Take care over tours and currency
Posted Jun 12, 2013
An extensive spread was provided at breakfast which could be enjoyed with excellent views of the city from the 11th floor. The breakfast staff were highly attentive. My standard room was pretty standard; a view re-enforced by a sneak look at the delux room next door. The hotel has a small gym which I found useful; it also has computers for use free of charge that I found invaluable. The hotel is on a busy road but being on high floor will mean that you escape the noise. It is about a 20 minute walk through the old quarter to the lake in the city centre. My word of caution would be about booking tours through the hotel - the reception staff are very good at "selling" the tours, but going directly to the office (APT Travel, 5 Hang Chieu Street) of the same tour company that they use saved me a third of the price that the hotel were going to charge. The tour company itself is very good with high quality tour buses (comfy seats and eefective air conditioning), though the guides vary a little (I went on two tours one with a good guide and the other where the guide did not say very much). The other caution is about currency, I had some money to pay when I left (for one of the tours and the taxi from the airport) and even though I said I wanted to pay in Vietnam Dong, the receptionist charged my card with American Dollars.
So all in all, consider going for a delux room, do not book tours through the hotel and careful about the currency they charge you in.