Smart, central, efficient
Smartly decorated, centrally placed and efficiently run, Golden Guesthouse seems to have made an early bid for preeminence in Dawei. It’s the most popular spot in town and with clean, modern and well-appointed rooms at competitive prices, deservedly so. Furthermore despite the hotel — it’s not really a guesthouse — looking pretty new are renovating all rooms as of early 2016.
The spotless rooms come in standard, superior and deluxe versions and all have views, though only the deluxe ones have balconies. Under normal circumstances, large family rooms or suites are available and while we couldn’t check them since they were undergoing a makeover when we visited, they ought to be pretty good judging by the other rooms.
Rooms are well appointed, have varnished wood floors and modern, good-looking furniture. Some of the standard single rooms are on the small size but superior and deluxes are spacious and airy. All options have cable TV, air-con, minibar, tea- and coffee-making facilities and hot water ensuite bathrooms. Their WiFi is one of the fastest offered in town too. Staff are helpful with reasonable levels of English and we wouldn’t be surprised if the owners had had a peek at Mawlamyine’s supremely well run Cinderella Hotel up the road.
There’s travel information, maps and ticketing available and while there are no motorbikes for rent, Focus Motorbike Rental is a short walk away. A good buffet breakfast is included in their sixth floor restaurant, which is also open for lunches, dinners and drinks. The view is fine but their Thai, Burmese and Western offerings, excellent as they were, are a bit on the expensive side. It’s also a shame that the dining area is enclosed. Nearby Diamond Crown’s open rooftop bar/restaurant with 360-degree views is far better for a sundowner or dinner.
If we’re picking faults, they could perhaps make a bit more of their car-park/entrance area. A couple of tables outside the flashy looking but slightly sterile reception seating area would be nice and create a bit more atmosphere. Otherwise, Golden Guesthouse is excellent and though it would be worth calling them in advance in high season, they do have more than 40 rooms, so availability shouldn’t be an issue. Below are their published walk-in rates, but cheaper ones can be found through online booking agents. They were one of the few in this area to quote high and low season rates, with high being November to April, inclusive.
Address: 59 Myotedwin St, Dawei
T: (059) 21351, (059) 21400;
Coordinates (for GPS): 98º11'24.83" E, 14º4'28.79" N
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Room rates: Under US$20
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard single room||US$25||US$30|
|Standard double room||US$40||US$60|
|Superior double room||US$50||US$75|
|Deluxe double room||US$55||US$80|
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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