Strand Hotel, Yangon, Yangon Myanmar, Yangon and Around
Built in 1901, The Strand is one of Southeast Asia’s grandest and perhaps best-known colonial era hotels and the three story Victorian building is one of Yangon’s landmarks. It was built by Sarkies Brothers, founders of Singapore’s iconic Raffles Hotel, and it has been a destination for British literary dignitaries such as Somerset Maugham, George Orwell, Sir Noel Coward and Rudyard Kipling.
The grand exterior is an ode to Burma’s colonial past, while the opulent interior and marble-floored lobby will give you a real sense of the hotel’s rich heritage. The hotel offers some of the highest standard of luxury accommodation in the country and is known for its excellent level of service.
The Strand is an all-suite hotel and accommodation consists of 30 Suites, known for their large size and bright, airy atmosphere. Rooms are split into ‘Superior Suites’ and ‘Deluxe Suites’, with just one ‘Stand Suite’ for those seeking that something a little extra luxurious. All rooms have charming colonial-style touches throughout such as teakwood floors, hand carved wood frame beds and ceiling fans, while Burmese lacquer ware and antiquities offer exotic touches throughout.
The hotel’s Superior Suites offer 55-60 square metre accommodations with a separate bedroom and sitting area, while the Deluxe Suites are larger at 60-65 square metres. The one and only Strand Suite is the largest hotel Suite in Yangon at 200 square meters, and accommodation offers a four poster bed, study and dining room for the ultimate in grandeur.
The Strand offers a number of dining options, including The Strand Grill – the hotel’s main dining room – and The Strand Café overlooking the Strand Road. High tea with homemade pastries is a popular treat at The Strand Café, and the café even offers its own take on Mohyngar noodles, arguably Burma’s “national dish”!
The legendary Strand Bar offers a Friday Happy Hour so make sure you pop down to sip a cocktail in the colonial ambience, a Yangon tradition among travellers and expats alike and the best way to experience the true personality of the hotel.
The Strand Hotel in Yangon offers guests a truly fantastic way to get a sense of Yangon’s colonial past in a building steeped in history, and is one of Yangon’s finest luxury hotel options.
Luxury - Luxury hotels would have a superb level of service, very comfortable and usually spacious bedrooms, excellent food, great design and character. For us, when we visited, these places all had the 'wow factor'. A luxury hotel should satisfy the criteria of the most discerning clients.
- 24 Hour Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Television in the rooms
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