We stayed here for one night before a junk boat cruise around Halong Bay; in the short period we stayed, watching tour groups come and go, I can't imagine that the hotel is used for anything else! Whilst they do have a swimming pool and other leisure facilities within the complex, there is nowhere else to go if you have a lengthier stay.
Despite reading other reviews slating the food in the restaurant, we actually enjoyed the evening meal in the Panorama restaurant. It was slightly surreal in that nobody else was in there; but sitting outside overlooking Halong Bay (be it pitch black at night) remained a wonderful aspect to the hotel. Breakfast however was not very good, but the views of Halong Bay from the 14th floor are spectacular in the morning.
No complaints about the room, very comfortable and quiet, free wireless internet and a mattress which wasnt too hard.
The reason for 3/5 - like others have said, the Saigon Halong Hotel has no soul and its primary purpose is to provide accommodation prior to exploring the bay; therefore, it is full of groups passing through. Drinks were the most expensive we have experienced in Vietnam so far, e.g. 40,000 VND for a bottle of Tiger. They certainly have you between a rock and a hard place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Saigon Halong Hotel is the biggest 4 star hotel in Halong Bay with 228 rooms. Hotel has 23 Villas out side the main building and 205 rooms in the main 15 story splendid building including 88 Superior rooms overlooking the mountains, 104 Deluxe rooms and 12 Executive Suites with balcony overlooking the Halong Bay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Saigon Halong Bay