I stayed in the hotel in September 1987. The hotel had clearly seen its best days (I thought then), but it was good enough for a casual visitor, and maybe the best in Rangoon at that time. The hotel was practically empty and the weather rainy – typical for season – adding melancholic feeling.
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The history of the hotel is linked to the international politics. The web site of the hotel tells:
In his 1958 state visit to Myanmar, Secretary General Nikita Khruschev [of the Soviet Union] presented the Government of Myanmar [called Burma at that time] with three gifts; one of which was the Inya Lake hotel.
It is claimed that Khruschev had a personal hand in the design of the free-form swimming pool that is one of the high-lights of the hotel.
The Inya Lake Hotel was a grand, impressive gesture to demonstrate the skills and technology of Russian engineers, architects and technicians who came and built what was described by the international media as the most modern hotel in Southeast Asia of that period. Construction was started in 1958 and the building was completed and opened for the first guests in October of 1962.
Wikipedia tells, that seven months earlier …
… on March 2, 1962, the military led by General Ne Win took control of Burma through a coup d’état. Between 1962 and 1974, Burma was ruled by a revolutionary council headed by the general, and almost all aspects of society were nationalized or brought under government control under the Burmese Way to Socialism, which combined Soviet-style nationalisation and central planning with the governmental implementation of superstitious beliefs.