Comfort Stay: Hotel by the Red Canal in Mandalay
I recently travelled to Myanmar, a country that is often in the news due their tense political situation.
Nevertheless, Myanmar is full of history, beautiful pagodas and temples and a stunning green scenery – and therefore definitely worth a visit.
Mandalay is often overseen by the country’s famous city Bagan, however I was positively surprised by how much this city has to offer.
During my 2 days in Mandalay I got to stay at the Hotel By The Red Canal, one of Mandalay’s best boutique hotels.
If you are looking for a comfort stay in Mandalay, want to be in the heart of the city but also prefer a quiet accommodation, then this hotel is for you.
Nestled among residential buildings on a quiet street away from the hustle and bustle of the town center, Hotel by the Red Canal is within walking distance to the famous Mandalay Palace and some of the most important pagodas in town.
With lush gardens, a small pristine swimming pool and a bar and restaurant area, the property is extremely well equipped for a relaxing stay in this busy city.
I enjoyed chilling at the restaurant’s outdoor area with a glass of wine after a long day of sightseeing. The comfy beds allowed some great rest after a busy day.
There is also a complimentary cocktail hour by the pool side every evening.
The rooms themselves are small but well appointed. Split into four types, named after the country’s key ethnic groups, the Chin, Kachin, Shan and Rakhine.
All 26 rooms are tastefully designed; modern and contemporary, yet use traditional local materials such as teak and rattan to stunning effect. Local wood has been used extensively throughout.
So you really are reminded that you are not in a standardized corporate hotel chain, you feel like you are getting a cultural experience at the hotel.
My room also had a stunning outdoor shower which I absolutely loved. It just had cold water, but that was totally fine given the temperatures in Mandalay.
The Spice Garden restaurant on site offers an extensive menu with a fusion of Indian, Western and Burmese cuisine, with food freshly prepared in their open kitchen. While the prices are quite hefty, the service and quality of the food are great.
The hotel also offers 24 hour in-room dining.
A generous breakfast buffet is also offered at the Spice Garden Restaurant, dominantly consisting of local food.
The attractive pool is not one to do laps in, but it does provide a wonderful little oasis for cooling off after a day visiting the Ancient Capitals or touring the city. It sits at the centre of the lush, manicured gardens.
A small spa is well known for its ayurvedic treatments and the good size gym has a wide range of equipment. Unfortunately I didn’t have the time to try it out.
Other facilities include a compact business centre (good if you need to do some print outs) and library and a 1st floor outdoor sala with seating for small groups.
WiFi is available throughout the hotel and considering that you are in Myanmar, quite reliable and fast.
Overall, the Hotel By The Red Canal is a good accommodation in Mandalay and stands out for its genuinely ‘boutique’ qualities, excellent and quiet location within walking distance of some of Mandalay’s main attractions.