Aureum Palace Pyin Oo Lwin

Simpletarians, Bookworms, Imperialists

PRICE: Affordable

RATING: Clean and simple

The Aureum Palace is really the only hotel in Pyin Oo Lwin, Myanmar. As we’ve remarked elsewhere, all hotels within this Burmese-owned chain are idiosyncratic in style. But at least you know what you are going to get: generally reliable service, clean rooms and broadly decent food.

There is a sense of a model village here, with neatly laid out bungalows, lawns, the occasional ornamental horse carriage and tarmac roads. Although the complex is manageable in size, golf buggies are available to ferry guests around. We can’t quite understand why as walking, out of the traffic, in the wonderfully fresh hillside air is a delight.

The rooms are housed in bungalows and are of an acceptable standard, although they are a little spartan and tired around the edges. Similarly, the bathrooms are clean and functional but not your ideal choice for to lingering and luxuriating. However, the accommodation is more than adequate for a single night which is all you’ll need if heading out on the exciting train journey.

Yonder Insight

Come armed with a good book or two. The TVs in the rooms have local channels only and the internet is slow enough to make you cry.

On your doorstep

It’s a fair walk into the centre. However, with the Governor’s Residence just behind the hotel, there are some lovely walks around its grounds.

Thoughts on a postcard

We wandered in the crisp hillside breeze through the old vineyard to the old Governor's Residence. We picked apples from the orchard and sat on the old tennis court imagining life in colonial days.

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