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Yangon Hotels & Sleeping

  
 
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Accommodation in Yangon is relatively cheap and plentiful. Rooms are in abundance and, except in the height of the tourist season (December and January) and then too only in the popular backpacker hotels, advance reservations are almost never necessary. Tourists are expected to pay in US$ (bring only newer US$ banknotes in good condition with large portraits of the presidents), and will be charged significantly higher than locals. Be aware that many military generals are sharers in the hotels, and that many hotels are under a 30-year government lease. After the lease expires, the hotels are put under governmental control.

Budget

The budget hotels (under US$20) are mostly a bit away from the city centre. The upside is that the hotels are quieter, the city centre can be quite noisy, and you get a little more room for your dollar. You'll need a cab to get to the main sight, the Shwedagon Pagoda anyway. The downside is that most restaurants are in the city centre, a long walk or cab ride away and choices outside the centre are limited, usually with the only choice being a restaurant attached to the hotel with indifferent cuisine and which may be closed if business is slow. Pazundaung and Botataung Townships seem to have the highest concentration of budget hotels. Some rooms, the cheaper ones, in many budget hotels have no windows at all and if you are claustrophobic, make sure you don't end up in one of those! There are a few budget central hotels but, except for a couple, are quite shabby.

Mid-range

Mid-priced hotels (US$20-50) are scattered about the city, with one set concentrated in the few blocks around Sule Pagoda and a second set just north of the Shwedagon Pagoda. Luxury hotels are concentrated around the Kandawgyi Lake or city centre.

Rates for hotels are usually quoted as single/double. The room is usually the same but you pay a little extra (about US$5-10) if two people share the room. Breakfast is always included and the quality and variety increases with the cost of the hotel. In a budget hotel, expect a banana, an egg, some bread, and coffee made from 'coffee mix' (a pre-packaged mix of coffee powder, milk powder and lots of sugar).

Choosing a hotel

An important factor in choosing a hotel is the availability of electricity. Electric supply is controlled in Myanmar and every part of Yangon has a fixed schedule when electric power is available (usually about 24 hrs every 48 hrs or less). Mid-priced hotels usually have their own generators while budget hotels either do not or have a limited supply (lights will work till 11PM, fans may or may not work, air-conditioning never does even if fitted in the room unless state supplied electricity is available). Do ask when you book what the electricity situation is and, if there is no generator, what you can expect on the days that you are there.

Many budget and mid-range hotels have a restaurant on the premises. But there is no guarantee that it will be open, especially off-season.

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Places to Sleep in Yangon

Hotel White House Hotel
The place has a lot of character. Mosaic marbles of different tones all over - floor, wall, ceilings. You would feel like you're somewhere in Spain; some sort of Gaudi inspired cave-like room. 24 hours electricity. White House has a great city map, check out... more
Low Budget, $US8 single, $US15 double including big buffet breakfast (and the 'fresh fruit juice of the day' is a good start for breakkie!), in Yangon
Hotel Sunflower Hotel
Set on the busy intersection of Anwaratha Road and Shwe Bontha Street, a few minutes walk from Sule Pagoda and the railway station, the hotel has a great location but can be noisy. Less expensive rooms have no windows, and others are large and roomy with air-con... more
Low Budget, US$8-15, in Yangon
 
Hotel May Fair Inn
Good central location. Dated rooms but clean bathrooms. The owner is a bit wacky but her daughter is full of useful information. They don't serve breakfast any more.
Low Budget, 10/12/15 US$, in Yangon
Hotel Three Seasons Hotel
Rooms with shared and private bath. Friendly Indian owners and a good place to stay if you plan on spending a few days in Yangon and need a place to call home. Closer to the centre than Motherland Inn 2 but still a bit of a long walk.
Low Budget, US$7-20, in Yangon
 
Hotel Garden Guest House
Small rooms in dingy surroundings but with a great location and a great price. Worth it if your budget is tight and you're not fussy about decorDirectionsWest side of Sule Pagoda
Low Budget, US$5, in Yangon
Hotel Ocean Pearl Inn
All rooms have baths, air-conditioning and hot water. 15 minute walk to the city centre.
Low Budget, US$10-15, in Yangon
 
Hostel Motherland Inn 2
Expensive for a guesthouse but sill a popular backpacker's place with private & shared baths, and on-site restuarnt. They offer free pickup from the airport. A long walk or short taxi journey from the city centre. They also have the rarely advertised $US... more
Low Budget, US$10-18, in Yangon
Hotel City Star Hotel
Clean, well kept, and comfortable rooms with TV, minibar, free coffee. 24 hours electricity. Certain taxi drivers in Yangon claims this hotel is government owned, but it's hard to verify if this is correct: the hotel staff will certainly deny it.Directionsbe... more
Mid Range, $US27 single, $US32 double inc. breakfast, in Yangon
 
Hotel Classique Inn
A small boutique hotel with well furnished rooms in the quiet area north of the Shwedagon Pagoda. Located in embassy district (about one mile from Shwe Dagon Pagoda) just a few doors down from Bahrain embassy. It is a cute, small, quiet hotel made with teak and ... more
Mid Range, US$25-35, in Yangon
Hotel May Shan Hotel
Clean, well kept, but small rooms right outside the Sule Pagoda. Own generator and transformer and friendly staff. Staff doesn't speak much English. All rooms have air-con, satellite TV, bathroom attached with hot and cold shower. A bit run down. Directions... more
Mid Range, US$15-25, in Yangon
 
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