[Hotel Review] Yangon: Perfect Shwedagon Pagoda View with Lavender Hotel - Vikingess Voyages

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

[Hotel Review] Yangon: Perfect Shwedagon Pagoda View with Lavender Hotel

Yangon is the main entrance port to Myanmar among international travellers, but people usually find a couple of days more than enough to see all the sights the former capital has to offer. One of the things that makes the city worth staying a couple of days is the Shwedagon Pagoda, often ranked as one of the most popular sights in the whole country. It goes without saying that choosing a hotel close to the pagoda can ensure a fabulous start for your Myanmar journey.
Our main reason for choosing Lavender Hotel for our stay was exactly this: Being situated within a few minutes walk from the pagoda we could ensure easy access to the holy place. And not only that; Lavender Hotel is the closest hotel to Shwedagon and we could enjoy a spectacular view of the pagoda right on the roof top of the hotel!  The word “shwe” in Shwedagon actually means gold, so as you can imagine the golden shine of Shwedagon lighting up the sky like a huge light bulb in the night. On the entrance side of the hotel we had a great view of both a local market and the Kyay Thone Pagoda.

The rooms:
Lavender Hotel is a 3-star hotel offering all the basic comfort you would need for your stay. The room amenities are as following:

television LCD/plasma screen

television LCD/plasma screen

internet access – wireless (complimentary)

air conditioning


mini bar

alarm clock



satellite/cable TV




 hair dryer

 seating area

coffee/tea maker

 complimentary bottled water

All rooms come with free WiFi, but as you probably know the WiFi in Myanmar is not the best.. Apparently Lavender Hotel has collaborated with 7 other hotels in the area to have WiFi set as it is too expensive for one hotel to cover the costs, but apparently there had been an intense storm in the area a little while before we arrived that had broken the WiFi tower and left all the hotels without WiFi when we were there..

From our room we could see what seemed to be a monastery on the left side, and on the right side the Kyay Thone Pagoda. There are however rooms with direct view of the Shwedagon Pagoda available as well if you're lucky.

The hotel was situated on a busy market street, and at first we were a bit anxious about walking around the area, especially at night. However, the hotel staff ensured us that it was completely safe to walk around. Having traveled through a large number of developing countries it was easy to feel the difference in the atmosphere of our surroundings. Almost nobody tried to approach us as we were walking around, and we didn’t get starred at in the way you might in other countries. Thanks to this we could walk to the nearest restaurant a couple of blocks down the street without feeling threatened in any way.
But don't worry, if you're uncomfortable with walking around the market street the hotel staff can of course help you arrange a taxi when you want to get out of the hotel. The hotel also has a guard constantly keeping watch of who's coming and going, so you're ensured that no trespassers can enter the hotel.
Below are some photos of the exterior and reception area of the hotel:

We stayed at the hotel for a total of 2 nights after having extended our stay for a night. In addition to the great access to the Shwedagon Pagoda we also enjoyed walking to the Kandawgyi and the Bogyoke Park, which were situated around 10 minutes away from the hotel by foot.

Below you can find some more basic information about the hotel:

Basic Info

Name of Hotel: Lavender Hotel
Star Rating: ★★★
Location ・30 minutes drive from Yangon International Airport
・3 minutes walk from the Shwedagon Pagoda
Check in: Check In From 2PM
Check Out Until 12PM

 Internet access

  •  Free Wi-Fi in all rooms
  •  Wi-Fi in public areas

Getting around

  •  Bicycle rental
  •  Car park
  •  Rental car
  •  Taxi service
  •  Valet parking

Things to do, ways to relax

  •  Ticket service
  •  Tours

Dining, drinking, and snacking

  •  BBQ facilities
  •  Restaurant(s)
  •  Room service
  •  Room service [24-hour]

Services and conveniences

  •  ATM
  •  Concierge
  •  Daily housekeeping
  •  Doorman
  •  Fireplace
  •  Laundry service
  •  Lockers
  •  Luggage storage
  •  Newspapers
  •  Shared lounge/TV area
  •  Smoking area

For the kids

  •  Family room


  •  Check-in [24-hour]
  •  Elevator
  •  Front desk [24-hour]
  •  Pets allowed
  •  Security [24-hour]

Working and staying connected

  •  Fax machine
  •  Photocopying
  •  Printer

Languages spoken

  •  English
  •  Burmese
  •  Malay

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