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“YMCA Yangon, good place to start your Myanmar experience.”
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YMCA Yangon
Reviewed 17 November 2012

We chose YMCA because it was reasonably priced and some of the money went to projects in Myanmar, and none to the Govt. It is in a quieter area, a poorer area, and well located to walk to most places in the city centre. There is 24hr reception, lift and porters willing to assist you any time, they were very helpful. The room was huge, good air con, spotless and serviced daily. The en suite was basic but all worked OK. There are good cafes and restaurants nearby. Our breakfast was basic, egg, toast, coffee and fruit, but delivered to our room each day. We stayed at a 'better' ($95) hotel with our tour but were much happier at the Y, at least there was hot water!

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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 October 2012

YMCA is probably a great buy for Yangon where hotels and Guest Houses are in very short supply. I paid $20 for a very large single room with bath and a small breakfast. It had A/C
(a must in Yangon) lots of hot water. The room had seen better days but it was clean with no sign of any bugs or insects. The staff like everywhere in Myanmar were great. Their English was very limited but they made a great effort and were always very willing to give directions and buy bus tickets for me.. I did not go there with high expectations and was happy with my choice. It has a fairly central location in the downtown area. They will give you a free airport pickup if you are staying for 3 days or more. Good deal as the airport is a good way from downtown.

Room Tip: Room 601 was a good room with A/C and Fan
  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled solo
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7  Thank Brian1313
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Reviewed 12 September 2012

Well, the YMCA has a bit of a love-hate relationship among expats. It's sort of got an SRO aesthetic going. It is dirty but no bedbugs or rodents (cockroaches, yes, but you can't win them all). In a town where the rooms are all overpriced and anything decently priced is considerably lacking in hygiene (and finding an apartment takes forever), I've been sort of grateful for this place like many other expats. That being said, I have been seriously off-put by its arbitrarily pricing and shady schemes to get you to upgrade to a more expensive room. Not very Christian at all. If I ever return to Yangon, I think I will upgrade to a more honest establishment (even if it means I will have to pay more).

Stayed: March 2012, travelled with friends
3  Thank Sue B
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Reviewed 21 August 2012

Staying here may mean that none (or very little) of your rent goes to the government. But I'm sure the same goes for most family-run guesthouses in Yangon, which offer better value, and more importantly, a higher standard of hygiene and service.

We booked a double room via email, but when we arrived at 4:30am, we were told that all the double rooms were full. The receptionist made us fill out the check-in forms on the spot, instead of finding us a place to sleep first. Check-in took more than half an hour.

The room was filthy. Bed sheets were stained, and the floor was dusty. The floor paper was peeling, as was the paint in the bathroom. The bathtub was rusty. We asked for our room to be cleaned while we were out sightseeing, but nothing was done. The staff also recommended a restaurant almost exclusively for expats that was expensive, bland, and terribly unoriginal.

Avoid at all costs.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank zestymushroom
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Reviewed 21 August 2012

At first glance the building seems a bit run down and tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Mahabandoola Road, but it is a short walk away from the Sule Pagoda.

Stayed in the double room with air conditioning (602). There were 2 individual beds with sheets, face and body towels included. They also provide a box of tissue paper as well as packets of instant coffee. There was a copy of the "Daily Bread" on the dressing table too - it is YMCA after all.

Room was clean and generally acceptable, but given price of USD30 is a bit steep. That being said, the staff were friendly and helpful and that the money goes towards helping the needy, so its acceptable. You can use the phone to make local calls from the desk for free.

Water from the shower tends to run a bit slowly that we've liked it to - makes showering slow and difficult. Water flow from tap and toilet bowl are fine.

Provided breakfast is found in the next building on the 4th floor - we initially had difficulty getting there as the people in the next building did not speak English, but once you get to the roof level there is a table with a reasonably tasty breakfast spread. This includes 2 slices of toasted bread with a fried egg in between, served with a huge banana and a cup of coffee.

Taxi fare from the place to most places in Yangon cost 2000-2500ks (bargain if you are charged more).

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with friends
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5  Thank Siach
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Reviewed 28 July 2012

I stayed here one night in July 2012. Paid 20 usd for the room with A/C. The rooms are very average and comparable to what you get for the 20 usd range in Yangon. They do not speak English, so you have to use sign language and point around quite a bit till they get what you are saying. Location is good.

I did sign up for the Burmese boxing classes that were held 3 times a week from 16:00 to 18:00. The gym area leaves much to be desired and you have to really want to put up with dirt and pollution coming in through the windows. 9 usd for yearly ymca membership and 10 usd for one month class.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled solo
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8  Thank George T
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Reviewed 10 May 2012

The biggest plus of this place for us was that we knew our money was not going to the government, as with many other hotels and guesthouses in Yangon. In fact, as advertised around the centre, if you spend your money here it helps the local community.
The centre does't feel like a hotel at all, which we loved. There was always something going on, a wedding or a meeting, and a few people even live here.
The room was nice, very basic but clean and with amazing air conditioning. A simple breakfast was included and even brought to our room. We paid $21 a night for a double with air-con, but there seemed to be a whole variety of different and cheaper rooms.
The staff were lovely and very helpful. It did, however, take a while to get a response to an email booking so I would recommend phoning.

Stayed: May 2012, travelled with friends
9  Thank myrollercoaster
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Additional Information about YMCA Yangon

Address: 11161 263 Mahabanoola St, Po | Botataung Township, Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar
Region: Myanmar > Yangon Region > Yangon (Rangoon)
Hotel Style:
Ranked #58 of 92 Speciality Lodging in Yangon (Rangoon)
Price Range: £4 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 74
Also Known As:
Ymca Yangon Hotel Yangon (Rangoon)
YMCA Yangon Myanmar

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