Great value and even better views
You can’t write about Hue Serene Shining Hotel without mentioning how the building is a bit of an eyesore from outside, but, well, once you’re in an upper floor room, the views are pretty great...as is the price.
Uber friendly, the hotel offers reasonably smart and spacious rooms spread across around a half dozen floors overlooking the Nhu Y River (a tributary of the Perfume River). The decor may be a little dated, but we slept comfortably here and we did enjoy the views over the river—especially in the evening. Rooms are clean (as are the bathrooms) and facilities include LCD TV, free WiFi, a stocked minibar and air–con throughout. The staff here were among the most friendly and helpful that we encountered in Hue—no question was too difficult.
The location is down an alley running off Nguyen Cong Tru meaning you’re spared the racket of the street yet are still just a short walk away from the heart of the tourist scene in Hue along with some very good places to eat. If you decide to skip the included breakfast here, head to Ba Tung—a bun bo hue joint on Nguyen Cong Tru (exit the laneway and turn right, it is on your right)—this was probably our second favourite bun bo hue place in the city.
While we preferred the more boutique feel at the nearby Hue Riverside Villa, we did enjoy our stay here and if you’re comfortable is hotel–style digs, you can shop around online for some extremely good value rates here. They have a sister property, Hue Serene Palace Hotel, just a hop skip and a jump away from here, but we preferred the riverside outlook here. Recommended.
Address: 3/57 Nguyen Cong Tru, Hue
T: (0234) 393 5887;
Coordinates (for GPS): 107º35'53.01" E, 16º28'18.37" N
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Room rates: US$20 to 50
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Superior double room||US$25||US$25|
|Deluxe double room||US$30||US$30|
Stuart McDonald co-founded Travelfish.org with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.
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