Best Western marks time in Myanmar

YANGON, 13 December 2018: The owner of a hotel on Myanmar’s Inle Lake has dropped the Best Western brand reverting to the hotel’s original identity ‘Thousand Island Hotel’.

The 42-room city hotel, facing the river’s long-tail boat wharf, opened in February 2017 under the Best Western brand.

Bangkok-based hotelier and a former PATA director, Stephen Yong, supervised the soft-opening phase when it joined Best Western.Owned by a local business tycoon, Sai Swan Sai Mei, the property is featured on all the major booking sites such as and Agoda.

However, by the end of November the booking sites edited out the Best Western brand reference referring only to ‘Thousands Island Hotel’, in Nyaung Shwe town.

But, while changing the name of the hotel, still has a reference to the Best Western Thousand Island Hotel in a text box highlighting the property’s key features.

Despite the change in name, the stock replies from the owner to guest reviews, posted on TripAdvisor, still sign off with a mention of Best Western Thousand Island, but that is most likely an oversight on the part of staff who post a single standard reply to all guest reviews.

A search of Best Western’s direct booking website indicates the group has just two hotels in Myanmar both located in Yangon (Chinatown Hotel and Green Hill Hotel).

Efforts to book hotels elsewhere including the Inle Lake property gained the stock reply “the hotel you are looking for is no longer available.”

In the past, Best Western announced properties in Mandalay and Bagan that failed to materialise.

Thousand Island Hotel Inle Lake posts a USD29 starting rate on Agoda for a standard room and USD43 for a deluxe room.