Hotel Name: Red Hotel
Address: 7B Nguyen An Ninh, Con Dao, Vietnam.
I stayed at Red Hotel in Con Dao, Vietnam. I booked online at the rate of 384,750 VND ($16.69 USD) per night, and I booked it for its price and location in Con Dao.
The town of Con Son is the main town of the Con Dao island group, located on Con Son island. It’s usually referred to as Con Dao, and most of the accommodation is centred around this historic township. The town is compact, so when I was looking for a place to stay there didn’t seem to be any particularly advantageous spot (unless you wanted a beachfront location).
The Red Hotel is located within the main town grid, near Pham Van Dong Park. I got a taxi here from the ferry port for 200,000 VND. The hotel is a small family guesthouse in a typical Vietnamese tube house. And it is indeed a red hotel.
After a friendly welcome from the receptionist, I was shown to my room.
I initially booked a Standard Double Room, but after opening my bags I was informed I was being upgraded to a bigger room. I was then moved to a twin room with two double beds. The room had a window on one side and a door opening to a balcony on the other.
The bed was firm and comfortable, and the room had the choice of fan and air-conditioning. I found I needed the A/C on during the day.
A table and desk set, though this setup was not useful for working on. There is free wifi at the hotel, and I had a good reception in my room. I was concerned that the internet would be bad on Con Dao, considering that this is a remote island group. This is probably an instinctive reaction from the early days of the internet, when travelling to such remote locations was a genuine concern. The internet in my room and in the cafes I visited was fast enough to work.
There are tea and coffee making facilities, with free water supplied daily.
Here was the wonderful view from my balcony. If only they had a window here instead of a solid door.
The bathroom was clean and bright, with enough space around the sink.
And some toilet humour to go with the toilet.
There was no breakfast service provided, though there was a cafe attached to the hotel on the ground floor. I’m not sure if they used to offer it. There are plenty of breakfast options nearby though.
The hotel can arrange travel services, and I rented a motorbike through them. They also booked my taxi for the airport when I checked out.
Overall this was a great budget hotel to stay at in Con Dao. The hotel was kept in good condition and I enjoyed my time here. The location was ideal for exploring the rest of the town.