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Golden Rock Hotel Kyaikhtiyo
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Kyaikto
Reviewed 19 February 2014

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.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 January 2014

Nice place but I got very sick on fish curry. Unfortunately very few choices for this spectacular location. I should have known to stay away from eating fish on a mountain top. I would still go there again nonetheless.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 December 2013

Stayed here for $100, which is a little high for what you get, but the staff was great, well-trained, and helpful. If you get here, I pity the fact that you endured the greedy and horrible mafia that runs the over-crowded trucks up the mountain, but this nice hotel with a caring staff will make up for it. The views are excellent. The manager was super nice, and the rest of the desk staff and restaurant waitstaff were fantastic.Plus it was the best shower I had in Myanmar - large, enclosed, and tiled with plenty of hot water. The location is fine if you don't mind walking 1/2 hour up a steep road to the rock. It is the best option unless you prefer the constant craziness and tourism overload at the top.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled solo
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Thank YellowEd
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Reviewed 24 December 2013

This hotel has a good location, however it is really a pain to get to. Involves a packed open truck ride up a very steep and windy hill and then a brisk and also steep trek for about 10 minutes (unless you take a 'stretcher' ride for which they wanted $16 per person !). This does not get you to the Golden Rock, you have to take another packed open truck for that !
This was the poorest and yet most expensive hotel we stayed in. The food was incredibly bland, the rooms were OK, nothing special. The whole place had a sort of 'could care less, we are always full anyway' feel about it. All in all, this excursion from Yangon was the one none of us enjoyed. The rock is seedy, touristy and dirty, litter everywhere, and once you have looked at a gold painted rock, then what ? All four of us wish we had stayed at Ngwe Saung beach for longer and skipped this one.

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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 19 December 2013

Great hotel, lovely landscape and gardens, very hospitable staff and a great manager on location. Highly recommend this for enjoying the mountain views of Myanmar and the environment without tourist trampling across your hotel entrance.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 18 December 2013

A small hotel about halfway down from the crazy little road to the Golden Rock but quiet and a relief from all the huge crowds. The rooms were very small with two simple but very comfortable beds and a small bathroom. No TV or wifi but good for an overnight. Restaurant was very modest. Hotel had nice views to the Golden Rock pagoda above and was nestled down in the hills with other shrines of worship around it. Sedan chair porters were available if you didn't want to walk the steep road down to the mid- or second staging area for the trucks that hauiled people up and down to the Rock.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 September 2013

This is the only hotel we have ever stayed in where we had to choose our evening meal from the limit restaurant menu on arrival! Hotel's staff friendly, but had very limited English. Hotel food poor - I ended up with food poisoning, but very limited choice food options in this area. Hotel room basic, but adequate for one night. Great location for visiting the Golden Rock.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: Yathe Taung base camp | Near Kyaiktiyo Pagoda, Kyaikto, Myanmar
Region: 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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