This riverside hotel sits on the banks of the Ayeyarwaddy River on the edge of town. It offers great river views from many rooms and a roof top bar for a sundowner at the end of the day.
Hotel by the Red Canal
Built across two main buildings, the calm and tranquil surroundings of the Hotel by the Red Canal seem almost at odds with the hustle and bustle of Mandalay’s busy streets. With attractive gardens, a small pristine swimming pool and an extensive bar and restaurant area, the property is extremely well equipped for a relaxing stay in this busy city.
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There are four different room categories, all interestingly named after the four major states of Burma – Kachin, Shan, Chin and Rakhine. All rooms are tastefully designed, with traditional ethnic artefacts and textiles a hallmark of each room. The Chin and Shan Rooms face internally within the hotel, giving a great view from their balconies to the small waterfall and stream that flows through the resort. At just under 24m’s squared, the rooms are compact, but do offer twin or double bed configurations and private en suite facilities. The Kachin and Rakhine rooms are at the rear of the hotel, the Kachin rooms offering an outdoor shower facility. The Rakhine rooms are the largest at nearly 30m’s squared, and come complete with a traditional Rakhine souvenir gift.
Nestled among residential buildings on a quiet street away from the hustle and bustle of the town centre, it is just a short drive to the famous Mandalay Palace or other attractions.
Food and drink
The Spice Garden restaurant on site offers an extensive menu with a fusion of Indian and Burmese cuisine, with food freshly prepared as standard. While there are alternative restaurants within walking distance, the Spice Garden alongside the adjacent Canopy Bar make for an excellent setting to spend the evening.
While not directly marketing itself as a family hotel, there is absolutely no reason not to use this hotel as a base for a family – with the attractive gardens and swimming pool there is space aplenty for a family to relax.
Owing to the extremely high levels of service and care for their guests, the Hotel by the Red Canal would make for a perfect setting at which to celebrate a honeymoon or an anniversary.
Facilities and activities
The small Pruna Spa offers a wide range of treatments and packages to suit everyone. There is also a good size gym with a wide range of equipment on offer, and “e-hub” the business centre for checking emails and simple browsing. While the attractive pool is not one to do laps in, it does provide a wonderful little oasis for cooling off after a day visiting the Ancient Capitals or touring the city.
A perennial favourite of Audley Travel, the Hotel by the Red Canal is an extremely welcoming and exceptionally well run locally owned property. In a city with a real dearth of quality boutique accommodation, this property stands well above the rest to provide a really charming and pleasant hotel at which to base yourselves for Mandalay.
Mandalay tour ideas
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Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
This is a small and simple hotel but well located for the city attractions and eating out. It has pleasant gardens and a small swimming pool.
This hotel has great views of Mandalay Hill and a fantastic pool area. There is also a good choice of restaurants. The addition of the spa has greatly enhanced the appeal of staying here.
Yadanarpon Dynasty Hotel is a ten minute walk from the Mandalay Royal Palace and located in a quieter part of town. The hotel's 58 rooms are decorated in a contemporary style mixed with traditional Burmese touches.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
Together with 15 resident nuns, you'll enjoy a simple lunch. After an early meal there will be time for a discussion with the nuns about their way of life, Buddhism and any other questions you might have.
Mandalay has a surprising amount to offer for those who know where to find it. This tour has been designed to reveal Mandalay from a diverse and interesting perspective.
The drive to Monywa is 140 kilometres from Mandalay and takes around four hours. It is possible to make various stops along the way which would increase the length of the journey to around six hours.