Charming and friendly
The very new Tam Family Homestay, set just to the southwest of the walls of the Imperial City, offers a slightly unusual mix of rooms and outlooks and will appeal to those looking for a welcoming family homestay atmosphere in an off the tourist–trail location.
Although this is the family home, the homestay has quite a few rooms set across the floors above, and while they are simple, the outlook from some is excellent. We bagged the rooftop room, which was very simply furnished (think bamboo–framed bed, soft mattress and simple bedding, lino–covered floors) but enjoyed terrific views over the surrounds thanks to large slide open windows along two entire walls of the room. Upside, the views were terrific, downside, during the day this room was extremely hot—so be careful what you wish for.
We put up with the daytime heat (the room has air-con, but even with that going full blast the room was still very warm), but in the evening, we turned the air–con off, slid open the windows and enjoyed a breeze while listening to Hue go to sleep. To our mind it was a good trade off. Rooms have their own bathrooms, but not inside the room.
Also up top is a roof–top terrace with a couple of lazy chairs—a good spot to enjoy the views if you opt not for the rooftop room. Back down below, on the ground floor is the kitchen and dining area and a lounge well–stocked with brochures and other tourist paraphernalia.
The owners have great English and we found them to be exceedingly helpful, pointing us to numerous local spots to eat and snack at. Scooters are available as are bicycles. If full, consider the nearby Le Robinet Homestay for a similar vibe and welcoming feel. Recommended.
Address: 24 Dang Tran Con, Hue
T: (0977) 605 259;
Coordinates (for GPS): 107º34'28.88" E, 16º27'52.28" N
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Room rates: US$10 to 20
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Superior double room||US$12||US$12|
|Deluxe double room||US$19||US$19|
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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