The Golden Empress Hotel, which has just 13 rooms, is one of our top flashpacker picks for Nyaung Shwe, thanks to tastefully decorated rooms and super-friendly service.
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It fills fast being so small, so book ahead!
The powder-blue main house has seen a relatively recent conversion to an inn-style hotel and care and thought clearly went into doing so. The cosy reception and restaurant area downstairs is finished in local pine and contains a small library and laptop, with useful printer free for guest use, as well as all-day included tea and coffee. They also have a rooftop cafe with splendid views, which is open for dry season only.
Rooms are large – the upstairs ones have a balcony with fine views for an extra $5 – and the light-coloured pine and large windows give, particularly in the upper floor rooms, a very bright and airy feel. Mosquito nets are also provided, although there's no garden so mozzies shouldn't be bad anyway. Clean bathrooms have hot showers.
Empress is run by a friendly local family who will provide plenty of travel advice and assistance with onward bookings.
The Golden Empress is part of a cluster of guesthouses located on Phaung Daw Pyan Road just south of the centre and close to the boat jetties.
By Mark Ord
Last updated on 13th October, 2016.
Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Standard double room, low season: US$30, high season US$40. Notes: Downstairs.
Room: Superior double room, low season: US$35, high season US$45. Notes: Upstairs.
19 Phaung Daw Pyan St, Nyaung Shwe
T: (081) 209 037
Room rates: US$20 to $40