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Tbilisi GUESTHOUSE review: SkadaVeli
I had the pleasure of staying at the Skadaveli Guesthouse in October 2011. I don't know when I've enjoyed a lodging more than this place. Our host, Irlakli, made sure we had everything we needed (and usually before we even asked). Why anyone would even consider a stuffy hotel room or other lodging in Tbilisi is beyond me when this guesthouse is available. Skadaveli is more like staying with relatives than staying at a guesthouse or small hotel. This has to be the bargain of the year, and Tbilisi as a destination was equally awesome. I will be back, and soon. Thank you, Irlakli!
Hanoi HOSTEL review: Aurora Hostel
While the Emerald is a very nice little hotel in an excellent location, I did find fault with a few things. My deluxe room was not very deluxe. The ads say it has wooden floors, but they are actually imitation wood. The shower setup could be improved with a shower stall or curtain. The driver sent to pick me up at the airport was 1 hour late, and had no real good explanation. The free breakfast at the Emerald was only fair, and the coffee was quite ordinary by VN standards (I suspect instant?) I have stayed at better hotels in Hanoi - such as the Gia Thinh which is directly across Hang Bac from the Emerald. I agree with others who say that the manager, Xoan, is the very best thing about the Hanoi Emerald Hotel. All of the staff at the Emerald are very very friendly and accommodating.
Hanoi HOTEL review: Hanoi Amazing Hotel
I stayed at the Amazing Hotel in 2009 - they were just opening the hotel at that time (they actually pulled me in off the street). This place has some nicely furnished rooms, and gives above average service. I paid $25. for a medium size room, and later $20. for a smaller one. I am quite a picky customer when it comes to hotels, and I've stayed in at least 8 different places in Hanoi. For $25. the Amazing was a bargain, but for $60. that $25. room is overpriced. Windows are rather small here, and the view out of that window was pretty poor. The free breakfast on their rooftop restaurant was hardly worth taking the elevator up to the roof (it did have a great view of the city!) I never saw a small hotel with more employees, and they greeted me constantly (too much!)
Hanoi HOTEL review: Especen Hotel
Overall, an excellent budget hotel! It was my pleasure to stay at the Especen Hotel for 2 nights recently - what a fantastic room for $25. (wrap around windows and balcony) - very large rooms and everything was in order. I will be back at the Especen when next in Hanoi.
Hanoi Hotel review: Classic I Hotel
Since I have stayed in and enjoyed another Sunshine Hotel in Hanoi (the Gia Thinh) I assumed it would be ok to spend 1 night in a sister hotel, the Classic I. How wrong I was. My room was a disaster: a broken window, a broken toilet, and old TV, an old fridge, a bathtub without a plug, no electronic safe, an aging computer that could not be connected to the internet, etc., and they actually wanted $30. for this disaster. When I demanded a refund and was refused, I ended my relationship with Sunshine Hotels.
Hoi An HOTEL review: Dai Long Hotel
If you want a basic room in a good location with a really friendly staff, the Dai Long is your hotel. Only hotel on my entire trip with a mozzie net, and the room was quite large and clean. No breakfast here, but Hoi An is loaded with good food (I suggest the Bo Bo Cafe).
Ho Chi Minh Hotel review: Bi Saigon Hotel
A great location in the Pham with a very good restaurant/cooking school here (wonderful iced coffee). The stairs require a very healthy heart since there's no lift!!! The huge balcony of my 7th floor room was terrific - too bad the room did not compare. A little overpriced for this hotel - did not care for the cramped, cluttered lobby (hard to find the guest computers). Staff is quite good here, and the airport pickup is excellent!
Ho Chi Minh HOTEL review: Bich Duyen Hotel
TP needs more stars to indicate the outstanding service at the Bich - Chanh, the manager is nothing less than EXCELLENT! No elevator here, and you must remove shoes, but it's a small price to pay for such a nice guesthouse. THE ONLY PLACE TO STAY IN THE PHAM! Chanh treats all his guests like close family members (you just have to help him with his English - he has problems with his "J" sound - practice "juice"). Rooms are plain but all have windows and are super clean. The location is in the heart of the Pham, and if it's booked, try the Blue River next door - also excellent.
Hanoi Hotel review: Giathinh Hotel - Vietnam Sunshine Group
In my opinion the Gia Thinh is the best inexpensive hotel in Hanoi - everything works here! First of all, the rooms are beautiful (photos on TP do not do it justice), all rooms have new ADSL computers for 24 hr usage, it's super clean, elevator, quiet, wonderful breakfast buffet, and the staff here must all have gone to charm school because they anticipate your needs before you even ask. I've already booked for '09, and they even lowered the rates by $5. Did I mention that it's in the best location in the Old Quarter - great shopping, restaurants, a brewpub within shouting distance.
Hanoi GUESTHOUSE review: Hanoi Lucky Guesthouse
This is the place that does not hold reservations even though they tell you otherwise! Ms. Thin is very accommodating, but her policy of giving away the room to just anyone leaves guests up in thin air. They put me up in a "sister" hotel around the corner that I did not like, and told me to come back the next day, and maybe (just maybe?) they'd have a room! NO THANK YOU