October 22, 2003
One of the desk clerks was very eager to please and helpful. However, the porter was quite over-eager for a tip, including not allowing us to carry our own bags and then lingering in our room making small talk until we tipped him. On top of this, we had heard many stories about theft in Vietnamese hotels. For this reason, we didn't feel entirely comfortable leaving valuables in our room.
US$25 Standard Room
US$30 Deluxe Room
The deluxe rooms are larger and have balconies, but not all rooms of either type are created equal.
The rooms are delightfully decorated in old-fashioned Vietnamese furniture, which looks much like Chinese furniture. Our first room was quite large, with a large opium bed and a lovely area to sip tea, on pearl-inlaid chairs. The deluxe rooms have balconies. Unfortunately, we checked out for one night and upon our return were moved to room 401. Its balcony was not functional and the room was much smaller, although we were paying the same price.
It is worth noting that the hotel will hold your bags overnight, should you take a trip out of town. Also, that they provide airport pickup for $10.
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