We went to Vietnam in May 2010 and stayed in 4 hotels in different locations throughout the country. In that regard, the Duc Thai is easily the best experience we had.
The hotel looks like just any other one around the old quarter in that price range ($25). Interior is ok, nothing fancy. Rooms are clean, bathtubs in everyone of them, AC + fans. Breakfast is included, and there are 2 PCs with free Internet at the clients' disposal.
What really got us coming back as we went around was the staff. The Vietnamese are extremely nice and welcoming people, and well, the ones working in this hotel aren't going to become an exception soon... and they are so accommodating! We were given more than useful info during our stay, and they even let us have free showers and breakfast twice in between trips outside from Hanoi, although we hadn't booked anything with them. And there was simply no way they would let us pay for the service...
We had some real nice chats with the guys, and I even had 2 of them sing "Happy Birthday" to my sister in front of the camera!...
If no one gave you any input for a nice place to stay in Hanoi, go for this one.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located at the very heart of Hanoi, Hanoi City Hostel is surrounded by stylish shops, restaurants and cafes, and is just a short walk to the famous Hoan Kiem Lake,Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Temple of Literature, night market,a beautiful architect the Opera House, and a fascinating slice of centuries-old life in Hanoi, the Old Quarter. ... more less
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