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“Lovely staff (except for manager)”
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Arthawka Hotel
Ranked #8 of 46 Hotels in Bagan
Certificate of Excellence
Berkeley, California
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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“Lovely staff (except for manager)”
Reviewed 1 March 2012

Per other reviews, this hotel is made by its young staff. They provided constant and excellent service and were always on hand, always to be found, always smiling and pleasant. The rooms were spacious with a/c and overhead fans for those who want to avoid the air-conditioning. The pool in the centre creates a very pleasant ambiance, but would look better lit up at night. A shame about the rooftop terrace completely abandoned to pigeons which also rustle about in the roof at night - it would make an excellent breakfast location in lieu of the dreary, dark, soulless dining room. The only real downside was the equally soulless manager who shuffled around with a scowl without acknowledging his guests. Borderline rude. The hotel is apparently about to undergo a complete makeover so may be worth popping in to check out later in the year.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 20 February 2012

Stayed here 4 nights in February. The room was large and comfortable but the bathroom really needed a makeover. The rooms are set around a nice small pool. The best thing about the hotel was the quality of the staff - nothing was too much trouble for them. They efficiently arranged taxis, horse and cart tours, air tickets etc. Breakfast was simple but served with such charm that I can't criticise. Communication was difficult but the staff tried very hard and are enthusiastic and keen to please. Overall good value for $35 per night.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 January 2012

After the greatly overpriced $7US taxi trip from the airport, it was nice to relax in this spacious hotel in New Bagan. Bagan is composed of 2 adjacent villages, New and Old Bagan. New Bagan is less oriented towards tourism, and a little further from the main Bagan archaeological sites. Good to arrange a taxi or horse and cart ("horse-cat") in advance, as transport can be difficult, since the hotel is a little ways out of town. Bicycles are available at the hotel, but we 4 walked most places. The best feature of the hotel is its swimming pool, welcome after a long and dusty day of temple visits. The room we had was spacious, with a double bed (2 adults) and a single bed (one child). Our second child slept in a sleeping bag on the floor. The sofa cushions made a usable bed. It seemed no extra beds were available. Rooms are air-conditioned, and also have an overhead fan. The separate bathroom is large, with washbasin, toilet, and a shower recess large enough for all the family! The hot water takes a little while to come on, so be patient. Take some mosquito repellent or spray; while the windows have screens, the doors do not, and these little critters (not so little!), take every opportunity to get in and feast on you during the night. There are a few good restaurants within walking distance, a day market, and a small grocery store (Diet Coke, Soda, bread, coffee, etc); from the hotel entrance, turn left and walk downhill to the center of town. For some, breakfast would be a disappointment, being a piece of fruit, fried eggs or omelet and toast, and coffee (choose your 3-in-one mix!). The staff however are charming and as helpful as they can be, despite some communication problems, which are common throughout Myanmar. Horse and cart tours, and other transport can be arranged with hotel reception. This hotel seems to be favored by Burmese tourist groups (large and extended families), and when we were there, there were only a few Western and Japanese couples.

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 February 2011

I love this hotel. It is such a nice haven. After a hot day in Began it's nice to go back to the hotel and swim before the dinner. The hotel is wonderful and spacious beatuful setting around the pool to relax. I would not stay anywhere else in Began. I also visited one of the resorts and I like the Arthawka much better at a fraction of the cost.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 22 October 2010

The only few things I like is the service of staffs, a small pool and located in a real quiet village close to a very very nice restaurant 'Welcome'.

It can accommodate a big group of tourist with big lobby and canteen. But I was there alone, food was fresh and nice prepare but there did not use real butter. Toilet decorate with white tiles feel like staying in a hospital. The air-con and warm water works well without any problem during the two night stay.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled solo
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Additional Information about Arthawka Hotel

Property: Arthawka Hotel
Address: 160 Cherry Road | New Bagan, Bagan, Myanmar
Region: Myanmar > Mandalay Region > Bagan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 46 Hotels in Bagan
Price range (per night): ₹ 2,257 - ₹ 5,029
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Arthawka Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 51
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Conveniently located in Bagan, Arthawka Hotel is a great base from which to explore this vibrant city. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. For those of you who want to venture out, Eight Faces Paya, Archaeological Museum, Gawdawpalin Pahto are just some of the attractions available to visitors.Offering hotel guests superior services and a broad range of amenities, Arthawka Hotel is committed to ensuring that your stay is as comfortable as possible. A selection of top-class facilities such as bicycle rental, Wi-Fi in public areas, airport transfer, restaurant, tours can be enjoyed at the hotel.Hotel accommodations have been carefully appointed to the highest degree of comfort and convenience, with complimentary bottled water, desk, television LCD/plasma screen, shower, non smoking rooms in each room. The hotel offers many unique recreational opportunities such as outdoor pool. Whatever your reason for visiting Bagan, the Arthawka Hotel is the perfect venue for an exhilarating and exciting break away. ... more   less 
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