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Hotel Sakura Princess

By Lwin Mar Htun , Photos Supplied

Mandalay is one of the famous tourist destinations of Myanmar because it is the last royal capital of Myanmar and also it is the second largest city. The city is always busy with travelers and this increases the number of hotels and resorts year by year. A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to Mandalay to check out a new hotel called Hotel Sakura Princess which opened last April, 2017. Hotel Sakura Princess is located on 67th St, between 32nd and 33rd Street. The hotel location is a great for those who want to mix business with pleasure because it’s quiet and a little away from the busy downtown area. The surrounding neighbourhood of the hotel is peaceful and a perfect atmosphere for people who want to relax.

I arrived in the very early morning but the hotel staff welcomed me with friendly smiles even though they must have been sleepy. The hotel has a total of 92 rooms and the 6th floor of the hotel is Roof Floor which is designed to cater for large events that can serve a total of 200 people. There are four types of rooms including family suites, deluxe suites, superior rooms and standard rooms. Family suites are the largest rooms of the hotel. The room I stayed in was a standard room priced from $40.

Though it wasn’t too big, the interior features of my room had a fun colour theme of sexy reds. The room was very clean and smelled fresh. Interior decorations featured a mix of Myanmar traditional designs and western styles. Bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms with a bathtub and though there is no balcony, the wide windows give great sun light. Some rooms have fantastic views over the city but unfortunately I wasn’t lucky enough to get one of these. After taking a rest in my room, tired from the overnight travelling, I wandered around the hotel and grounds with curiosity. I found everything to be clean, new and well-maintained. Then I walked straight to the restaurant located at the ground floor for breakfast which is served from 6.30am to 10.00am. Served in a buffet style, the breakfast had a wide range to choose from and a good selection for both local and international guests. The food was average and the staff were always ready to help the guests. The restaurant has an outdoor area also and it’s nice to eat breakfast in the fresh air though the weather is often hot. The hotel restaurant is open 24 hours a day and it has a small bar too. Dishes on the menu are not really expensive and start from 4,000Ks. I found the wifi connection available both in lobby areas and in rooms to be good. Though they don’t have facilities like a spa or swimming pool, they have a small gym room and a meeting room. The meeting room is for about 20 people and hotel can arrange necessary tools for the meeting. The area the hotel is located in has plenty of local restaurants and you can easily walk outside for lunch or dinner. If the guest asks to arrange transportation to visit attractions around the city, the staff can arrange both car and motorbike. Room rates at the hotel are good value for money because of their Myanmar traditional high class decoration, good rooms, nice furniture, and the service provided which are worth much more than that. Though I only stayed one night, the hotel gave me a precious experience. I would definitely recommend it for people looking for a new place to relax and for those visiting Mandalay for business. 

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