Where to stay in Yangon? We loved the Savoy Hotel, Yangon.
Now, you could be forgiven if you feel the Savoy takes you back to the days of the British Raj.
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!
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
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.
But for that “home away from home” feeling, upgrade to one of the six indulgently spacious suites.
Ours 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.
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!
An oasis in an historic, newly thriving city, the hotel’s pool is shaded by pink and orange parasols and leafy trees.
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).
Tip: 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
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.
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
The Savoy Hotel in Yangon is a delightful boutique hotel – intimate, four-star (their ranking, not ours) and half the cost of some other better known, colonial-style hotels in Yangon.