YANGON – Housed in what’s the former New Law Courts built in 1927, Rosewood Yangon opened its doors on Feb 10, 2020, the ultra-luxury heritage hotel located in the city’s historic centre where the junction of the famous Strand and Sule Pagoda Roads meet.
“We are thrilled to be a launching point for ‘affluential explorers’ to begin a journey of discovery in one of world’s most evocative, captivating and still relatively undiscovered destinations,” said Sonia Cheng, CEO of Rosewood Hotel Group.
Offering 205 rooms and suites, the hotel blends heritage and chic modernity within its three-storey high premises, sitting on the banks of the Irrawaddy River. Along with high ceilings and natural light, most guestrooms feature balconies and patios overlooking Yangon city or its landscaped internal courtyards.
Taking care to reflect the culture, history, architecture and sensibilities of the city, Rosewood Yangon showcases a fusion of contemporary Burmese style and old-world grandeur, brought out by 1920s chandeliers, iron-framed doors, and a commanding mural work at reception by famed local artist Than Kyaw Htay.
Further within, the hotel’s two internal courtyards, portico on Bank Street, pyramidal pavilion rooftops, and entrance halls to the north and south sides have all been preserved and restored. The hotelier’s efforts to restore the former New Law Courts built during the colonial era has earned Rosewood Yangon the 31st Yangon Heritage Trust Blue Plaque, commemorating the building’s deep historic and cultural significance and its enduring legacy.
Still on the cultural trail, Rosewood Yangon even offers guests a suite of bespoke experiences to experience the city in a deeper way – such as the ‘Rosewood Limited Edition’ package.
Available until April 2020 and inclusive of a three-nights’ stay, guests will have a private audience with Dr. Thant Myint-U, Myanmar’s leading historian and writer, to discuss Yangon’s preservation efforts. Next, they’ll meet Delphine de Lorme, artist and co-founder of Yangon Walls, to see how Yangon’s creative community is responding to modernisation, thereafter also getting a hands-on opportunity to rejuvenate Yangon’s back alleys with colourful murals.
Modern travellers are well cared for, the hotel offering five dining venues, a rooftop infinity pool for the ‘Gram, fitness studio, bridal suite, a host of meetings facilities, retail gallery and even a barber shop.
“Our hotel’s blend of sophistication, relaxation, highly personalized service and support for city arts and culture not only offers a portal to the past, but helps spearhead Myanmar’s leap into the future,” said Ed Brea, the hotel’s managing director. “Through our rich and diverse arts and cultural program in collaboration with various embassies, we are encouraging people in Myanmar to discover Western cultural heritage as well.”