Our stay here was marked by the unusual ordinariness of everything. Besides the Bamboo theme & green colour scheme, there were no street fights, black outs, rats, pimps, thieving workers or leaking roofs. It makes it almost boring like an uneventful holiday but ordinary is probably good if we avoided everything else.
Although it is priced in the budget category, the hotel isnt a backpacker hostel nor is it bare bones, dont expect your bed to be made for $15 USD. The rate includes a simple breakfast but cheap & better street food options are available just outside. The reception girl was softly spoken & didn’t come across as shady, she was able to assist with our inquiries. The reception desk has a stocked fridge with several brands of beers & soft drinks available. Wireless was free & fast on my iPhone & there are 2 free computers for guests to use.
For 300,000 VND or $15 USD, we were given a clean room with a double & king single bed for 3 people. Room 5 on the first floor had high ceilings, large wooden framed windows/shutters, aircon, fan, heater, mini fridge, hot water, built-in wardrobe, clean bathroom & very friendly hotel staff. I joked about the 34cm TV being small, 10 mins later 2 girls came up carrying their 68cm TV from the reception room, I must be very charming. Our room faced the street so we had the shared balcony just outside, perfect for smokers.
Located on the main D Hung Vuong road connecting with the bridge closest to the royal citadel, the hotel is generally well located to everything else & within a 15 min stroll to lots of restaurants. The hotel is not located anywhere near dodgy red light districts or karaoke bars rather it is in & amongst shoe, clothing & snack stores. We didnt have any bookings & walked in off the street. As is normal in VN we were asked to leave our passports at the desk for their security.
It was refreshing staying in a hotel with some sort of theme such as this as the millions of other faceless cheap hotels everywhere else all seem to lack this small charming feature.