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Xuan Hoa Hotel 1
Caloundra, Australia
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“I can't fault this hotel”
Reviewed November 11, 2012

We stayed in September in a family room (newer hotel) with our two teenage boys for two nights. Our room was clean and comfortable, airconditioned, with a bath and with a balcony. We arrived early morning on the train, so had two full days in Ninh Binh. We really enjoyed our stay, and put it all down to the very helpful people at Xuan Hoa Hotel. Particularly the owner, Mr Xuan. He bent over backwards for us and was a genuinely nice guy. We rented bikes (very cheap), with a mud map of the area supplied by the hotel on our first day, and cycled out to Trang An. (We were advised to avoid Tam Coc, as way too touristy). This was very do-able flat ride, and my boys didn't whinge too much! Trang An would have to be one of my favourite places in the whole of Vietnam. Stunning!! You have to go!! We only ate at the hotel while in Ninh Binh, and the food was great. It was also a great spot to have a few beers overlooking the lake out the front of the hotel. And Mr Xuan would come and join us if he wasn't busy with other guests. The next day Mr Xuan offered to hire us his private car, and we did a whole day trip of all his recommended spots around Ninh Binh. It only cost us $45usd for the whole day, including driver, on a Sunday. It was great having our own car, we could go at our own pace. We visited some awesome spots, my favourite being the Mua lookout walk, a huge walk up a lot of steps, (and the boys whinging the whole way), but the most stunning view ever!!!! You have to do that too!! Mr Xuan also offered us a two night trip to the mountains staying in a local village homestay, he would come with us. He had a book with photos and other peoples reviews, and if we had some spare time, would definately have done it. Next trip to Vietnam Mr Xuan. Our last night in Ninh Binh there was a "childrens festival" on. Mr Xuan invited us to join him and his grandchildren, so we marched around the neighborhood with all the neighborhood locals, with lanterns and drums, celebrating childrens day with them. And attended the festival afterwards with him. No idea what anyone was saying, but it was lovely to be involved in a local celebration. Mr Xuan also organised a local bus to Haiphong for us for the next morning. Overall, good hotel, good food, lovely people, make you feel very welcome and do anything for you. Definately recommend.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 20, 2012

we didn´t have information about ninh binh when we arrived late in the evening. the owner was already waiting for the bus and guided us to his second hotel (blue building in the corner with the same name). we were really happy to be in a quiet place with friendly people after our days in hanoi. he asked if we were hungry even when the kitchen was closed. the hotel is really clean, twin bed with television and balcony voor 10 USD dollar. we didn´t like the food on the menu but the hotel and service were good.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Tenerife, Spain
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Reviewed September 15, 2012 via mobile

We stayed at the nicer of the 2 hotels and because it was empty we got the budget price. The room we got was amazing, 2 double beds, bathroom with tub, balcony overlooking the 'lake', tv, fridge and AC. One of the beds had dirty stains on the sheets- had we needed this bed we wouldn't have stayed. Mr Xuan was really nice and friendly and seemed to care about the guests needs. This is a complete contrast to his bone idle son (presumably). This lad spent his entire shift either playing games on the computer or sleeping on a fold away bed behind the desk. We wanted food on several occasions when he was working and we either got totally ignored or treated like his biggest inconvenience. We actually refused to eat in the cafe when he was around in the end because he created such a bad atmosphere. Mr Xuan- this lazy sloth is losing you money! Apart from this we felt very welcome the menu is quite limited but there's enough dishes to try for a couple of days and everything we sampled was lovely (the chips are amazing)! We spent 5 days in ninh binh and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. If you want bia hoi there's 2 cafes near the hotel one is called 'bia hoi cafe' and serve only bia hoi at the correct price, then there's another around the corner which is always packed. We had a couple of good nights here drinking beer (at a good price) and mixing with the locals BUT when we ordered food here we got unbelievably RIPPED OFF. Please don't go there they are racist thieves.

