There wasn’t a great deal of option for budget accommodation and we ended up finding this place through Agoda.
It cost $22 a night for a twin room (they didn’t seem to have doubles) and is a 10min taxi ride (7000k) from the bus terminal.
The room did the job but was very dated and for some reason had no curtains which meant we couldn’t avoid the light when having a lie-in. Above the doors are also windows which let all the corridors light in which would light up the room at night time. We had to go out and switch it off ourselves just to get to sleep, I don’t know why the staff don’t do it themselves.
The rooms were equipped with air con, fan and a TV and were very clean.
The toilets were squat only but again were clean and the showers could get pretty warm so you didn’t have to freeze you nipples off every-time you wanted a wash.
There is a great restaurant around the corner called Aye Myit Tar which was recommended to us and was both cheap and delicious; you also got a lot of free side dishes which meant you left very full.
It is also possible to walk to Mandalay Hill from the hotel, it took us around 2 hours to get there but we stopped on the way for lunch to break it up. The walk is easy enough and means you can take in more of Mandalay while avoiding any added costs such as taxis.
I wouldn’t recommend booking your bus to Inle Lake through them though, it cost us 12,000k each and was by far the worst bus we’ve had so far in Myanmar and it was overnight which meant we got no sleep what-so-ever. It’s definitely worth shopping around.
Overall, this is a decent place for people on a budget but you don’t need more that 2 nights here or in Mandalay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built in 1995, Fortune Hotel is a distinct family run lodging nicely situated in the heart of downtown Mandalay. For sightseeing and local attractions, the hotel is walking distance from the old Mandalay palace, the alltime bustling Zegyo market, Maha Muni pagoda, Moustache Brothers show, Central railway station and all the excitement the city has to offer. ... more less
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