I usually never write reviews for the hotels I stay in.
But my stay at Son River House in Phong Nha was easily the highlight of my trip to Vietnam.
1. It is located just outside the village, so it's more quiet and private than the other hotels that are all cramped up together in Phong Nha. Situated on the shore of the Song River, featuring a breathtaking view of two limestone peaks, a cemetary and a church tower in the distance.
2. The owners are incredibly helpful, accomodating and friendly. When we got there on the first night, they even invited us to their house for Tet, and we drank and sang karaoke with them, which was truly an unforgettable moment. The homestay is manned by a family of devoted, light-hearted people, who make you feel at home. Lucy the owner, is paricularly kind and very dedicated. She speaks english.
3. The food is good, they offer tours and bikes. The homestay is very well decorated, the rooms are clean/come with AC, showers with hot water... they even burned incense before we came into the room to make it smell good. It is possible to pay with credit card.
Son River House is by far the best hotel in the Phong Nha area. It surpasses expectations and I will absolutely return there for another stay. Thanks to the staff and to Lucy!