Entering into the Lavender Hotel from the busy street, I felt ushered into a modern yet elegant boutique hotel. The room we stayed in was quite compact, but had all the usual mod-cons, with a nice touch of a complimentary fresh coconut on arrival! (Different to the typical fruit baskets in other hotels) A very decent buffet breakfast was included in its top floor restaurant, which offered excellent views of the hotel's surrounds.
Not all the staff at reception spoke fluent English, but were professional and accommodating, and we usually managed to get our message across the first time. What we found amusing was a list in our room which detailed the price of every single piece of furniture / decor, down to the "branch of lavender" (USD$1) if we were so inclined to purchase or perhaps break the item. (These "lists" was a practice we found common in other hotels we stayed at later in Vietnam.) Tasteful modern art decorated the room. The bed was rather firm, but clean and comfortable. The room was surprisingly quiet, considering its placement opposite the famous Ben Thanh markets.