Rosewood Hotels has edged out Kempinski as the hotel chain appointed to operate within a landmark restoration of Yangon’s former New Law Courts, Yangon news platform Myanmore reported.
While it was previously reported that Heritage Hotel Kempinski Yangon would occupy the building – constructed in 1927 as the New Law Courts by architect Thomas Oliphant and Doorman Long UK, the engineers behind the Sydney Harbor Bridge – Rosewood Hotels has just announced in a media release that it was appointed by Prime Residence to manage the property.
The property is the first building to receive approval from Yangon Heritage Trust, founded in 2012, for a Conservation Management Plan that permitted the restoration. Of particular note is the Heritage Room on the hotel’s fourth floor, which for many years had laid hidden beneath modern interventions.
Rosewood Yangon will feature 209 guestrooms, suites, one- and two-bedroom apartment units. Boasting high ceilings and natural light, most guestrooms also feature patios and balconies where guests can take in views of the Yangon River or the hotel’s landscaped courtyards.
The hotel will also offer five dining venues including a residential-style tea lounge and patisserie, a modern Cantonese restaurant, a brasserie, a bar and cigar lounge, and a rooftop bar boasting sweeping views of the city and the Yangon River.
Other facilities include event venues, a spa, a gym, a yoga/pilates studio, a rooftop pool, a men’s grooming salon, a beauty bar and an artisanal leather workshop.
Located on The Strand in the city’s historic district, Rosewood Yangon will sit amid colonial landmarks in the cultural heart and central business district, within walking distance to attractions such as Bogyoke Aung San Market (formerly known as Scott’s Market), a cruise down the winding Yangon river, or Shwedagon Pagoda.
Rosewood Yangon will join Rosewood’s Asian properties in Beijing, Phuket and Sanya, capping a year of growth for Rosewood Hotels & Resorts which saw the opening of its luxury properties in Luang Prabang, Phnom Penh and Baha Mar in the Bahamas.
Additional properties set to open this winter include Rosewood Miramar Beach in Montecito, Rosewood Bangkok, Rosewood Guangzhou and Rosewood Hong Kong.