The Strand Yangon to Close for Major Refurbishment

The hotel, which was once owned by the Sarkies brothers, remains one of Southeast Asia’s few grand colonial hotels.
The hotel, which was once owned by the Sarkies brothers, remains one of Southeast Asia’s few grand colonial hotels.

The Strand Yangon opened in 1901 as part of a portfolio that included other iconic colonial establishments such as Raffles Hotel in Singapore and the Eastern & Oriental Hotel in Penang. Today, the property is set to undertake a major renovation aimed at restoring its heritage and position as one of the leading properties in the region. The renovation, which is slated to kick off on May 1 and be completed by November, retain The Strand Yangon’s current architectural details, like its marble and teak flooring, ceiling fans, chandeliers, wooden furniture, and decorative Burmese antiques. It will, however, see a contemporary twist added to the design with a refreshed color palette and new decorative details.

The 31 suites in the hotel will be upgraded with new air conditioning and sound and communication systems, while the hotel’s gourmet dining restaurant, The Strand Signature Restaurant, will reopen as a fine dining pop-up outlet open only during high season and will be helmed by a Michelin star chef. The Strand’s famous Sarkies Bar will also be part of the refurbished area, with an extensive collection of single malts set to be added to its offerings. While renovation efforts are in progress, all hotel staff will also be receiving an extensive service training and language courses.

“The Strand name has been synonymous with luxury hospitality in South-East Asia since 1901 and this renovation of the hotel is an exciting next chapter in our story,” said Olivier Trinquand, Vice President, The Strand Hotel & Cruise. “This refurbishment comes just months after the successful launch of The Strand Cruise, our 27-cabin river cruiser operating on the Ayeyarwady River between Bagan and Mandalay, and will further reinforce the Strand’s position as market leader in the region.”

For more information, visit The Strand Yangon.

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