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Sandalwood Hotel
Sandalwood Hotel
Sandalwood Hotel
Sandalwood Hotel
Sandalwood Hotel
Sandalwood Hotel
Sandalwood Hotel

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8.4

Excellent

150 reviews

150 reviews

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8.8

Excellent

Location rating score

Excellent location
Parking
FREE
Popular landmarks
Yadanar Manaung Pagoda 580 m
Mingalar Market 870 m
Bawrithat Pagoda 900 m
Golden Cave Monastery 900 m
Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery 3.1 km
Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery 16.0 km
Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda 20.6 km
Indein Village 23.6 km
Hpaung Daw U Pagoda 24.4 km
Nearby landmarks
Dr. Win Htein 290 m
Sunset beer terrace 360 m
Pharmacy 520 m
Township Hospital 550 m
Yadanar Manaung Pagoda 580 m
Inle Clinic 590 m
Small supermarket 660 m
Dr. Cho Cho 750 m
Yangon Kyaung 820 m
Mingala Market 820 m

Sandalwood Hotel

No 88, Phaung Daw Pyan Street, Win Quarter, Nyaung Shwe Township, Nyaung Shwe, Inle Lake, Myanmar, 11221 - See map

The car parking and the Wi-Fi are always free, so you can stay in touch and come and go as you please. Conveniently situated in the Nyaung Shwe part of Inle Lake, this property puts you close to attractions and interesting dining options. Don't leave before paying a visit to the famous Indein Village. This 3-star property features restaurant to make your stay more indulgent and memorable.

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Highlights

580 meters to Yadanar Manaung Pagoda

Front desk [24-hour]

Airport transfer

Excellent breakfast

Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

Facilities

Front desk [24-hour]

Airport transfer

Bicycle rental

Car park

Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

Luggage storage

Restaurants

Room service [24-hour]

Value for money8.2
Distance to city center0.5 km
Location rating8.8
Nearest airportHeho Airport (HEH)
Distance to airport16.7 km

Frequently asked questions

What time is check-in and check-out at Sandalwood Hotel?

Check-in is from 02:00 PM, and check-out is until 12:00 PM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking, subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee. The hotel offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out. The front desk is always open, day or night.

How do I get to Sandalwood Hotel?

Sandalwood Hotel is easy to access from the airport. In fact, you can even book your airport transfer in advance for greater peace of mind with the additional charge of 25 MMK. Just use the "Let us know what you need" section of the booking page to let the hotel know you want a ride, and they will contact you via the Agoda messaging service. For those who wish to drive their own cars, Sandalwood Hotel has a car park right on site for maximum convenience. Parking is free for guests. If you're looking for an easy way to get around Inle Lake with private transportation, the hotel can arrange car rental for you.

Is breakfast offered at Sandalwood Hotel?

Wake up to a great continental breakfast at Sandalwood Hotel.

What are my dining options at Sandalwood Hotel?

Sandalwood Hotel features an on-site restaurant for your dining convenience.

What is the smoking policy at Sandalwood Hotel?

Sandalwood Hotel does permit smoking in some areas and is not 100% smoke-free.

What restaurants are nearby Sandalwood Hotel?

Sandalwood Hotel is located in Nyaung Shwe, famous for good restaurants such as Golden Kite Restaurant, Min Min's Restaurant and The Jetty Restaurant & Bar.

What are popular attractions near Sandalwood Hotel?

Sandalwood Hotel is located in Nyaung Shwe area, which is famous for attractions such as Bawrithat Pagoda, Golden Cave Monastery and Yadanar Manaung Pagoda.

What popular natural sightseeing spots are close to Sandalwood Hotel?

Sandalwood Hotel is located within Nyaung Shwe, which makes it conveniently close to natural sights including Inle horse club and Htet Eain Gu cave.

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What people love about Sandalwood Hotel

  • 10

    Exceptional
    Staff 

    "Staff are really nice."

    FHREA

    |

    July 26, 2019

  • 8

    Very good
    Location

    "The location is near the jetty, the room is large and reasonable price."

    SAI

    |

    July 12, 2019

  • 10

    Exceptional
    Staff 

    "Good location, friendly staff."

