a very well-located hotel near Hoan Kiem lake
Posted Mar 9, 2016
the hotel is all I hoped: competent friendly staff, good breakfasts, nice room with ensuite, minimal traffic noise, clean and well-positioned. Hoan Kiem lake is only a few minutes walk away, and many attractions and a multitude of eating places, coffee shops and speciality shops are also within a shortish walk. While there are many hotels nearby I am pleased I chose this one.
I have not used its travel booking service but I would expect it is as competent as the rest of the operation. Reception staff advised me on where to buy a pre-paid sim card (from a man with a tiny free-standing display case of cigarettes, lighters and sim cards up on the next street corner) and how much to pay (100,000 dong, and re- installed it for me when I put it in wrong way around), where camera shops were, and called me a taxi for a business appointment.
The airport mini bus dropped me at the door for 90,000 dong, and I can recommend this option (stand 16 outside the airport in the second road. Getting back out to the airport I will use the airport mini buses (40,000 D) that are just down Quang Trung road from the corner of Hai Bae Trung (maybe 200 metres from the south end of the lake).
The only other thing is: why on earth did Australia get involved in the American War with these friendly industrious people, and have we ever formally apologised and made some suitable reparations? Though the USA is paying an NGO to help remove some of the landmines they installed. I guess that is something.