More Vietnam posts! The hotel I stayed at in Hue was the Valentine Hotel, where I only stayed for 1 night after my overnight train ride from Hanoi to Hue. I would depart early next morning to catch a bus to Hoi An.
You can find more pix at the TripAdvisor review site, those down here are the few that I took.
Valentine Hotel is located on Nguyen Cong Tru street which is a little lane (so narrow only 1 car get pass at a time) off the main road, so it’s a bit of a walk in. It’s a 6-storey building (with a lift… Don’t worry!). Apparently they were also a little flooded out the day before and had water in their entire lobby!
It’s a little off the backpacker area in Hue, so much quieter. There are a bunch of cafes along the road though, I heard pretty loud cheering all around at night when Vietnam was playing soccer in the SEA games.
I took the overnight sleeper train down from Hanoi and arrived at Hue Ga (Hue Train Station) at about 9am. The train was about an hour late because of the still flooded areas. A hotel rep was there waiting for me amidst the throng of cab drivers, and she deftly negotiated my cab ride and got me into a cab. The hotel is not too far from the hotel, perhaps about 10 mins by cab?
The room I was in (#305) was a double room – Large double bed, TV, fridge, side table… There was also a bath tub which I luxuriated in after a long day of running around in the rain. It’s the only place out of my hotels to have a bathtub that actually had a plug!
The ladies at the reception also welcomed me with a drink and a complimentary plate of freshly cut fruit!
There’s free wi-fi in the room, but there are also computers at the lobby.
The room cost me US$22, same as that of An Hoi Hotel in Hoi An. My Guesthouse booked me a double room instead of a single, so I had quite a lot of space to myself. According to the website, single rooms are US$16, and family rooms are available too.
Breakfast is included and you order it the night before from the menu they have. There’s western food and the Hue specialty noodle
The hotel had booked me on a full day city tour (US$25) which started at about 9am. Because my train came in later, I ended up missing the first half of it (the citadel and Thien Mu Pagoda) and spent that time chilling out in my room and taking a quick walk around the area. The hotel arranged for the bus to pick me up en route to lunch and the 2nd half of the tour.
They also booked me the cab to take me to the Sinh travel agency for my bus to Hoi An, but they didn’t inform me that I would be settling payment myself (previously, the hotel had always settled my bills for me) so there was a little bit of miscommunication with a rather cheesed off taxi driver and me there.
I enjoyed my brief stay there, though location wise it may not be the most central, it’s not that far away from the main action, and I managed to walk to the main Citadel and back again. It seems to be a family run business, and spoke pretty decent english and were very sweet, with one of them even proactively offering me a hairdryer as she noticed I had long hair!