Our first night in Hanoi we planned to stay at Thu Giang Guesthouse, but after being told they had no vacancy, TGG shuffled us into the horror story that is North Hotel No.2 next door. There was no way we were staying there for another night, so we checked in to Manh Dung Guesthouse across the lane and were much, much happier.
Manh Dung Guesthouse is staffed mainly by two lovely sisters who always make you feel comfortable and relaxed - they even cook you a tasty breakfast in their cozy kitchenette each morning (included in the price of the room). Rooms are cleaned daily, there's free wifi, computers to use, an elevator, laundry service and they take Mastercard.
Not to mention, the staff went out of their way to help us choose a decent Halong Bay tour, rather than just pointing at the most expensive one like travel agents did. Not only this, they actually remembered what tours we'd been on and inquired on what we liked and didn't like; I was really impressed at this, it showed that we weren't just another faceless client.
The rooms weren't the impressive per se (I did stay in the cheapest one though), but they're sufficient. After all, all a budget tourist needs is a comfortable bed, a working shower and toilet and fresh towels to come to at the end of the day - anything more and you're not spending enough time exploring! One thing that could have been improved would be better blankets as I found mine weren't warm enough.
Overall, for a budget guesthouse, I was impressed.
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