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The Newly Refurbished Traders Hotel Yangon, Myanmar
August 18, 2013, 4:14 pm
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I have never begun a hotel review by talking about the breakfast spread, but the sumptuous morning fare makes for a fitting start in the case of the Traders Hotel Yangon, Myanmar, part of the Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Group.

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Categorized according to countries and regions, the breakfast buffet boasts everything from porridge to prata and everything in between.  The juice bar even features a “juice of the week” mix that promises a detoxifying accompaniment even if one is chewing down the bacon.

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The other detoxifying star of the property is the fitness center, which is co-located with the spa.  Recently renovated and looking out to the pool, the gym features a comprehensive suite of treadmills, elliptical trainers, resistance machines, and free weights that will do a fine job of working the core.

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After an adrenaline rousing workout, one can decompress in the jacuzzi, steam room, and sauna.  A spa with a basic list of treatment options is also available.

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The guestroom is bright, with a vibrant painting of local stupas taking centerstage.  The decor may be somewhat prosaic, but it makes for a comfortable abode and a welcome respite from the bustling Yangon downtown.

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The Traders Hotel Yangon is a luxurious if pricey stay, but like many under-developed cities, there is a lack of mid-tier or business-class alternatives such as the Novotel, Pullman, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, or Hyatt Place.  But with Myanmar now open for business following sweeping political reforms introduced in 2011 and Yangon starting to boom, that is surely set to change.

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