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Where to Stay in Yangon? The Savoy Hotel Oozes Colonial Charm

Where to stay in Yangon?

We loved the Savoy Hotel, Yangon, our base for a few days before an Irrawaddy River cruise in Myanmar.

Now, you could be forgiven if you feel the Savoy takes you back to the days of the British Raj.

Savoy Hotel Yangon
The Savoy Hotel is one of the best Yangon hotels (and its pool is lovely!)

With swirling overhead fans, polished teakwood floors and traditional Myanmar antiques, the colonial-style boutique hotel in Yangon evokes the past like few other hotels we’ve set foot in.

And don’t ask how many vases of fragrant roses we saw – let’s just say, many!

Savoy Hotel Yangon
Was it just our imagination, or did we really see Somerset Maugham walk down this hall?

Somerset Maugham didn’t stay at the Savoy.

But he would fit right in if he walked through its doors today. We certainly indulged in a few Somerset Maugham fantasies here!

Savoy Hotel, Yangon: Rooms and suites

Rooms and suites at Yangon's Savoy Hotel are all different
Rooms and suites at Yangon’s Savoy Hotel are all different

The Savoy’s 24 rooms are large, with floor-to-ceiling windows and enticing ensuite bathrooms.

All come with individually-controlled air-conditioning, fruit baskets and bathrobes and slippers.

Air-conditioning was on our list when considering where to stay in Yangon, and our bedroom was cool and quiet

But for more space and luxury (and a bit of that “home-away-from-home” feeling), upgrade to one of the six indulgently spacious suites.

Savoy Hotel - bathroom
Here’s what our suite bathroom looked like

Our suite had a mini-kitchenette in the entrance hall, where we made tea to sip while relaxing in the unique, reclining cane-and-wood antique chair in our living room.

Mullioned windows opened to a Juliet balcony, and we could bathe in a clawfoot tub or use the separate shower.

Savoy Hotel Yangon - bath amenities
What pretty bath amenities do we have here?

We bet Somerset would have been happy to plunk his typewriter down on the writing desk in our suite and tap out his newest novel here, while snacking on the spicy tamarind fruit sweets delivered nightly.

(Though he might have wanted a whiskey-and-soda too –  his favorite drink, we hear.)

Where to stay in Yangon? A pool is a must!

The Savoy Hotel is one of the best Yangon hotels
This is where you’d find us late at the end of the day in Yangon

An oasis in an historic newly-thriving city, the hotel’s pool is shaded by leafy trees and neon pink, orange and green parasols.

It’s the perfect place to cool off at the end of a busy and hot sightseeing day (the famous gold Shwedagon Pagoda is nearby).

The pool could do with a few more teak lounge chairs though, as it’s so popular in late afternoon.

And we once had to ask for some towels as there weren’t enough stacked up at the pool (they arrived quickly though).

The Savoy Hotel is a boutique Yangon hotel with pool
Ahhh… Don’t you just want to settle in one of these pool chairs?


So you’re lounging by the pool. Maybe you’re reading Somerset’s The Gentleman in the Parlour, about his journey through this exotic country then known as Burma?

Order a fresh coconut juice served in its husk – just the thing to quench your thirst!

Drinking and dining

Savoy hotel Yangon - terrace
Such a pretty place to have breakfast

For breakfast, we liked to sit in the upstairs dining room terrace framed by bougainvillea, overlooking the pool.

Come evening, the Captain’s Bar with its wicker armchairs is a favorite haunt for young embassy staffers and expats who gather to socialize over gin-and-tonics.

And then it’s dinner time!

Dinner at the Savoy Hotel, Yangon
What’s for dinner?


The Burmese staff are warm and helpful.

And the German hotel manager makes an effort to meet guests and see how your stay is going.

One of the best boutique hotels in Yangon

Savoy Hotel Yangon
When dusk falls, you can eat curry by candlelight on the pool deck

Bottom line?

The Savoy Hotel in Yangon is a delightful boutique hotel.

It’s intimate and four-star (their ranking, not ours) – and half the cost of some other better known, colonial-style hotels in Yangon.

Booking details for the Yangon Savoy Hotel

If you’d like to be immersed in colonial charm in Yangon (who wouldn’t?), the Savoy Hotel is a lovely trip back in time.

The Savoy Hotel has 24 deluxe rooms and 6 suites.

Yangon Savoy Hotel, Yangon: Check rates and availability here.

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Luxury travel journalists and SATW, NATJA and TMAC “Best Travel Blog” award winners, Janice and George Mucalov are the publishers of Sand In My Suitcase. Between them, they’ve traveled to all 7 continents. See About.

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Becky Padmore

Saturday 31st of October 2015

Wow looks divine, I have a weakness for colonial hotels so this would be right up my street!


Sunday 25th of October 2015

I would just love to visit Myanmar and I have so enjoyed reading your various Myanmar posts and I must say, this hotel looks splendid! I could just picture myself having a really lazy long breakfast in that gorgeous breakfast room and the splash of colour from the rose petals in the bathroom sinks and tub is so pretty.

Irene S. Levine

Friday 23rd of October 2015

What a beautiful property! We may be visiting Myanmar so I'm glad to know about this "find."

Janice and George

Friday 23rd of October 2015

Definitely worth looking into! It was a lovely place to stay before and after our Irrawaddy River cruise on the "Belmond Orcaella" :-).


Friday 23rd of October 2015

This looks really lovely!

I enjoy reading your blog. Yours is "luxury travel with a twist of adventure" and mine is "adventure travel with a twist of luxury" ha!


Friday 23rd of October 2015

I love the fact that there are rose petals not only in the bath but also in the sinks! A friend has just got back from Myanmar and was telling me how amazing it is

Janice and George

Friday 23rd of October 2015

You'll have to visit! You've been to Bali (and we've loved your Bali and Ubud posts), now you just need to jet back to Asia to Myanmar :-).