With luxury hotel accommodations sorely lacking in Myanmar’s principal city of Yangon, the recently rebranded Sule Shangri-La is a welcome addition to the scene. Following a two-and-a-half-year renovation, the former Traders Hotel, Yangon now offers 484 rooms near the gleaming Sule Pagoda. The double-height ceilings of the lobby lounge, white columns, and grand staircase of the entry evoke the city’s bygone colonial days. The country’s nation animal, the U-Doung or Green Peafowl, is reimagined throughout the space from a wall mural to intricate panel details. Staff sport traditional longyiÂ folded sarongs, still common dress throughout the country, while doormen don a range of seven uniforms each representing a different state of Myanmar. Summer Palace offers Shangri-La’s signature Chinese fare while The Gallery Bar & Restaurant references British pub culture with memorabilia from the early 1800s on the walls and shepard’s pie and crisp beers on offer. Three other venues offer casual dining and the executive lounge on the hotel’s 21 level features humbling views ofÂ Shwedagon Pagoda. Rooms start from 34 square meters and suites from 66 square meters with views of the city, Yangon River, or Shwedagon Pagoda. Until July 31 the hotel is offering a Celebration Package priced from US$215 per night for a minimum of two nights’ stay in a deluxe room. One way airport transfer and a US$40 hotel credit is also included.
For more information, visitÂ Sule Shangri-La, Yangon.