Clean and comfortable
Coffee Tour Resort is a hotel that represents excellent value and their 33 clean, comfortable rooms make a good case for staying just over two kilometres from the centre.
The standard rooms are on the small side but the amenities and great solid wood furniture more than make up for it. There’s an enormous flatscreen TV, minbar, kettle with free instant coffee and the room even comes with a luggage stand, desk, bedside table with electrical outlets and a floor length mirror. The wardrobe has a lockable drawer inside, just big enough for a laptop. The windows can be opened for fresh air and sunlight - no bug screens though. Bathrooms are modern and spacious, and flashpackers will enjoy the bathtub/shower combo that delivers piping hot water, a sink with countertop, fluffy white towels and an assortment of toiletries. There’s daily housekeeping, with towels and bottled water refreshed daily. WiFi, air-con and breakfast are all included. The brekky choices are decent too: egg and baguette, different kinds of noodle soup or fried noodles, and of course, Vietnamese coffee.
The superior and deluxe rooms, located in a separate building, are more spacious and have a balcony. However, we don’t think the deluxe rooms are worth the price – the extra empty room is an absolute waste of space and there’s no more value added.
The hotel is surrounded by some quiet green space and it’s part of a complex devoted to Buon Ma Thuot’s famed industry: coffee. Right next door is Trung Nguyen Coffee, an unexpectedly swish cafe with a spacious garden patio and extra facilities that cater to domestic tour groups. The cafe is a pleasant bonus to your stay.
Is it worth being 2.5 kilometres or a 36,000 dong taxi ride from the city centre? If you’re looking for something clean and comfortable, and if you consider the poor condition of some of the budget places downtown, then yes. The pros even outweigh the hallways that echo with slamming doors in the morning. The reception staff speak a fair level of English and they can call you a Mailinh Taxi, who will come to pick you up from your location at no extra charge. The property also has a fence, security and a parking pad so keeping your motorbike safe overnight is no problem.
Address: 149-153 Ly Thai To St, Buon Ma Thuot
T: (0500) 3575 575; F: (0500) 3797 578
Coordinates (for GPS): 108º3'37.94" E, 12º42'3.49" N
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Room rates: US$20 to 50
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||400,000 dong||400,000 dong|
|Superior double room||700,000 dong||700,000 dong|
|Deluxe double room||900,000 dong||900,000 dong|
Cindy Fan is a Canadian writer/photographer and author of So Many Miles, a website that chronicles the love of adventure, food and culture. After falling in love with sticky rice and Mekong sunsets, in 2011 she uprooted her life in Toronto to live la vida Laos. She’s travelled to over 40 countries and harbours a deep affection for Africa and Southeast Asia. In between jaunts around the world, she calls Laos and Vietnam home where you’ll find her traipsing through rice paddies, standing beside broken-down buses and in villages laughing with the locals.
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