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“A Damp Dungeon of a Room”
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Royal Guest House
Ranked #30 of 109 Hotels in Mandalay
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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“A Damp Dungeon of a Room”
Reviewed March 16, 2013

My room was pretty gross, it smelt damp, and in the morning when everyone showered a foul smell bubbled up into my room from my bathroom. The room had no air con and no fan and was incredibly hot, but after insisting I have a fan, to their credit they went out and bought one. The younger staff members could do with a little English training as they were nice enough but hard to communicate with, and the main manager lady wasn't as approachable as I was used to in Bagan. There was no hot water but there was a fridge. I've given this an 'average' rating, but that's only average for Myanmar, so below average for normal standards.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed March 15, 2013

The staff are great at this hotel - professional, super friendly, will help you book onward transport, advise on money changing, bike hire, flexible about changing room booking etc etc. The rooms are spotless and come with clean towels, loo roll, soap and shampoo. Plenty of lighting. Air con a bit noisy and doesn't work when on the generator but rooms were cool anyway. Stayed there twice and both rooms were a bit dark and room 01 was a bit damp when the air con was off due to lack of ventilation in the bathroom. Believe the rooms upstairs might be better. Breakfast was simple (tea, juice, toast, eggs, 2 bananas). Wifi didn't work when we were there but location is good so internet cafes near by. Double room with bathroom was $22 and overall we were very happy with our stay there.

Room Tip: Upstairs may be better.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 4, 2013 via mobile

This is a great little hotel in a pretty handy location for everything you will want to do in Mandalay. The decor is a bit tired looking but the room was spotlessly clean and comfortable, particularly the bed which had the first decent mattress I've slept on in a long time.

The staff were really helpful, booking us shared taxis and bus tickets. When I fell ill and had to stay an extra night it was no trouble, they even re-booked a bus journey for me at no extra charge.

The one downside is that there's currently no wifi. They have all the kit installed and networks live so I'm sure it won't be long until its active.

All taken I to consideration, this is a great place to stay.

  • Stayed March 2013
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Reviewed March 4, 2013 via mobile

This was a great little place - our room was a corner room with a small balcony that was great for drying clothes. It was clean and comfortable - with air conditioning. There was no hot water (because the tap our room was broken) but we are pretty used to cold showers and after a hot day in mandalay it was pretty refreshing.

The staff were lovely - they helped with everything we needed (tickets, taxi and bike hire) the only thing they should really work on is the breakfast... You could not tell the difference between what was tea and coffee! But for $22 a night inclusive it was really not bad!

  • Stayed March 2013
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Hsipaw, Myanmar
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Reviewed February 1, 2013

Given the large influx of tourists to Burma this last year, it seems that many of the hotels and guesthouses have responded by increasing their prices. Given economics (supply & demand), this perhaps is fair, but the result has been a near doubling in prices with no change in service.

The staff at this hotel perfunctorily did their job, but they were far from warm, inviting, or insightful. The staff also did a good job of keeping the place clean.

The room was one of the worst that we experienced during our six months of travel through Asia. In short, we were placed on the basement floor in a room for $17 per night. By the following morning all of our belonging were damp and wet, I had been kept awake by a busy, squeaking rat and the worn-down and horribly thin mattress (less than 1cm thick!). As an added bonus, the showers were freezing cold - almost as cold as the glacier water that I bath in while backpacking in Montana.

Unfortunately, there appears to be no decent options in Mandalay for under $50. That said, we were certainly try our chances at a different hotel as this one was very poor.

Room Tip: AVOID the damp, cold basement rooms & take a room on the first floor or higher
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 2, 2013

We arrived in Mandalay for our first day in Myanmar. The hotel is pretty well located and it's very near and easy to rent a motorcycle or a bike around. Although we arrived early in the morning we could check-in, our room was available. The staff is friendly. The room is ok for the price, we had a confortable double bed (most of the time very scarce to find in Myanmar), with roughly 25 sqm and a small terrace. The bathroom is basic but clean and we had hot water after a few minutes waiting. The beakfast is not a buffet but it is ok and solid.
We stayed one night in this hotel which I recommend if you don't wait for a high standing hotel. It's basic confort and the price is ok.
Generally hotel prices in Myanmar big cities are quite high and already much more expensive than Thaïland or Philippines for less confort.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed December 27, 2012

It was one of the worst places we stayed in Myanmar. Dirty, humidity smell, very noisy conditioning air and a very rude little girl at the recption. They have to learn a lot if they want to earn money from tourism. And we are backpackers, we don't expect luxury, but this was too much.

Room Tip: Choose another guest house.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Royal Guest House
Address: 41 25th Street, Mandalay, Myanmar
Location: Myanmar > Mandalay Region > Mandalay
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Ranked #30 of 109 Hotels in Mandalay
Number of rooms: 178
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