No frills flashpacker option
A large, longstanding hotel directly opposite Mandalay railway station, Pacific’s a good, no-frills flashpacker option with plenty of rooms. It’s been around a bit and the facade’s on the shabby side, but room interiors have clearly seen a make-over not too long ago and are acceptably maintained, if lacking in much style.
The very friendly staff members and the well-appointed rooms manage to compensate for the anonymous Chinese-style hotel feel.
Rooms are split across eight floors and two blocks, one slightly newer than the other. Carpeted interiors have newish looking furnishings including desk, table and wardrobe and come with air-con, satellite TV, a minibar and kettle for coffee and tea. Bathrooms, while not boutique, are in better condition than many others we’ve seen in this category. Needless to say upper-floor rooms have some great views while rear ones maybe a bit quieter. All are the same price so it’s worth asking to see a few rooms when you check-in.
The ground floor contains a cavernous reception area and Chinese restaurant, where buffet breakfasts are also served.
Pacific Hotel is nothing fancy but with plenty of available rooms and no high season supplement it makes a good year-round back-up plan so it’s a particularly useful address to bear in mind during busy periods.
Address: Corner of 30th and 78th Sts (opposite railway station), Mandalay
T: (02) 32506-8; F: (02) 66561
Coordinates (for GPS): 96º5'13.61" E, 21º58'36.28" N
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Room rates: US$20 to $40
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||US$40||US$40|
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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