It's possible to see this hotel from the train station, however you have to walk around and over the tracks by a little road which takes approximately 10-15 minutes - the roads are completely safe and it's an easy, flat walk.
Even though I arrived at just after 9am, well before the check in time, I was warmly welcomed, invited to sit down while the necessary paperwork was completed, before promptly being shown to my room, already cleaned and awaiting my arrival. Great start.
It got even better when I ordered a fabulous apple pancake (seriously tasty - and massive) and then asked for advice about things to do in the area - although the answer is 'not a lot', the staff went through everything I could do within the town including the local market and the small church, and then took me through the various options for exploring the surrounding countryside - lots of helpful information without being pushy in the slightest.
The rooms are spacious and spotlessly clean, with air conditioning, a fan, lockable wardrobe, fridge and tv. The beds were very comfortable and again, spotlessly clean. My room overlooked the railway station and on the first night I did wake up with a start at the sound of a train's horn directly outside my window; however this was the only disturbance in three nights at the location.
Breakfast is included and there is a wide range of both Asian and Western dishes available to choose from - all delicious-looking, though I stuck with my favourite - the apple pancake, each morning.
The staff at this hotel only add to the good points - warm, friendly, helpful...even dropping me off at the train station on the back of their moped when it was time to leave with a complimentary bottle of water for the journey (though I'm still not sure how both my bags, me and the lovely staff member were able to fit on the bike...!)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- “ Cánh Diều Hotel is located in Ninh Binh composed of stylish oriental culture and unique characteristics of 29 rooms fully equipped rooms with modern facilities. This hotel is fit for both leisure and business travelers as it is located within close proximity to bus and train stations. Guests have a choice of 3 different types of room varying from Deluxe Twin Mountain View (Cánh Diều mountain view), Twin Standard Twin Bed, Double Standard. Guests who want to explore the city can visit the nearby attractions such as the Hoa Lu Ancient temple, Pagoda Bai Dinh, Phat Diem Cathedral as well as nearby shops and restaurants. Pick Cánh Diều Hotel for an ensured comfortable stay…” ... more less
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