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Hanoi over the new year

Posted by tempestblue on 5/10/2006 at 18:02

Hello everyone!

My friends and I are intending to visit Hanoi over the New Year, and we're looking at low budget guesthouses, preferably double ensuites with a/c and private bathrooms.

Not knowing how the guesthouse culture works, I'm just wondering if you guys could be so kind as to tell me, is it necessary for us to pre-book all the nights we wish to stay, for example through hostelworld.com or a similar online booking site?

Or can we just prebook for the first night, and perhaps when we get there, we can just inform the concierge every morning if we wish to extend? We're afraid that if the guesthouses are fully booked for the subsequent nights, we would be denied an extension and forced to look for alternative accomodation. Could that happen?

Any help will be appreciated! Thanks

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Posted by somtam2000 on 5/10/2006 at 19:48 admin

Hi tempestblue,

Welcome to Travelfish!

There's SO many places to stay in Hanoi that unless you're staying at some super-popular place you could get away with just booking the first night and then taking it day by day when you're there -- at worst you'll get turfed out and need to stay somewhere else. On the other hand -- if you know where you want to stay and for how long, you could just book the whole stretch...

Hanoi is lovely at Xmas -- I was there for one Xmas and wandered down to the area outside the cathedral at midnight -- there was a midnight mass going on and the area around the church was packed with people -- very festive -- a very memorable night.

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Posted by tempestblue on 5/10/2006 at 20:05

Hi somtam2000

Thanks for the info!

I guess one of the reasons why I shy away from booking all the nights at a go, is that I might reach the guesthouse and find it dirty or lacking in the required amenities. In that case I'd be free to pack up the next day and look for better places where I can preview the rooms firsthand before deciding.

On the other hand, getting stuck in Hanoi without accomodation on a peak travelling period isn't that great either. I'm not too sure what you mean by being turfed out. Do you mean the guesthouse arranges for a room in another establishment for us, or just that we get the boot out into the street?

Once again, thanks for the tips!

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Posted by somtam2000 on 6/10/2006 at 08:15 admin

Hi tempest,

By turfed out I mean them telling you you don't have a room anymore. If that was to happen I'm sure they'd try to assist you in finding other lodgings -- and, like I said, there's sooo many places to stay in hanoi you certainly wouldn't end up on the street.

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Posted by tempestblue on 23/11/2006 at 02:38

Hi all!

My gf and I have set a date, planning a 5d/4n tour between the 28th Dec to 2nd Jan 07, and we're wondering if you guys could reccomend us a cheap and reputable guesthouse.

Specifically, we're looking for:

1)CLEAN(Make that spotless) double room with a/c and private bathroom
2)friendly service without pushy tour operators
3)Quiet, family oriented atmosphere. Not sure if Hanoi is anything like Khao San Rd in Bangkok, but we'd rather not have bunches of people sprawled over the hotel doorstep and lounge, smoking, drinking and singing. ;-)
4)something around the usd$8-$15 range per room per night.

So far we've narrowed it down to Hanoi Guesthouse and Tung Trang Hotel, as reccomended in a few websites. Does anyone have any experience with these two? Or have a good budget place to share?

Thank you all so much!

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