Best Western International has announced its expansion in Myanmar with the opening of its first hotel in Mandalay. The company has taken over the management of the existing Hotel Shwe Pyi Thar, which has now been repositioned as the Best Western Premier Hotel Shwe Pyi Thar.
This marks not only Best Western's debut in Mandalay, but also the launch of the first ever upscale Best Western Premier hotel in Myanmar.
At present, the hotel offers 91 comfortable and spacious rooms and suites, ranging from 33 square meter (355 square foot) Superior Rooms to the 380 square meter (4,090 square foot) Presidential Suite. Following the rebranding to a Best Western Premier, all rooms now feature flat-screen LCD TVs and free Wi-Fi.
The hotel's evolution will continue with plans for a major expansion of the property. A brand new wing of the hotel will be constructed, adding 200 more rooms and transforming the Best Western Premier Hotel Shwe Pyi Thar. This work is expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2016.
Best Western Premier Hotel Shwe Pyi Thar offers an array of amenities for guests, including a restaurant, bar, swimming pool, fitness center, spa services and boutique retail outlets.
The hotel also provides options for the corporate market, with a 660 square meter (7,104 square foot) ballroom, a separate conference room able to host large functions, and a 4,200 square meter (45,208 square foot) lawn for outdoor events.
Best Western first entered Myanmar in 2013 with the launch of the Best Western Green Hill Hotel in Yangon. This was joined by the new Best Western Chinatown Hotel. Following the launch of the Best Western Premier Hotel Shwe Pyi Thar, Best Western plans to continue its expansion in Myanmar, including the opening of its second hotel in Mandalay and its first ever property in the country's new capital city, Nay Pyi Taw.