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.
Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Sgl air-con private bathroom, low season: US$12, high season US$15. Notes:
Room: Dbl air-con private bathroom, low season: US$16, high season US$20. Notes: New Nylon: $25/$27.