stand, fully stocked with complimentary coffee, tea and water.
Room rates start at US$110 for a deluxe, which are actually their basic rooms. The “deluxe plus with a city view” goes for US$150 and their “retro concept deluxe” room goes for US$170. Yes, the rooms at East Hotel are pricey, but booking through Agoda.com will get you somewhat lower rates.
The bathrooms are very clean, yet built with a concept that we didn’t fully understand. The toilet has a pull screen instead of a door and the shower is around the corner from said pull screen. Still, they are charming enough to overlook the trail of wet footprints that crosses the room to the mirror and sink.
Outside the room, next to the elevator, is a mini-refrigerator with complimentary water. WiFi can be accessed in your room or while enjoying your included breakfast downstairs. A business centre, gym, safety deposit boxes and a car park round out the facilities.
The location of East Hotel is excellent, stretching tall between Bogyoke Aung San Market and Sule Pagoda, with taxis waiting outside.
By Christopher Smith
Last updated on 3rd February, 2016.