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Golden Rock Hotel Kyaikhtiyo
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Kyaikto
Singapore, Singapore
Level 5 Contributor
44 reviews
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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
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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
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Nuwan R, Manager at Golden Rock Hotel Kyaikhtiyo, responded to this review, December 21, 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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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
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Nuwan R, Manager at Golden Rock Hotel Kyaikhtiyo, responded to this review, December 24, 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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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed August 22, 2012

Kyaikhtiyo is a great place to visit if you like out of the way places. one of the nicest hotels I stayed in is golden rock. It was pretty new when I stayed some years ago. I can understand it must be difficult to provide luxuries that city hotels can manage. Very friendly and helpful staff. Wouldd stay here again, in fact recommended it to friends......there's not all that much of a choice anyway.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed May 5, 2012

Nobody pick up the phone.That's really bad.Not good service.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled on business
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Vienna
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed April 5, 2012

If you want to stay on top of the mountain (which we found is a must if you do not want to rush the hill up and down on one day, missing both sunrise and sunset) the Kyaiktiyo Hotel is one of only 2 options you have. Our room was simple but pretty ok for the 1 night we stayed and – amazingly – had a wi-fi connection which was really fast (for Burmese standards). Good value for money.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed April 5, 2012

Stayed here as part of a tour. Good sized room but some way from the main body of the hotel up and down quite a few steps. The greeting with a cold bottle of water was most welcome as it is a reasonable hike from the truck drop-off ( though nothing compared to the walk up to the rock itself ). Because of location your more or less restricted to eating and drinking in the hotel which makes it a bit odd that you had todecide and order your evening meal 1 hour in advance of when you want to have it.
The food relative to elsewhere in Myanmar was expensive for nothing extraordinary, but then they have a captive clientele of westerners. Included breakfast was OK. Aside from the bar closing incredibly early itwas probably the best "service level" we experienced throughout Myanmar.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Golden Rock Hotel Kyaikhtiyo
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 #3 of 6 Hotels in Kyaikto
Hotel Class:3 star — Golden Rock Hotel Kyaikhtiyo 3*
Number of rooms: 55
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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