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Golden Lily Guest House

No. 5&47; 88, Natsin Road, Southern Shan State, Kalaw, Kalaw, Myanmar, 11221 - See map
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Nearby landmarks
Palaung Village 1.12 km
Hi Snack & Drink 1.91 km
Kalaw Market 2.06 km
Kalaw Reserved Forest 2.15 km
Shwe Oo Min Paya 2.22 km
Shwe Oo Min Pagoda 2.31 km
Myin Ma Hti Cave 2.42 km
Nee Paya 2.5 km
Nature Land Car Rental 2.57 km
Elephat Camps 2.71 km
7.6

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Very good location
  • Airport transfer

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

  • Currency exchange

  • Shops

  • Laundry service

Value for money6.3
Distance to city centre0.1 km
Location rating7.6

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    Overall rating:
    5.6
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    107 reviews
    Cleanliness
    4.6
    Facilities
    4.5
    Location
    7.6
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    If what you're looking for is a conveniently located hotel in Kalaw, look no further than Golden Lily Guest House. The hotel lies 0.1 km from the city center and provides accessibility to important town facilities. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations.

    Golden Lily Guest House offers impeccable service and all the essential amenities to invigorate travelers. The hotel provides free Wi-Fi in all rooms, 24-hour front desk, facilities for disabled guests, luggage storage, Wi-Fi in public areas to ensure our guests the greatest comfort.

    The ambiance of Golden Lily Guest House is reflected in every guestroom. non smoking rooms, balcony/terrace, shower, shared bathroom are just some of the facilities that can be found throughout the property. Besides, the hotel's host of recreational offerings ensures you have plenty to do during your stay. Discover an engaging blend of professional service and a wide array of features at Golden Lily Guest House.

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    Cleanliness4.6
    Facilities4.5
    Location7.6
    Room comfort and quality4.6
    Service5.2
    Value for money6.3
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    6-7 Good (10)
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    8.4
    Excellent
    caro from Belgium
    Couple
    Economy
    Stayed 1 night in April 2018

    Don't trust the bad comments, try for yourself! :)”

    We read very bad things about this guesthouse but we decided to give it a try because it was the cheapest in Kalaw we could find and most of the bad comments were already from 2016 and oh boy, I guess a lot has changed since then! This was the nicest place we stayed in, in whole Myanmar. Definitely not when you are into clean, modern hostels with spotless bathrooms and big rooms but we stayed in a (very) small cozy room with wooden walls and a lot of light. The breakfast was amazing and we always had leftover for lunch, the staff was very friendly and helpfull with everything! The location is also perfect. The hot shower worked and the bathrooms were not very pleasant to the eye but always clean! Honestly, I could not say a bad thing about this guesthouse. We felt at home!

    Reviewed April 29, 2018
    9.7
    Exceptional
    johannes from Netherlands
    Solo traveler
    Economy
    Stayed 4 nights in November 2015

    Golden Lily Out performs her one star rating”

    Service, Trekking guides, value for money

    The stay at Golden Lily has been excatly what can be positively expected.. Good service, Great Trekking guides and They out class their one star rating with service they offer... Real value for money..

    Reviewed November 09, 2015
    8.0
    Excellent
    david from United States
    Solo traveler
    Economy
    Stayed 1 night in December 2015

    Good place to start a trek”

    Big blankets, hot showers, great staff

    I stayed two nights, one with a shared bathroom and one with a private bath. Shared baths are decent, but it was worth the extra money to have the private bathroom. Hot showers in both. The rooms are not heated, and it gets very cold in Kalaw after the sun goes down! Bring a long sleeved shirt. The staff is very friendly, and arranged treks for many of us. I took a one day trek which was really great, the guides were excellent. funny, energetic, spoke good english, and had a lot to point out along the way. The wifi here is incredibly spotty, I was connected for about 15 minutes out of 2.5 days. just assume you will not have internet access.

    Reviewed December 15, 2015
    7.6
    Very good
    Fernanda from Brazil
    Group
    Economy
    Stayed 1 night in October 2016

    Very good for a backpacker”

    Robin and Lily were very friendly, honest and kind with us. The room was good, breakfast was good, but the toilet very dirty. The best sightseeing from Kalaw to Inle Lake, because it's not so touristic. I strongly reccomend it!!!

    Reviewed November 15, 2016
    8.3
    Excellent
    Naomi from United Kingdom
    Couple
    Economy
    Stayed 1 night in May 2014

    Cheap room, excellent trekking service”

    The price of the room, good breakfast, friendly staff

    The guest house itself isn't high quality but the price reflects this, you get what you pay for! The staff and breakfast are lovely and the trekking organised by them was superb and great value for money.

