The hotel is quite close to the airport so there's that- it takes four minutes from the airport and five minutes back. Make sure to co ordinate with them ahead of time so they can pick you up- the Noi Bai taxi drivers will want to charge you 5-6x the meter.
This place, according to the manager, is managed by the same people who run the Avi Hotel which is also near the airport. I stayed at the Avi two years ago and mentioned that to the manager, who said that the desk-hard beds at the Avi had now been replaced and that we would have "soft sleep" with plenty of hot water.
Well the beds are OK, certainly not as hard as they were at the Avi, but as for the hot water- not so much. There was enough hot water for me to wash the soap off... and then it just cut out. Not "low water pressure," no water. Wait, let me say that again in all caps: NO WATER. One other problem was that there was no temperature control. Just hot water with no ability to mix in cold, so maybe it was just as well that the water flow was extremely meager.
They have the $2 breakfast, and just as at the Avi two years ago, they serve Vietnam Airlines butter that smells as if the date of packaging and the date printed on the butter do not actually match. Well no one else has complained of food poisoning so maybe it's OK, but with a 10 hour flight ahead of me I was disinclined to risk it. And what kind of a hotel serves butter with an airline logo on it?
I'm giving a good mark for service because the manager at least argued on my behalf with the taxi driver who overcharged me for the ride over.
With the colossal (1 kilometer long) Terminal Two, Noi Bai will be able to handle 22 million passengers a year. That's the size of JFK. Now, JFK has decent airport hotels with hot water and butter they bought themselves for money. When will Noi Bai have this, I wonder.
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