Dien Bien Phu has fewer Western tourists (and thus fewer Western-style faciliites like hotels) than Hanoi, Danang, Hoi An, etc., so choices are few. This is a nice-looking, big hotel, with big rooms and a spa on the top floor. Beds are very hard (Vietnam style, not western). Plumbing works but showers are a bit quirky. Lots of Asian tourists (could not tell if Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean, Laotian) in buses here for a day, can be noisy at night. Also, some smell of smoke in public areas (but not bedroom) which I don't like but found tolerable. Breakfast is big, good, and included in price. Hotel is close to battle sites, museum, and downtown, good for walking/exploring. Staff has minimal English skills but are very accommodating and want to help; we had no problems with basic transactions. Interesting thing in the lobby is several dozen large photos of official looking functions, all with the same guy in them. No idea who his is, but it was one of the quirks of the place. Also, lots of big ornately carved wooden chairs all over - seems to be a regional thing. I'd recommend staying here, but be forewarned about the hard beds - would be surprised if there are any better accomodations in Dien Bien Phu for Westerners.