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Kempinski is a fascinating hotel chain whose recognizable European elegance always seems to go with its location in exotic and majestic places. Our recent trip to Myanmar was one of adventure and curiosity and a great draw to the capital city of Naypyitaw was to stay in the seemingly gorgeous property.
The hotel is certainly an impressive complex with distinction. The property is spread out among major pavilions in the hotel district of the planned city. Entering to the main lobby is just a rich experience. The elegance of carved wooden doors, plentiful staff and decor featuring the rich wood and golden gleam of Myanmar are just a classy blend of Asian luxuries and European elegance.
Our request for an upgrade was considered and granted. The staff are ready and willing to be of service and whatever they lack in seasoned hotel formality they more than make up for with a positive attitude. They are always ready to gift golf cart rides between buildings, assist with luggage, umbrellas or requests.
The suite which we were upgraded to was spacious and refined. As this is an important diplomatic and political center many of our neighbors were people in very important positions, their usual presence contributing to the naming of the lobby “diplomat’s bar.” The environment of the room is a blend of very light tones of wood and stone with light furniture. The decoration is a combination of traditional Burmese artwork and modern landscape paintings of the rich tropical landscapes. Toiletries, amenities and all the comforts of a plush hotel are in order. Technology functioned perfectly and the minibar was complimentary.
The property has pavilions that hold major Event Rooms that can cater large and lavish affairs, much like a palace in their design. When at the hotel you really feel like you are the privileged guest of a king or a country, it is that grand. At the same time we felt very welcomed and had full access, never feeling out of place. The Yangon Kitchen is the current all day dining restaurant and distinguishes itself for its 100 different breakfast offerings in the buffet. It offers Pan-Asian and European cuisine too. The Diplomat Bar is a lively and enjoyable place to imbibe and watch the ebb and flow of the lobby.
The gym is fully furnished and staffed, an outdoor pool sits invitingly on a patio just outside the restaurant and the Spa which was not open yet during our visit is set to be in the grand Kempinski and stunningly Asian style.
We must make a particular shout out to the concierge team, above all to Nandar who was helpful in arranging travels for us in Naypyitaw and further afield. We admire the management team for their commitment to hospitality and their approachableness and friendliness. Their work is exceptional in such a new and adventurous place.