HOSTEL REVIEW: Okinawa Guest House in Yangon9:00 AM
We got the tip on the Okinawa Guest House from Chris, a cutie who also stayed at the AD1 Hotel in Mandalay. While he did recommend it, he also commented about the rude guy at the front desk. He wasn't kidding.
It was our last night in Myanmar and I was pretty happy that our hostel was right in the middle of things. Almost everything was within walking distance. It also proved to be a good backpackers’ hub since I managed to share a cab to the airport the next morning with two other hostel guests – brothers Jose and Javier from Spain.
OKINAWA GUEST HOUSE
LOCATION: Located just a few meters away from the city’s center – the Sule Pagoda and City Hall, Okinawa Guest House is one of the best located hostels in Yangon. Almost everything of interest – colonial government buildings, markets, bookseller stalls, is walkable from here. Well, except for the Spectacular Shwedagon Pagoda which you had to get on a cab to see. (2 pts)
SECURITY: Rooms use traditional door locks. No key cards here. (1.5 pts)
CLEANLINESS: The floor was swept and the beds done in fresh sheets. The bathroom and the window screens could use harder scrubbing. They also placed a proper rug in the sink area which when wet, made that part of the room a bit damp and musty. (.75 pt)
STAFF: The guy at the reception desk was downright rude. He never welcomed us or served us with a smile. He was always on the phone and didn’t hang up even if I was obviously waiting for him to end his conversation. I had to call someone and eventually gave up waiting after fifteen minutes of waiting. The other staff members, though, were okay. (1 pt)
CHARACTER: With the name “Okinawa Guest House”, I expected a house that’s straight out of Japan. Naïve me. (How is that possible when the entire country shut out the world for fifty odd years?!) The only Japanese thing about the Guest House is that we had to leave our shoes at the foot of the stairs. The entire hostel is a bit dark due to the small windows. Nonetheless, the hostel is pretty warm and cozy thanks to the brick walls downstairs and the wooden walls and floors on the second floor. (1 pt)
Over-all rating: 6.25 out of 10 pts
Things of Note:
WELCOME COFFEE: We arrived at guesthouse, from the bus station, at around six in the morning. The staff served us coffee while we waited for the rain to let up and for them to ready our room.
|Guests actually hang outside the hostel.|
|Colonial buildings and apartments line our street.|
|Our room sleeps four and the hostel provided a mosquito net for each bed.|
|Conveniently, the sink is outside the bathroom.|
|One of towels is slightly different from the rest.|