First, we tried to book the Metropole in Hanoi, but it is full for our dates. Then looked at the Hilton Opera House which has a pool.
But sometimes, we want a little more of the flavor of the country -- so considering Golden Lotus Hotel or Church Hotel. Of my 3 choices, which is best for location, native ambiance, etc. We also hope to "walk" to most sites in Hanoi, if possible so location is one of our utmost considerations.
We are going in October and wonder whether the pool at the Hilton is worthwhile (only 2 nights with Halong Bay trip planned) or whether a balcony at the Golden Lotus would suffice.
Thanks for any input you can provide.