    Zhixue

    |

    February 18, 2019

Overall rating:

8.4

Excellent
150 reviews
Cleanliness
8.9
Facilities
7.9
Location
8.8
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More about Sandalwood Hotel

More about Sandalwood Hotel

Sandalwood Hotel

Enjoy Inle Lake day or night with a stay at Sandalwood Hotel.
Sandalwood Hotel offers numerous on-site facilities to satisfy even the most discerning guest. Never be out of touch with your contacts, with free Wi-Fi offered throughout your stay. If you need a ride from or to the airport, the hotel can arrange it before your check-in date. Exploring Inle Lake is made even more convenient with the car hire services available at the hotel.
If you plan to arrive by car, you'll appreciate the hotel's free parking, right on-site. The hotel provides front desk services such as concierge service, luggage storage and safety deposit boxes for guests' convenience. If you need, the tours can even help you book tickets and reservations at all the best shows and programs nearby. Staying for a long time, or just need clean clothes? At the hotel, your favorite travel outfits will be kept clean and available with laundry service provided on-site.
For lazy days and nights, in-room conveniences like 24-hour room service, room service and daily housekeeping let you make the most of your room. Smoking is limited to designated areas only, for the health and well-being of all guests and staff.


Dining and things to do

Nothing starts a morning better than a delicious breakfast, which you can always enjoy in-house at Sandalwood Hotel. Everyone loves a good cup of coffee! A coffee shop on-site means you can enjoy a cup of real, freshly brewed coffee every morning -- or anytime you feel like it. If you don't feel like going out to eat, you can always opt for the delicious dining options at the hotel.
Sandalwood Hotel offers unique recreational opportunities for all guests. Have fun with your friends or family, or even meet new people at the library and shared lounge and TV area.


Reasons to stay here

Rooms don't get much cheaper than here, being less than 88% of the city's accommodation.

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Amenities and facilities
Very good
Facilities

7.9

Most talked about facilities

Breakfast

20 mentions

Internet

7 mentions

Housekeeping

6 mentions

Food & Dining

1 mention

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Burmese

Internet access

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
  • Wi-Fi in public areas

Things to do, ways to relax

  • Tours

Cleanliness and safety

  • Breakfast in room

Dining, drinking, and snacking

  • Coffee shop
  • Restaurants
  • Room service [24-hour]

Services and conveniences

  • Concierge
  • Currency exchange
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Elevator
  • Ironing service
  • Laundry service
  • Library
  • Luggage storage
  • Meeting/banquet facilities
  • Safety deposit boxes
  • Smoking area

For the kids

  • Family room

Access

  • Front desk [24-hour]
  • Pets allowed

Getting around

  • Airport transfer
  • Car park [free of charge]
  • Car park [on-site]
  • Rental car

Sports equipment rental

  • Bicycle rental
Food and dining
Breakfast options
  • Continental
Location
No 88, Phaung Daw Pyan Street, Win Quarter, Nyaung Shwe Township, Nyaung Shwe, Inle Lake, Myanmar, 11221
Excellent
Location

8.8

Airports

  • Heho Airport (HEH)
    16.7 km
  • Loikaw Airport (LIW)
    111.8 km

Public transportation

  • Shwenyaung Train Station
    12.2 km
  • Aye Thar Yar Bus Station
    16.9 km

Hospital or clinic

  • Dr. Win Htein
    290 m

Convenience store

  • T&T Mini Market
    690 m

Cash withdrawal

  • ATM
    50 m
What's nearby

Popular landmarks

  • Yadanar Manaung Pagoda
    580 m
  • Mingalar Market
    870 m
  • Bawrithat Pagoda
    900 m
  • Golden Cave Monastery
    900 m
  • Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery
    3.1 km
  • Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery
    16.0 km
  • Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda
    20.6 km
  • Indein Village
    23.6 km
  • Hpaung Daw U Pagoda
    24.4 km

Nearby landmarks

  • Dr. Win Htein
    290 m
  • Sunset beer terrace
    360 m
  • Pharmacy
    520 m
  • Township Hospital
    550 m
  • Yadanar Manaung Pagoda
    580 m
  • Inle Clinic
    590 m
  • Small supermarket
    660 m
  • Dr. Cho Cho
    750 m
  • Yangon Kyaung
    820 m
  • Mingala Market
    820 m
Distances shown are straight-line distances on the map. Actual travel distances may vary.
Property policies
Children and extra beds

Extra beds are dependent on the room you choose. Please check the individual room capacity for more details.

All children are welcome.

