Guesthouses, hotels and resorts
Along Vuon Dao Street, with its associated alleys and side streets, are 2,136,714 hotels (give or take) and they are all pretty much identical. Many, particularly those at the post office end, are about the width of a two-car garage and six storeys tall with no elevator. Most have fan and air-con and all have private baths, hot water, fridges and dated TVs with Vietnamese-language channels only. There aren't many really bad rooms here and prices are similar, but it's worth checking out a couple before making your choice. Bargaining hard in the off-season will usually yield good results, particularly if you're willing to walk to the rooms at the top, need more than one room or want to stay more than a night. Note that English is rarely spoken as this is predominantly a Vietnamese tourist town. Also, if the hotel quotes in dollars, do ask for the dong conversion price before you check-in to avoid any unpleasant surprises.
Lovely but busyNo 1, Area 2, Bai Chay (on Ha Long Rd at the end of Vuon Dao Str), Ha Long City
T: (033) 364 6618; F: (033) 351 2818
Lording it over its poorer cousins on Vuon Dao Street, the 34 floors of Muong Thanh Quanh Ninh Hotel opened for business in early 2014. The lobby area is a huge space with imposing columns and ... Read the full review of Muong Thanh Quanh Ninh Hotel.USD 50 to 100 1 vote Toprange
Stand out decor81 Vuon Dao St, Bai Chay, Ha Long City
T: (033) 3848 565;
Holiday – or Holyday as it says on the name cards -- distinguishes itself from similarly priced joints with its grey and silver reception area and bedrooms which aren't painted the standard cream: ... Read the full review of Holiday Hotel.USD 10 to 20 1 vote Flashpacker
Quirky with a spacious balcony20 Ha Long Rd, Bai Chay, Ha Long City
T: (033) 846 137; F: (033) 846 137
This place stands out from the pack on Hotel Alley because -- it isn't. It's on Ha Long Road a little east of Vuon Dao Street, up a steep slope off the main road. The reception area is a bit dark and ... Read the full review of Thuy Duong Hotel.
Speaks English2 Anh Dao, Bai Chay, Ha Long City
T: (033) 384 6620;
One thing that sets Ho Tay Hotel apart from the other budget places is that the proprietor speaks English. That's not so surprising when you realise they offer tours – English is more of a ... Read the full review of Ho Tay Hotel.
Reasonable mid-range optionHa Long Road, Bai Chay, Ha Long City
T: (033) 3846 145; F: (033) 384 9468
We didn't receive a particularly warm welcome at Eden Hotel but it's a good mid-range option and there aren't many of those in Ha Long, so we've ignored that and listed it anyway. The hotel is next ... Read the full review of Halong Eden Hotel.USD 20 to 50 1 vote Midrange
Large rooms, tiny bathrooms21 Vuon Dao St. Bai Chay, Ha Long City
T: (033) 384 6655;
The rooms at Nhat Anh are huge, or at least those we saw at the front are. With two hard double beds they're perfect for travelling friends -- four of you if you're really friendly. The front rooms ... Read the full review of Nhat Anh Hotel.
A "business" hotel1A Anh Dao St, Bai Chay, Ha Long City
T: (033) 629 3293; F: (033) 364 0250
This place used to be a standard budget place called Hoang Gia but it's been tarted up and is now a smarter option, with correspondingly increased prices and the tagline “business hotel. Located on ... Read the full review of Starlight Hotel.USD 20 to 50 1 vote Midrange
Prettv in blue39 Vuon Dao St, Bai Chay, Ha Long City
T: (033) 846 009;
This place stands out on the street because of its attractive blue exterior and pretty balconies. It's also freshly painted and kept very clean, and whereas some hotels forget to spruce up the ... Read the full review of Peace Hotel (Hoa Binh Hotel).USD 10 to 20 1 vote Flashpacker
Away from Hotel Alley
There are some decent options for mid- to luxury-range rooms in the area surrounding Hotel Alley, mostly closer towards the main pier on Ha Long Road. The places across the road from the water offer spectacular views of the bay.
The most stylish option160 Ha Long Road, Bai Chay
T: (033) 384 8108; F: (033) 384 8018
If money's less of an object and you plan on spending a bit of time at your hotel, check out the Novotel. While the Plaza is more traditional and the Muong Thanh all marble and gold, the Novotel is ... Read the full review of Novotel.USD 100+ 1 vote Luxury
Super friendly8 Ha Long Rd, Bai Chay, Ha Long City
T: (033) 384 5810; F: (033) 384 6867
The interior of the Plaza is cosier than its boxy exterior might suggest – albeit a bit dated. The lobby is huge, but unlike other such places, it's well designed to feel comfortable at the same ... Read the full review of Ha Long Plaza Hotel.USD 100+ 1 vote Luxury
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