On a recent visit, I stayed in Novotel Yangon Max Hotel and experienced great hospitality throughout the duration of my stay. It cost USD115 per night for a Deluxe Room with large King Bed & Sofa.
The Hotel & Location
Novotel Yangon Max Hotel is located about 10 kilometres from Yangon International Airport but near to Shwedagon Pagoda and Inle Lake. A small shopping mall, Junction Square is within walking distance from the hotel. Though not in the thick of action, getting around is relatively easy and cheap on Grab.
Stepping into the stylish and contemporary hotel, one feels right at home with the warm welcome from the friendly staff.
The hotel has 3 restaurants to cater to guests – Royal Pavilion offering traditional Chinese cuisine, The Square for all day dining and Le Cellier, Wine Bar & Restaurant for some authentic French cuisine. For some casual dining, chill and relaxation, guests can choose from one of the four bars available at the hotel.
While the pool was closed for upgrading during my stay, there is a 300 m² fitness center for the health conscious guests. Or one can go for a game of tennis at the outdoor tennis court.
The hotel also has a playroom located near The Square for guests with young children. The colourful room is equipped with mini swing, mini slide and rocking horses for the young guests.
The Deluxe Room was spacious. It comes with a King-size bed with a sofa on the side for extra guest. The bed was comfortable though I had issue with the height of the pillow – too low if I used one but too high if I used two! Luckily I still had good night’s sleep despite my room facing the very busy main Pyay Road.
A large flat screen TV is mounted on the wall above the working desk. For business travellers, complimentary wireless internet services are available. In addition, the room comes with ample power plugs.
The bathroom is all glass with blind for guests who are a little shy. Bathroom is divided into 3 areas – the toilet, the shower stall and the wash basin. The water pressure from the rainforest shower head could be improved though. It was well-stocked with toiletries and fluffy towels. His and Her bath robes can be found in the wardrobe.
I love the idea that the hotel provides drinking water to guests in jug instead of bottled water. It takes us back to the old days when it was the norm at most hotels. Guests just need to refill the jug at the water stations placed in the corridor.
Breakfast at The Square was good with a nice range of choices. From the healthy salad and fruit bar to the regional and local dishes as well as the array of bakeries and pastries, guests are spoilt for choice.
Staff are attentive and always have a bright smile on their faces.
It was a home away from home at the Novotel Yangon Max. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay with the amazing facilities and impeccable service from the staff.