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Hanoi Hotel review: Green Street Hostel
I arrived in Hanoi at the end of February and it was a cold and rainy night and a very long trip from Canada. Green St. sent a cab for me and the night desk person stayed up until I was there and settled into a room. This was so welcome and their service made what could have been an exhausting experience - a decent one.
Unfortunately, it seems that singles do get somewhat discriminated against with hotel rooms in Vietnam in general. They think it is completely ok to disregard your booking and stick you in one of the not so great rooms with no window - just because you are either single or the last in the door that evening. If you have booked and paid for a room with a window etc., then you should get it and none of this - yes, tomorrow morning we will have one for you. I booked and paid for it for tonight. This was the only thing that happened at the Green St. that annoyed me. But it happened in other places too until I started emailing ahead and confirm that I had a room with a window etc.
Also, no elevator and so if you are in a room at the top, hope you are in good shape. Seems most of the hotels in budget are like this though. Very tall and narrow buildings there. I didn't mind though - part of my exercise for the day. Came back to Canada in much better shape. Bonus.
Basic but ok breakfast in the morning. Good hot water. Good internet signal. Excellent location. Awesome staff - always happy to help and accommodate. My experience of most of the customer service staff that I encountered in Veitnam was that they were genuinely anxious to give you as much assistance as they could, were lovely, helpful, tried to use as much of their English as they could. Their effort and attitude was really commendable.
Green St. Hotel I would recommend without hesitation. It was spotlessly clean, basic but available hot water, good price, excellent location, staff that were willing to help out with the smallest request - just all around very good.
Nha Trang Hotel review: Truong Giang Hotel
I stayed here last week and the duration of my stay was for a week. The reason I chose it mostly was that it got a stellar rating from Trip Advisor and won a big award from them. Every single posting about that hotel on their site was stellar. I was not disappointed - it was everything everyone raves about.
The young couple who run it are lovely and try very hard, speak good English and are always trying to improve. The location is excellent - just a block and half from beach and half a block from main drag with all the restaurants. The room I had 301 was very nice with a window and balcony - I paid $12 us and that was a great price considering the hotel is in great condition, is quiet, is super clean and great location.
The only thing that would make it super excellent is if they served breakfast there. They have no kitchen at all but that really isn`t a big deal with a breakfast restaurant just a half a block away. They can also arrange airport pickup and drop off and are very helpful with things to do around Nha Trang and how to get there. I would absolutely recommend this hotel - if you want clean and quiet and good location - go here.
Sapa Hotel review: Fansipan View Hotel
Just stayed at this hotel in the mountain town of Sapa a week or so ago and it really was excellent. Big room with a balcony and superclean - big clay tile shower and nice sheets. All around lovely room. Small restaurant a part of the hotel and the food is definitely made to order and is pretty good. I ate there as i was tired from walking around the town all day and didn`t have the energy to go back the few blocks to hunt down another place to eat. Wasn`t disappointed. They booked a bus tour to Bac Ha - the town where the big sunday market is held that the Ethnic Minoirty people all feed into for the day. The staff at the Fanispan were able to book it that day for the next day and it was a great tour. Lucky to meet lots of really nice people on the same tour and have stayed in touch along the way of our Vietnam journey. Definitely, stay here if it suits your budget. Great value.
Paula, Vancouver, Canada
Hue HOTEL review: Huenino Hotel
I just finished my stay at the Huenino Hotel at the city of Hue a few days ago. Great location - close to restaurants and the main drag road running alongside of the river. The hotel itself is sparkling clean and the first hotel that i have stayed at in Vietnam that didn't smell musty or like mould or moth balls. It is a damp climate and the later spring rain doesn't help but I have allergies and am sensitive to that as well as I just don't like smelly rooms. Rooms are tiny but very nice with artistic touches, wonderful bathrooms and cotton nice sheets. So great. The hotel is owned by an artist/architect and is pretty eccentric but happy as a lark. He is often in the small, cosy lobby putting more of his just created art up. He is kooky but friendly and most accommodating. There are many of his artistic touches around the hotel and in all of the rooms as well as original paintings from famous Hue artists - so that is all very cool too. Small menu but very tasty food. His wife is the cook and she cooks very well. Always a nice breakfast and a tasty juice waiting for you when you arrive at the end of a day out walking or touring. Staff are excellent - friendly, have pretty good to good English and are happy to accommodate your needs in every way. For the price, i think that this is the best deal in town and cannot imagine why anyone would sty elsewhere. If I am back this way, I will definitely stay here.
Paula, Vancouver, Canada