Mr Charles Guesthouse Hsipaw – Great location, great trekking, poor service
I booked Mr Charles Guesthouse Hsiapw as it came highly recommended by so many travelers who had been to Hsipaw but I’m a bit confused as to why?
Mr Charles Guesthouse is nothing special. It does have a good location in the center of the town and its within short walk of restaurants, shops and train station and local market. The added benefit of also having the trekking company located within the hotel grounds where you can organize all your trekking trips from. Other than that I cant see why people make such a rave about it. Our room was tiny, smelt of sewage and was damp. I didn’t complain because after all we only paid $18 per night.
Another girl we met had booked into Lilys Place and said it was much better. I was unfortunately sick from food poisoning in Hsipaw so having the clinic right next to the hotel was an advantage. We were due to catch the 5.30pm bus to Inle Lake but check out was at noon so we asked the hotel if it was possible to keep the room for longer since I was so sick and needed to rest before the journey. I was a little disappointed that we had to pay a $15 fee for using the room for an additional 4 hours, especially since it was because I was sick.
Out of all the places we stayed in Myanmar Mr Charles Guesthouse was the least welcoming, least helpful and felt like the people didn’t really care much about you. Not like all the great hospitality and welcoming people we had come across in the rest of Myanmar. Treks are pretty good though!
Stayed as a couple in February 2014