Oct 142011

It’s simply amazing how much lodging you get for your money in Vietnam.

The first place I stayed – Hotel Especen – costs less than $17 a day, yet it offers private, centrally located, brightly lit rooms with everything you could need. By stepping up to $25 or $30 you can easily find a spot in a high-class hotel with elevators, bellboys, a concierge, and free breakfast buffet. I’m no stranger to great-deal lodgings…but even I think this is ridiculous.

(Not to mention that the sheer number of options is almost overwhelming – it seems like every other building in Old Town is a hotel or guesthouse. Kind of ironic that one of the first cities where I actually prebooked a room has perhaps the biggest selection I’ve ever seen!)

So although I was reasonably satisfied with Especen, I decided to keep my eyes peeled for better options – especially because of my dad’s impending arrival. The main problem with Especen was constant construction next door – to me a mild nuisance, but to my dad, an incredibly light sleeper, I knew it’d be awful.

(Also, the receptionist spoke pretty bad English and it would’ve been nice to stay somewhere I could actually communicate with the staff ;))

So while doing my rounds of the city over the last week, I also spent a bit of time popping into various hotels. I eventually decided to move to Hanoi Lucky Hotel #2; the room costs only $3 more but is way, way nicer. It’s easily triple the size with a soft queen-sized bed, huge bathroom, HUGE balcony, in-room PC and breakfast included. Now that’s what I call a deal!

Before I got to Hanoi I’d been thinking about hanging out after my dad heads back home. I even bought myself a 3-month visa, unsure of just how much work I’d need to get done. But in light of some later realizations (like the fact that nothing is opened after 11pm when I do a lot of my work) I was starting to think it isn’t the place for me. This room changes everything. With a comfortable place like this, maybe Hanoi would be a good spot to set myself for some (relatively) distraction-free coding before heading back towards the amazingly distracting (but amazingly fun) Thailand.

Anyway, we’ll see how it goes. He arrives in just a few hours, so for now it’s all responsibilities aside. Time for two weeks of pure, uninterrupted fun! 🙂

  7 Responses to “Hanoi Lucky Hotel”

  1. I can’t wait to see what happens!

  2. That looks like an incredibly nice room compared to the last. The iPhone shot is not too bad either…

  3. @dad: I’ll bet… 😛

    @Allyn/Andy: Yeah, honestly…SUCH a bargain! Actually, I’ve now been to 4 cities in Vietnam and they’re all about that good – it’s definitely a lodging-friendly country 😉

  4. I totally agree! Vietnam has GREAT hotels for very little money.

  5. Man, honestly…after that luxurious ocean-view room in Nha Trang ($13), coming back to sleazy little Happy Inn ($20) no longer feels like the incredible deal it once was! 😛

  6. Yeah, Nha Trang was probably the best place I’ve stayed for $6,50 😀

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