Guesthouse Name: Khach San Ngoc Ly 3
Address: Lo 68 Le Hoan, Thanh Hoa, Vietnam.
I stayed at the Khach San Ngoc Ly 3 in Thanh Hoa, Vietnam. I booked online at the rate of 292,050 VND ($12.64 USD) per night, and I booked it for its price and location in Thanh Hoa.
I didn’t know anything about Thanh Hoa, and there aren’t many travel guides as it’s not a tourist destination (Thanh Hoa is about 150km south of Hanoi). Looking at the city map and working out what area looked central and busy I picked this location. It turned out to be a good choice of location for a first-time visitor. Another bonus of the location was that the airport bus dropped me off at the street (just show the ticket seller your hotel name and address).
“Khach San” is Vietnamese for hotel, and I could tell this hotel doesn’t receive many international visitors because there was no English version of its name on the signage. The hotel is next to Khach San Ngoc Ly 8, which is part of the same business.
I checked in by showing my Agoda booking on my phone.
I booked a double room with a private bathroom, and my room was on a corner with two windows.
I enjoy staying in cheap provincial hotels in Vietnam as the furnishings and decorations can be quite eclectic. This portrait of a half-naked lady is straight out of the 70s school of bedroom decorating.
The bed was firm but not uncomfortable. There was air conditioning and a fan in the room. In the day time the a/c was needed due to the big windows.
In a world where the bare white Airbnb minimalist aesthetic has become so dominant, it was a pleasure to stay in a room painted light lavender with old wooden furniture. The downside of old rooms is that they usually don’t have enough power outlets, or they are not in convenient locations. Travelling with a power strip is useful for when there aren’t enough outlets.
There is free wifi here and I had a good connection in my room.
The bathroom was spacious and clean.
despite having enough space, the toilet was right next to the wall. The bathroom and toilet also had a style of its own, with random tile decorations.
The hotel is near the Vincom Center and Vinpearl Tower. Vincom Center is a mall with a supermarket, and there are two Highlands Coffee cafes here. From the hotel it’s easy enough to walk to the main sites, and it’s close for public transport to Sam Son Beach. I got a Grab taxi to the train station for 14,000 VND ($0.61).
There was no breakfast service here, which was ok for me as I like to forage for breakfast in new cities. There is a cafe in the Ngoc Ly 8 Hotel which appeared to be open for Hotel 3. I forgot to go and have a look.