On my first night at the Prince the Manager met my boat and was really friendly, and they gave me a $20 single (though I had requested one of the bigger rooms) and the following day let me move to a larger 1/2 cabin (#101). I stayed for a week in total.
The first budget room had a lot of bugs in it, and the shower dripped all night, which meant that you get wet if you use the toilet. The walls are super-thin, and I could hear every word of my neighbors' conversations. There was good hot water, however.
The bigger room was much nicer, though the bathroom was dirty and in poor repair, and one set of windows wouldn't shut. In the bigger room I had no hot water for 6 days.
Some friends were coming to Mrauk U and asked that I book a room like mine for them, and I was embarrassed to find that while the price was the same, they were given a dirty, bug-infested and much smaller room, with a half-finished porch and no hot water. They moved to the hotel next door for the remainder of their stay and had a *much* nicer room for $5 more/night.
The best part of the Prince Hotel is the communal eating area, which was a great place to meet other travelers and where we formed a great evolving group of friends over the course of the week. However, eating almost exclusively there, at least 12/14 people got food poisoning, so I suspect that there are food sanitation issues.
The most disappointing part of my stay there was the tour to Chin villages with the hotel Manager. We spoke for a long time about what I did and didn't want: I take photographs but wanted an authentic experience and to understand the local culture and tradition of tattooing rather than just snapping photos of the women. What we got was a group of women hauled out -- two appeared very sick -- for us to take photos of. He had really limited ability to understand even simple questions like when they stopped doing the tattoos and in fact gave us a lot of incorrect information. There is another man there that gives tours who others said was much, much better. They were also very unprepared; there was very little water/food available for us, and half of our group ended up going back early with heat stroke, in spite of bringing their own water also.
The family that runs the hotel is very friendly and accommodating, but the manager seems too concerned with profit to genuinely help people. On the return to the dock, for example, he had a porter carry our bags to the boat and then charged us an extra 500 kyat each for them. Honestly, had he said so in advance it would have been no problem, but he told us *after* we'd paid for the tuk-tuk, so everyone had to get out all of our money again. He'll also tell you that they have to change money for you if you are going to do it in Mrauk U, at 900kyat/dollar (while the bank rate [there are none in Mrauk U] is 980kyat. I refused and was going to temporarily trade with friends until another staff member told me that there was a place that would change at 950/1 and kindly took me there. I believe that this is mostly an issue with the manager... the others were quite helpful.
Laundry there is fast and cheap, but your clothes will not get cleaned. I sent one shirt in 3 times and it still was as if it had not been laundered.
On the whole I enjoyed my time at the Prince, mostly because it is out of the way and quiet with a friendly independent traveler vibe. If i had it to do over, though, I'd choose the property next door, where my friends were much happier. I spent some time there as well and the staff were incredible.
101/102 are the nicest. The other cabins are much worse and should be valued much lower IMO.
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