The hotel is run by a family of Chinese origin. As in most low-budget accommodation in Myanmar (Burma) they do not care about the details of cleaning the corners, etc., But overall this is a clean hotel with a good breakfast and a low price for what is typical in Mandalay. We paid 10.000 kyat (about $ 10) in April of 2009 for a double room including breakfast and bathroom. There were people who paid 4,000 kyat for a single room on the roof, with shared bathroom. The hotel's location is quite centric, but the truth is that it doesn´t matter much, because there are not many things to do.
The Mandalay Swan Hotel is in the heart of the thoroughfare, the wall opposite the Royal Palace. It is a 3 star hotel with comfortable rooms and helpful service and as I said earlier it is well located. The breakfast is a buffet and at least the rooms are big and clean, I can not ask for more. If you want more luxury right next door is a 5 star, it all depends on your pocket
My bus, which theoretically arrived to Mandalay at 7am, arrived at 4, and at that time my 2 accommodation options, the Royal Guest House and Hotel Nylon, were full, so the Garden, Nylon neighbor, was the only choice left. I had a room on the 5th floor, without lift, but at least it was quiet. They were nice enough to only charge me 1 night as I left at 4am the next day. The breakfast was very good.
Nylon is my 2nd choice of accommodation in Mandalay, for $ 8 you get a room with private bathroom. The hotel has 5 floors, and the higher the floor the more expensive and better equipped the room. Best of all is the breakfast on the 5th floor, on the roof, with good coffee and an airy place.
The Royal GH is the best option for backpackers in Mandalay, with a good atmosphere where travelers share information. The problem is that it is so popular because it is recommended on Lonely Planet, so you u have to book several days in advance. The room rate ranges from $ 5 for a Single with shared bathroom, 9 for an ensuite.