Myoma Tadar St 278, Mawlamyine, Myanmar
Sandalwood hotel Mawlamyine Reviews
Sandalwood Hotel - the best alternative Dec 21, 2012
We hadn’t actually booked a hotel when we left Yangon - but just assumed it would be easy to get a room when we arrived in Mawlamine after a relaxing train ride. Unfortunately nothing really went according to plan and the train was seriously delayed when the engine finally caught fire - so we got to town well after dark and we decided to head for what Lonely Planet described as the best hotel in town. If the Lonely Planet price was actually correct the best hotel in town would even be a very affordable luxury. Unfortunately the best hotel was fully booked - but the staff there spoke English and was very helpful and explains the way to the Sandalwood hotel which was actually pretty close. We just had to walk down the road and then make one turn.
Fortunately the Sandalwood had sufficient rooms available - one - so it was possible to stay there for 30 dollars a night. At first this sounded like a bit on the high side but after travelling in Myanmar I have realized this hotel was actually one of the best bargains in the country. The room was fairly spacious and got a nice big window and a couple of beds. There is an en suite bathroom with shower which has got hot water which has got pressure and all you will like for a modern bathroom. It may sound a bit trivial to mention the hot water - but after travelling in Myanmar you will learn to appreciate having hot water and you will realize it is given you will have access to hot water even in the mid class hotels.
The room was on the third floor and there is no elevator -but like other places in Myanmar they got plenty of staff to carry the bags up to the room - so you won’t have to carry your own luggage. In general the hotels in the country are way over staffed and the same is the case with the Sandalwood. There are constantly two men (or more like big boys) on duty to open the two doors leading into the reception - you never have to open the door you self even in a hotel which isn’t in the highest end of the market.
There is a good breakfast included in the room which was served on the second floor. Like in the reception there are a lot of people working in the breakfast area and often they jump to open the door for you so you will not have to actually risk touching the apparently clean door handle. Despite the many staff the service in the breakfast room is super fast but you will get a decent western style breakfast if you look like a foreigner and speak nothing of the local language. If you on the other hand look local you may get a Myanmar style breakfast with fried rice and stuff - you may be able to ask for this as a westerner but it will require you actually speak the local language since none of the staff in the breakfast service appears to speak any English.
The hotel is pretty centrally located - but almost everything in the city is pretty central so the other alternative hotels are also pretty central. The staff in reception speaks some English and they are pretty helpful if you need them.
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