I would like to preface this critique by stating that if you read my other reviews, you will find i am quite easy to please and often give glowing reviews. The average hotel rating I give is at least a 4, if not a 5. My experience at Viethouse Lodge was so horrible, however, that I basically feel obligated to warn others of the unfriendliness of this place. I am shocked that anyone could have possibly ever given this place a 4 or 5 star review!
My husband and I visited the Viethouse Lodge during our honeymoon through
Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia. Halong Bay was supposed to be the major highlight of the trip, and yet It turned out to be the worst experience of our entire honeymoon.
Although there was mold and larva growing on the ceiling (see photos), bars on all the windows, stains on the cushions, mold on all the bathroom appliances, and at times no running water, the worst part of our experience at the Viethouse Lodge were the incredibly unfriendly and unhelpful owners of the lodge. They seemed put out by our questions, gave us incorrect tourist information, and acted as though we were a huge bother to them. We did not feel welcome. Our room and bathroom were both dirty and had a horrible mold problem.
Also, we were scammed by the driver they recommended and hired for us.
I have traveled all over the world to Africa, India, North/Central/South America, Europe and Asia. I can say, without a doubt, that this was one of the WORST hotel experiences I've ever had.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Viethouse lodge is located halfway up the hill, next to the road leads to the highest peak of Tuan Chau Island, one of the thausand of small and medium island in Halong Bay. Viethouse lodge consists of a number of houses on stills with the ages of at least 15 years, the houses reflect a typical architecture of Viet ethnic. They have been transformed into a showcase of authentic and traditional living in a moderm environment. the houses located at different heights on the hillside. Nestled in green gardens which draw you to a natural relaxing and romantic atmosphere. ... more less