Manisanda Hotel, Bagan

Last year I stayed for a few nights at the Manisanda Hotel in Bagan, Myanmar, having chosen the hotel solely on the strength of its roof terrace.

According to online reviews, the view of the morning hot air balloon flight was supposed to be excellent from the terrace, and as everything else sounded absolutely fine as well, the decision was made.

And it was a great choice.

The view of the balloon flight over the hotel was, indeed, smashing & well worth waking up in the chill pre-dawn and standing on the terrace watching the sunrise:

Breakfast is served on the terrace – it is a perfectly adequate breakfast, with good coffee, a must for me – but everyone is actually more focused on the amazing sight overhead:

The hotel is in a lovely, quiet location (but within walking distance of an electric bike rental shop, which we used):

We had originally booked a room for 3, but even though one of our group dropped out, we were still given a nice, big room. Super clean, fab big bathroom:

Other than breakfast, we didn’t eat other meals at the hotel – we were out exploring, so I can’t honestly comment on the restaurant.

The staff at reception could not have been more charming or helpful, and our stay was a delight.

We paid our own way, and no-one at the hotel knew that I blogged and wrote reviews.

Personally recommended.

And, once again, that breathtaking breakfast view:

Address: Corner of 7th Street x Hnin Si Street, Kyansitthar Quarter, New Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)

Phone: +95 61 65 437

Where to stay in Bagan, Myanmar? Thazin garden Hotel, that’s where

I chose the Thazin Garden Hotel in Bagan, Myanmar for one reason and one reason only.

They have their very own 13th century pagoda in the hotel garden (with a pink Buddha) and that, to me, is a pretty fine reason, trumping just about everything else you may require in a hotel.

Myanmar_Thazin Garden Hotel_3960My decision was the right one.

The hotel is delightful, with a view to die for, it is well located, sensationally quiet and peaceful, the staff could not have been sweeter, and once they get the F & B up to scratch, Thazin Garden Hotel will be unbeatable.

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And, by the way, there is not one but at least 4 pagodas scattered around the property and the main one has a pink Buddha, and how perfect is that?

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The mood was instantly set on arrival by the sparkly sign in reception wishing us a Merry Christmas. In February.

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Courteous check in staff, wreathed in smiles.

Lovely welcome – “Sweet welcome to fairy land of wonders”:

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But for the record let it be said that the hotel is most definitely not a gastronomic hotspot.

The buffet breakfast was OK, nothing more, nothing less, with charming if erratic service.

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We had one lunch and one dinner there, and neither was memorable in any way.  Nothing wrong with the food –  just ordinary.

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(Don’t miss the nooodles, which are 500 kyat cheaper than the conventionally spelled noodles.)

We had rooms overlooking the pagoda – and it was a view I never tired of.

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Our room was large and well appointed, and the bathroom was fine.  Loads of storage space. A kettle.  A hair-dryer.

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Myanmar_Thazin Garden Hotel_3923 Loved the room bell (below) a wooden bell outside which tinkled inside the room.

Myanmar_Thazin Garden Hotel_3933Nice balcony (below):

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Lovely pool, though still pretty cold in February.  Spotlessly clean, loads of pool towels.

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I booked through Agoda.com so you should check similar booking sites online for rates and prices.

Personally recommended for brilliant location, lovely staff and That View –  with the caveat that the food is only so-so.

We paid our own bills and I did not tell anyone in the hotel that I blog or review.

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The room, above, gives on to a garden, and is not even a 2 minute stroll from the main lawn and the pagoda.

I so wanted to buy some of these delightful statues outside the spa, but they were way too heavy.

Next time.

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Myanmar_Thazin Garden Hotel_3943And once again, that view…

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