Khao San Road circa-1990
6 Strand Rd T: (057) 21 450, (098) 70 1180 F: (057) 21 450
Breeze looks okay from the outside; the old wood and brick colonial-period villa on the waterfront is easy to spot with its coat of bright blue paint, but inside is pretty shabby.
It's also not a particularly good deal and the only reason we could figure for its popularity was the fact that having ‘guesthouse' rather than hotel in its name makes it Mawlamyine's clear backpacker choice. Its location on the southern stretch of Strand Road opposite the river and near the lively jetty area is certainly pretty good and, yes, the staff were very helpful, just like they are at every Mawlamyine hotel. They also offer sightseeing tours of the area at reasonable rates, including daytrips to Bilu Island. But there's no getting away from the fact that rooms are grotty and overpriced. The guesthouse is rambling, with a varied selection of room options and while the two large wooden rooms at the front with private bathrooms are pretty good at $40 or $45, you're paying nearly as much as Cinderella and not far off Strand prices. The grotty windowless rooms with shared and equally grotty bathrooms reminded us of the sort of rooms you may have seen in one of the shabbier early 90s Khao San Road guesthouses -- if it wasn't for the prices, set at $10 for a fan and $20 for air-con. The $10 room wasn't big enough to swing a cockroach in while the $20 one had no window; we'd sooner pay $30 at Ngwe Moe. We reckon their rates may actually depend on how busy they are, but we were quoted a variety of rates between $10 and $45. There's no on-site restaurant but drinks are sold in a shabby first floor sitting area.
By Mark Ord
Last updated on 3rd February, 2016.