Pan Pa­cific Yangon

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BACK­GROUND

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.

ROOMS

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.

MEET­INGS

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.

LEISURE

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.

VERDICT

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

BESTFOR…

Lo­ca­tion to the CBD and pop­u­lar tourist sights.

DON’TMISS…

City views from the sky in­fin­ity pool.

PRICE

In­ter­net rates for a one-night stay in a Ju­nior suite in mid-July start from US$305 ex­clud­ing taxes.

CON­TACT

Pan Pa­cific Yangon, corner of Bo­gyoke Aung San Road and Sh­wedagon Pagoda Road, Pabe­dan Town­ship, Yangon, Myan­mar; +95 1 925 3810; pan­pa­cific.com

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