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“Golden Rock Hotel” 4 of 5 stars
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Golden Rock Hotel Kyaikhtiyo
Yathe Taung base camp | Near Kyaiktiyo Pagoda, Kyaikto, Myanmar   |  
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Ranked #2 of 4 hotels in Kyaikto
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“Golden Rock Hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

I have just stayed at Golden Rock hotel. After staying in International resorts in Bagan and Lake Inle I appreciated the contrast. The simplicity of this accommodation suits its location. I felt I had travelled back in time whilst sitting on the large veranda enjoying a drink and watching an amazing sunset.
I had room 403 with stunning views, a large, comfortable clean room with teak furniture it certainly felt more authentic to its location. The meals were most enjoyable with excellent vegetarian options.

Room Tip: The 400 rooms are higher so perhaps have a better view. I was in 403
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Despite its name this hotel is not at the Golden Rock, but on the track to the rock a 15 minute steep climb from the settlement where the trucks stop ( and another 45 minutes to the top! ). Set in a nice location there are good views over the hilly countryside. After dark it gets very quiet with no options nearby to eat and drink other than in the hotel itself. Not a big problem for me but if you want a more lively evening best stay at the top close to the Golden Rock.
The hotel itself is quite nice. Rooms are pleasant with teak floors and ceilings. These are set out in blocks and have good views across attractive gardens. The young staff try very hard to please. The dining room is quite formal with the waiters wearing bowties. Breakfast was probably the best we had on a wonderful two week tour of parts of Myanmar. Table service by the young men in bowties made a welcome break from the ubiquitous buffet.
Try to get a room away from the track to the Rock. Pilgrims start their climb to the Rock well before dawn and they are very noisy as they make their way in the dark. I don't blame them, they are enjoying themselves....I would do the same!

Room Tip: Avoid rooms near the pathway to the Rock. Pilgrims start the climb in the dark before dawn and they...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

Well run hotel with nice basic rooms. The view from terrace is great. Tip: Eat breakfast outside to include the view. Located in easy walking distance from the truck drop off even with a bag (you can do with out a porter). Expect about 30-45 minutes to the top. Food were average. All in all fair value for money at a great location.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

I stayed here near the end of my 3 week trip traveling around Myanmar. I was pleasantly surprised and found the cabin style accommodation both comfortable and ideal given the hotel's location. The showers were good with hot water and rooms were fine. The single beds were a bit narrow but comfy. After the trek up to the Golden rock and down again, to relax here with a cold drink was ideal. The staff were polite and the restaurant staff (with vest and bow ties!) were friendly and did a great job at dinner.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

I stayed at the Golden Rock Hotel with my family over Christmas 2012. This hotel is approximately a 10 minute climb from where the truck drops you off. You are able to hire porters to carry your luggage to the hotel if required.

The trick for a good stay is to understand that you really are roughing it out here. Past a certain time, they don't get electricity and they have to rely on a power generator. That will probably be the case until Myanmar becomes more developed. As it is, most of the locals come here for as a pilgrimage journey of sorts, so the Kyaikto region is relatively undeveloped as a tourist attraction.

Expect basic amenities if that - no internet, no proper safe, cabin style accommodation (do check the photos attached). Your expectations really determine what sort of experience you will get here.

## Positives
- Good service (chilled bottled water after a sweaty climb... woohoo!)
- Comfortable Beds

## Negatives
- Meals from the restaurant needs to be ordered an hour in advance
- Breakfast was pretty oily

## Traveller Tip: It is better to eat at the restaurant here. Most of the other eating places at the top of the mountain pre-cook their food and just warm it up when you order.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2012

Staying on the top of Mr Kyaikhtiyo is not worth the price-tag.

The hotel was similar to any I could find for $30-$40 in other areas of Burma, but you pay for the location.

It's clean enough, but there were a few lizards scurrying around my room.

The restaurant was nice.

I would have preferred to go back down the hill and stay at the village at the base though - which to be fair, isn't reflective of the three "luxury" (and I use that term loosely) hotels on the top of the mountain ... there just wasn't a lot to do once we checked-in.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Nuwan R, Manager at Golden Rock Hotel Kyaikhtiyo, responded to this review, December 22, 2012
Dear HiralP ,
Appreciate to your interest made a comments about our Hotel.all the guest comments very important to all of us to improve our service standard to satisfy our valuable visitors.
Regarding your comments about GOLDEN ROCK HOTEL i would like to inform you sent the wrong location.
why i mentioned
According to your comments you were stayed top of the mountain.Golden rock hotel situated near the truck station Ya-the-taung.
Water Problem according to our management experience we did not issued with any water problem in the hotel. we were not present any souvenir because of water problem.
We did not change our management another one hotel they changed their Owners and management may be got confused with that hotel .
above i mentioned points that why i think you sent the your comments to Golden Rock hotel it's WRONG HOTEL. Top of the Mountain Mountain Top hotel also we not had such case and not new management. We always welcome to our valuable guest to make their feeling about our hotel and feed back.
I would like to Inform our all visitors another the one Hotel and Golden rock confusing most of the visitors. Golden Rock family we have two hotels in MT kyithiyo Golden Rock Hotel -- Near the truck station Ya the taung and Mountain Top Hotel Top of the Mountain.
Thanking You ,
Nuwan Rathnayaka
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