    Reviewed June 07, 2014
    6.0
    Malgorzata from Poland
    Couple
    Standard
    Stayed 1 night in January 2015

    Nice owner but ice cold water”

    nice owner, good trekking, good location

    Very short stay before 3-days trekking. The owner was excellent guide. Very good location with nice Kalaw view. The room was climatic, but the water was a real problem. In the night there was no water at all, in the morning there was a water but ice clod - awfull thing in such a cold climate! The room wasn't clean

    Reviewed January 26, 2015
    5.0
    Cinzia from Italy
    Solo traveler
    Standard
    Stayed 1 night in January 2016

    unhelpful staff, old structure, overpriced”

    breakfast was ok

    I stayed only one night before trekking and after I moved to another hotel nextdoor. The room was clean and the bathroom kind of (the ceiling looked like it was bot cleaned since ages), butit definitely needs maintenance and renovations (there is no sink pipe, so everytime you wash your hands you get a feet shower). The staff was rather careless of your presence and not very helpful with questions and infos. I think Lily's GH is going on just thanks to the fact that it's in all guide books, but I would rather spend those 2$ more and stay in other much better places in kalaw.

    Reviewed January 31, 2016
    6.0
    Jackie from United Kingdom
    Solo traveler
    Standard
    Stayed 1 night in February 2016

    Basic but adequate ”

    good position. good links with a reputed trekking company

    It was OK. Very basic and not enough bedding given how cold it can be in Kalaw at night. shower was inadequate. Breakfast was basic but adequate.

    Reviewed February 17, 2016
    2.8
    Bareld from Netherlands
    Couple
    Economy
    Stayed 1 night in February 2016

    My worst experience after 4 years traveling”

    I have been continuesly traveling for 4 years and my girlfriend for 3 years. This is my first bad review in all these years. We had a very disappointing experience with the Golden Lily Guesthouse. You would think it is the cheapest in town so you can expect you get barely anything. But it is not even the cheapest in town. Just the best known cheapest in town. We were right about barely getting anything though. We arrived in the middle of the night with the bus. We booked a room because we like to jump into a bed immediatly to still get some sleep. So we booked in advance and also paid. But when we arrived in the guesthouse they told us there was no room for us. We explained that we booked, but it did not matter. No room is no room. They put us on a matras on the floor, next to the garbage, were they usually put people that don't have a booking and told us we could stay untill twelve and then we had to leave. The next morning the owner asked us if we wanted to stay another night. I was almost sure she wanted to make it up with us after we hardly slept because the matras was next to the kitchen too, were the staff started working early. To be sure I just asked if we needed to pay for that. Her answer was if we wanted to book or not! When I looked at her with a face written allover "What do you want from me?", she finally replied, ofcourse you have to pay. I explained the situation again ,but it didn't matter. So I politely refused. We could stay untill twelve so had the chance to test the promised hot showers and the wifi. No hot showers were available and talking with other guest appareantly we were lucky that there was water at all. The wifi barely worked. So our stay in this guesthouse basically resulted in a very expensive breakfast. When we walked around after this small disaster we found the Mya Sabai Inn on the main road with rooms for 7 dollars per person. Nothing special, but a lot cleaner than Lily guesthouse. And another guesthouse a little further was

    Reviewed February 14, 2016
    5.3
    Jennifer from United Kingdom
    Solo traveler
    Economy
    Stayed 1 night in December 2014

    If only the family had been welcoming”

    When I arrived the family member standing at reception was neither welcoming nor friendly, so much so that the taxi driver didn't want to leave me. My room was on the first floor. Throughout the afternoon there was no water for the 2 toilets & showers (shared by about 10 rooms) & when I asked about when there would be water, there was no apology, a member of the family just said it was the fault of the government that there wasn't electricity (to operate the pump). My room had the advertised "garden view" (a few flowers & the washing drying) but it also was above the kitchen area, where people started to prepare food at 5am (not for the tourists' breakfast, so presumably for the owner family) which woke me. The tourists' breakfast was the worst I'd had in 3 weeks in Myanmar; "Coffee Mix" - a packet of instant coffee, "creamer" & sugar - & 2 (cold) pancakes, one with a jam filling, the other with some banana - no choice. The hotel advertised access to wifi only from 17.00 to 21.00. In that time I was unable to use the internet because the demand was so high. The owner family knew about this because they suggested I try after 20.00 "when fewer people would be trying to use it". I could've overlooked any of the negative experiences if the owner family had been in the slightest bit friendly & welcoming but they weren't, so this was the worst place that I stayed at in 4 weeks of traveling in Myanmar.

    Reviewed January 13, 2015
    7.0
    Very good
    Simona from Czech Republic
    Solo traveler
    Economy
    Stayed 1 night in March 2015

    A spacious room ”

    The terrace, the view, the price

    The double rooms are spacious and have a nice terrace where you can chill and have a great view. The walls between the rooms are very thin, so if you happen to have a loud neighbour, you might not sleep much. The staff was numerous, it seems to be a large family, and some of them are quite friendly.

