Cheap and cheerful
The Rich Queen, in a beige four-storey building with ubiquitous rooftop cafe, is a cheap and cheerful option for backpackers.
You don’t get much for under $20 in Burma, but this isn’t a bad deal, either.
The hotel front looks onto the street but there’s not too much traffic, so rooms are bright and not so noisy. Rear ones are faced by a neighbouring building and are decidedly on the dingy side. All rooms have air-con and attached cold-water bathrooms, which are in better shape than a lot of other budget spots, but again, avoid the rear ones. Singles are very small but appear clean enough while pink painted doubles, twins and triples are less claustrophobic. WiFi is included and some rooms have their own routers. Some effort’s clearly be made here and if you add on cable TV and the inclusive breakfast, for the price this represents a good deal in Mandalay’s budget range.
If you are staying two or three nights we reckon you could negotiate a double at a single rate, especially in low season. We were offered a single for $15 when the official rate was $20 during off season. We couldn’t see any price differences so we guess rooms are offered on a first come, first served basis. Be warned: there is no lift.
The Rich Queen has a slightly out of centre location, past the clocktower on 26th then right down 87th Street, but we reckon this is more than compensated for by plenty of local colour. The muddy, pot-holed stretch of 87th is only partially sealed and in the mornings is lined with fruit and vegetable vendors, so it has more of a small town than big city feel. There are even a few chairs out the front of the hotel, which make for a great people watching spot. The actual hotel entrance is just off the main street at the start of an alley.
Don’t confuse Rich Queen with the midrange Hotel Rich Queen over on 59th Street!
Address: 87th St, between 26th and 27th Sts, Mandalay
T: (02) 60172, (091) 028 348;
Coordinates (for GPS): 96º4'27.65" E, 21º58'58.15" N
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Room rates: Under US$20
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard single room||US$15||US$15|
|Standard double room|
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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