I stayed at 199x for a few nights while backpacking through Vietnam. I booked this hotel because it looked cool and was very cheap (£7 a night for a double bed).
The hostel is located just off Walking Street. I found is difficult to find the hostel because its entrance is just a door next to a restaurant.
Up the stairs and you get to the common room/reception/kitchen. The floors were dirty and I don’t think they mop them often. I did see a staff member sweeping up on my last day though.
I didn’t pay a deposit for anything, but you can rent a towel for 20,000 (£0.66). The hostel keeps your passport until you check out. The hostel offers tours and bus tickets. The music often playing on the flat screen is Chinese Hip Hop - which I really like now! The hostel sells waters and beers.
I was on the third floor and had to walk up about 6 floors to get there. The hostel has a dumb waiter so you can get your luggage up easily.
I stayed in a dorm room with about 20 capsule beds. It has good air conditioning and it was always cool in the room. The beds are large and comfortable. The bedding is clean. There are privacy curtains. Unfortunately, the beds are very creaky at night.
There is a bathroom area that services each floor. My floor had 2 toilets and 3 showers. Unfortunately, the toilets often didn’t have any toilet paper. The sinks were very dirty. I didn’t see this area clean during my stay.
A strange one: there were children in my dorm room. The hostel must be family friendly. I didn’t like this because most of the other guests were backpackers. It’s not a very family friendly environment - if you know what I mean. I could often hear the children’s songs playing loudly during the day and of course there is all the crying.
I don’t dislike children - I just don’t expect them in an environment where everyone is usually a traveller. These families were local people who were packed into a capsule. I found it weird. I saw one mother bathing her child in the showers - she just plopped him onto the dirty floor.
The breakfast could be improved. For some reason, when the female staff member was working she gave us bananas with our eggs and bread (as advertised). When the male was on duty the bananas were never available.
I repeatedly ordered Vietnamese sticky rice but was always told they didn’t have any. I was then told I had to order it a day in advance. When I did do this, the next day they said they didn’t have any.
The hostel is reasonably social and I was able to chat to a few other backpackers.