Quiet and quaint, this six-room former colonial home is just out of the city center, between Inya Lake and the Shwedagon Pagoda. The French owners are present but not overly intrusive, and though the staff speak limited English, they're enormously friendly and accommodating. It's not quite luxurious, but it's very comfortable, with gleaming teak floors in the rooms and plush beds. There's free Wi-Fi throughout and a guest computer available. One of the most welcome things at Alamanda is the included breakfast, best enjoyed in the tranquil courtyard; dig into homemade bread, ample fresh fruit, yogurt, muesli, and proper coffee.