Hotel Name: Lan Phuong Hotel.
Address: 47 Nguyen Trai street, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Edit: This hotel has since closed. The article remains as an archive.]
I stayed at the Lan Phuong Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. I booked online via Agoda< and I booked it for its location as I was apartment hunting nearby. It's centrally located without being in the tourist streets of Pham Ngu Lau and Ben Thanh.
I arrived early in the morning but I was lucky enough to have a room available so they let me check in. The reception didn’t speak English so I had to wait for another person to help out.
I booked a room without a window. I don’t usually book windowless rooms but I have found them to be good for jetlag recovery. In my case I was recovering from an overnight flight from London.
As is often the case with windowless rooms, my room had a weird smell to it. Not sure if it was just the accumulated smell of a lifetime of not getting any fresh air or something else. Other than that the room ok and I ended up sleeping for 14 hours! I woke up at 11am not knowing if it was daylight yet so I was surprised to sleep in so long. Check was at 12 so I made it in time.
When I checked out they asked if I used the soap from the liquid soap dispenser in the shower. Um, yes of course I did. They wanted to charge me for that but the WTF look on my face must have put them off chasing the matter any further.