The Strand is one of South East Asia last historical hotels. It is Yangon’s answer to the Sofitel Metropole in Hanoi, the Oriental in Bangkok or the Raffles in Singapore. Yangon hotel industry is now embarked into sweeping changes with the arrival of many prestigious luxury brands over the next two years. With expected competition from Kempinski or Peninsula, Yangon old grand lady closed its doors for a period of six months. It is due to reopen next November with new technology and refurbished interiors inr the 31 rooms and suites.
Originally opened in 1901, the Strand is one of the properties built by the legendary Sarkies brothers. This Armenian family owned some of Southeast Asia’s most prestigious hotels in the early years of the 20th century, including the Raffles Hotel in Singapore or the E&O Hotel in Penang. A joint-venture investment by Hong Kong-based Strand Hotels International and the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, the Strand Hotel, closed from May 1 to renovate for six months and will reopen in November.
According to Olivier Trinquand, vice president of the Strand Hotel and Cruise, the renovation will transform the property with a sophisticated decoration style while preserving its colonial features. Renovations will be carried out on guest rooms, the Strand Signature Restaurant, the Café and the Sarkies Bar. The last large renovation was done back to 1993.
“The Strand name has been synonymous with luxury hospitality in Southeast Asia since 1901 and these renovations are an exciting new chapter in our history,” explained Mr. Trinquand to local newspapers. The management did not plan any expansion or addition of rooms but focuses only on interior’s refurbishment. The hotel has only a capacity of 31 suites. it is listed into Yangon National Heritage List.