Oh, if they only would use a 10% solution of chlorine in the bathrooms, it would make all the difference in the world !! On entry to the room, I was immediately met with the smell of mold/mildew from the bathroom. On looking inside, the shower curtain and walls in the shower were spotted with mold/mildew. That to one side, I had a perfect night's stay.
By the way, the address quoted here is incorrect. It is actually at 24-26 Bui Vien Street. Phone number (08)38375581 - email addresses - firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
I stayed here for one night as a try after being a devoted guest for a number of years at Giant Dragon Hotel. in comparison, I think this hotel is better than Giant Dragon at 173 Pham Ngu Lao, but the rooms are smaller.
I found the staff very friendly and welcoming. Matter of fact, I have known a couple of them for a number of years. I will share that later, but first a review.
CHECK IN - quick and easy and staff well dressed and professional.
ROOM QUALITY - apart from the welcoming mold/mildew in the bathroom, I found the room near perfect. Very clean and tidy and the bed very comfortable. I also found the room quiet given the fact the hotel is on Bui Vien which in itself is the hub of the "back packer" district and tends to be very noisy.
PRICE/TARIFF - room rate varies depending on room and whether you want breakfast or not. Room I rented was 250,000 plus another 50 for breakfast. That is just under $14 in Aussie dollars at current exchange rate. There are higher priced rooms that have more space.
SLEEP QUALITY - My room was quiet and the bed very comfy. slept very well and was not woken by the usual 6:00 AM beeping of horns. I had a good nights sleep.
BREAKFAST - The usual eggs and bread or salty noodle choices. Coffee was very good but like the most usual across the country, just a small cup.
CLEANLINESS - Spotless all bar the mold/mildew in the bathroom.
SUMMARY - I would highly recommend this hotel for the budget traveler. Good location being just minutes from Binh Thanh Market and at the northern end of Bui Vien making it ideally located.
HISTORY OF HOTEL - I remember well when this was the Lien Hotel. About 3 years ago, they bought the adjoining building and changed their name and expanded their holdings. What is now the reception of the hotel used to be the restaurant area of the former BAC Bar which was a well known girly bar. What is now the breakfast/bar area used to be the famous BAC girly bar. In those days, girls from BAC meeting a customer would go next door to the Lien Hotel which would charge $5 short time rooms. I know this not because I was into girly bars, but was intending buying the BAC bar to convert into a hotel/bar with an Aussie theme and was in the process of doing so. My sudden marital break up changed all that and I was unable to enter the sales contract. The BAC bar remained clo9sed and vacant for almost 2 years. I have some fondness of the place having watched it changed hands and become now a reputable quality hotel. Some of the long term staff are still there and remember me and I remember them. I found my stay there, be it only one night, very comfortable and welcoming, although it is important to say they already knew me. My knowledge of those staff over the years and knowing people who know them leaves me in no doubt these are honest people who work at the hotel.
I recommend this hotel without question if only they would use a diluted chlorine/bleach spray to rid the mold/mildew. They also have quality speed WiFi throughout the hotel.
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Lien Ha