My girlfriend and I stayed in one of the two double bedrooms on the second floor, which opened up to a nice sitting area with lovely mid-century modern furniture. No detail went unnoticed: from the rattan lanterns hanging in the restaurant, the cool wooden sliding door to the bathroom, to the hanging ‘garden’ that is tended to daily.
Our bed was firm, but comfortable enough. One thing to note was that the shower pressure was a little weak and the water had a bit of a rusty taste/smell.
Even though we had checked out already on our last day, our flight wasn’t until the evening and the staff let us use the restroom in one of the unoccupied rooms so we could shower and freshen up before our flight to Ha Noi.
A few things to note: the entire town basically shuts down after 9pm because most of the businesses are family-run. Be aware when walking/biking back at night that the lights will probably be off and it will be hard to find the hotel. One night we had come back from taking a stroll after a late dinner and the door was locked (it was around 9:30pm). We knocked on the door and felt bad disturbing one of the staff, who was sleeping in the reception area. All the lights were off inside the hotel, too, so we stumbled a bit in the dark.
Another thing is that only motorbikes and bikes (no cars) are allowed on the street where La Tonnelle is, so that is something to consider when schlepping your luggage about a block away if you arrive/depart by taxi/car.
La Tonnelle’s location was central, just a few meters away from the Japanese Bridge and from the riverside. We rented bikes everyday and everything wasn’t more than a 10 to 15-min bike ride (on flat roads).
The staff was was quite pleasant and helpful, one lady going out of her way on our last evening to accompany my girlfriend to get those delicious Vietnamese Banh Mi sandwiches—the lady said that if we went on our own, they’d charge us the tourist price!
All in all, we’d definitely stay here again.
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