Pan Pacific Yangon
Opened on November 1 last year, the new Pan Pacific is part of a mixed-use development through its connection to the Junction City Shopping Centre. The property is home to 336 guestrooms and suites.
WHERE IS IT?
In the middle of the central business district (CBD) and close to popular tourists sights. The city’s old town, home to a plethora of colonial-style architecture, is also a short distance away.
WHAT’S IT LIKE?
Sleek and modern, particularly compared with the more traditional aesthetic of Pan Pacific Group’s other hotel in the city, the Parkroyal Yangon. That said, there are plenty of subtle indigenous design details, from the stupa sculptures decorating the lobby to latticework structures whose spaces reveal Buddha and Shwedagon Pagoda outlines.
Staff were pleasant and helpful – the level of English throughout was good and more than a few members of staff remembered me after just a single interaction.
I was staying in one of the Junior suites. These are located in the corner on each floor, and provide incredible views over the city in two directions, with an entire wall of floor-to-ceiling windows. The room is divided into workspace, bedroom and living room, and bathroom.
Two comfortable swivel chairs serve a round desk, with universal power outlets, USB and HDMI sockets located below the adjacent bookshelves, which created a welcome “study” feel.
The main room comprises a kingsize bed facing a flatscreen TV and an L-shaped sofa along the windows. Natural light is abundant during the day thanks to these windows, though at night the lighting can be a little dim. Switches are generally easy to figure out, with most located next to the bed.
A bathroom with separate rainshower and tub is at one end of the suite, with a smart toilet at the other. Both areas have their own sinks and large mirrors, though neither had power outlets nearby, which made using an electric razor (or the provided hairdryer) rather tricky.
FOOD AND DRINK
There are four food and beverage options at the hotel, plus the executive lounge. Saan Restaurant (Burmese for “rice”) on level R is the hotel’s all-day-dining eatery offering a buffet breakfast and dinner of international fare. The made-to-order coconut soup noodles were a particular highlight.
Also on level R is The Teak Bar, which boasts a gorgeous alfresco area with great city views – particularly at sundown – and locally inspired cocktails.
Hai Tien Lo (6/F) is a Cantonese finedining restaurant. This too offers great views over Yangon River, and has private rooms available.
Pacific Marketplace, a bakery and café, is on level one. Those with access to the executive Pacific Club Lounge on the top floor will find a quiet spot to grab breakfast. The buffet selection here is reasonable, with eggs prepared to order in the adjacent kitchen.
Pan Pacific Yangon has four meeting venues of 50 to 60 sqm, and a 600 sqm grand ballroom that can accommodate up to 800 people, theatrestyle. Meeting rooms have high-speed wifi and audio-visual equipment, as well as access to catering and business support services. Typical business services (printing, faxing, translation) can be found on the sixth floor.
This is an area where the hotel excels. The view from the sky infinity pool on the hotel’s wellness floor is breathtaking, encompassing the adjacent Holy Trinity Anglican Church and golden Shwedagon Pagoda in the distance. Take a dip in the pool around sunset for the most magical views.
St Gregory’s Spa and Wellness Centre includes a sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and swimming pool, alongside its treatments. These include facials, massages and traditional Myanmar therapy.
The hotel also has a well-equipped 24-hour gym, with plenty of treadmills and cardio equipment.
Business travellers can’t really go wrong with the new Pan Pacific – its location in the middle of the CBD is convenient, its facilities are high quality and the staff are helpful. Aside from some minor in-room quibbles, the hotel is thoroughly enjoyable to stay at. Craig Bright
A magical view is on show at sunset from the sky infinity pool on the hotel’s wellness floor
Location to the CBD and popular tourist sights.
City views from the sky infinity pool.
Internet rates for a one-night stay in a Junior suite in mid-July start from US$305 excluding taxes.
Pan Pacific Yangon, corner of Bogyoke Aung San Road and Shwedagon Pagoda Road, Pabedan Township, Yangon, Myanmar; +95 1 925 3810; panpacific.com