In Hanoi's winter (similar to the winters we have in Sydney), we had planned to stay at Tung Trang as a good budget guesthouse in a great location.
Cute location down an alley off a fabulous main shopping street (Hang Gai?), with some great artwork - copies and originals - as well as homewares and clothing stores, close to alleyway hole in the wall street vendors - had some very tasty tofu, with noodles and herbs, opposite a communal house temple and a short walk through the alley from more fruit vendors and a very swish newly developed fashion mall.
Very lovely staff, though the owner seems a little gruff.
Amenities are probably adequate in warmer months, but this is not a stylish option and if you bargain, you can get better value for the same rates.
Door leading to small balconies on the front rooms would be nice to have open during warmer months
In winter, this was not an ideal options: the bedding was not adequate, the heating was not adequate, we spotted mould in our reserved room and I am terrified of getting sick from the stuff.
We ended up at another hotel Prince V in Trung Yen lane, which proved to be a similar distance from the lake and served up some great banh da cua (fettucine like noodle soup with crab) for my non vegetarian family, and whose staff was not as young, but very professional and friendly, and whose rates included a decent in-house breakfast that included a Vietnamese option and loads of fruit - just don't book this ahead of you'll be slugged with higher rates.
NB:For most guesthouses and hotels, it's worth the extra dollars for a direct transfer from the airport rather than having to endure the taxi scammers who take you to their hotels and claim to be affiliated with whichever hotel you say you have a reservation with.
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- Also Known As:
- Tung Trang Hanoi
- Hotel Tung Trang