We are backpacking and booked a standard room on agoda. When we arrived it was from the sleeper train from Hanoi so was quite early in the morning and our room wasn't ready for checking in, so we were offered but not pressured into an upgrade to the luxury room for $2 a night more. Having read reviews on here that had already mentioned this happening I gathered this was a ploy to get us to pay more, so (initially at least) we said we would wait. After waiting in the lobby for 20 minutes, thinking it over however we did decide on upgrading as we figured it was only such a small amount and still LOADS cheaper than the walk in rate, and we were desperate to get showered and on our way to visiting the sites, but just bear this in mind.
Having said that the staff are incredibly welcoming and helpful, always cheery and speak excellent English. There are even signs up around the hotel (presumably) prompting staff to be attentive to the guests needs which is good to see as at times in SE Asia you almost feel as though some staff couldn't give a 'proverbial'. The room itself was amazing for the price we ended up paying. The A/C crispy cool, the bed probably the most comfortable we've slept on in Vietnam, the bathroom clean and well kept with more than enough free toiletries for us, and the wifi super fast.
One thing I have to point out is that you end up wasting a lot of your morning time on the boat tour to the tombs (operated by DMZ bar), as we ended up waiting around for the tour guide until almost 11am at the first attraction (a very unremarkable waste of time called Garden House) whilst the boat driver slept and didn't speak much English, before we got to the Pagoda. Having said that the tour picked up in the afternoon with a decent guide. Just check your options before deciding - it ended up that we had also been waiting for other tourists to join us on the boat from a separate tour of the Citadel in the morning so this might be an option.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located right in Hue City center, Friendly Hotel offers best service for your stay. Than Thien means Friendly, it is also the Character of our Hotel. Distance to famous places in province:- Dragon Boat on Huong Rive Port: 100m.- Truong Tien Bridge: 700m. Hue Railway Station: 1,5Km- Dong Ba Market: 1,2Km. Hue Citadel: 1,5Km.- Thien Mu Pagoda: 4,0 Km. Tu Duc King Tomb: 8Km- Thuan An Beach: 12Km. ... more less
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