The spacious reception area and sweeping staircase may have seen better days, but at least it makes Prince I light and airy, which is a pleasant change from some of the joints we see.
The cheapest rooms are in the middle of the hotel and have no window, though are just about big enough not to feel claustrophobic. If you want space, go for a room at the front, which are as big as the suites we've seen at pricier places, with lots of windows and a small balcony and a double and single bed. Price is the same no matter how many people stay, even though breakfast is included. It's all solid darkwood furniture and the rooms aren't pretty, but they're good value in a central location. Staff are polite and speak good English. Don't get confused with the place next door at 53A – named The Prince Cafe Hotel -- which is not recommended.
Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Standard double room, low season: US$20, high season US$20. Notes: No windows
Room: Superior double room, low season: US$25, high season US$25. Notes: At back
Room: Deluxe double room, low season: US$30, high season US$30. Notes: Can sleep 3. Balcony.
51 Luong Ngoc Quyen St, Hoan Kiem District
T: (04) 3828 0155
F: (04) 3828 0156
Room rates: US$20 to 50