The hotel and rooms were pretty basic and standard, but a few good points are worth noting. By the way our rooms had windows! Apparently it's a rarety for standard/budget hotels in Vietnam but I did request it when booking way in advance.
The front desk lady Linda (gosh I hope I remember her name correctly!) was very professional and helpful. Breakfast which was included in the room rate was strictly Vietnamese and tended to be the same every day but still, it was decent. The room was equipped with a desktop computer that actually worked with good internet access, and a nice-size LCD screen tv with good selection of English language and movie channels. The location of the hotel was very strategic and it's a huge plus point for this hotel. It's a very easy walk to many of the places of interest. From the hotel, turn left and within a few minutes you will get to the Ben Thanh Market. At night the area around here became a very lively night bazaar with lots of interesting food stalls. You have to try the sandwich at the street sandwich stall on the way to the bazaar. It's baquette with mayonnaise, pate and a selection of cold meats, cucumber, chilly peppers, and mint leaves and it was really tasty. From the hotel turn right and within a few minutes you will arrive at the Reunification Palace and the Thao Dien Village where you can watch an interesting water puppet show (all in Vietnamese but nonetheless still very interesting), or watch the locals take latin, ballroom and salsa lessons at the club there (literally dozens of couples all moving the same way in the same direction--quite a bit amusing).
On the last day we had to leave very early to the airport and was surprised to be given a pack of tasty breakfast sandwich, water and fruits to take with us. That was a very nice gesture.
We were very happy with our decision to give this hotel a try.
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