HCMC was deadbeat full during Tet, so minutes before hopping on my motorbike to Vung Tau, I booked a room at Nathalie's. It's located on a hill in one of the most beautiful parts of Vung Tau, where only a two-line road separates the beach from the mountains.
Check-in was fast, and the room great, with a lot of wood, giving it a nice tropical edge. Large kingsize bed, with firm mattress. The bathroom has a luxurious tub (just like in the pictures), but unfortunately, water pressure is so low it takes half an hour to fill the tub with 4 inches of water. That is cold water, because on both days I stayed, the warm water ran our after less than 3 minutes, and didn't come back for many hours.
Aside from a removable stain on the toiletroll holder about which I'd rather not speculate, the room was very clean.
A point for improvement was the minibar, which was empty, although the fridge was running at full speed. They could definitely make some extra money by stocking that with water, beer and perhaps snacks.
For a B&B, breakfast is hearty, with a variety of a la carte Vietnamese dishes and Thai curries. No fruit or Western foods, but fresh juices and coffee are great. Note that breakfast is not included, but very affordable.
Staff were very friendly and helpful, although only one spoke some basic English.
The strip is 5-6km away, but if you're not big on Western food, eat at either the hotel restaurant (Thai) or the great fresh seafood places blocks away. I'm not a big fan of the strip, but drove down several times just because the windy road is so beautiful.
Would definitely come back here.
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