Hotel Name: Hung Vuong Hotel
Address: 25/4 Bach Dang, Hon Gai Port, Ha Long, Vietnam
I stayed at the Hung Vuong Hotel in Ha Long, Vietnam. I booked online at the rate of 315,000 VND ($13.60 USD) per night, and I booked it for its price and location in Ha Long.
There are two sides to Ha Long city, split in half by Cua Luc Straits. There isn’t much written about Ha Long as most people go straight to Ha Long Bay. I gathered that Bai Chay on the west side is where most of the tourist entertainment is, while Hong Gai on the east side has more of a city vibe. I went with Hong Gai and picked a road that appeared to be busy and central.
Hung Vuong Hotel is on a service road that runs behind the main road, so it was quiet while still being centrally located.
The Hung Vuong is a typical Vietnamese-style family-run small hotel. After a friendly welcome, I was checked into my room. The hotel has a lift, so no lugging bags up stairs.
I booked a double was but was allocated a twin room, but I wasn’t bothered either way – as long as one of the beds is big enough. The room had air conditioning and a fan option, and during the summer months, you need the A/C. The bed was comfortable and the room felt new and modern. There was also enough power outlets for modern travellers with a bag full of electronics.
A useful work desk with tea and coffee making facilities. There is free wifi in the hotel, and I had a good connection in my room.
A clean bathroom with a good hot water system. There was also an outside window allowing air to circulate.
I always make sure my room has a window, and this property looks out onto the back of a hilly area with a green view.
There is no breakfast service, so I went out nearby for food. The hotel offers motorbike rentals if you prefer to explore the city by bike.
Most people who visit Ha Long Bay do so via Hanoi (3 hours away) rather than staying in Ha Long City. If you are thinking of staying here instead, then here is my Ha Long trip report.
To get to Ha Long I flew from Ho Chi Minh City to Van Don, and then got the free shuttle bus from the airport to the city. A taxi from the bus stop to the hotel was 100,000 VND ($4.30 USD). Grab Taxi is also available in Ha Long, so it’s easy enough to get around. At the time of my trip, the railway from Hanoi wasn’t operating.
From Ha Long, I got a limo van to Hanoi. I booked it online, and the hotel called the company to pick me up at the hotel.