I was on a solo trip in February and came across ChezLinhLinh online by chance prior to arriving, and am very glad that I decided to stay there. The rooms are clean, spacious and very well maintained, but more importantly, Lam, Thuy and their family are wonderful hosts. Apart from arranging trips to Sapa and Halong Bay effortlessly and with regular e-mail communication prior to my arrival, they also provided meals (unplanned and just because I was alone and needed to rush to the train station later) without extra charge.
In my time in Hanoi, I came across the usual dishonest cabbie or opportunistic cobbler fixing the sole of your shoe for USD 30 when it was no more than a USD 5 job. These downsides are more than compensated for by the treatment I received at ChezLinhLinh. Lam and Thuy are entrepreneurial, hardworking and very friendly people, building up their business and showing that they're doing it out of passion and not just to make a quick buck.
They are also very knowledgable on Vietnam and topics such as current affairs, history, culture etc so are very people to speak to if you're interested in knowiong more about the country you'e visiting. We even spoke about property prices in Hanoi and the banking system, just to reflect the range of topics they're happy to speak to you about. It was especially comforting to me as a solo traveller to have such hospitable hosts.
Also, the Unseen Hanoi bike tour with Lam comes very recommended, and was a great way to explore the little alleys of Hanoi and see them within a cultural or historical context. Take a coffee break by West Lake(?) and see a carcass of an American B-52 jet in a little lake surrounded by houses, and try to dodge those Hanoi scooters as you go along. If you want the exact opposite of a transactional, cold and money-minded B&B operator in Hanoi, ChezLinhLinh is the place to go.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Chezlinhlinh House, the House of Love, in the city center of Hanoi, Vietnam. With nicely decorated rooms and air conditioning you can expect a cozy and comfortable place to stay as well as being treated as a member of our family. We are not an ordinary Hanoi Home Stay. You will get the best local adventure! ... more less