Moonlight. I heard from the hotel staff that the reason behind the name was simple – that the moon can be clearly seen in the night sky from the hotel. Other guests also seem to like the name, and think it romantic.
What I did not expect, though, was how Moonlight Hotel would romance me.
Here are the ways they did it:
1) Warm, friendly and efficient staff. Upon entering the hotel, I was welcomed with warm smiles and greetings, which I believe is normal for luxury hotels. But then, they do it every time I enter the hotel and would make a point of asking me how my day went. I noticed they did the same for other guests.
But what I most appreciated was when they booked the budget Hue day tour for me at no extra charge. I believed hotels usually charge on top of the rates of the travel booking companies, but Moonlight Hotel didn’t. I later checked with the travel agencies in the vicinity, and yes, I was given the exact same rate.
2) My luxurious room with a view. I fell in love with my room the moment I walked in – very comfy bed where I could lie for hours, and a view of the Perfume River. My room was ideal for a staycation – had I not limited time to explore the city, I would have spent a longer time in my room.
The bed that made me sleep like a baby for two nights
The view from my room. I spend at least five minutes a day just looking at this.
I also loved the room-inclusive extras, especially the welcome fruit.
3) Delicious breakfast – also with a view! If the view from my room already made me fall in love, the view from the restaurant had me completely smitten. It had a longer, panoramic view of the river, as well as views of the city.
My view while having breakfast
With a breakfast buffet offering both Vietnamese and international cuisine, I was more than happy in my two mornings there. The food was very tasty, too, which is unlike the slightly bland food I’ve tasted in some luxury hotels. In some places, I loved the street food more than hotel food, but in this case, I loved the hotel food too!
What I had on my first day – a very typical Vietnamese breakfast
4) It’s the details! What clinched the deal in my stay at Moonlight Hotel was how they paid attention to details. I loved the hardwood interiors and furniture, which remind me so much of the charming old and ancestral houses in the Philippines, with wooden interiors and furniture that have been standing for almost a century. I learned from the staff that the hotel owner has a business on wood and wooden furniture – so that explains the really nice hotel interiors!
Loved the wooden furniture everywhere…
…including in my room!
I also noticed that the bath soap in my bathroom had a very nice fragrance I loved, which I have not experienced in other hotels, and that the default temperature for the shower was just right – not too hot, not too cold. It was these little things that made my stay all the more pleasurable.
The nice toilet and bath in my room
5) Extras for pleasure and relaxation. The hotel also has a pool on its roof deck with a view of the city, and a nice spa. Had I had more time, I would have taken a dip and treated my body to a massage – or maybe some time in the hot tub.
The pool with a view
The hot tub in the spa looks inviting! Photo courtesy of Moonlight Hotel
In doing hotel reviews – even sponsored ones – I try to mention both positives and negatives (no matter how small), to give a balanced and realistic view for the reader. But in the case of Moonlight Hotel, I could not find a single thing to nitpick on. A plus is that it is in a convenient location, and near the night market and park, where I walk around at night. I definitely have no complaints on my stay at Moonlight Hotel.
For more information about Moonlight Hotel and to make reservations, visit their website.
20 Pham Ngu Lao St., Hue, Vietnam