The Governor’s Residence in Yangon mixes old world charm with a generous dose of modern comfort. Like all Orient- Express run ventures, it has a five-star rating, the director of sales Daw Suzie Moe Aung told The Myanmar Times. Testament to this is its clientele of guests, which in the past has included United States former presidential hopeful Senator John McCain and actress Ms Michelle Yeoh from The Lady. Its 48 rooms are booked so far in advance that US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton missed out during her recent visit to Myanmar, as it simply wasn’t possible to vacate enough rooms for her delegation and security team.
The main building was constructed in the 1920s and belonged to a governor of Kaya state, who used stay there during his visits to Yangon. The teak building has been renovated and extended and is currently owned by the government. For a deluxe suite – the hotel’s most expensive – expect to pay US$700 a night.