The first problem with this hotel is that there was no theme. It has a modern chandelier and leather couches around the columns and then someone stuck some giant porcelain vases by the elevator. The room they gave us was pretty smelly so they changed our room. We had the crappy mountain view but they were packed so we couldn't switch. Mr Canh, the trip advisor person there, arranged our Ha Long Bay tour for us. He said it would be 300,000 VND/person but the boat captain told us it would be 400,000VND/ person. We were pretty annoyed by that and that didn't include the taxi ride back from the boat dock. Later we wanted a car to Hai Phong and the hotel wanted to charge us 1,400,000VND. They lowered by 200,000 when we made a face. We got a ride back to Hai Phong for 653,000 VND from taxi, half the price the hotel quoted us. Get ready to get rip off in Ha Long. I understand, its a tourist area and everything is more expensive but they have a price for the international travelers and a price for the locals. We are American Vietnamese and if we spoke Vietnamese, they would give us one price but when we spoke English, they would add on a couple of 1000s just to be jerks. This is really not the hotel's fault, just a fair warning to travelers going to Ha Long. The only saving grace is the hotel had good food and large portions.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Saigon Halong Hotel is one of the biggest 4 star hotel in Halong Bay with 228 rooms. Hotel has 5 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