Infant 0-1 year(s)
Stay for free if using existing bedding.
Baby cot/crib may be requested directly from the property.
Children 2-11 year(s)
Stay for free if using existing bedding.
If you need an extra bed, it will incur an additional charge.
Guests 12 years and older are considered as adults
Must use an extra bed which will incur an additional charge.
Others
  • The property is undergoing renovation from August 18 to September 30, 2015. There will be some areas affected by the noise during this time.
  • When booking more than 5 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.
Some helpful facts

Check-in/Check-out

  • Check-in from14:00
  • Check-out until12:00
  • Reception open until00:00

Getting around

  • Airport transfer fee25 MMK
  • Distance from city center0.5 km
  • Travel time to airport (minutes)39

The property

  • Non-smoking rooms/floorsyes
  • Number of floors3
  • Number of restaurants1
  • Number of rooms 27
  • Room voltage220
  • Year property opened2014

Reviews of Sandalwood Hotel from real guests

Provided by verified guests of Agoda
8.4
/
10
Cleanliness8.9
Facilities7.9
Location8.8
Room comfort and quality7.4
Service8.5
Value for money8.2
High score for Inle Lake
Rating
9+ Exceptional (60)
8-9 Excellent (19)
7-8 Very Good (16)
6-7 Good (7)
<6 Below Expectation (17)
Time of the year
Mar - May (15)
Jun - Aug (18)
Sep - Nov (34)
Dec - Feb (52)
All guests (150)
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10.0
Exceptional
FHREA from Philippines
Solo traveler
Stayed 4 nights in July 2019

Awesome people”

Staff are really nice. Value for money, super good breakfast and they allow me to check out late. Appreciate the gesture. Best service ever. Well-done

Reviewed July 26, 2019

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10.0
Exceptional
Zhixue from China
Couple
Stayed 2 nights in February 2018

Good location, friendly staff”

Good location, friendly staff. Free bikes to use. The boat tour offer charges less than the tourist agencies in the town.

Reviewed February 18, 2019

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9.6
Exceptional
Thomas from United States
Couple
Stayed 2 nights in January 2019

Stay here.”

I literally never write reviews, but I want to express my enthusiasm for the service and value of Sandalwood Hotel. A+ for effort on the part of the staff. A rare hot, freshly-prepared breakfast, cooked to order. All at an incredible price compared to nearby hotels, and on a very quiet street, yet near everything you need. We were really happy with the overall value of this hotel. I would never consider staying anywhere else in Nyaung Shwe.

Reviewed February 04, 2019

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8.4
Excellent
Michał from Poland
Couple
Stayed 2 nights in November 2019

Inle adventure ”

One minus because of weak WiFi. Impossible to check anything

Reviewed November 26, 2019

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8.0
Excellent
SAI from Myanmar
Solo traveler
Stayed 1 night in July 2019

Very good”

The location is near the jetty, the room is large and reasonable price. The breakfast is not bad...

Reviewed July 12, 2019

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10.0
Exceptional
Akvile
Couple
Stayed 3 nights in December 2017

Best breakfast in Myanmar!”

We really loved our stay at Sandalwood hotel in Nyaung Shwe! Staff was very attentive, genuinely helpful and always smiley. They were very easy with late check out when our bus was leaving late in the evening on check out day - basically we could still stay until the time of the bus. The location is great, you are close to many restaurants, night market, jetty where boats are departing and short walk from the main street. But what we liked the most was the breakfast! We had best banana pancakes ever and one of the morning were even treated by delicious banana cake. Moreover, this was the only place in Myanmar where we had fresh juice for breakfast not the type of chemical mixture you get in most places. We don't know about other rooms but since there were not many guests once we arrived we got a large triple room which was very comfortable for our 3 nights stay. Not to forget they also offer free bikes! Would definitely recommend this hotel!

Reviewed December 14, 2017

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9.0
Exceptional
Kevin from United States
Couple
Stayed 3 nights in November 2014

One of the best hotels in Myanmar ”

Hospitality, Cleanliness and NEW

We loved the Sandalwood Hotel. There are issues with the wifi and hot showers I believe they could fix and make it all 5 rating. The staff were very friendly and treated us like family. The Hotel is brand new with very clean and spacious rooms. The beds and pillows are very comfy. For us its all about being clean and comfortable. This hotel provided all 3 levels of hospitality, comfort and cleanliness. The breakfast is buffet style with eggs, rice, noodles, veggies, fresh fruit, juice, tea and coffee. I found myself eating way to much for breakfast my days here. They are located near the docks for quick access to the lake but a nice walk to the main part of town and the market. Much worth the walk for the new hotel and yummy food. They have bikes for rent at the hotel and can book boats and taxis at comparable prices to other tour companies in town. There seems to be a country wide problem with Wifi so I can't knock the Sandalwood Hotel for it not working. They need to upgrade to fiber optics all over the country. They should install heat on demand showers because it seemed to get cold when everyone wants to shower in the morning or evening. I could not let some luke warm showers persuade me to dislike this hotel. For a mid range option you can't beat the Sandalwood Hotel.

