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For one night in a Budget Double Room we paid £28. There are cheaper options within this particular B&B, with bunks in single sex dormitories costing just £8. The hotel has a rating of 8.4 on Booking.com but I believe this is relative to its cheap price. A made to order breakfast was included in the price, which was a pleasant extra considering how cheap the room was. Between returning from Bagan in the early hours of the morning and our night time flight, the owner allowed us to stay in the same room for a half day for just $15.
The bedrooms were simple, but nice. There was a green theme throughout the hotel, from the plants on the outdoor balconies to the walls in the rooms. The en suite bathrooms advertised by the hotel are in fact wet rooms, which isn’t for everybody.
The hotel itself is located on the busy Maharbandoola Road, between the Shwedagon Pagoda and the busiest streets in the city. Along the street were both food markets and supermarkets, and taxis were easy to come by. To access the hotel by taxi took just over an hour from the airport, and the drive to the bus station took around the same.
The Budget Room was extremely spacious, with plenty of amenities such as air conditioning, a kettle, a television and complimentary toiletries. The wet rooms were also sizeable but ventilation wasn’t the best, meaning after a shower the room was damp for a few hours.
The B&B was also a school for young people, teaching them about the hospitality business. For this reason, each of the rooms was checked after cleaning and so was immaculate.
Service could not have been at a higher level. The manager was an incredibly welcoming and interesting man who we spent quite some time speaking to, and his trainee and permanent staff were a credit to him. They were all extremely attentive, made great food and left us feeling so happy with our stay.
If you’re looking for a budget hotel with a good breakfast in the central Yangon area, then I definitely think Lotus is worth looking further into.