Though not directly on the riverfront like Thanh Thuy Hotel, the Ruby CT Hotel is pretty darn close and the convenient location steps to the river, pier, night market and local market is the main selling point.
Ruby CT Hotel is a typical skinny Vietnamese hotel with long, narrow rooms, and the entry level (cheapest) rooms are windowless. However, it is a lot brighter and cohesively decorated than most, with bright lighting, tile floor, a mix of white painted walls and twee patterned pastel wallpaper that to our surprise is not obnoxious.
All rooms come with flatscreen TV, vanity, minibar, air-con, WiFi and a bed with decent linens. Standard rooms are, as expected, a tighter squeeze and have the stock-standard guesthouse-style tile wet room bathroom, while superior rooms at the back have no view from the window except on the top (third) floor.
Deluxe is the best. The rooms are at the front of the building and look onto the street (no river view) and can fit up to four people. Bathrooms have space to move around and a shower curtain but no separate shower so water still runs across the floor.
The receptionist we encountered spoke English and was helpful. Of course, like all hotels they can arrange a floating market tour. Ruby CT Hotel is located on a street lined with similar skinny local hotels that runs to the river/tourist pier, including more expensive Anh Dao Mekong Hotel. Anh Dao does have a more hotel feel to it, especially when it comes to the bathrooms, but we’d opt for Ruby CT’s best deluxe rooms rather than pay for Anh Dao’s cheapest room.
Address: 34 Nguyen An Ninh St, Tan An Ward
T: (0292) 3912 777;
Coordinates (for GPS): 105º47'13.25" E, 10º1'51.99" N
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Room rates: US$10 to 20
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room|
|350,000 dong||350,000 dong|
|Superior double room||450,000 dong||450,000 dong|
|Deluxe double room||550,000 dong||550,000 dong|
Cindy Fan is a Canadian writer/photographer and author of So Many Miles, a website that chronicles the love of adventure, food and culture. After falling in love with sticky rice and Mekong sunsets, in 2011 she uprooted her life in Toronto to live la vida Laos. She’s travelled to over 40 countries and harbours a deep affection for Africa and Southeast Asia. In between jaunts around the world, she calls Laos and Vietnam home where you’ll find her traipsing through rice paddies, standing beside broken-down buses and in villages laughing with the locals.
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