We stayed for two nights in this love hotel, which also caters to tourists. The major drawback for us was the hard-as-concrete bed. We were so tired our first night that we managed to sleep on the slab. The second night found me looking for other possibilities in the room. I tried using the sofa but it proved to be too small. Eventually I was able to fall asleep on the bed by putting the comforter beneath me and using my coat as a blanket. We have traveled extensively throughout Asia and are quite used to firm beds, but this one took "firm" to a new level.
So why have I rated this lodging as Very Good? The rest of our spotless deluxe room was exceptional, from the jacuzzi tub and separate shower room to the 50-inch flat-screen TV. Though there were only two hangers and a couple of hooks and no drawers or storage shelves, this is not unusual for moderately priced Asian hotels. We paid $65 (U.S.) per night. We had two computer stations and excellent wi-fi service. The small refrigerator held two free bottles of water and two complimentary juices daily. A simple breakfast (3 choices) was included in the room price and delivered promptly each morning at our requested time. Our choice: toast and jam, juice, yoghurt, coffee/tea and a banana.
A comfortable room is the only refuge for guests in the hotel. There is no seating in the very dark reception area and no reception desk that is found in standard hotels. Check-in takes place at a half window with a "Information" sign above.
Service proved to be extraordinary. For example, the owner's wife picked us up at the high-speed train station (20 minutes away) at no charge. The pick-up is offered to those staying for at least two nights. We also received free laundry service. Though no one spoke much English, we were able to communicate. When we had a couple of complicated questions, we emailed the owner and received the answers that we needed.
The location met our needs perfectly. It was just a 3-minute walk to the two bus stations (local and express) and to Tourist Information. We could also walk to the Downtown historic sites. There were many places to eat in the neighborhood. The street, however, features many love hotels with neon signs, which may be a turnoff for some people.
But if you are more concerned with a clean, comfortable room at good value rather than immediate surroundings, then the Sugar Motel would be a good choice. Just be prepared for an exceedingly firm bed.
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