Uninspiring but adequate
Nylon Hotel is nestled in a group of no-frills 83rd Street budget addresses.
The popular and longstanding hotel—guesthouse would be more accurate—is something of a Mandalay backpacker institution, with six storeys of rooms, above which a rooftop cafe area with fine views is a good spot to meet other travellers.
The Nylon has clearly been doing well since you’ll now also find New Nylon two doors down, separated from the original building by Garden Hotel. It’s a decent location, with the moat and palace a few blocks east and the clocktower and Zay Cho market just to the south.
Architecturally, Nylon breaks the Mandalay mould a bit since it’s not tall and thin, but rather forms a large square block on the corner of 25th Street. Being large means they are likely to have a room when others might not, though it does lack the friendly, intimate vibe smaller establishments manage to create. Singles were on the pokey side, but do come with air-con and, though we wouldn’t guarantee every one, the ones we saw did have windows. The better decorated and newer rooms in New Nylon are a clear step up, though you are getting into the $25 range here, in which there are already several good options in town.
The buffet breakfast is surprisingly good considering the room rates and all in all we found Nylon to be a good deal. The delightfully named Nylon Ice Cream lies just across the junction from the hotel and serves up, in addition to ice cream, juices, coffees and snacks with a few strategically placed footpath tables.
Address: Corner of 25th and 83rd Sts, Mandalay
T: (02) 33460, (02) 60757;
Coordinates (for GPS): 96º4'46.16" E, 21º59'4.26" N
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Room rates: Under US$20
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
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New Nylon: $25/$27.
Based in Chiang Mai, Mark Ord has been travelling Southeast Asia for over two decades and first crossed paths with Travelfish on Ko Lipe in the early 1990s.
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