Stayed here as a part of Kuoni's "Trails of Vietnam" tour. We were told it was the best in the area, but have no way of knowing. But, I do know that it's an area that doesn't see many western tourists yet, so that's possible. For the purposes of tourism, Vinh isn't anything other than somewhere to break up the journey when doing the long, long drive from Hanoi to Hue. In winter at least, you get there when it's already dark. We visited in the run up to Christmas, so the place had its decorations up. Check in was via our guide, so was very, very quick. Not sure if it would be that way if you were independent, as nobody seemed to speak English.
Room was of a decent size, with a comfortable bed and all appeared pretty clean - bathroom had a huge bath. No problems with hot water. We used the ground floor restaurant for an evening meal and breakfast. Food within the evening meal was set menu and average. Breakfast was buffet, with possibly more Vietnamese type dishes and less western than we saw in many other places. All perfectly adequate though. Restaurant prices were cheap - 1/2 litre Hanoi beer was only 15,000 Dong (about 50p). So, a fraction of what we paid for a small can in other 4 star hotels.
We attempted to find the "Relaxing Bar", which is supposedly in the basement. But, didn't search too hard. The lift opened to a very smoky large room/hallway, which had no appeal, so we turned back and returned to the room.
The hotel is a little over 5 mins walk from the giant Ho Chi Minh statue (apparently the largest in Vietnam), which is worth a look. Didn't see any other westerners, but lots of locals said hello and were very friendly. Be sure and go early as they switch the lights off around 9 - 9:30pm.
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