Strand Hotel

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The Strand (also known as Strand Hotel) is a Victorian-style hotel located in Yangon, Myanmar (Burma), built by Aviet and Tigran Sarkie, two of the Sarkies Brothers. The hotel, which opened in 1901, which faces the Hlaing — or Yangon — River to its south, is one of the most famous hotels in Yangon and Southeast Asia, and is managed by GCP Hospitality. The hotel is named after its address, at 92 Strand Road.

History[edit]

The Strand Hotel in 1895, along the banks of the Rangoon River
The Strand Hotel in 2009

During the colonial period, The Strand was one of the most luxurious hotels in the British Empire with a clientele of exclusively whites. The Sarkies Brothers sold The Strand to Rangoon restaurateur Peter Bugalar Aratoon and Ae Amovsie in 1925. In 1941, during World War II, following Japanese occupation of Burma, the hotel was used to quarter Japanese troops. The following year, the Strand's ownership was transferred to the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo. For the first time in 1945, since the Strand's establishment, the Burmese became part of the hotel's clientele. After Burma achieved independence in 1948, the hotel was neglected by post-colonial governments. In 1963, Strand Hotel was bought by the Burma Economic Development Corporation, which poorly maintained the hotel. After the 1988 coup d'état, the Strand was sold in 1989 to Bernard Pe Win, a Burmese businessman, who formed an alliance with Adrian Zecha and a group of investors who formed the Strand Hotel International. It has since been renovated extensively, and is now operated by GCP Hospitality.

The Strand reopened in 1993 as an all-suite, top-of-the range boutique hotel. Its teak and marble floors, mahogany furniture, and canopied beds complement original pieces, like period bathroom fixtures. But unlike the other grand old hotels in the region, the Strand's restoration remained true to its architectural past, and it has no new wing, and no swimming pool or tennis courts.[1]

The hotel is listed on the Yangon City Heritage List. Since the beginning, it was regarded as “the finest hostelry east of the Suez” and “patronised by royalty, nobility and distinguished personages". In 1993, the hotel was for the first time listed among the Select Members of The Most Famous Hotels in the World. In 2003, Andreas Augustin published the first history of the hotel, after years of extensive research.

List of some guests and their date of stay[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  • Andrews, Jim (January 2006). "Tiffin Time Again". The Irrawaddy. Retrieved 2006-12-18. 
  • Falconer, John; Daniel Kahrs, Elizabeth Moore, Luca Invernizzi (2001). Burmese Design and Architecture. Tuttle Publishing. ISBN 962-593-882-6. 
  • History of The Strand Yangon (Strand Hotel Rangoon)

Literature[edit]

  • William Warren, Jill Gocher (2007). Asia's legendary hotels: the romance of travel. Singapore: Periplus Editions. ISBN 978-0-7946-0174-4. 

References[edit]

  1. ^ Asoociated Press. "Myanmar's colonial-era Strand Hotel well preserved". International Herald Tribune. 

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Coordinates: 16°46′10.56″N 96°9′45.31″E / 16.7696000°N 96.1625861°E / 16.7696000; 96.1625861