115 Sule Pagoda Rd, downtown Yangon T: (09) 1252 986
Whether coming from a taxi or a walkway, the way to May Shan Hotel is full of excitement and sights. Right in front of Sule Pagoda in downtown Yangon (Rangoon), the entrance into the building is slightly less awe-inspiring, but leads you into a decent, comfy and clean hotel.
The first to welcome you to this hotel are not a doorman or the desk, but money-changers and a noodle stand among the mayhem of downtown. A window display of intriguing artwork stands next to the entrance and with a step through the door, air-con and a friendly staff welcome you into a dimly lit lounge.
A skinny elevator will whisk you to the seven floors above. We checked out a US$45 single room located down a long and clean tiled hallway; double rooms go for US$60 and a triple at the top with the “Sule Pagoda View” goes for US$80. (We noticed for the dates we checked Agoda.com has a higher price for the single bedroom.)
The room we were shown had horses running down a mountain painted on the tiles above the bed — who doesn’t love quirkiness? Rooms are spic and span and packed fairly tight with furnishings that are both useful and decorative. Among the bunch is an armoire with a full mirror, a desk, table stands and a small entertainment centre that holds a phone and a tiny television. The bathroom is adequate and clean with a Western toilet and hotwater shower.
A small breakfast is included in the price and free WiFi can be used in the lounge. Room service is around the clock and a laundry service is available. While the rooms are decent value, what isn’t at May Shan is their airport transfer for US$15; save your money and pay half the price by stepping outside and grabbing one of the many taxis that you normally have to dodge.
Where May Shan Hotel really shines is its location right next door to Sule Pagoda and Independence Monument and park. Just around the corner is Bogyoke Aung San Market and the downtown markets. Taking into account this location, comfort and amenities, May Shan Hotel is adequate value for those travellers looking for a decent hotel but not wanting to pay the now-outrageous prices at the high-end hotels that share the same road.
By Christopher Smith
Last updated on 3rd February, 2016.