Friendly and cheap
Kiet 66/10 Le loi St Hue City T: (84) 054 382 8068
Blink and you’ll miss it — the bijou six-room Mimosa Hotel sits among a swathe of brightly hued guesthouses along Hue‘s central but peaceful Kiet 66 alley, itself tucked away off Le Loi Street. Just a two-minute walk to all the best bars and eateries, Mimosa packs a punch for the cost-conscious traveller.
Mimosa offers small but convenient lodgings with a large communal terrace equipped with a couple of computer stations. Rooms come with air-con, satellite TV, hot water, WiFi and en-suite but basic bathrooms. Priced from just $7 a night for a twin or $10 a night if windows are important to your sanity, they represent a good deal among Hue’s hotel and guesthouse offerings.
And if you are travelling on your own and don’t mind dropping the luxury of air-con, a couple of tube-like $5 offerings, with hot water showers and just enough room to swing a very small cat, might be the way to go. Beds are a bit creaky but are fitted with clean cotton linen and the bathrooms are a little tired but impeccably clean.
Kiet 66 has some worthy second and third options just a stone’s throw away, so if Mimosa doesn’t float your boat then the Thanh Thuy Hotel a few doors down is a more than worthy runner up with similar prices. Double your budget and you could end up at the thoroughly modern Amigo, which has guests raving about its roomy rooms and memory mattresses.
Mimosa guests range from tour leaders in the know looking for a quiet and cheap retreat from demanding clients and savvy backpackers drawn in by the warm and cheery family that both run and live on site. The owner’s English and knowledge of the area are outstanding and if you trust his advice (which you should) he’ll save you from the usual tourist scams that Hue seems to throw at visitors. Even if you are not staying at Mimosa I’d recommend a chat with him to arrange your onward travel — he really knows his stuff and charges a lot less for bookings than most other places in town.
Mimosa provides a relaxed and friendly environment for guests and although popular you won’t struggle to secure a room if you book a day or so in advance. If you still need to be swayed, Mimosa sits directly opposite a rather more expensive hotel with a pool that for a few dollars a day you can take full advantage of — when the summer temperatures soar to around 40 degrees Celsius, it’s a bit of a no brainer.
By Caroline Mills
Last updated on 9th November, 2014.