Reviewed December 03, 2014

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10.0
Exceptional
Shalane from United States
Solo traveler
Stayed 3 nights in July 2015

New Hotel (openend Nov 2014) - worth a try”

spacious room, thoughtful staff, breakfast

I stayed at Sandalwood for 3 days. It booked the room under a special 'unlocked' deal by Agoda, so the rate I paid was was much cheaper than normal. I assume the hotel was new and wanted to attract guests during the low season. What I found were kind staff who opened up and let me check in early at 5am. I had taken the bus from Bagan and arrived way before actual check in time of 2pm. However, they graciously showed me to my room and I paid a la carte breakfast of 3000 ks the next morning. I loved the fresh fruit and juice they served every morning, which was always cold, straight out from the refrigerator. The fruit and fresh juice were always different - watermelon juice, pineapple juice etc. and fresh bananas, dragon fruit, pineapple etc. The usual eggs plus toast (or rice as I requested) were also available. One of the days they also brought out Shan Noodle soup for me, plus an omelette and rice. Needless to say it was way too much food, but that was kind of them. The staff were attentive and always full of smiles. Bike rentals are available, but the boat jetty is a 2 min walk from the hotel. There's tons of restaurants within a 10 min distance. Since the hotel is fairly new, not many people know about this hotel, or maybe the actual rate is too high - not sure. I was the only guest on site for the 3 nights, or if there were other guests I never saw them. Worth it to give this place a chance!

Reviewed July 21, 2015

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10.0
Exceptional
Katherine from United States
Family with teens
Stayed 1 night in April 2017

Great location with excellent rooms ”

Two minute walk from a jetty and five minutes from the main stretch of Nyuang Shwe - Sandalwood has great location and rooms. Staff were helpful; breakfast was good

Reviewed April 19, 2017

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9.7
Exceptional
Philip from Australia
Couple
Stayed 6 nights in November 2014

Great time at the Sandalwood!!”

Staff- they could not be more helpful, Location is a 2 min walk to creek, Hotel clenleness etc - excelent!

We have no complaints in ANY regard about this charming hotel. I only wish every hotel we stayed in during our trip to Myanmar was as good. We have no hesitation in recommending Sandalwood to any traveler who wants good service and value for money. Get your morning eggs 'sunny side up'! Phil & Annette

Reviewed November 26, 2014

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10.0
Exceptional
Nalem from Venezuela
Couple
Stayed 2 nights in February 2017

Superb”

We had a great time at sandalwood hotel. Staff was very helpful and friendly all the time. The room was spacious with comfortable bed. Breakfast was amazing!! We recommend this place!

Reviewed February 26, 2017

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10.0
Exceptional
David from Australia
Couple
Stayed 2 nights in January 2017

Wonderful welcome and the most helpful in every way”

This is a great hotel and the staff could not have been more helpful in every way, from booking a boat trip, local taxi and the bus to Mandalay. Oh and the breakfast is a real treat. Thanks for the effort Sandalwood, it's appreciated.

Reviewed January 26, 2017

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8.7
Excellent
YAP from Malaysia
Solo traveler
Stayed 1 night in October 2015

value for money”

walking distance to jetty, feel like home, helpful staff

I arrived at 4.30am, staff let me in & showed me the room. Room is spacious with a balcony. Walking distance to jetty & post office, slightly far from market, but that's fine. Not all the staff can speak or understand English, so a bit of communication problem. Blackout for a few munites at night, however, I'm satisfied with Sandalwood.

Reviewed October 21, 2015

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9.3
Exceptional
Jennifer from Canada
Solo traveler
Stayed 3 nights in November 2014

great place in Nyayngshwe”

spacious and comfortable rooms, friendly staff, location

very friendly and accommodating, the room was clean and spacious. One of the nicest places I've stayed in Myanmar. Inle is a really quiet town with no hostels so it was hard to meet other travellers but it's beautiful to visit. Front desk can arrange tours, transport, etc for you

Reviewed November 15, 2014

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8.0
Excellent
Geok from Singapore
Couple
Stayed 1 night in March 2015

Good location ”

Good location, friendly staff, nice toast for breakfast

Pleasant and enjoyable. Did the agoda smart deal and had 20% off. Was really value for money. It's also a stone's throw from the jetty into lake inle and convenience stores around the area. Good!

