This place was really expensive for us - we paid $95 which we had to pay in advance by wiring money to our Yangon hotel who transferred the money to the Golden Rock hotel (we had tried to get into the Mountain Top hotel but it was fully booked). There are not many accommodation options on the top of the mountain near Golden Rock so book as far in advance as you can to get the most options. We booked 5 weeks in advance and were lucky to get anything. I think mainly because lots of tour groups visit and book big chunks of accommodation up.
We were given a warm welcome by the friendly receptionist and showed to our room straight after our welcome drink. Rooms are kind of like little joined up holiday chalets and were a good UK 3 star hotel standard, a bit dated but comfortable. There was TV with some English channels, nice bathroom with some products, and decent free wi-fi (amazing considering that it's on the top of a mountain!).
On the plus side, it is closer to the Golden Rock than the Mountain Top hotel and also has its own viewing point where you can see the Golden Rock. It's literally probably a 5 minute walk from the entrance to the Golden Rock.
We slept well and got up early to watch the sunrise over the Golden Rock. Breakfast is buffet styley and was alright, and is served in a big canteen type area from where you can sit and sip coffee while looking out at the Golden Rock.
If you can get into the Mountain Top hotel for the same price as this one, maybe consider that one as the Mountain Top hotel looked quite flash, but if you can't and can get into this hotel, then it is good also, and has better views and is closer to the Golden Rock than Mountain Top so don't worry.
I was not sure whether it was worth staying on the Golden Rock especially as it was so expensive but after staying there I think it definitely is worth it as it allows you to see the sunset and experience the atmosphere after the sun goes down, pretty magical with lots of pilgrims singing and praying and meditating and sleeping near the Rock, would definitely recommend it. I'm glad we stayed here.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Golden Rock Hotel Kyaikhtiyo Myanmar/Kyaikto