When I was planning my trip to Vietnam including a visit to caves in Phong Nha-Kebang national park, the choice of accommodation in Phong Nha was not an easy task. The information was scarce, the village offers hostels mostly, and the reviews were not so favorable. After some consideration I chose the Mountain View Hotel.

Location

As Phong Nha only has one long street, you can easily guess the Mountain View is a main street resident, the last one in line.

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There is indeed a beautiful mountain view with a sunset viewing option, but only from the balcony of room 203 and some other balconies.

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Reception

I arrived late in the evening; the check-in was quick, the only vexation was they wanted to keep my passport during my stay. They had a drawer full of passports, in fact. I had a copy of my passport with me so I gave it to them – seemed to suffice as they did not insist after that, and I could keep the original. Tour offers were also available from the reception.

 

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A room

A room was clean, spacious, with two large beds, no wardrobe and electricity sockets in all the wrong places. There were air conditioning and fans which I didn’t use and a very plain bathroom with a shower. Free Wi-Fi. The door locking system was quite confusing: I could not figure it out without asking the staff.

 

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Meals

Breakfast was included with only a few options to choose from: an omelet and a noodle soup. I could also order Vietnamese coffee or tea.

 

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Drawbacks

No full-length mirrors and the rooms are not soundproof.

Something special

What made this place stand out was hospitality. After the checkout I asked the lady at the reception about the bus departure time. She said it was in half an hour and brought a hotel chair to the bus stop across the street for me to wait as there was no other seating available.

 

Date of stay: two nights in April 2016.
Price per night: 14 USD
Booked at: Agoda; strangely enough, booking was provided by booking.com.
Rating: For the price I had paid, I was very satisfied.

 

Author: Anita Sāne

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About the author
Anita is a part time traveler, passionate photographer and a mature career woman
from Latvia, 
traveling mostly solo for more than 10 years. She is a skilled travel planner
planning and executing her travels by herself. Follow Anita also on Instagram.

 

 

 

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Wendy Awai-Dakroub
#6 Wendy Awai-Dakroub 2016-05-03 18:44
Sometimes those hotels are the most memorable ones :) We stayed at a few in Thailand that were simple, cheap and convenient, but that was when we were single!
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Tom
#5 Tom 2016-05-03 09:45
This looks like a great place to stay, the spiral staircase is a winner for me! The mountain view is also epic! Great find!
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Christine K
#4 Christine K 2016-05-02 21:58
Excellent frugal find and sure looks like good value for your money. Will bookmark this one for a possible trip there in the future. Thank you for the review and for sharing.
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alison abbott
#3 alison abbott 2016-05-02 21:22
That is quite a find for $14.00 and good hospitality can make all the difference in the world.
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mark wyld
#2 mark wyld 2016-05-02 20:05
looks like a good place to stay. i will be pinning this for our trip to Asia next year
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Carmen
#1 Carmen 2016-05-02 19:58
The lobby looks very nice and what beautiful surroundings! Thanks for sharing and happy travels :)
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