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Excellent service and comfortable accommodation in a colonial hotel in Mandalay


A couple of months ago I went to Mandalay on a business trip and stayed a night at Hotel Dingar which is located in the downtown area of Mandalay.

The special thing about the hotel is that it is located in a colonial building. Mandalay is the second largest city of Myanmar and hotel businesses are facing a lot of competitors nowadays but this hotel stands out because it is not a re-build yet the hotel has brand new look.

The other interesting fact is that much of the whole hotel uses teak including in the hotel walls, floors of the bedrooms, furniture and other features.

Hotel Dingar offers a rooftop bar and free Wi-Fi.

Unfortunately during my visit the rooftop bar was closed for a private function. Often, they serve breakfast up there if the hotel has a large number of guests. When I got a chance later to check out the rooftop bar I found the view is really pretty.

During my stay I had warm interactions with the staff who were always ready with a smile that warms the heart and made me feel welcome.

I had heard that Mandalay University is the second oldest university in Myanmar and I wanted to see it.

My friend and I went there because it was a quick 10-minute drive from the hotel. It’s really big and old. After going downtown for work, in the evening I returned to the hotel. Even though the hotel is located in the downtown area, it is still quite far away from the main places to visit such as Mandalay Palace, Mandalay Hill and other pagodas and temples too.

My superior room was generously sized, clean and comfortable with the expected facilities of flat-screen TV, mini-bar, air conditioning and a personal safe in each room. Mandalay is hotter than Yangon and that evening I switched on the air-con while I was taking a bath but it wasn’t really cold enough. I also found the internet to be slow. Having said this, I had a good sleep in the generous and comfortable bed that night.

The hotel offers a buffet breakfast with both Asian and European food. The food was great and that restaurant is open to guests 24 hours a day.

Their front desk is also manned for 24 hours a day and though they do have a laundry service you will need to go outside to find a souvenir shop, gym or spa. The hotel provides free private parking.

The room prices start from US$35 and they have a total of 48 rooms of different  types such as superior, deluxe and family rooms. For groups travelling together, the hotel as an option to book three connecting rooms and the hotel can also rent their meeting rooms for business meetings, NGO seminars and other events.

The exact address for the hotel is 35th Street, between 72nd and 73rdStreet in Mahar Aung Myay Township in Mandalay.

Even though it was a short stay, I enjoyed everything about Dingar Hotel especially all the friendly and helpful staff.

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Lwin Mar Htun is a Journalist who worked as Lifestyle Reporter for three years at The Myanmar Times. She has also worked as a freelancer and been a Fashion Editor. Now she has decided to learn about new places, people and cultures as a travel writer."


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