    Reviewed June 18, 2015
    8.4
    Excellent
    Digna from Netherlands
    Group
    Bed in 6-Bed Mixed Dormitory Room
    Stayed 1 night in January 2019

    For 1 night ”

    If you wanna do the trekking and just sleep one night on a budget, this place is fine. But the budget-look is pretty obvious. The owners were very nice, they do not offer the cheapest tours (actually quite expensive, but they take a different route than the mainstream tours), so we booked one somewhere else. The breakfast was also good. The bathroom was pretty primitive and the beds were so thin on a wooden plate which was terrible. But the main problem we had was that is was so cold! There is no heat anywhere and it got 9 degrees outside and inside. We had windows but there were cracks everywhere and we could feel wind coming in. The WiFi did not work at all, haven’t been able to use it. I would still recommend to backpackers since it’s so cheap, and you only sleep there one night.

    Reviewed January 17, 2019
    2.8
    Diego from Chile
    Group
    Economy
    Stayed 1 night in February 2016

    Decided to leave the hostel”

    Dirty rooms and facilities, The owner is a rude old lady that only see tourists as walking dollars. It is the cheapest option in Kalaw so she doen't care about treating the guests right. We decided to leave the hostel, Golden Kalaw In is only a few steps away and the rooms are way nicer and the staff friendly.

    Reviewed March 01, 2016
    7.3
    Very good
    Animamaria from Hungary
    Solo traveler
    Economy
    Stayed 1 night in February 2015

    okay for the very low price”

    Cheap (USD7) for a double room. Close to market.

    It's okay if budget is important for you. There are only 2 toilets with shower for all the rooms without shower so get up early! Very small breakfast but included in the low price.

    Reviewed February 19, 2015
    7.3
    Very good
    daria from Poland
    Group
    Economy
    Stayed 1 night in April 2014

    Low cost for backpackers”

    Hotel is located 5 minutes walk form the bus stop, it is the cheapest hotel in Burma, good for one / 2 night stay on your way to Inle Lake

    Hotel is walking distance from the bus station. Rooms are basic, more or less clean. Breakfast is ok - you get the pancake with bananas, tea, coffe and some fruits. Really good value for money - this was the cheapest hotel we stayed in Burma.

    Reviewed May 21, 2014
    7.6
    Very good
    Breanna from Australia
    Solo traveler
    Economy
    Stayed 1 night in July 2016

    You get what you pay for”

    The beds were comfortable and clean, the bathrooms had hot water and the breakfast is good. It's a bit grotty and there's only 2 toilets that don't really work but it's what I expected for the price.

    Reviewed July 30, 2016
    8.4
    Excellent
    Alida from Myanmar
    Solo traveler
    Standard Double or Twin Room
    Stayed 1 night in December 2018

    I had a good time at Lily Guesthouse,”

    I could allready go into the room when I arrived in the middle of the night, even when I had booked for one night. I met my amazing guide Robin here, you should go on a trekking with him!!

    Reviewed December 26, 2018
    3.7
    Amanda from United States
    Group
    Economy
    Stayed 1 night in March 2016

    rude staff, gross hostel, no wifi”

    offered great trek to inle lake, location was walkable from bus station

    obviously, this was the cheapest guest house we could find, so we were a little apprehensive to begin with. we read some other reviews, but thought, "how bad could it be?" the toilets were cracked and disgusting, our room was questionable, and we didn't have windows. the lady at the front desk (robin's sister apparently?) was nice when we first checked in, and incredibly rude every interaction we had with her afterwards. the best thing about this place was the trek to inle lake we booked through robin.

    Reviewed March 18, 2016
    2.0
    Francesca from Italy
    Solo traveler
    Economy
    Stayed 1 night in February 2016

    Unfriendly, dirty, don't book!”

    After having read the bad review I've thought that some people are mean and I booked anyway. But they were right! This place was terrible. The lady at reception was mean to me, unfriendly and impolite with no reason. The place is falling apart and the bathroom are in terrible conditions. The toilet was stuck for with stool footing and cold water. Not the best condition before my trekking. The room was basic, with a big hole in the wall, but in the morning you can ear all noises from the breakfast room. They lied to me when I asked if the trekking company Jungle King was theirs. I didn't want to give my money to someone that treat me like a stupid. I know the place is cheap, but you do better finding someone in the bus when you get to Kalaw and share a room in one of the hotel in town and ask them to bring the price down (if you can't afford it). They will do it. This was my worst experience in Myanmar. Too bad I can't post pictures for proof.

    Reviewed February 14, 2016
    7.7
    Very good
    Lesa from United States
    Group
    Economy
    Stayed 1 night in November 2014

    Basic, but good enough”

    Location close to the town center

    It's not stellar, but you get what you pay for. The Internet is only turned on for 4hrs each day, and when we were there they ran out of water (or turned it off?) at 9pm so we couldn't take showers. The rooms are very basic, but for just one night it was fine.

    Reviewed November 22, 2014
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