Royal Hotel (Ha Long Bay, Vietnam)

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We paid £38 per night for two nights in a Suite. We typically wouldn’t have paid this much for a hotel in Vietnam, but because of where we were visiting and the perks that came with booking the suite we decided to go ahead and book it. In the grand scheme of things, this isn’t a lot of money for a hotel but if you’re on a budget, perhaps this isn’t the most reasonable hotel available in the town.


The hotel appeared brand new from the outside and in. The white exterior was continued into the foyer, but complimented with a luxurious gold and marble look throughout. The room was, again, very white and bright. It was tasteful, with all the necessary furniture but not too much at all.


The hotel was not central at all. It was a £3 or £4 taxi or bus journey away from the harbour, the majority of shops and restaurants and bus links to the rest of Vietnam. That being said, it was built directly across from the bay and had entirely unobstructed views of the water, boats and islands. If your visiting Ha Long Bay for the nightlife or to be around the hustle and bussle then perhaps this isn’t the best hotel for you, but if you’re looking for seclusion and tranquility this is where you want to be.


The room we booked really was stunning. There are several cheaper options in the form of Standard, Superior and Deluxe Rooms, some with private bathrooms and cheaper still ones with shared. The Suite consisted of a living room area with two seats, a sofa and coffee table with a TV unit and flat screen. On the unit were complimentary teas, coffees and biscuits and built into it was a fridge with complimentary water. There were also mini bar items such as crisps, beers and chocolate available. Behind the seating area was a vanity unit with hairdryer and mirror and plenty of plug outlets. Their was a partition separating the living and bedroom areas of the large room. Behind it, the bed and bedside tables lay adjacent to the balcony. The bathroom had a jacuzzi, shower and all the bits and bobs and was pristine white.


The hotel, from the car park to the plants to the balcony, was immaculate. Each time we passed through the hall or reception somebody was cleaning something. I can’t say anything more than that it was perfect.


The staff were exceptionally helpful from the moment we arrived at the hotel, giving us advice on where to eat and how to get back to the main part of town. They phoned us taxis, arranged our bus transfers for us and phoned for a pizza delivery. They were all extremely welcoming, polite and helpful and made our stay an absolute joy.


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