There are a lot of guest houses in Yangon’s city center, but is very difficult to find a quality place to stay for a budget price. It took me 4 hours to find such a place and that place is Tokyo Guest House where I ended up staying 7 days and 6 nights. The below review is based on my recent experience of staying here.
1) Like most of the hotels in the city center, one of the plus points of Tokyo Guest House is its location, its proximity to the Sule Pagoda, the bus stops, the super markets, the ferry terminal, the train station and the umpteen number of lip smacking restaurants located close by.
2) The guest house has a wide variety of rooms catering to different budgets. They have a single fan room for $11 and air conditioned double rooms for $22, $24 and $26. With the increasing price, one gets more space in the room. All the rooms are fairly good with good lighting, plug points, ventilation and air conditioning.
3) Good Burmese breakfast is provided at the guest house every morning. This breakfast is free and is included in your room price. Apart from breakfast, they provide water, soft drinks, iced coffee and beer for an additional price.
4) They have free wi-fi that works fairly good for email and chat, but it can get patchy during skype calls. I guess that is the case with the other places in Burma.
5) One of the main attributes of this place are its people: its Japanese owner and the Burmese manager and his team who are very helpful and ensure that they address all of your needs. I could understand Burma and Yangon, in particular because of the manager who speaks very good English and is very knowledgeable.
6) They provide laundry and ticket booking services for a price.
7) Even though the guest house is located in the city center, it is located on a street that has less traffic and hence less noise. There is absolutely no noise in the night and early morning hours.
8) Like most of the hotels in Yangon, this one too has a shady entrance, but that is where the bad part ends and the good part begins.
I really liked staying at this place and will definitely stay here when I return to Yangon. I highly recommend this place for backpackers, budget travelers and couples. And perfect for travelers from Japan as most of the guest house staff speak Japanese.