We stayed at the Golden Rock hotel for 1 night at the end of October 2012, during a major Buddhist festival.
We arrived at the hotel extremely tired and sweaty after the horrendous truck ride halfway up the mountain and the steep climb up the second half of the mountain. All we wanted was a nice room and a hot shower. When we got to the hotel, we were greeted by an extremely friendly, well spoken, kind and friendly receptionist / manager. He was probably the most "service oriented" person we came across in Burma. However we were told that there was a problem with water - i.e. there was NO water in the whole hotel - but that it would be fixed in a couple of hours.
The room was extremely basic. The beds were comfortable, but the windows didn't shut properly and there were quite big moths in the room which we cleared out. This also meant that when people outside or in the next room were talking, we could hear EVERYTHING! The bathroom was also very basic. When the water did come on a few hours later, it was a freezing cold trickle. No AC, but you don't really need it as the temperature is quite cool in the evenings.
However as guests probably don't want to spend more time in their rooms than necessary, there is a lot of "life" in the entrance courtyard of the hotel.
Breakfast was also pretty poor - cold fried eggs soaked in oil, cold noodles.
There was however very fast wifi available in the lobby. The manager really went out of his way to provide a laptop for us to use as well.
Upon checking out, the manager gave us a little souvenir to apologise for the water problems the day before.
The hotel has recently been bought by new owners. If the current manager has anything to do with it, I believe that in a few months time this hotel will be amazing!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Nuwan R, Manager at Golden Rock Hotel Kyaikhtiyo, responded to this review, December 25, 2012
Dear Hiral P ,
Appreciate to your interest made a comments about our Hotel. Our guest comments very important to all of us to improve our service standard to satisfy our valuable visitors.
regarding your comments about GOLDEN ROCK HOTEL I would like to review your comment.
I think you made a comments to Wrong Hotel location,
Why i mention,
According to your Comments you were stayed TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN , but Golden rock hotel situated near the truck station Ya-the -taung .
Water Problem - according to our Management Experience we did not issued any water problem we did not receive any compliant . we were not Presented any souvenir to apologize from the guest from water problem we also heard another hotel they faced the water problem and may be you confused.
We did not change Our Management since open the Hotel, Another Hotel they changed ownership and management may be you confused with that Hotel.
Above i mention points i can prove your comments you review to wrong location.
In Golden Rock area we have two Hotels Golden Rock Hotel Near the truck Station Ya the taung and Mountain Top Hotel Near the foreign entrance Office as a Responsible person I'm did not Received any compliant about our both property regarding the Water Problem.
We are always welcome to our Guest Review about our Hotels what experience , your feeling Hotel has been improve Our service and facilities to keep our guest Smile and Keep happy with us.
Nuwan Rathnayaka
I look forward to your next visit , please be so kind me a note when ever you plan to next visit.
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Address: Yathe Taung base camp | Near Kyaiktiyo Pagoda, Kyaikto, Myanmar
Location: Myanmar > Mon State > Kyaikto
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 hotels in Kyaikto
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Golden Rock Hotel is a vantage point commanding unique breath taking views of the surrounding mountain ranges and spectacular sunsets – sights that will leave a lasting impression. Uniquely situated in an idyllic setting amid lush tropical vegetation and age-old rocks, the Golden Rock Hotel is ideal for relaxation and meditation on your trip to Kyaiktiyo.Just a 45-minute hike to the Kyaiktiyo Pagoda (Golden Rock Pagoda), the Golden Rock Hotel is one of the only properties offering international class accommodation and facilities to travelers.Accommodation is in individual chalets strategically placed on more than three acres of wooded terrain on Mt. Kyaiktiyo. The distinctive shape of each building resembles the shape of a hermit’s hat, taking full advantage of different elevations and architecturally designed to assure privacy for each room. This hotel is a perfect hideout, far-away from the busy city, yet it is located only 2 miles away from the world famous “Golden Rock Pagoda” which is distinguished as one of the most awe-inspiring places in the world.We are the proud recipient of the international “Millennium Golden Award” for Commercial Prestige for Customers’ Satisfaction and the “Green Standard Hotels Award” by the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism. Taking pride in our eco-friendly and sustainable operating systems we strive for a “Greener Myanmar”. A few of our eco-friendly efforts would include the mini-dam that was especially built on the premises for collecting natural mountain spring water for the exclusive use of the hotel. Our garden thrives in biodiversity consisting of blooming orchids, many varieties of butterflies and our own organic fruit patch. Some of these fruits are placed on your table to offer the best meal experience.Golden Rock Hotel has been the most preferred amongst visitors to this sacred site for our service, facilities and our ability to go above and beyond our guests’ expectations. ... more   less 
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