Hotel Name: Hanoi Amazing Home
Address: 71 Hai Ba Trưng, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam
I stayed at Hanoi Amazing Home in Hanoi, Vietnam. I booked online at the rate of 225,990 VND per night ($9.75 USD) and I booked it for its price and location in Hanoi.
Initially, I was just looking for the cheapest room near the train station. I had planned an overnight train trip to Sapa, and I was going to use the room as a place to stay while waiting for the night train. That trip didn’t work out so I stayed here overnight anyway. It was still a good location as Hai Ba Trưng Street is a good area to stay. Hanoi Amazing Home is at the southern end of the old town in Hoan Kiem District. It’s not in the old town streets area, but close enough to be able to walk. It’s a 12-minute walk to St. Joseph’s Cathedral, and 7 minutes to the train station.
Hanoi Amazing Home is a guesthouse/homestay, and as such the property isn’t in an obvious building like a hotel. It’s in an alley and it wasn’t obvious which gate it was. A neighbour saw me looking lost and pointed out where to go.
The reception had the feel of a guesthouse, but there was no one there when I arrived. The place looked like it hadn’t had a visitor in a while, which is the story of travel in 2020 during the pandemic in general. I’ve booked a few hotels online this year only to arrive to find that the hotel has closed down. During this time, some patience and understanding is required for those working in the tourism business.
Eventually, a family member arrived to check me in, and we went up to my room.
I booked a double room with a private bathroom, and I made sure the room had a window. These cheap rooms in Hanoi are often down little alleys, so the chances are that there isn’t a window. The bed was comfortable with enough room on either side.
My room felt more like a studio apartment, as there was a separate kitchen area. Not that I was going to cook in Hanoi when I was here for a short visit.
There is free wifi here and I had a good reception in my room. The room had air conditioning, and it was needed when I was there during the hot months.
No problem with the bathroom – a good shower and everything was in a clean and orderly state.
The window is in the kitchen area, and there was a door to another room. No one was staying at the property, but I locked the kitchen door at night, just in case there was a lost late-night arrival.
There is no breakfast service here, and for this price you shouldn’t expect one. I don’t mind though as I like to go out for breakfast in Hanoi.
The family of the homestay lives on the top floor, so I went up there to check out the day before.
Overall this was a decent budget accommodation option in Hanoi. For under $10 I cannot complain about anything really, and if you are travelling on a tight budget then this will do fine.