The Savoy was formerly a private residence, which was extended and carefully renovated in the 1990s. It has the feel of a private club, with its blend of teak wood and traditional European and Burmese furnishings and antiques creating an intimate atmosphere. It is located only 10 minutes away from the city centre, but close to the Shwedagon Pagoda – dining in the hotels’ ‘Kipling Restaurant’ is truly special in the evening when the awesome golden stupa is lit up.
There is, of course, no connection to the The Savoy of London fame, but this is not one of Yangon’s most expensive hotels – ‘The Strand‘ and ‘The Governors Residence‘ occupy that space. Instead The Savoy is luxurious….but less opulent. It is, all told, an absolutely charming hotel.
The 30 rooms and suites, tastefully decorated with wooden fittings and furnished with antiques, are all very much in keeping with the building’s Colonial heritage. There is a small courtyard with swimming pool, overlooked by the 1st floor bar and restaurant, both displaying many original features. The lawns surrounding the house are well kept and provide the perfect home for the hotel’s small flock of resident ducks.