Best hotels and hostels in Myanmar (Burma)

  • Lodging in Mandalay

    Mercure Mandalay Hill Resort

    In 2018 Accor took over this high-rise, crescent-shaped property, uniquely situated at the foot of Mandalay Hill, and renovated most of the 208 rooms in a sophisticated fashion. The city's top resort hotel has a lovely outdoor pool with a swim-up bar, and the breathtaking Mandalar Spa area, which feels like an Indiana Jones treasure trove.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Mandalay

    Hotel by the Red Canal

    This intimate gem feels like a cosy Southeast Asia–chic palace. Gleaming teak floorboards, toiletries in potion bottles, tasteful Asian knick-knacks and little extras such as teatime snacks and complimentary cocktail hour add to the excellent service. An artificial stream gurgles past the best 'Chin' rooms. Slightly less pricey 'Kachin' rooms compensate for low natural light with tropical outdoor showers.

  • Lodging in Mt Popa

    Popa Mountain Resort

    Some 2.5 miles northwest of Mt Popa's main temple, the lovely, lonely Popa Mountain Resort has all-wood bungalows, dramatically set amid lush gardens with striking views over the mountainside. It sits at 2600ft (798m), and nonguests can take a dip in the infinity pool (US$7) while admiring the panoramic sweep of the landscape.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Kan Thar Ya Beach

    Arakan Nature Lodge

    Get away from pretty much everything at this unique beach resort built and designed with locals' assistance and with sustainability foremost in mind, along unspoiled Zikhone Beach, 13 miles north of Gwa. There's a variety of sea-breeze-cooled rooms in thatch-roof buildings. Solar power, composting, green water management and meals of fresh-caught seafood and garden-grown vegetables.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Magwe

    Lei Thar Gone

    One of the most memorable lodging options south of Bagan is in Yengangyaung, some 30 miles north of Magwe. On a breezy hilltop overlooking a peaceful village, with the winding Ayeyarwady River in the distance, is a collection of handsomely designed bungalows with high ceilings, traditional weavings, and bamboo and stone details. The best have terraces with fine views.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in New Bagan

    Ostello Bello

    This cleverly designed, Italian-owned flashpacker hostel leaves all other budget digs in the dark. The big, comfortable dorms have between four and eight beds, all made of heavy wood, and each dorm has its own clean and modern bathroom. There are also a handful of private double rooms which are equally impressive.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Taungoo

    Myanmar Beauty Guest House II

    This 20-room rural complex on the edge of town is reason enough to stop in Taungoo. The Beauty has a pick-and-mix of rustic, all-wood, bungalow-style rooms. Staff are super, and have good recommendations for activities and outings (ask about visiting nearby villages). Another highlight is the wildly local breakfast, with an enormous spread of samosas, sticky rice and exotic fruits.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Mandalay

    Peacock Lodge

    The main 1960s house of this lovely homestyle inn is set in a tree-shaded yard complete with fairy lights, parasol seating and an old horse cart. Dated if fair-sized standard rooms overlook a lotus-filled canal, while boutique-style 'deluxe' rooms include a few prizes with balconies. Most appealing is the genuinely warm and empathetic service.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Salay

    Salay River View Inn

    One of the best guesthouses in central Myanmar, Salay River View (part of Salay House cafe) is a treat. The main building dates from 1906 and drips old-world character. The rooms themselves are set around a riotous tropical garden, overlook the Ayeyarwady River and are spacious and comfortable. Many people come for a night and end up staying several.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Mandalay

    Bagan King Hotel

    A no-brainer for midrange travellers in Mandalay, the high-rise brick Bagan King is ideally situated, with restaurants, cafes, shops and spas all a short walk away. The rooms, while not especially large, feature shiny wood floors and local handicrafts for decoration. Brick-walled bathrooms with rain showerheads and recessed lighting feel especially luxurious. Service is personal and exceptional.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Nyaungshwe

    Ostello Bello

    This very well-organised hostel – part of an expanding chain – has become the go-to place for backpackers in Nyaungshwe. A variety of dorms is on offer, from four to 14 beds, all fair-sized with decent mattresses, bathrooms inside and cage lockers. Private rooms aren't big but they are comfortable and some come with balconies. Switched-on staff, too.

  • Lodging in Yangon

    Strand Hotel

    Yangon's most storied hotel underwent a major head-to-toe renovation in 2016, upgrading the building's 32 suites with new air-conditioning, sound and communications systems, as well as a dash of contemporary styling in the decor. Also new are a great outdoor pool, spa and gym.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in New Bagan

    Blue Bird Hotel

    An absolute charmer, the Blue Bird is one of the most appealing places to stay in Bagan. Rooms are spacious and airy, featuring contemporary handicrafts and striking bathrooms with an original shower design. The lush gardens conceal a central swimming pool, perfect for cooling off after a long day.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Hsipaw

    Mr Charles Guest House

    Still the most efficient, comfortable and traveller-friendly guesthouse in town, the large, Shan-owned Mr Charles operation encompasses everything from simple mattresses on the floor in the dorms to swish suites with heating and air-con. Book ahead in peak periods.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Bago

    Han Thar Gardens

    Around 9 miles south of central Bago, surrounded by lush gardens and fields with a nearby golf course, this beautifully designed property is run by charming Mi Mi Tin Tun Raschke, who also has a bespoke travel agency. It's a favourite haunt of expats and well-to-do locals and features an excellent restaurant – worth visiting in its own right.

  • Lodging in Mandalay

    Rupar Mandalar

    This lovely all-teak, low-rise complex is set in tropical foliage, melding timeless neo-traditional features with modern design flair and lashings of Burma-colonial chic (dark teak, polished wood floors etc). The outdoor swimming pools are remarkably spacious and guests qualify for a free Thai massage in the appealing spa. Serious discounts can be found online.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Pyin Oo Lwin

    Kandawgyi Hill Resort

    Boasting a splendid setting, five of the 15 rooms are inside a 1921 British-era house that was British Military Intelligence HQ after World War II. The key attraction is a delightful terrace commanding a large sweep of garden leading down to the lakefront road. Other rooms are in well-appointed bungalows in the extensive gardens. Rooms have heating – important in the winter.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Yangon

    Hotel G Yangon

    When it comes to affordable, trendy lodgings in Yangon, there's little competition for Hotel G. The standard 'Good' rooms are snug but strikingly decorated and offer king-sized beds with pillow options, as well as facilities like an app you can download to your devices to read scores of magazines and newspapers.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Old Bagan

    Hotel@Tharabar Gate

    Stroll through lush, flower-scented gardens filled with moss-stained statues, dip your toes in the warm and inviting pool, and relax with a cocktail on the terrace of your luxurious wooden-floor bungalow with its high-class furnishings and decorations. The two-room suites at the far end go traditional, with gold-coloured ogres and naga (spirits) on the walls. It's heavenly here.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Inle Lake

    Sanctum Inle Resort

    The Sanctum marries a cool, modernist feel with a stylish upgrade of a building that was once a convent. The monastic theme runs throughout, with the restaurant dubbed a 'refectory', while you imbibe cocktails in the 'Cloister Bar' and unwind in the 'Sanctuary Spa'. Rooms are luxurious, superbly equipped and huge, and the staff and management get rave reviews.