Monday, September 7, 2015

Hotel Amazing Mandalay – Mandalay, Myanmar

Where To Stay In Mandalay

My eyes were fixed on Myanmar’s romantic rural scene as my buddy was busy capturing Burmese images of life unfolding right before him. I closed my eyes and took a deep breath as I feel the fresh breeze. I opened my eyes and realized that I was dreaming. I gazed upon my buddy but couldn’t find him. I was searching through the thick duvet to no avail. The huge bed of our home in Mandalay, Hotel Amazing Mandalay, swallowed him.

After exploring Yangon and Bagan, we went to Mandalay for the last leg of our Myanmar adventure. It was the 20th day of our two-month backpacking trip around Southeast Asia and we’re thrilled to check out Mandalay.

We traveled from Bagan via bus and asked if we could be dropped off near our hotel. Luckily, Amazing Hotel Mandalay is located on a main thoroughfare and we hopped off across the street to where our hotel was.

It was noontime and the sun was beaming its most radiant glow. We were panting heavily as we entered the doors to our home. Mingalabar! Someone greeted us as our backpacks collapsed on the floor. We slumped on the couch and enjoyed the cool AC. Hotel Amazing Mandalay, sister hotel of our home in Bagan - Amazing Bagan Resort, will be our home in Mandalay for four days.

Hotel Amazing Mandalay Myanmar

They handed us some refreshing drinks and cold towels that restored our energies. We swiftly checked in as we had prior reservations, we just handed them our passports for verification. In no time, we were ushered to our room.

Hotel Amazing Mandalay Myanmar
Simple yet classy lobby
The hotel has a total of 16 Deluxe Rooms (check rates) which felt like a boutique hotel rather than a regular hotel. You can either choose a Double or Twin Room. We did a room inspection so as to check the different room types. We chose the room with just one huge bed and settled in immediately.

Hotel Amazing Mandalay Myanmar
Deluxe Twin Room
Hotel Amazing Mandalay Myanmar
Deluxe Twin Room
Our humongous room was well-furnished with a queen-sized bed, satellite T.V. with local and international channels, individually-controlled air conditioning, mini-bar, coffee and tea-making facilities, wardrobe closet with safety vault, bathrobes and slippers and a vanity dresser. Touches of Burmese artistry were evident on all the fixtures and overall design.

Our room located on the first level had a high ceiling that provided a very airy feel. The heavy draperies masked the bright sun outside. I parted it which revealed a mini garden.

Hotel Amazing Mandalay Myanmar
Deluxe Double Room
The spacious toilet and bath also had the same theme as the room itself. It was also well-equipped with hair dryer and complete bathroom amenities (the hair conditioner was lovely). What was notable was the layout of the shower area. The rain shower flowed directly on a granite floor bordered with stones and pebbles. It had an outdoor shower feel.

Hotel Amazing Mandalay Myanmar

Hotel Amazing Mandalay Myanmar

Hotel Amazing Mandalay Myanmar
Feels like an outdoor shower
We started to unpack our stuff and felt relieved as our four-day stay would mean that we’d be settling in our room long enough to just chill, we’re not rushing to unpack and pack.

I rested my listless body on the bed and noticed how big it was. I mean, our bed could fit in a family of four, and I’m not exaggerating. I dozed off effortlessly as my body moulded on the comfy mattress. I dunno how long my slumber was but I dreamt about a lovely train adventure. I woke up looking for my buddy who was swallowed in the vastness of our bed. It was past lunchtime and my stomach was grumbling.

After checking out a nearby eatery, we went back to our room and continued our lazy day. We made use of the complimentary fast and reliable WiFi connection often as we plotted our itinerary in Mandalay.

We went out and found a nice set-up at the lawn area for a Burmese puppetry. It was at the Outside Terrace Restaurant and it made us regret that we dined out somewhere. The Spa Thu Kha is the in-house massage facility of the hotel. Located at the back of the hotel, it has 12 spa rooms open for guests and non-guests who would want to relax and rejuvenate. The hotel also offers laundry services, car and boat rental service, doctor-on-call, 24-hour room service, currency exchange, and indoor fine dining restaurant.

Hotel Amazing Mandalay Myanmar

Hotel Amazing Mandalay Myanmar
Spa rooms
Hotel Amazing Mandalay Myanmar
Outdoor Terrace Restaurant
We grabbed some Mandalay beers from the fridge and had our beer night session at the hotel’s garden area. It was nearby the Mandalay Central Station and the honk from every train was charming. We chatted endlessly as dusk filled in.

Hotel Amazing Mandalay Myanmar

For the next three days, we explored Mandalay and got some help from the concierge. They were all very helpful. We would ask something and they would offer multiple options. They were also very concerned on our walking trips around town. They would cheerfully greet us every time we got back from our leisure walks. That’s what I love most about boutique hotels; the intimate crowd makes it homey.

Mornings were always great. We usually went straight to the breakfast buffet area and enjoyed the local and international breakfast favorites. What I love most was the bread and fruit sections.

Hotel Amazing Mandalay Myanmar

Hotel Amazing Mandalay Myanmar

Hotel Amazing Mandalay Myanmar

Hotel Amazing Mandalay Myanmar

Hotel Amazing Mandalay Myanmar

Our four-day stay at Hotel Amazing Mandalay was really amazing. The location was perfect, our room was homey and all of the staff were helpful. And the bed... Oh that bed...


Hotel Amazing Mandalay (book online)
78th Street, between 28th and 29th Streets,
Chan Aye Thar San San Township, Mandalay, Myanmar
Contact Numbers: (+95) 9.5133.015 | (+95) 9.5133.013
Email Address: mdy@amazing-hotel.com

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