For the last 4 days of our Myanmar trip we’re staying at The Strand in Yangon, a historic hotel that has been frequented by George Orwell, Rudyard Kipling, Orson Welles and (most impressively) Mick Jagger.
It’s a lovely boost of luxury that we both really appreciate right now. It’s also prompted me to compare the hotel features with the amenities we’ve “enjoyed” in hotels we’ve stayed in elsewhere in Myanmar.
|The Strand||Other Hotels|
|Overlooking Yangon harbour.||Overlooking a group of locals burning a huge pile of garbage.|
|Deluxe suite with 65 sqm of space.||Just enough room to walk around the bed.|
|Black & white photographs reflecting the hotel's distinguished past.||Mystery instructions and warnings in Burmese.|
|Writing desk and sitting room with freshly upholstered chairs.||Crouching uncomfortably on the bed to use the laptop.|
|King sized bed with hand woven bed linen.||Rock hard bed with a stained sheet that almost covers the top of it.|
|Spacious bathroom with a double basin, walk in shower and deep soak bathtub.||Hose on the wall that emits a thin stream of lukewarm smelly water.|
|Luxurious Egyptian cotton towels and bathrobes.||Thin towels that may have once been white. Plastic flip-flops for use in the shower.|
|Deluxe breakfast served at the Strand Cafe or via room service.||At one hotel we got a stale cheese sandwich.|
|24hr personalised butler service.||Staff banging on the door at 8am to ask why we're not eating the crappy breakfast.|
|Turn down service.||Ants in the bed.|
|Shoeshine service.||Notice of replacement cost of towels if dirtied.|