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Review of Old Darling Guest House

Old Darling Guest House
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Old Darling Guest House
Ranked #158 of 333 Speciality Lodging in Hanoi
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Hotel staff actually threatened to kill me (!)”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2007

In retrospect, staying here was almost worth it for the sheer absurdity of what happened the next morning. For people who are used to sleeping in noisy hostel rooms, this place might be just fine, but if you value your sleep and sanity, look elsewhere.

The room itself was actually quite nice. It was modern and clean with good A/C, a TV and a fridge. It also had a pretty springy mattress, which is a rarity in Vietnamese hotels. Things looked promising, and the price ($15 for a double, including breakfast and internet) seemed like a good deal for Hanoi's old quarter. Unfortunately, the "staff" made this the worst. hotel. ever.

The Old Darling is ostensibly run by a gang of 6 or so local teenagers who use the lobby as their personal living room. At all hours they busy themselves smoking, shouting at each other, making prank calls on speakerphone, watching movies on the hotel's internet terminals, and blasting bad Vietnamese pop songs. They are at best indifferent to the hotel's guests, and actually refused to let us use the internet once because they were chatting on MSN. If they do pay attention to you, it is to repeatedly pressure you into buying their package tours.

Since the hotel is not soundproof at all, their noise is very audible in even the top rooms. We had to ask them to be quiet sometime after midnight so that we could sleep.

The real showstopper came when we checked out the next morning. A group of travelers in the lobby asked us about the hotel, and we told them it was very noisy and hard to sleep. This seemed to enrage the "staff". One of them chased us out onto the street, and after shouting a series of expletives at me, asked me "do you want to die?" I've had a lot of weird things happen to me at hotels and hostels, but this was a first.

This place appears to be run by the same people who run the (very well reviewed) Asia Queen Hotel next door - since the Asia Queen is being renovated for another few weeks, Old Darling is getting all of their reservation requests. Either way, the management seems sketchy. We saw a couple of groups with reservations show up late at night only to be told that they were full and had to be shuttled off to another guesthouse, which is funny considering that we walked in off the street with no reservation only a few hours earlier.

Avoid this place. There are too many decent hotels available in the old quarter for anyone to have to put up with this kind of treatment.

  • Liked — Comfy mattress
  • Disliked — The death threats
  • Stayed July 2007
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 Thank BobLoblaw38
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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  • English first
  • Italian first
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English first
hatyai,Songkhla
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2007

I had the valuable memory hear. Old Darling Guest House not only guest house but I can fell that I stay at home. Locate at down town,
room clean, reasonable price, friendly staff. Especially 1 staff that
take care me with her kindness. Next time at Hanoi, I will back to stay hear again. [----]

  • Liked — room clean
  • Disliked — no lift
  • Stayed May 2007, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
Thank fook
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Massachusetts USA
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2006

My frind and I arrived in Hanoi and ended up at this little guest house.
It is in a nice quiet location and the price can't be beat.
However, after our first night we asked to switch rooms to one with a balcony and were told all rooms were full.
It was obvious to us that the rooms were not full and that the hotel wanted to save the balcony rooms to show to other tourists browsing for rooms.
We asked again and the staff ignored us. The entire staff became very rude. When we appeared aggravated they actually laughed at us.
The second night the room we had requested to change to did not even fill up.
Although the hotel was in a convenient location and was clean, I would not give these people my business again. I have stayed in a lot of guest houses travelling and these people were the rudest.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Rude Staff
  • Tips/Secrets — Always ask to see your room before you commit your $.
  • Stayed October 2005, travelled with friends
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
1 Thank idiza
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Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2006

I had a very positive experience at this hotel. I made a reservation at Central Stars Hotel, but when I arrived in Hanoi they moved me to Old Darling. Initially, I was worried about where I was being sent, but once I met the family the next morning I was pleasantly surprised. Although their business card advertises rooms from $6-10, I paid $20 US. I had previously agreed to this amount with Central Stars when I made the booking on Expedia before arriving in Vietnam.

I had a large room with one double and one single bed as well as a large balcony on the 5th floor. I would ask for this room if possible.

They tried to sell me a tour package, but I made it clear that I had other arrangements. There was no hassling.

As a single, female traveller, I felt very safe in this hotel.

  • Liked — Location and safe
  • Tips/Secrets — Although I had no problems, keep bags locked.
  • Stayed July 2006, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
Thank KY37
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Property: Old Darling Guest House
Address: 16 Trung Yen Lane, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam
Region: Vietnam > Hanoi
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Ranked #158 of 333 Speciality Lodging in Hanoi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 15

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