Reviewed March 17, 2015

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7.7
Very good
johan from Belgium
Couple
Stayed 1 night in January 2015

Simple but clean and friedly hotel”

Clean, very friendly staff, great fruitjuice at breakfast

The hotel rooms are comfortable but basic. The same can be said of the breakfast: simple but of good quality (really good fruitjuice for instance, not the watery stuff we often received in other places). The hotel is located is near the river, which buys you 10 minutes extra sleeping time when leaving for the inevitable boat trip up the lake. You can rent a bike at very reasonable prices (when cycling away from town, ask for a bike with gears, you will need it!)

Reviewed January 17, 2015

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4.7
Gary from Canada
Couple
Stayed 2 nights in July 2015

Not coming back”

Air conditioner worked, bed was comfortable, relatively close to main street

Sandalwood Hotel fell below my expectations. I realize that power outages and spotty wifi are normal occurances in Myanmar, and we experienced these during our stay. We don't fault the hotel for this. Our hotel room was fine, but basic. The water pressure in the shower was weak, once becoming nothing more than a trickle. The water in the shower never really got hot, despite running it for a few minutes as others have suggested. The best it got was lukewarm. Also, the towels smelled very strongly of mothballs. The breakfast was simple, consisting of fried eggs, toast, juice, coffee, and fruit. The worst is that we felt like the staff saw us as cash machines and were constantly trying to nickel and dime us. We booked the Inle boat tour through them and found out later that others paid less for the same tour. We asked them to call a taxi for the trip to the airport and they quoted a price much higher than what we knew it should be. When questioned, then quickly gave us the lower price. They even wanted to charge up for checking out 1 hour later, even though it was the rainy season and the hotel was mostly empty. There are better hotels in Nyuang Shwe that I'm sure make their guests feel more welcome.

Reviewed July 31, 2015

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8.8
Excellent
Kate from Canada
Solo traveler
Stayed 3 nights in February 2017

Great hotel! Good location, clean, nice staff. Just don't book bus tickets here! ”

This was one of the nicest guest houses I stayed at in Myanmar. Overall accommodation is very pricy, so this was a great find and relatively good value compared to what else I was getting for this price elsewhere in Myanmar. Very clean and good sized rooms. The included breakfast was very good. The staff were very attentive (almost too much, asking every few minutes if I want more coffee, but that is better than wanting more and not getting it!). Location was perfect - far enough from the river that I didn't hear the boats but close enough to make catching a trip very easy! They have bikes to rent as well, if you don't want to walk to the market. My only criticism is DO NOT book your bus tickets here. Go to Main Street to the actual company you want to travel with. Going onward to Yangon, I was told I was getting a seat with the one premier VIP bus (I think it's JJ), and that is what I thought I was paying for. When I get on the bus it's with another company (Thit Sar) and not only was it by far the worst VIP bus I've ever been on (it smelled like a toilet, the seats were falling apart, and even though we were already almost 2 hours behind schedule the driver stopped to fill up with gas 5km away from the bus stop before dropping the passengers off), I discover I payed much more for my ticket than I should have. I can't help but feel there was a little 'bait and switch' there. Bus ticket/trip fiasco aside, don't let that deter you from booking here. Just don't use the travel desk.

Reviewed March 08, 2017

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7.6
Very good
Patricia from United States
Solo traveler
Stayed 4 nights in January 2018

Great location but other features disappoint”

Sandlewood Hotel is ideally located for Inle Lake boat trips but the cold room and awful free breakfast were major disappointments.

Reviewed February 03, 2018

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9.6
Exceptional
Giorgio from Italy
Solo traveler
Stayed 2 nights in February 2017

Friendly and flexible staff, nice proper rooms”

I booked a single room but the room they proposed me didn't liked me (ground floor, a bit dark, but still very nice) so, after insisting a bit, they agreed on changing it. That was very kind, as they could have easily said no. Bikes rent are the cheapest in town 1500mmk despite the good standing of the hotel and the quality of the bikes. Clean and comfortable bathroom. Good breakfast despite the room could be warmed with some decorations. Only advice I could have for the keepers is to add a bed light.

Reviewed February 13, 2017

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