Guesthouse Name: Miah Boutique Homestay
Address: 205 Hang Bong, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam.
This was literally a last minute booking as I had to move out of the place I was staying the night before. I looked for a room near my old hotel, booked it, and then checked out and moved here. I was glad that you can make instant bookings like this on Agoda.
Miah Boutique Homestay is on Hang Bong street, which is one of the main thoroughfares of the Hanoi old city area.
The street has a mix of old colonial building and the modern tall and skinny buildings.
Miah Boutique Homestay is in one of the tall and skinny buildings, and it shares a reception with a pharmacy. After checking in I was led down a narrow corridor to the back of the building where there stairs are. I’ve stayed in numerous guesthouses in the old quarter over the years, and there are so many places like this that are hidden behind the jumble of buildings.
I had booked a room with a window as I have had enough depressing experiences of being in a windowless room in Hanoi. I didn’t know what to expect when I was being led down a dark corridor, so I was relieved to find my room was so bright and spacious on a corner with two windows.
The double bed was comfortable and it had useful power outlets and bedside lights. The room had the option of a fan or air conditioning. There is free wifi in the hotel, and there was a good signal in my room.
The bathroom was clean and in good condition, though the toilet was installed right next to the wall so you are touching the wall if sitting straight. It was a typical bathroom of Southeast Asia where the toilet and bathroom are in the same space, so it wasn’t like the toilet is going to get less wet by putting it hard up against the wall.
There is a little common area on the ground floor. It looked like it might have been used for a breakfast service at one point, but there was no breakfast here. As I was travelling during the great pandemic of 2020 I didn’t see anyone else here.
Being such a skinny building there is no lift. I was on the third floor, so these pictures were a good reminder of the free workout I was getting.
The location was great for wandering around Hanoi. Anywhere along Hang Bong is a good spot, and it is an easy street to remember compared to some of the smaller streets in the middle of the old city.