In pictures: Yangon’s stunning heritage hotels
YANGON is a city on the move. Ever since Myanmar opened up to tourists and international commerce, much of its colonial architecture, left by the British colonial rule, is starting to get attention.
In fact, the city is dotted with a mix of British colonial architecture, modern high-rises, and glistening pagodas housing Buddhist relics.
Formerly known as Rangoon, the Myanmarese capital’s trademark attraction is its Shwedagon Paya, the country’s most sacred Buddhist monument. However, Yangon also boasts parks, gardens, lakes, sprawling day and night markets, restaurants, and bars.
With Myanmar’s tourism on the rise (Myanmar tourist arrivals rose 18 percent last year to 3.44 million visitors), Yangon is the most exciting place in the country to be. As the country’s commercial and artistic hub, Yangon is at the center of it all.
If the city is on your travel bucket list, there’s surely one thing you’d appreciate – its stunning heritage hotels.
Founded in 1901 by Aviet and Tigran Sarki, two of the Armenian Sarkies brothers who also started the Raffles Hotel in Singapore and The E&O in Malaysia, The Strand is a Victorian-style hotel located in the heart of Yangon.
Regarded as one of the most iconic five-star hotels in Asia, its awe-inspiring interior is fitted with beloved chandeliers, charming ceiling fans, and authentic period furnishings, which have remained untouched even during the 1989 restoration.
Address: 92, Strand Rd, Yangon, Myanmar.
Set amidst landscaped gardens, Belmond Governor’s Residence is a colonial-style hotel located close to the spectacular Shwedagon Pagoda. The two-story teak mansion was built in 1920 as the official home of one of the governors from the southern states of the country.
It’s where old-world elegance meets rich Burmese beauty, the hotel emanates style and history all under one roof. Its 45 cozy deluxe rooms and two junior suites are decorated with teak furniture, tropical cottons and silks, and a large handmade free-form bath.
Address: 35, Taw Win Road, Dagon Township, Yangon, Myanmar.
Located just 20 minutes away from Yangon International Airport, Savoy Hotel is a heritage boutique hotel that was founded in 1995. It’s said to be one of the best places to stay in Yangon as it offers splendid views of Shewadagon Pagoda.
A silent oasis in the middle of a bustling city, Savoy Hotel boasts traditional Myanmar antique-filled corridors and rooms with teak furniture and spacious bathrooms and an inviting pool shaded by tall, old trees. Picture-perfect during the day, Savoy Hotel is even more beautiful by night.
Address: 129, Dhammazedi Road, Yangon, Myanmar.
Currently at the tail end of its renovation, Yangon Excelsior is steep in colonial history. Situated on the banks of the Yangon river, it originally housed the general headquarters of the Steel Brothers Company, a conglomerate of companies specialized in the economic development of mining, agricultural, mineral, and wood resources.
All 74 of the hotel’s rooms and suites ooze with the charm and magnificence of British colonial style while boasting ultra-modern comfort and exquisite service. You could say that Yangon Excelsior is the epitome of “the best of both worlds”.
Address: 19/43, Bo Soon Pat Street, Padeban Township, Yangon 11143, Myanmar.
In December, Rosewood Yangon will receive its first visitors. Located in the heart of the city’s historical district, the “renewed” hotel is housed in a building that was originally constructed in 1927.
Said to be the most significant historic restoration project in Yangon to date, Rosewood Yangon will feature 209 spacious guestrooms, suites, and one- to two-bedroom apartment units. It will also offer five distinct dining venues featuring local, Asian, and internationally-influenced cuisine.
Address: 14, Strand Road, Kyauktada Township, Yangon, Myanmar.
The Peninsula Yangon (2020)
Built on the site of the former headquarters of the Myanmar Railway Company in central Yangon, The Peninsula Yangon promises “a new luxury experience” in the city. It will have 88 opulent guestrooms, surrounded by dreamy garden terraces and tropical landscaped gardens with an outdoor swimming pool.
The hotel is expected to open by 2020.
Address: On the corner of Bogyoke Aung San Road and Rule Pagoda Road in Yangon.