“This boutique property, hidden away down a backstreet, is a small but idyllic haven in this often sweltering city. The main building, reminiscent of a Burmese monastery, is set in verdant gardens, with flowers, palm trees, stone sculptures and a swimming pool. The tinkling of a waterfall and lily-filled stream block out the city din. There’s a cave-like underground spa, where you can enjoy treatments to the sound of birdsong, while inhaling aromas of incense. All of the four room categories (named after ethnic groups – Shan, Chin, Kachin and Rakhine) ooze comfort (flat-screen TVs, iPod docking systems, minibars) and are full of quirks such as wooden hand-shaped fruit bowls, antique-style teak furnishings, embroidered puppets and traditional tribal bags on the walls. The bathrooms have chic black-marble surfaces and a large bathtub surrounded by pebbles, and some rooms have an outdoor rainforest shower, too, so you can wash under the stars. Spice Garden Restaurant serves top-notch grub under ruby-red parasols and the breakfast is superb – freshly baked croissants, Scotch pancakes, poached eggs (cooked to perfection) and a real cappuccino (hard to find) served with ‘nut mug’, cinnamon and chocolate powder. The best bit? The complimentary poolside cocktails between 6pm and 7pm every evening.”
Written by Laura Griffith-Jones
“Why do people love staying in your hotel?
People love staying at our hotel whether they are travelling for business or pleasure; it is often the little things that make the biggest difference to your feeling of overall comfort and satisfaction. The Hotel by the Red Canal has made it its mission to understand and to take care of these details — and to ensure that your stay is enjoyable, comfortable and affordable.
What is there to do in the area or on site?
An oasis by the landmark Red Canal, just minutes from the famed Mandalay Palace and other attractions (Mandalay Hill, KuthoTaw pagoda (world biggest book), Sandar Muni pagoda, Zegyo Market, U Bein Bridge, Ma Har Muni pagoda. The Hotel by the Red Canal is a convenient sanctuary, with its lush tropical greenery and calming water features, amidst the hustle and bustle of Myanmar‘s cultural city.
What kind of breakfast do you offer?
We offer continental buffet breakfast.
Do you offer other meals? And can you recommend good places to eat out locally?
We offer complimentary afternoon coffee/tea and happy hours at pool side every evening. We have Spice Garden Restaurant.It serves European, Indian, Chinese and Myanmar cuisine. It is most famous for its Indian food.
Which are your most popular room types, and why?
Each of the 4 types of guest rooms or customized rooms, differentiated by individual style, bears the name of the major ethnic groups in multi-cultural Myanmar and is adorned with rich traditional paraphernalia and trappings reflecting their respective cultural heritage. All Chin and Shan rooms feature a balcony overlooking the swimming pool and lawns. Ground floor Chin rooms enjoy a “water moat”. The Rakhine rooms are spacious and ideal for the business traveller. An outdoor shower with a slate wall of cascading water is the highlight of the Kachin Room.
What facilities do you have for children and can you fit extra beds in your rooms ? Under 3 years of age we provide complimentary breakfast. Under 10 years, a child sharing a bed is complimentary only one child accepted per room and breakfast will be charged at USD 10 per person.
*For 10 years and older you can reserve an extra bed. Extra beds are only availbale in Rakhine Rooms.
What message would you like to give Hotel Guru readers?
We would like to tell all Hotel Guru readers that “By choosing to stay with us, we will provide you with the extra measure of quality, comfort and personal convenience that you are looking for. Being small, we are able to provide personal attention to the needs, wants, and expectations of every guest.””