Overlooking the glistening Shwedagon Pagoda, the centrally located Savoy is a throwback to colonial times. Partly renovated, part new build, the Savoy is a charming boutique hotel and has a touch of Somerset Maugham about it, with antiques, handicrafts, pictures and photographs displayed throughout its hallways, restaurants and bars. The 30 deluxe rooms and suites are generously sized with dark, polished hardwood floors and views of the pool or the well tended gardens. The restaurant serves Italian, European and Asian cuisine and the Captain's Bar has a popular happy hour every evening. There is a treatment room and a small gym on site and the hotel is walking distance from a number of restaurants including Sharky's, an Ampersand favourite.