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We boarded our plane out of Seattle Thursday morning at 6:30am, despite the POURING snow. We flew 2 hours to San Francisco, laid over for 4 hours, then flew 11 hours to Tokyo, laid over for 1 hour, then flew 6 hours to Hanoi, then drove 1 hour to downtown Hanoi. We were wrecked by the time we arrived Friday …
The journey by train between Hoi An and Hue supposed to be the best in Vietnam. So this time we travelled by train, else we travel by bus because train is 4x the price of the bus.
And yes this was a beautiful trip, along the coastline, hills and villages.
in Hue we stayed in a wonderful hotel, yes you read hotel allover Vietnam we stay in real hotels! About $15 per night. And the rooms are perfect.
The Four Seasons ...
... in a pretty hazy drunken state, Vietnam served us well. Although I have come to the conclusion that no matter how good of a writer you are (or in my case, how bad of a writer), that traveling is everything that's NOT written in this blog. You can't explain that connection you make with a complete stranger, or the smells of a busy market. You have to actually experience it for your self. And as my new pal Polly said "traveling is the only thing you can spend your money on that makes you ...
... Whilst Kelsey lay elegantly and maturely reading on her kindle I found a pre built chin up bar to exhaust some of the energy I had - there is only so much hand stands, whistling, clapping and beat boxing a guy can do around a really tolerable girlfriend. I was joined at the bar by a very friendly Vietnamese young chap from Sapa (North Vietnam). We got chatting, found out the basics about each other - as much as we could given the language barrier - he a hairdresser ...
... much of us so that was even more awkward and once we started laughing we just couldn't stop!! The next day we checked out of our guest house, got ridden to the lake by a man on a bicycle had lunch overlooking the lake and then got on a sleeper bus to Hoi an - a 20 hour journey which was supposed to be 14 hours! The bumpiest journey ever, it felt as though I was trying the get to sleep on a roller coaster!!! Love to you all from Hanoi x Hostel: Hanoi backpackers hostel ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Classic Street Hotel Hanoi
A nice little place
I had a friendly welcome of the hotel driver at the airport and he brought me to the location. The reception was excellent and helpful during my stay there. I requested a superior room but was placed into a lower for the first 2 nights. I cannot recommend room 503 because the washing facility of the hotel is right above and can be quite noisy. I realized that Hanoi isn't a silent city anyway but the hotel is quiet. The other 3 nights I spent in the requested room. General the hotel is clean and in a good condition. I didn't eat in the hotel.
A recommendation: if you want to visit placed go with a taxi do not go by motorbike. They tried to cheat and brought me to different placed although I showed it on the map and claimed more money.
Base idéale pour visiter hanoi
bien situé dans le vieux quartier,à quelques encablures du lac de l'Epée. Grandes chambres lumineuses avec sdb, clim; accès gratuit à internet. Préférer une chambre au 7e ou au 6e étage : pas de bruits de rue.
organise toutes vos excursions.
reception très serviable;on parle français.
seul point faible : petit déjeuner assez quelconque (éviter oeufs frits!)
Stayed in the Classic Street hotel on Hang Be from 26 to 29 July 2006. Hotel staff was friendly at all times, no pressure to take any trips. Room were functional and very clean. It's right in the middle of the old quarter so we literally walked everywhere except the museum of ethnology. For the money we couldn't have asked for anything better.
Nice hotel, great people, cool street, free internet.
Having booked my reservation at the Classic Street Hotel (Also called Phocohotel) based on the reviews posted on the Tripadvisor website I thought it was only fair to post my own.
The hotel is very well located, in the old quarter amongst many restaurants and interesting shops etc, a two minute walk the central lake area.
We had a bright decent sized room which was cleaned properly each morning (fresh towels etc). Air con and a ceiling fan, big window, Sky TV, good breakfast.
We used the hotel as our base for two weeks and were very happy with the place ($27 per night). The owner was very helpful and arranged our airport pickup for $12.
I would say this hotel is ideally suited to couples on a 'budget holiday'.
Just one thing to be aware of, they close the roller shutters at the front of the hotel at around 11pm, not a problem, you simply press the doorbell and they open them up for you.
This 'closing up the shutters' procedure appears to be quite normal in Hanoi.
We found Hanoi a very interesting city generally, but also ventured up to Sapa for a three day hill trek (superb trip booked through 'I love Vietnam')
Also went down to Halong bay, overnight boat trip then onto Cat Ba island (good beaches)
(great fun, but the boat was dirty and had litter everywhere, trip booked through Queen travel)
Feel at home
We stayed at the classic street phochotel for 5 nights. It was nice. The hotel is simple with no extra features. But the rooms are spotless with quite modern furniture and good amenities. Everything works perfectly. Hot water running well. Sheets, towels, changed regularly. But most of all, this hotel in the center of the busy old center of Hanoi is run by a very nice family who lives there. The same persons would serve you breakfast, help you with luggage, answer your questions. It feels very comfortable in city like Hanoi which can be unsettling sometimes. Another plus is that they do not have a travel agent associated to them so they do not try to sell you any tourist trip.
All that for 25$ a night. If only they had a yard or garden that would make it the perfect small hotel in Hanoi.
There are several hotels with this name, so I'm not sure which one everyone is talking about, could be different ones (Classic Street 1, 2, 3, 4, etc.).
I only got to stay here one night, but it was nice. The building is well kept, with a nice open air atmosphere, surprising really. Make sure you do as all the other reviews say when staying in the old quarter, get a room in the back because the streets here are really noisy. The room looked really nice at first, but upon closer inspection it needed some maintenance. The wallpaper was looking beatup in places and the shower head just drizzled. Perfect location though.
Good free breakfast.
The guy at the desk was very friendly and knowledgeable, helped arrange our tour to Halong Bay.
Nice Mini Hotel in a Great Location
Good mini hotel in a great location in the Old Quarter. Friendly staff and the most comfortable bed we enjoyed in over a month in Vietnam!
We enjoyed 9 nights over two weeks in one of the 3 deluxe rooms which feature big picture window walls looking out onto Hang Be street.
We took advantage of the airport pickup at US$12 which is about $2 more than the standard fare but well worth it as the Hanoi Airport is a snakepit full of scammers/taxis looking to redirect you to their hotel for a commision.
There is one free computer for internet access and the rather simple breakfast is OK (included in the room rate) although it is the only hotel we stayed in that didn't serve Vietnamese coffee?!?!?
If you are looking for an affordable friendly hotel in the old quarter this one is a good choice. It's popular as it's in the Lonely Planet guide so book ahead and remember to bring your earplugs no matter where you stay in the old quarter.
Beep Beep! Honk! Beep! Cyclo - 1 hour!
A real find
This is a great little hotel right in the centre of the Old Quarter, and a nice place to escape from the hustle and bustle just outside the front door. The rooms are very comfortable and the bathrooms pleasant. The hotel is stylishly decorated and has a beautiful inner courtyard. The staff are very pleasant and helpful, and are happy to advise how much you should be paying for cyclos etc and how to get to various points of interest, banks etc. They also have free internet access. There is no lift but the staff are happy to carry your bags for you. Excellent value for only USD25 for a couple.
Great location, great deal, great place
Great location and nice guest house in the Old Quarter. The staff is very friendly and helpful, including dinner and side trip recommendations. They organized a trip to Halong Bay that turned out to be very good (and allowed us to avoid shopping around). We highly recommend staying in the back, since the rooms on the street are very noisy (bring ear plugs). Plus the rooms in the back are a bit larger/nicer. My wife and I would definetely stay here on our next trip.