I know, I know, it’s already 2018 and I’m only getting around to writing this now. But hey, better late than never eh?

Last October we spent an amazing month in Vietnam and travelled from north to south, staying in some fabulous places. Like our 2016 trip, this piece is the lowdown on where we stayed.

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Without further ado, let’s get cracking:

Splendid Star Hotel – Hanoi

Located pretty much next to St Joseph’s Cathedral, the hotel was right in the centre of the city but surprisingly, because it was down an alley, there wasn’t a lot of noise. Rooms, however, are pretty basic and could definitely do with a proper clean. Windows don’t really make much of a difference in Hanoi as the majority of hotels are so cramped together that your view is a window facing a wall.

The breakfast was nice and everything was freshly cooked but we weren’t huge fans of the staff who were at times waaaaaay too overfamiliar and asking us very personal questions. However, we addressed this with them and they apologised.

Next year we’re going to head back the Golden Sun Suites. We spent seven nights in Hanoi and it cost us just €187 (US$225.19). Incredible value.

  • Value for money: 5/5
  • Cleanliness: 3.5/5
  • People: 2/5
  • Location: 5/5

Midtown Hotel – Hue

This was a gem of a hotel. The pool was amazing, well maintained and you could see the sunset when you swam. There was also a gym that we could avail of and a sky bar on the rooftop which was so beautiful. Beds were very comfortable and clean, and we had a lovely balcony though be careful where your room is facing because if it’s the “Western strip” it can be quite noisy.

Good selection at breakfast and the variety suited our tastes. The only thing is: the bathroom on the ground floor is bizarre. There are no cubicles for the women’s toilets so you can see other people while doing your business…

We spent four nights in Hue which cost us €130 (US$157)

  • Value for money: 4/5
  • Cleanliness: 5/5
  • People: 4/5
  • Location: 5/5

Vinh Hung Library Hotel – Hoi An

This hotel is full of character and as the name suggests when you enter the lobby you’re surrounded by books. The décor had a boho feel. If you can, ask for a room with a balcony because the ones without are a bit cramped in and can be a tiny bit damp. Overall though it has a lovely homely feel and quite intimate.

Because we were on low season, we had the root-top pool all to ourselves and it’s enclosed at the sides so no one can look in from other buildings. The location was a tiny bit away from the Ancient Old Town but not too far away.

We stayed in Hoi An for four nights and it cost us € 110 (US$132)

  • Value for money: 5/5
  • Cleanliness: 5/5
  • People: 4/5
  • Location: 4/5

Villa Aria – Mui Ne

We felt right at home in Villa Aria which is on south Vietnam’s coast! The place was spotless, clean and the rooms were so spacious! The infinity pool was beautiful and the staff were very friendly and helped us when we were not feeling well. We felt very safe. Breakfast was great – lovely selection of food. I recommend you ask for a room on the top floor as you have more privacy.

The only thing I would’ve liked was to have been given a receipt for when we booked the sleeper bus through the hotel. There was a bit of confusion when we got on and didn’t have proof as to which seats we had (I forgot to ask for it but I think we should have been given it anyway).

I think also perhaps because it was low season maybe there was a different chef in as the dinner was ok but could have been much better (We had to eat at the hotel because I was quite sick towards the latter part of our holiday and couldn’t venture out very far) That being said we still had a wonderful stay and would definitely come back to Villa Aria! It’s the perfect place to relax.

We spent four nights in Mui Ne and it cost us €216 (US$260.3)

  • Value for money: 5/5
  • Cleanliness: 5/5
  • People: 5/5
  • Location: 5/5

Sunland Hotel – Ho Chi Minh City

I was very sick during our last few days in Vietnam and so I spent a lot of time in the hotel room. I’ll spare you all the details for now! The rooms definitely needed a good scrub (hello, ants) and also the pool desperately needed to be filtered. The walls are very thin and we could hear a family next door yelling at each other – they thankfully checked out after one night.

But there were good aspects too – because I was too unwell to make it up to breakfast, they kindly allowed Mom to bring food down to me. It also was away from the town so wasn’t too noisy. It was overall safe and secure, just could’ve done with a real refresh.

  • Value for money: 4/5
  • Cleanliness: 2/5
  • People: 3/5
  • Location: 3/5

We spent four nights in the Sunland and it cost us €190 (US$228.36)

And there you have it! There’s everywhere we stayed on our trip. You can connect with us on TwitterFacebookPinterest and Instagram.

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