No. 624, 78th St between 30th and 31st Sts, Mandalay. T: (09) 4211 71181, (02) 72395 F: (02) 72395
There's a new hotel on the block across the train station and its name is Oway Grand Hotel.
Its modern lobby and restaurant create an environment that stands out like a towering sore thumb, distinguishing itself from neighbouring hotels as high-end accommodation. The rooms and staff themselves try hard to reflect the feeling of the lobby, but can be a bit awkward. Staff are friendly enough but are a bit unsure during interactions while they provide travel information, room service and an included Western-style breakfast. The rooms are cosy, with comfy and clean beds next to a TV, minibar, tea and coffee-making facilities, but also can be a bit oddly laid out. Fully equipped bathrooms offer complimentary toiletries with hot- and cold-water showers. Free water and WiFi may keep you inside during the heat, but Diamond Plaza with its surrounding markets, tea shops and beer stations are a 10-minute walk away.
By Christopher Smith
Last updated on 3rd February, 2016.