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 on the inside. They are all about the width of a two-car garage and six stories tall -- few of them have elevators, and you'll pay less for rooms higher up if you have to climb the stairs. Fan rooms are widely available, and all the rooms have private baths, hot water, fridges, and crappy little TVs with Vietnamese broadcast channels only. There aren't many really bad rooms here, so comfort-wise, feel free to take the first thing you can get, but price-wise, they do vary quite a bit, and bargaining hard in the off-season will usually yield good results. Most places charge per number of guests rather than a flat rate per room.
Has a decent internet cafe39 Vuon Dao St, Bai Chay
T: (033) 846 009;
This place stands out on the street because of its attractive blue exterior, but the other good reason to stay here is that the first floor is given over to a pretty decent internet cafe -- on-line ... Read the full review of Peace Hotel (Hoa Binh Hotel).USD 10 to 20 1 vote Flashpacker
Friendly, conscientious staff81 Vuon Dao St, Bai Chay
T: (033) 848 565;
This place distinguishes itself with its friendly, conscientious staff and good proximity to the Asia Restaurant, which is where a lot of people head for their meals anyway. Also, they have some ... Read the full review of Holiday Hotel.
Quirky with a spacious balcony20 Ha Long Rd, Bai Chay
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. It's pretty much the only true mini-hotel that has strayed so far from ... Read the full review of Thuy Duong Hotel.
Very helpful manager8 Anh Dao St, Bai Chay
T: (033) 640 041;
The Mai Hoa is located on Anh Dao, a bit away from the other hotels -- not close to much of anything, really. Maybe that's why the prices are a bit lower, too. Also, we found the manager, Hieu, very ... Read the full review of Mai Hoa Hotel.
Full of character1A Anh Dao St, Bai Chay
T: (033) 845 451;
This place is located on the short chunk of street that connects Vuon Dao and Anh Dao. It's worth pointing out because, like the Peace Hotel, it has internet in the lobby -- here it is free to guests ... Read the full review of Hoang Gia Hotel.
Cheap!22 Vuon Dao St, Bai Chay
T: (033) 640 133; F: (033) 845 779
The rooms are pretty much exactly the same as elsewhere, but for some reason they are offering them at dirt cheap prices. We're not entirely sure we believe them -- check it out for yourself and see ... Read the full review of Hoang Ha Hotel.
Congenial staff31 Vuon Dao St, Bai Chay
T: (033) 846 593; F: (033) 846 593
There isn't much to distinguish the Van Nam from it's neighbours, but it's one place that tends to do well even in the off season. The staff are very congenial, though little English is spoken. As ... Read the full review of Van Nam Hotel.
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 Rd. The places across the road from the water offer really spectacular views of the bay. While for the mini-hotels, summer is the high season, for these places, it's winter.
Gorgeous8 Ha Long Rd, Bai Chay
T: (033) 845 810; F: (033) 846 867
Despite the rather boxy exterior, the interior of the Plaza is gorgeous. The attention to detail starts with the staff, whose uniforms will make you feel under-dressed unless you're wearing a top hat ... Read the full review of Ha Long Plaza Hotel.USD 100+ 1 vote Luxury
A decent optionHa Long Rd, Bai Chay
T: (033) 845 845-48; F: (033) 845 849
This four-star outfit is a decent option in the luxury range, and the prices aren't quite as steep as The Plaza down the road. The cheapest rooms are the villas out back, housed in separate buildings ... Read the full review of Saigon Ha Long Hotel.
Spend a night or two here just to say you didHa Long Rd, Bai Chay
T: (033) 846 320-1; F: (033) 846 318-9
This is a 'government-run' hotel -- which is to say, it was built in 1938 by the French, but was subsequently liberated after they and the Vietnamese had a bit of a falling out sixteen years later. ... Read the full review of Halong Hotel 1.USD 20 to 50 1 vote Midrange
Pool overlooking the bay66 Ha Long Rd, Bai Chay
T: (033) 848 999; F: (033) 847 148
The Royal Hotel is a work-in-progress. The rooms currently available are housed in an eclectic array of buildings, most of which seem to be a modern take on the French colonial style. Each building ... Read the full review of Royal Hotel.USD 100+ 1 vote Luxury
Non-descript and unexceptional88 Ha Long Rd, Bai Chay
T: (033) 846 888; F: (033) 846 999
As four-star hotels go, this place is pretty non-descript and unexceptional. We found everything clean and sweet-smelling, but otherwise disappointing. The 'superior' rooms (ie., standards) have ... Read the full review of Heritage Ha Long Hotel.
Spectacular views but overpriced10 Ha Long Rd, Bai Chay
T: (033) 849 009; F: (033) 844 855
The cavernous lobby of this place is quite impressive, if a bit impersonal. We also found some of the staff a bit clueless. There's nothing much wrong with the rooms, but they are really just decent, ... Read the full review of Ha Long Dream Hotel.
Cramped and uncomfortableHa Long Rd, Bai Chay
T: (033) 849 683; F: (033) 844 574
The Ha Long Pearl is really a two-star hotel, but unfortunately it's masquerading as a four-star hotel. There's a long-history of people checking in here and getting very angry with their travel ... Read the full review of Ha Long Pearl Hotel.
A fallback optionHa Long Rd, Bai Chay
T: (033) 846 258; F: (033) 847 685
We gotta love this place on one score. If you're operating an old, run-down, flea-bitten hotel, the least you can do is not overcharge for the privilege of staying there. You can expect puckered, ... Read the full review of Khach San Hong Gai.USD 10 to 20 1 vote Flashpacker
Keep on walkingHa Long Rd, Bai Chay
T: (033) 844 890-2; F: (033) 845 416
This is a three star hotel. You could have fooled us. Thread-bare carpet -- the furniture has dull white slip-covers to disguise the ratty upholstery beneath. The prices they charge don't correspond ... Read the full review of Ha Long P & T Hotel.USD 20 to 50 1 vote Midrange
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