The Vina Hotel consists of 34 rooms over 6 floors, located down a small alleyway just off Nguyen Cong Tru Street. The ground floor consists of a waiting area complete with sofas, a reception area and two computers with access to the internet for guests use. The small buffet breakfast is served in the restaurant and bar area on the first floor from 6-10am. The hotel offers 16 standard, 6 superior, 6 deluxe and 6 suite rooms.
We booked a standard river room, however were upgraded for free to a superior room with balcony. This room contained one double and one single bed, three pillows, three silk cushions, a large bedside table with a drawer and a small table lamp between the two beds. A small recessed desk and upholstered chair sat in the corner of the room, along with a large mirror and an air-conditioning unit. Opposite the beds was a large lacquered unit with flat screen satellite television, safe and plenty of storage options. To one side of this unit sat a small glass-topped coffee table and two large upholstered armchairs. The built-in wardrobe with sliding doors included four clothes hangers and a shelved storage area. A small fridge contained the usual mini-bar items of coke, beer, water and juice and above this a kettle with complimentary coffee and tea with mugs. A small balcony offered views across town, although most of the space was taken up by the fan for the air-conditioning unit.
The en-suite bathroom included a bath with shower and shower curtain, a European-style toilet with fitted spray hose, fitted sink and vanity area with a large mirror behind. A small basket was equipped with complimentary toiletries, including soap, shampoo, toothbrush and paste, comb and cotton buds.
Getting to the Vina Hotel
We arrived via Bus using the Sinh Tourist group, at around 4pm and found ourselves inundated by motorbike and taxi drivers all jostling for clients. Having walked a short distance away, we flagged a cab that took us to Vina Hotel for 30,000 VND. It was only upon arrival that we were informed that a motorbike rider was sent to collect us for free (obviously lost in translation upon our arrival in Hue).
I would suggest taking a taxi to Vina Hotel (unless you are being collected via bike by the hotel), as it can be hard to find, given it is located at the end of an alleyway off Nguyen Cong Tru Street.
- Our room was upgraded at no extra fee, from a standard to a superior room which included a small balcony and larger room size. We were very grateful, and enjoyed staying in such a large room – in some hotels, there is no space to leave large rucksacks and you end up constantly stepping over them.
- As well as the room being large, we had an extra single bed in which to work from along with the existing desk area.
- The bed sheets, along with pillows were soft, comfortable and clean.
- Although we didn’t realise it, the hotel does collect you for free if you arrive in the city centre of Hue, A nice personal touch, and a great way to set you at ease having just arrived in a new city.
- Given that we were catching a night bus to Hanoi, after visiting the Citadel during the day time, we enquired about using a room to take a shower before our 13hr bus journey. This was no problem at all and the staff handed us a room key so that we could freshen up. We were also able to leave our luggage in a secure store room after checking out, whilst we went to visit the city.
- Although a great size the rooms seemed a little tired, with curtains not properly fixed and wallpaper ripped and scratched.
- The wardrobe doors became stuck every time I tried to open them; an old screw was left where a handle used to be, stopping the doors from sliding and making it very difficult to open. One door had to be held in place whilst the other was lifted off its runner and pushed with force.
- The breakfast buffet was a little meagre. The bread and pastries were dry and even the cooked-to-order omelettes were under-cooked and thus inedible. There was fresh fruit and fried rice, which I did eat.
Our stay at the Vina Hotel was comfortable and good value for money. Although we paid for a standard, we were upgraded to a superior room. Its location was a little further away from the Citadel than we would have liked, but was very close to the river and only a ten minute walk to many restaurants. The reception staff were very friendly and helpful and upon arrival the manager came over and introduced himself, a nice touch. Vina Hotel provided everything we needed for our short stay in Hue. The best bits for me; a very large room and plenty of windows and thus natural light. A budget hotel without the budget room.
For our video ‘un-boxing’ of our room, please click here. (This is not a sales video.)
Date of stay: 13th – 16th May 2013
Room type: Standard River View Double with air-conditioning
Cost per night (Vietnamese Dong): 450,000 including buffet 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
57/3 Nguyen Cong Tru Street,
Thu Thien (Hue) Province
Tel: (+84) 54 6252114