Lotus Hotel (Huong Sen)
Vietnamese and proud of it
5 Muong Hoa (Pho Cau May) T: (020) 387 1308, (0915) 249 570 F: (020) 387 1308
This place sits right up against the Auberge, although is directly accessible from Muong Hoa Street up a steep flight of stairs, and while the views aren't quite as good, it's a much cheaper option.
The rooms are nothing special -- unless you have a penchant for frilly mossie nets -- but are comfortable, with wooden flooring, and the mosaic staircase is quite something. The staff speak limited English but are friendly enough. As much as the Auberge has a French veneer, this place is Vietnamese and proud of it. No breakfast included.
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Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Standard double room, low season: US$8, high season US$8. Notes: Lower floor, but still good views
Room: Superior double room, low season: US$10, high season US$12. Notes: Upper floor