What we say:
Sweet and sincere were the words one Travelfish user used to describe the owner of this place, and we couldn't agree more. It's a humble place, easy to miss, with just a small sign marking its location down a narrow corridor to the entrance, somewhere in the centre of the city block. Motorbikes may be parked in the lobby. When the family is downstairs, it may be filled with kids running around and the smells of food cooking and laundry drying. Or you may find a lone man, behind the reception desk, smiling and speaking very little English. All rooms have air-con and they are clean and bright. Rooms are up a steep and narrow staircase so you might struggle with a big case, but think of it as practice for trekking in Sapa. This is the best -- and one of the only -- options for private rooms in this price range. Highly recommended.
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Contact details:16 Luong Van Can, Hoan Kiem District. T: (04) 3828 5173, (0986) 491 664
Email them at: Phuhoa_hotel@yahoo.com.vn
What we were quoted
|Type of room||Low season||High season||Notes|
|Sgl air-con private b'room||9 USD||9 USD|
|Dbl air-con private b'room||11 USD||11 USD|
Added to Travelfish on: 11th February, 2008
Last visited or updated on: 17th September, 2013
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Rated 4.5 out of 5
Based on 2 ratings and 2 reviews
Friendly and Homey
My review is a little belated - I stayed here about a year and a half ago, and was reminded of it when a friend who is about to go to Vietnam asked me for recommendations. I don't remember exactly what we paid. The owner was really kind and friendly. He didn't speak a whole lot of English, but we were able to communicate about the important stuff and he taught me a bit of Vietnamese (and was quite amused by my attempts to use it). It is nothing particularly fancy, but of all the places that I stayed on my trip, Phu Hoa was probably my favorite because of him. Also, they have a computer with internet, but it isn't included. I forget what it cost - I think it was slightly higher than what we found in an internet cafe, but not much higher, and certainly more convenient and kinder service. Also, if I only used it for a short period (like 15 min), he only charged for the time I actually spent using it.
Phu Hoa reviewed by eb (Total reviews: 5) on
After checking out several other guesthouses in the Old Quarter, we found the value we wanted at Phu Hoa. We kept coming back in between side trips to Sapa and Ha Long Bay so we stayed in 3 different rooms, all of them were spacious and clean. We paid U$10/night for the fan rooms. They featured plenty of windows, extra fans, cable TV, VERY hot showers, etc. Also enjoyed the maze-like spiral staircases leading to the rooms, with balcony-esque landings outside (one room actually had 2 entrances). The old man who owns it is very sweet and sincere and since it's only a guesthouse, there's no pressure for booking tours and such. Location is great too, just across from Minh's Jazz Club. Only negative feedback: pillows are a little small/hard, and blankets a wee bit scratchy. Overall though, will be my home in Hanoi any time I'm there.
Phu Hoa reviewed by DLuek (Total reviews: 11) on
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