Old trading firm turned boutique heritage hotel
British Steel Brothers
The headquarters of the British Steel Brothers trading company dates back to 1870, they year when William Strang Steel, a Glasgow merchant set up shop in Burma. The Steel brothers became successful traders in rice, rubber and teak.
The old trading mansion has been turned into a 74-room boutique hotel. The huge black steel beams and a lift shaft, were incorporated into the hotel’s new modern design. By keeping these elements, the owners are helping to bring Yangon’s rich heritage and saving property that might otherwise become rubble. During the renovation the builders kept uncovering old structures, one of the project architects says: “They’re part of the character, every element has a story to tell.”