The Sea Light Hotel consists of 30 rooms over 10 floors, located just one street back from the Beach on Ton Dan Street in Nha Trang. The ground floor includes a light and airy reception area, complete with two seating zones and a computer with internet access for guests use. The somewhat limited breakfast is served on the 10th floor from 7 am until 9.30 am. The hotel offers a selection of standard double, standard twin and a variety of superior and deluxe twin rooms with two double beds.
Our superior twin room had two double beds, two fluffy pillows, a large bedside table and drawers between the two beds, an adjustable (dimmer) bedside lamp and double electric socket above the bedside table. The air-conditioning unit faced both beds, with a large table underneath upon which sat a flat screen satellite television and a small fridge complete with the usual beer, coke and water mini-bar items. There was a small working desk in the corner of the room, although the chair fitted so snugly underneath the table, that it was rendering unusable as a desk. The double-door wardrobe offered plenty of hanging space along with six clothes hangers. To the left of the wardrobe was another door with six shelves for more clothes and personal items.
The wet-room style bathroom comprised of a shower, sink with large fitted mirror and a European toilet with fitted spray hose. The shower was located at the far end of the bathroom, a small glass screen separated this area from the rest of the bathroom. The bathroom was nicely finished, however grime and mould were taking over around the seals. A small wicker basket with complimentary toiletries, including shampoo, toothbrush and paste, comb and cotton buds was also provided.
Getting to the Sea Light Hotel
The best way to get to the Sea Light hotel is via taxi. Our taxi driver did struggle to find Ton Dan and we found it best to say that it’s just behind the Novotel. We would suggest printing or carrying a map with Ton Dan noted down. Ton Dan is located off Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, one street back from the beach.
Cam Ranh International Airport serves Nha Trang along with other destinations within Khanh Hoa province. As with most larger airports you will be inundated with taxi cab options. We tend to stick to Mai Linh, having found them very reasonable and trustworthy since our initial arrival in Vietnam at Ho Chi Minh City.
Most hotels offer a private pick-up and drop-off service, along side a taxi cab booking service (most do receive a commission). Sea Light hotel offers both, price available upon request.
- Our room was airy and spacious with two large and very comfortable double beds. The bed sheets, along with pillows were soft and comfortable.
- The room provided plenty of storage space with two drawers in the bedside table, one drawer in the work desk, plenty of hanging space and clothes hangers. A separate shelved wardrobe area for more clothing and personal items was even more helpful, as we could store our rucksacks, rather than leaving them out in the room.
- Our room had a window – this may seem an odd comment – but after a month in Ho Chi Minh City without one, it was a real plus to have such a large room flooded with natural light.
- Sea Light’s location is superb. Just one street (well alleyway) from the seafront, but away from the noise of the main road, its perfectly situated within the few blocks of bars and restaurants, close to the beach and the infamous Sailing Club.
- The internet access within the hotel was very good. With routers on each floor, getting onto the network was simple and the internet was usable throughout the day and night. Although it should be noted that the Sea Light Hotel was very quiet during our stay, with very little chance of network congestion.
- Laundry costs at the Sea Light Hotel were very reasonable at 25,000 VND per kilo. At one point our fresh laundry was returned the same day.
- Our room was not properly cleaned upon arrival. Hairs from the previous occupant were left in corners of the room and in the bathroom. The complimentary toiletries had simply been topped-up, leaving numerous empty containers and a used comb. At one point we had to ask for housekeeping to come to our room, as they had not been in our room, even to change the towels, for three days (we asked for them on the 4th day). The Sea Light is a nicely finished modern style hotel, however with seemingly little, if any, care from staff. Many things are simply never done; the dust on top of all of the paintings and frames around the hotel was considerable; picture frames weren’t level; ash trays weren’t emptied, leaving a stale smell in the hallways – all in all it seemed as if staff didn’t care. The hotel was very quiet during our stay, so there wasn’t any excuse for this.
- Breakfast at the Sea Light hotel was abysmal. Not only was the service poor, but after being ill for 4 days with a fever, my first breakfast of eggs,resulted in a very bad stomach (my partner also suffered the same fate). The waiter liked to watch the television with the volume set very high, hardly conducive to an early morning breakfast. My partner and I had both noticed a dead fly on the windowsill on our first morning, it was still lying in the same place for our last breakfast, some 13 days later.
- During our stay, there were three power outages. Two of these were apparently planned, however guests were not informed. In fact, had we not have asked about the return of power – we would not have known that the outages were planned at all. Walking down the 9 floors wasn’t too bad, but getting back up to our room was much more exhausting.
- Building works both next door and behind the hotel, started early each morning from around 7am. Obviously, being woken up to very loud noise was not appreciated – especially when there wasn’t a good breakfast to look forward to. To be fair, there is so much building work going on in Nha Trang, that it may be difficult to find any hotel where this does not happen.
Our stay at the Sea Light Hotel was comfortable and offered good value for money. The building work, although annoying, is perhaps inevitable in a booming tourist town. Our breakfasts were not only terrible, but actually made us ill! My main issue seemed to be the lack of care; our room was never cleaned properly; sheets not changed; breakfast and public areas not cleaned – such a shame for a nicely decorated hotel.
Even with these negative factors, we did enjoy our stay in such a spacious, airy and comfortable room. The best bits for me: proximity to the beach and restaurants, comfortable beds and plenty of in-room storage. Just don’t eat the breakfast.
Date of stay: 1st April – 15th April 2013
Room type: Superior Twin Room with air-conditioning
Cost per night (Vietnamese Dong): 556,000 including breakfast
Cash or card payment is required upon departure and check-out
No card options advertised as accepted on their website.
We paid with Visa on Agoda’s website.
Address and Contact Details
Sea Light Hotel
06 Ton Dan Street
Nha Trang City
Khanh Hoa Province
Tel: (+84) 58 3524 909
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