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Hotel Sule Shangri-La Hotel 5 star
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223 Sule Pagoda Road, Gpo Box (888) Yangon, Myanmar Yangon, Burma -
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Traders, the urban 'business' branch of the prestigious Shangri La hotel group based in Singapore, has chosen a 22-storey skyscraper for its new establishment Yangon. Located close to Scott Market and opposite the famous Sakura Tower with its panoramic restaurant on the top floor, this modern establishment offers spectacular panoramic views, a spa and supremely comfortable guest rooms.

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      Sule Shangri-La   -   Carlos Rodrigues / EASYVOYAGE

    • Hotel Sule Shangri-La

      Sule Shangri-La   -   Carlos Rodrigues / EASYVOYAGE

       
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    Location 6.5 /10

    Between the Yangon River and Kandawgyi Lake, on Sule Pagoda Road, close to Scott Market and opposite the famous Sakura Tower with its panoramic restaurant on the top floor, in the city centre of Yangon, the country's former capital. Transfers to Yangon International Airport, 10.5 miles away, take around 1h30m with traffic or 45 minutes at night when there is no one on the roads.

    Accommodation 8.70 /10

    Thickly carpeted corridors lead to the guest rooms. They are spacious, with high ceilings and are decorated in a contemporary style with classic wallpaper. The 31m guest rooms include a large flat-screen television with a channels such as CNN and BBC World, a minibar fridge (three bottle of water are provided free of charge), tea and coffee-making facilities, a luggage rack, an umbrella, an ironing board and iron, a wardrobe with a mirror, a large mirror, a desk, a small digital safe that is free to use, a king size bed (or two queen size beds), individual air-conditioning and free Wi-Fi Internet access. The thick carpets feel great under bare feet, even though some parts of the floor are covered in light tiling. Room service is available 24/7. However, there is no balcony or terrace. The bathrooms are equipped with a bathtub with a handle and a flexible shower hose, a double wash basin, a toilet, toiletries, a make-up mirror, a hair-dryer (kept in the drawer), a telephone, tissues in a lacquer box, the essentials for brushing your teeth and shaving, bathrobes and slippers, cotton buds and a comb. The decoration is charming, with a clock and flower petals as embellishment. The suites have the advantage of separate showers.

    Overview 8.20 /10

    Traders is the urban 'business' branch of the prestigious Shangri La hotel group based in Singapore. This 334-room establishment opened its doors in 1996 in a 22-storey skyscraper served by three spacious lifts. The panoramic views of Yangon from the top are simply breathtaking. Renovation work is currently being carried out to bring the number of guest rooms to 485 in 2014. The long lobby decorated in shiny marble is both vast and classy, and evens includes a piano bar. A staircase leads to the first floors - you almost feel as though you are in a shopping centre! The facilities at the Traders Hotel Yangon include, in particular, a large swimming pool on the 5th floor, a spacious gym with state-of-the-art equipment and flat-screen televisions (open from 6:00am to 11:00pm), a television room and a spa. Note that although the massages are of course charged extra, the Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room all are free - a rarity in Burma spas. Guests lucky enough to be part of the Traders Club have the luxury of checking in at the club lounge on the 21st floor, where they can enjoy their breakfast while admiring the panoramic view of Yangon (you can see the Shwedagon Pagoda in particular). A computer is provided in this lounge to allow guests to surf the Internet for free, as well as a traditional chess board and a bookcase.

    Food and drink 8.70 /10

    The Traders Caf in the lobby serves a delicious buffet from 6:30am to 10:00pm, with the added possibility of ordering dishes from the la carte menu. Here you can sample local and international cuisine in the 180-seat dining room. The sushi section is excellent! Cantonese rice, Caesar salad, wok dishes, prawns, pasta, an Italian section, cheese, an Indian section, ice creams, pancakes, pastel de nata (the famous Portuguese pastries), grills, Japanese noodles, tropical fruits... you'll be spoilt for choice! There is even a halal section. The atmosphere is livened up by the show cooking and the live kitchen demonstrations. The hotel also has its own restaurant, the Summer Palace: an la carte Chinese restaurant that can seat up to 200 people, open from 11:30am to 2:00pm and from 6:00pm to 10:00pm. The lounge caf in the lobby serves homemade pastries, bread and breakfast pastries. You can also choose to sip on a drink in the Gallery Bar from 1:00pm to 1:00am, where you can smoke, play a game of billiards or watch TV.

    Spa 8.45 /10

    Open from 6:00am to 11:00pm, the health club spa on the 5th floor is fitted with a steam room, sauna and Jacuzzi, all of which are free to use (a rarity in hotels in Burma), five massage rooms (no double cabins) where cosmetic products from the Singapore brand Revlon are used (foot massages are also available), all bathed in a relaxing musical ambiance. The changing rooms are separate. Manicures, pedicures (with a foot bath) and facial treatments are available in the pretty beauty centre, decorated with pebbles and flower petals. The techno dance music is a little excessive however given that the spa is just next door! The large swimming pool, 1m 60cm deep, is surrounded by a sun lounge with showers, wicker deckchairs, parasols and towels provided free of charge. There is also a 50cm deep pool for children and a small bar underneath a gazebo. The gym is spacious with state--of-the-art equipment and modern machines including treadmills.

    To know

    Free Wi-Fi Internet access is available throughout the hotel, including in the guest rooms. However, use of the computer in the lobby is charged extra. Two of the guest rooms are accessible to guests with reduced mobility. Jewellery, watches and cosmetic products are available in the hotel shop. Six meeting rooms and a large ballroom can accommodate over 500 people. The hotel has a free car park for its guests. Smokers take note - smoking is permitted on two of the floors.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      spa, massage, sauna, hammam, beauty salon, wellness, Turkish bath, keep fit

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      gym, fitness, water-polo, tennis, dance

    • Hairdresser
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Meeting room

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