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“Could have been a 5 star, but the beds are like a rock”

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Moon Garden Homestay
Ranked #49 of 662 Hanoi B&B and Inns
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Reviewed April 18, 2013

The moon garden homestay was great, except for the bed. We couldn't sleep at all because the beds were so firm. Everything else was wonderful - the food, the people, the accommodations, the bikes, the tours. If the beds had just a little cushion, it would have been a great stay. I understand that the Vietnamese prefer very firm beds, or prefer to sleep on wood slats. Not me, I prefer a little bid of padding.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 24, 2013

You simply have to visit the Moon Garden if you go to Vietnam. Apart from the rather firm matress absolutely everything else was faultless. We had a cooking class, bike ride to a local village and a fishing trip where we ate what we caught! The food was absolutely amazing both in presentation and flavour as well as being some of the best we had in the whole of our two weeks in the country.

The rooms where stunning - traditionally styled in polished mahogany and the rose petals on the bed when we arrived were a lovely touch.

The staff we met were the most friendly and genuine people we met during our time in Vietnam. English was spoken well by two members of staff which was all that was necessary. Our guide lived in the local village so we went to his house for tea with his wife on our tour.

We stayed for two nights which was a perfect relaxing start to our holiday. As luck would have it we ended up there by default as our accommodation in Mai Chau wasn't available. I will always be thankful for that!

Room Tip: I'm not sure of the number but we had a beautiful room facing the paddy fields
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 27, 2012

Moon Garden is a great place to relax - a perfect first stop in Vietnam to recover from jet lag. The staff are all quite friendly and attentive. There is not much English spoken (one staffer is proficient in French) but it is such a well-oiled machine with well-planned activities for guests (a short cooking class, some quiet pole-fishing, biking through neighboring villages), that there is little need for better communication. All modern amenities are available (wi-fi, cable tv) and the food, oh the food! Come hungry because the meals are plentiful. The mattresses and pillows are quite firm, and the rooms are well-appointed with Vietnamese decor.
If there's any chance of rain, best to bring a book, because you will have little else to do during bad weather. But it's so relaxing, it's a great place to just unwind and get away from the world.

Room Tip: All the rooms are great.
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed December 22, 2012

After 11 hours flight and the trip by car from Hanoi airport my mother and I arrived at Moon Garden mid morning. This was the perfect way to start our trip, friendly people, relaxing athmosphere and beautiful landscape. We had a cooking class before lunch and went for a bicycle ride in the country side in the afternoon, all the kids on their way home from school greeting us - really warmed our hearts. The shower (with scented herbs) after the bike ride using a ladle in the traditional style was wonderful and after dinner we were given a footbath and massage before retiring for the night. Next morning after Tai Chi and breakfast we had a walk around the village - invited to tea at an elderly couple (thanks to our guides it was possible to ask questions and exchange with them). I really want to express my profund thanks to Phan & Thuy (I hope I remember the names correctly) for making this an unforgettable part of our journey
- Thanks!

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 18, 2012

We spent the first 2 nights of our honeymoon in the Moongarden. It's a wonderful place to experience rural Vietnam away from the busy streets of Hanoi. The rooms were luxurious and the staff were very friendly and took us on walking and cycling tours of the nearby villages. There were also a range of activities we did to get antiquated with the Vietnamese way of life (e.g. cookery lessons). The owners have moved traditional Vietnamese buildings (an old catholic church and a traditional stilted house) from original thier locations to the Moongarden so it's also a conservation project. We would really recommend this as a relaxing place to stay, with welcoming staff and great food.

Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 23, 2012

An over night stay at this place was part of our 2 weeks tour package. Though our travel agent sent me the itinerary, I did not research on any of the destinations I was sent. We are a family of 5, parents and 3 children ages 7,9, and 11. Upon hearing the word, "home-stay", I was a bit worried because we travel with small children! However, upon arriving at the place and were shown to our rooms/house, we were so impressed and rather surprised! It's really an understatement to call it a "home-stay". It is too luxury to be called such name! it felt like a very upscale private residence in a charming farming village to me! We loved every thing about this place, while our children loved to explore around and all the dogs that there. It was very peaceful. Our children enjoyed the bicycling tour around the village, seeing old houses, rice paddies and other farming crops. They loved the fishing trip and kite flying. The staffers were so nice, would cater to your needs though they can't speak English. The owner's brother works there and he's 1 of the most down to earth guys ever. He spoiled our 3 children with his attention, his English was ok.
The place was very charming, peaceful and clean. We had the whole house to ourselves, my husband and I slept in 1 big bedroom while our 3 children slept in another just across the hall. I enjoyed walking around the garden before exercising and breakfast. Wish I had a place like that! Over all experience was great! Would stay here again and again, and highly recommended!

Room Tip: No fitness center, but followed the exercise showing by 1 of the staffers right after our cups of fr...
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 14, 2012

1.5 hours drive west of Hanoi, this is a gem! We found it on Trip Advisor, and it was the highlight of our 3 week stay in Vietnam. To call Moon Garden a 'home stay' understates it, although it does feel like being in a very classy private residence. The complex of buildings is set in beautiful gardens on the edge of a lake, in a rural rice-growing region. The buildings themselves are wonderful traditional architecture of several kinds (stilt house, family houses, relocated church) but built to luxurious standards and very tastefully furnished with antiques and crafts from all over Vietnam. The attention to detail and comfort - from the divine traditional treatments to the gorgeous food - were exquisite. We particularly enjoyed our bicycle trips into the countryside, where we could stop when and where we liked, interact with the locals, and enjoy the area. The ancient town of Duong Lam is particularly worth a visit. Our hosts went to no end of trouble to make sure our needs were met, even to offering us their cell phone to contact a family member in hospital in New Zealand when we couldn't get through on our own phone. The ancestor ceremony was very special, and added another dimension to the whole experience. It's expensive, but really a priceless all round experience! You can book direct with them: moon garden@fpt.vn, or www.moongardenhomestay.com

Room Tip: Any where you sleep here is beautiful and very romantic!
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: Ky Son village | Xuan Son Commune, Son Tay District, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam
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Location: Vietnam > Hanoi
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
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Ranked #49 of 662 B&Bs / Inns in Hanoi
Price Range: $106 - $374 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Moon Garden Homestay 3*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
If you really care about Vietnamese culture and want to experience yourself the life of a traditional Hanoian, this is really the tour you can not afford to miss. Here comes a uniquely exciting tour for you to explore the true beauty of ancient Hanoi.A perfect place for family stay, weekend holidays and anyone who is in a big love with countryside and wants to get a real taste of Vietnam rural daily life and culture.Moon Garden HomeStay is located in Ky Son Village, Xuan Son Commune, Son Tay District, Hanoi, Vietnam. It is 55 km far from Hanoi Center and 4 km from Duong Lam Ancient Village and Mia Pagoda. There are two types of wooden houses in which:- 4 Ancients Wooden houses which are elegantly and comfortably restored with 8 rooms privately. - 1 Wooden House on Stilt - a Pile dwelling, typical house restored elegantly and comfortably which is a shared big house of 9 shared rooms. ... more   less 
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