My husband and I stayed at Duna Hotel for 3 nights, we had room 701 which was $25 a night.
First the plus points about our room:
- Flat screen tv mounted on the wall (not every room has this but ours did).
- Strong water pressure in the shower and super hot water.
- Great location just 5 mins walk from Ben Thanh market, lots of good and cheap food to be had around the area.
- Free wifi.
That's about it...
Our room had one double bed and two small pillows that yes, felt like cement bags. The bed was firm but a bit creaky. The room was fitted with a nice dresser, fridge and two sofa chairs that looked a bit worn. There was a fan but it didn't work and we didn't use it anyway. We checked and there were no towels, we had to ask for them.
Despite being on the 7th floor we could still hear constant noise from the traffic as our room overlooked the main street. The walls were too thin and noise from the room next door could be heard easily along with door slamming etc.
The bathroom was clean but TINY. The bathtub could probably only fit a child. The toilet was fitted at an awkward angle so there wasn't alot of room to move around. However the fittings looked new and water pressure was great.
Our second night we couldn't turn on the a/c. After calling reception they told us a very strange way to work the button on the remote and we finally got it working.
On our last day we came back to find the room prepared but the sheet under the blanket missing, leaving only the blanket. That night we woke at 5am to find the power cut off. Thankfully we managed to get the a/c on but the rest of the electrical stuff like lights were not functioning even till morning.
Breakfast everyday was pretty basic: A choice of baguette with jam, baguette with egg, baguette with omelette or instant noodles. The omelette was good but be warned if you choose the ice coffee the glass comes only 1/3-1/2 full. The cook is cheerful but doesn't speak much English. My husband ordered the noodle one morning and got served baguette with jam.
The hotel is adequate if you're a solo traveller just looking for a place to park yourself for the night. The location is very good, we ate at the night market every night, spending an average of $7 for both of us (2-3 big dishes, soda and beer). However there are better places to stay than Duna Hotel if you come with spouse or family.
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