Above-average budget option
The popular Royal Guest House offers a small number of budget rooms and while it’s basic, staff are friendly and prices are good. Royal is just around the corner from busy 83rd Street so while it’s a quieter location it’s still very well positioned.
Despite looking straight onto the footpath it does have a bit of style with a few plants and benches out front, so it’s more welcoming than some and for a change it is only three storeys high. The ground floor is pink with wood panelling; upper floors are pink with some pebble-dash finishing.
Just one of the front rooms has a tiny balcony, but they do have some funky rooftop seating spots. Some effort has been made to tart up reception while moving around from floor to floor you’ll encounter a wide palette of primary and pastel shades. We saw green, yellow, red and blue walls plus some more wood-panelling, while some rooms were painted white.
Rooms are on the small size and basic but seem clean and comfortable enough and ditto the equally basic bathrooms. At $14 to $20 with air-con, bathroom and breakfast, this is as good a deal as any of its nearby budget competitors, but a friendly atmosphere with helpful staff gives it an edge over some. They also offer fan-cooled rooms with shared bathrooms at knockdown prices -- the cheapest we found in town. They’d also received fresh coats of paint, and we’ve seen worse communal bathrooms, but don’t expect much at those prices and they’re best avoided if you suffer from claustrophobia. No high season supplements are charged.
Don’t confuse this with the more expensive Royal City Hotel!
Address: 41 25th St, between 82nd and 83rd Sts, Mandalay
T: (02) 65697; (02) 31400;
Coordinates (for GPS): 96º4'50.92" E, 21º59'3.99" N
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Room rates: Under US$20
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Sgl fan share bathroom||US$6||US$8|
|Sgl air-con private bathroom||US$14||US$15|
|Dbl fan share bathroom||US$12||US$15|
|Dbl air-con private bathroom||US$20||US$22|
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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