  • Stayed September 2012
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Athens, Greece
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Reviewed September 1, 2012

We loved Mr Xuan and his lovely family! We stayed here 4 days. The room was so clean and the balcony just perfect! Mr Xuan can provide you with everything you need (motorbikes, food, tours and tickets) in reasonable prices. I never felt like he wanted to take advantage of us. He was honest and he was trying to arrange everything in order to have a great time in Ninh Binh.
Even when we asked him to exchange money, he asked us to check the rate in the internet and then give us the equal rate in Dong!!!
He is VERY honest and I think that he really likes his job..

**The hotel is 10 min distance on foot from the bus and the train station! You do not need to pay a taxi. Just write down the address and ask the locals!

Room Tip: Rooms at the 4th floor! Perfect view!!
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Berlin, Germany
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Reviewed August 16, 2012

We stayed four days at Xuan Hoa 1 (the blue one), which is the budget option compared to Xuan Hoa 2. Both belong to the same management, which is really friendly and helpful for organizing tours in the region (Tam Coc, Phu Coc National Park etc.). Germans even might feel "at home", when seeing the Bavarian flag and some Masskruege in the dining room.
The rooms are simple but clean (if your sheet isn't ask for a new one and you get it), with AC and sufficient regarding a price of less than 10 Dollar.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed June 3, 2012

Clean rooms and quiet probably because of the time we visited. We did our own tour around Ninh Binh. We hired a motorbike from the hotel and they provided us with a map. We went to Trang An which was around 10k's from the hotel. The map also has the km's for each site you want to visit from the hotel and it was easy to find. Trang An is so beautiful with limestone mountains jutting out through rivers and lots of rice paddies. We went to Tam Coc cave which was magnificent and also easy to find by motorbike. You have to pay for the canoe ride but it's not much(can't remember how much it cost). We had 2 locals who took us for the 2 hour boat ride. Watch out for the shopkeepers on boats at the end of the 1st leg of the trip. They sell you drinks at double the price as tips for our tour guides. We paid $5 for a can of beer and coke, packet of oreo and pineapple. At the end of the trip your tour guide may ask for a tip so if you prefer to pay them the money instead of the shopkeeper than don't buy anything. Your tour guide may also try to sell you tablecloths, fans, etc. Besides this, Tam Coc is awesome. You go through 4 caves, through rice paddies and serene waters. You should also visit Hung Mua cave. Climb 465 steps, torture but worth it when you see the view from the top. Breathtaking!!!!! If you can, do these trips around 10ish to miss out on all the tourist so you enjoy the serenity.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Brisbane
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed April 30, 2012

Was very dissapointed in the service levels. It was the only hotel in our travels around Vietnam that didnt have breakfast included. Also you had to pay to use the internet. You pay for everything here. They should look at the service you get from some of the other hotels in Vietnam like Holiday Gold in Hanoi, Nino Hotel in Hue or Cat Cat Hotel in Sapa. Also from some reveiws we read thay said the food was amazing...not with our experinece. Ordered a banana pancake which you couldnt eat..... was like rubber....The room was big with a view of a lake out the front. We did get some good advice on what to see around the area though.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Xuan Hoa Hotel 1
Address: 31D Minh Khai Street, Ninh Binh 430000, Vietnam
Location: Vietnam > Ninh Binh Province > Ninh Binh
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #32 of 59 Specialty Lodging in Ninh Binh
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in Ninh Binh city centre (350 m to post office, 400m to bus station and 800m to train station) at the side of Lam San lake, the hotel has beautiful views of lake, city, rice field, village and mountains of Tam Coc. Xuan Hoa Hotel also has a good, spacious and quiet position so it's rated as a two star hotel with enthusiastic staff, safe drivers, English-speaking guide so in hotel we can arrange the local tour as well as good cook. Our purpose is giving the guests a pleasant stay and memorable trip. ... more   less 
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