In Ninh Binh, there are a number of cheap hotels just outside the train station and next to the bus station. Other hotels are located near the center of town. As there is nothing to see in town, either area is suitable.
The area near the train station has become a mini-backpacker district, complete with travel agents, touts, overpriced drinks and English-menu restaurants. But, as written above, most people sleep in amazing Tam Coc, with its vast array of new hotels from 4 stars to Backpackers dormitory.
Limestone View Homestay
Limestone View Homestay, Xuan Thanh Road, Xuan Ang Noi Village, Ninh Xuan Commun, Hoa Lu district,
☎ +84 918 453 761
Email adress: email@example.com.
Beautiful Homestay on the edge of town (built 2014) overlooking the limestone cliffs. Fantastic views from the big immaculately presented rooms with airco, fan and attached bathroom with hot water. Conveniently located for exploring nearby Trang An (UNESCO world heritage site) Wharf and Grottos, Tam Cok. On the way to Cuc Phong National Park. Push bikes and a great breakfast with fruit salad and juice is included – delicious. Services available include: meals, rentals, transfers, free wifi, tours and travel advice etc. Very hospitable host, highly recommended as true family experience.US$ 47 (double room incl. breakfast and push bikes).
Kim Lien Guesthouse
Kim Lien Guesthouse, Ngo 212,Number 54 (On a small and quiet side road not far from the center of town), ☎ +84306250800.
Situated on a small and quiet side road this place is run by the charismatic Madame Lien, and is a no frills yet very honest place to stay. Rooms are clean ($15 for a double). Lien is very friendly, provides help with local transportation,bike rentals, Open Tour bus tickets, and also sometimes offers to cook dinner for $5 per person (be prepared for loads of food). Doors are sometimes closed at 10.30pm, but the staff can be woken by simply knocking on the doors (or preferably informing them of late arrivals or excursions before hand). US$12-US$18.