I had the chance to stay in both the dorm ($14 a night) and a double room with ensuite ($30) and both were very positive experiences. Whilst the price seems high, put in the context of prices in Yangon more generally, I thought it was good value for money.
The location of the guesthouse is excellent, right in the centre of downtown Yangon. For anyone with reasonable fitness, the stairs are no problem at all, but if you have walking problems, the hike up could well be too much.
The staff are super friendly and really accommodating. I arrived at 5.30am having booked a double for me and a friend for 2 nights, unfortunately, he was held up by a day and so the guy on reception let me take a dorm for that first night, saving me from having to pay for a double. Furthermore, I got to go to my dorm bed at 5.30am without paying any extra cost.
The dorm bed was really clean with a private curtain, light and plug socket. Also, each bed had private aircon which might be a little bit excessive! The shared bathroom was lovely and clean with hot, good pressure showers and free shampoo and shower gel. There was also a small balcony to sit out on and watch city life go by and somewhere (reasonably) secure to store luggage. Importantly, the dorm was really quiet after 9pm and I had a great, uninterrupted night's sleep. The communal living space was pleasant and the wifi some of the best we found in cheaper accommodation in the country. Staff were also great at helping to organise buses, transfers and taxis.
The double room was again, clean and pleasant. The room came with a fridge, aircon and ensuite, although the shower was not as good pressure as the shared dorm ones. There was no outdoor window but this wasn't an issue. The double room cost $1 more each per person than a dorm bed, but since we didn't actually require a double bed, I would have preferred to stay the extra night in the dorm again (just for the shower!) Beds in both were fairly comfortable, if not a bit hard, but they seemed average by Asian standards.
Included in the price for dorm and private was a free breakfast which changed daily but generally included tea or coffee, fruit (usually bananas), orange juice and then a main. For the two breakfasts I had a tomato and onion omelet with sweet toastie on the first day and a rice- based dish on the second day. The food was really good - the best breakfast I had at a guesthouse in the country that was included in the price.
Overall, a great little guesthouse that I'd recommend for the backpacker seeking a little more comfort and for couples travelling together. There are certainly cheaper in Yangon (Mahabandoola Guesthouse), but you also certainly get what you pay for! The only point I'd stress is that there is no lift, so if you suffer from walking difficulties, trekking to the 8th floor might be a bit too much!
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