When we got to DBP, we felt pretty out of place! We stayed at Muong Thanh for one night (we came there from Hanoi to see the war museums and have a look around). I wouldn't say it was bad at all. The hotel looks huge from outside and it's grubby in the lobby. The staff have trouble with complex english, but simple stuff seemed to be ok. Some girls were better than others. We wanted to see if we could hire a bike somewhere, and one girl behind the desk offered to bring us her personal one from home! Lovely, but she didn't really understand us...she was very friendly and would go out of her way to help us. We exchanged money readily, and there's good internet available in the lobby.
Our room was simple, you get there by going up a lift which is slow! But we were very happy with the room and bathroom. Clean, and dated, but good value.
If you want to use the pool, you have to pay a fee. We didn't bother. The restaurant for dinner was average...but we didn't want to go out on the street again (we'd had a REALLY bad experience at lunch with a local restauarant...).
Breakfast is again average, it's a buffet. But what more would you expect? Most people we've heard from use DBP as a stop over to other places. I don't think it's intended for long stays. To be honest, I was expecting worse from reading other reviews prior to coming!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Attracting a lot of budget travelers, this well located hotel in the center of town is reasonably priced with simple and comfortable rooms. Muong Thanh Dien Bien Phu Hotel has a fair range of recreational facilities including a large swimming pool, a sauna, a gym, and a karaoke room. The hotel is a mere stroll from the city center, and guests can walk through the local market. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Muong Thanh Hotel Dien Bien Phu, Dien Bien, Vietnam