Best hotels and hostels in Mandalay

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    Mercure Mandalay Hill Resort

    In 2018 Accor took over this high-rise, crescent-shaped property, uniquely situated at the foot of Mandalay Hill, and renovated most of the 208 rooms in a sophisticated fashion. The city's top resort hotel has a lovely outdoor pool with a swim-up bar, and the breathtaking Mandalar Spa area, which feels like an Indiana Jones treasure trove.

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    Hotel by the Red Canal

    This intimate gem feels like a cosy Southeast Asia–chic palace. Gleaming teak floorboards, toiletries in potion bottles, tasteful Asian knick-knacks and little extras such as teatime snacks and complimentary cocktail hour add to the excellent service. An artificial stream gurgles past the best 'Chin' rooms. Slightly less pricey 'Kachin' rooms compensate for low natural light with tropical outdoor showers.

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    Peacock Lodge

    The main 1960s house of this lovely homestyle inn is set in a tree-shaded yard complete with fairy lights, parasol seating and an old horse cart. Dated if fair-sized standard rooms overlook a lotus-filled canal, while boutique-style 'deluxe' rooms include a few prizes with balconies. Most appealing is the genuinely warm and empathetic service.

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    Bagan King Hotel

    A no-brainer for midrange travellers in Mandalay, the high-rise brick Bagan King is ideally situated, with restaurants, cafes, shops and spas all a short walk away. The rooms, while not especially large, feature shiny wood floors and local handicrafts for decoration. Brick-walled bathrooms with rain showerheads and recessed lighting feel especially luxurious. Service is personal and exceptional.

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    Rupar Mandalar

    This lovely all-teak, low-rise complex is set in tropical foliage, melding timeless neo-traditional features with modern design flair and lashings of Burma-colonial chic (dark teak, polished wood floors etc). The outdoor swimming pools are remarkably spacious and guests qualify for a free Thai massage in the appealing spa. Serious discounts can be found online.

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    Ostello Bello

    The best hostel in Mandalay by some distance. Comfy dorms with their own bathrooms, free pasta snacks, a rooftop terrace, a busy bar, communal area and solicitous service mean you'll need to book ahead. Activities run the gamut from free nighttime Burmese language lessons on the rooftop to well-priced full-day trips out to Dee Dote Waterfall.

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    Kyi Tin Hotel

    Kyi Tin's defining feature is its series of aging balcony-fronted bungalows set in a large yet central lawn-and-fountain courtyard. The whole space has a simple Burma-colonial style with black lacquered wooden floors. It offers fair value in the city centre, especially because of its pool, and even more so if you can seize a promotional rate.

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    Hilton Mandalay

    Stroll across ponds through a temple-style gateway to a grand, airy lobby overlooking a large open-air swimming pool in a lush semi-jungle setting. Rooms were undergoing a top-to-bottom renovation during our visit, but expect them to live up to the flashy exterior. It anchors a major intersection, where the Mandalay Palace moat's southern and eastern stretches meet, with good restaurants nearby.

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    Hotel Yadanarbon

    All rooms have crisp linen, bed sashes, parquet floors and vaguely colonial-style bathroom doors. Even the cheapest 'standard' rooms are fair-sized, with fridge, safe, small sitting space, flat-screen TV and bathtub. The location is handy for the train station and there's a wealth of street food right outside, plus a rooftop bar, restaurant and infinity pool, an unusual luxury at this price.

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    Mandalay City Hotel

    Walking past, you’d never guess this newly renovated, palm-shaded oasis lay just behind all the dreary buildings on 26th St. The airy, tiled lobby is entered across a fish pond and there’s an attractive outdoor pool (non-guests US$5). Statuettes, local paintings and some genuinely funky accents add some interest to rooms that are comfortable if not luxurious.

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    Sanctuary Hotel

    This recently opened, contemporary-style hotel is within a block of gold-pounding workshops; fortunately, they can't be heard from the well-kept, simply furnished rooms. Bicycles are provided free to guests. Massive online discounts in the low season.

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    Golden City Light Hotel

    This friendly spot is located near some cool outdoor food markets and the city's largest mall. It offers reasonably handsome rooms, chilly air-conditioning, hot showers and decent internet connections. There's also a 12-bed dorm on the top floor.

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    Mansion Hostel

    On a busy, traffic-choked stretch along the southern length of the Mandalay Palace moat is this traveller-friendly hostel. The vibe is social on the rooftop lounge, and the dorms, referred to here as 'pods', are well maintained and comfortable.

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    Hotel Shwe Pyi Thar

    All the carvings, marble, polished parquet, greenery, views and black-lacquered bedsteads don't necessarily compensate for the isolated out-of-town location of this six-storey complex, which is popular for upscale weddings and other events.

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    Yadanarpon Dynasty Hotel

    Despite its relatively central location, this is a quiet oasis set back from the road, noteworthy for its pleasant garden and resort-like feel. Rooms could use a dash of colour and the rooftop pool is decidedly small for a hotel this size.

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    Hotel 8

    This multistorey glass tower is good value for money. Staff are smiley and helpful, the location is central, the rooms are clean and comfortable, with some splashes of colour to liven them up, and there's free bike hire.

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    Nan Bwe-The Vibe Hostel

    The pool, unusual for this price point, makes up for Nan Bwe's less-than-central location. There is a free morning shuttle to downtown. Despite balconies, most of the brick-walled, simply furnished rooms are dimly lit.

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    The Home Hotel

    One of downtown's group-tour-oriented high-rises, the Home Hotel offers comfortable and spacious rooms with touches of local style.

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    Ayarwaddy River View Hotel

    On a map, the location looks promising. However, it overlooks a riverside shanty town and fairly seedy street where drugs are sold at night. It's a large, professional operation with tasteful decor and simply furnished rooms sporting parquet floors. The best rooms have superb views, either across the river or overlooking the city.

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    Gold Yadanar

    We won't bury the lede. The Gold Yadanar has two 'speciality' suites that will forever haunt our dreams: one is fully decked out in Hello Kitty paraphernalia and the other follows a Stitch (of Lilo & Stitch fame) theme. The large chandelier dangling from a two-storey foyer also seems excessive for a 40-room hotel. Other rooms are tidy with chunky rounded wooden furniture.