There is hidden away and difficult to find and then there is Scarlett Boutique Hotel hidden away and difficult to find, and in this case, this is a mid–priced property which is absolutely worth seeking out.
We walked around almost the entire block which hides this hotel before realising it is set on a tiny laneway within the block, accessed via another lane from Ben Nghe, but once we found it, we were well pleased to have made the effort. Greeted by professional and very friendly staff in the sumptuous lobby we were quickly whisked off to see the single room (the hotel has a total of just 18 rooms) that was available on the day.
In tune with the hotel presenting itself as a getaway for honeymooners and lovers, the room we were shown was called “Passion”. A double room of 20m in size, facilities include a very comfortable queen size bed (with plenty of extra pillows), wooden floors and a sparkling ensuite bathroom. Flatscreen TV, Free WiFi and air-con throughout come standard. There was also a small coffee table setting and a desk you could work at should need be. The curtains were partly drawn, keeping the lighting sedate and, it did strike us as, well, a romantic kind of a room.
We found the staff to be particularly helpful and friendly, immediately offering us a glass of water as we plonked down at reception all sweaty and dishevelled. This is a compact hotel—as mentioned already, set down a quiet alley—but there is also little in the way of common space. Here it is all about the rooms, and if the rates fit with your budget, this is an excellent option. Bookings in advance, especially in season, are essential. Recommended.
Address: 17/1 Ben Nghe, Hue
T: (0234) 393 0888; F: (0234) 393 0889
Coordinates (for GPS): 107º35'41.21" E, 16º28'1.78" N
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Room rates: US$20 to 50
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||US$54||US$54|
|Superior double room||US$62||US$62|
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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