Best option if you can get in
Good and bad news: Cinderella is not only Mawlamyine's best accommodation option, but one of the best we've found anywhere in Burma.
Being small and very popular, however, it means you've got to be very lucky to get a room during high season and still quite lucky during low periods. It isn't located on the waterfront but still has a pretty central position on Baho Street within walking distance of most of the town's sites. Don't let the bright mauve exterior put you off; the interior is tastefully decorated and there's a good use of minimal space in what is really just a large converted villa. Facilities are second to none in Mawlamyine with cable TV, WiFi and a computer in every room, hot showers and probably the most extensive minibars we've seen in Burma. A sitting area is set up in a courtyard behind the main building and adjacent to that is a small restaurant bar where the free breakfast as well as lunch and dinner is served. Staff are very helpful and the entire operation seems well organised. Their free maps of Mawlamyine are the best maps of town we found and it's the only hotel whose WiFi and website actually work well. Rooms are an eclectic collection and we didn't see two alike. Prices are correspondingly confusing and due to the hotel's popularity we'd expect them to increase for high season 2013.
By Mark Ord
Last updated on 3rd February, 2016.