Stayed here on an Intrepid tour, so had no choice. I think the hotel does quite well on the tour trade. And I think they've become complacent. The staff weren't unfriendly, but they weren't enthusiastic, either.
The beds aren't comfortable at all - they are just slabs of foam. I thought it might be a Vietnamese thing, but other hotels aren't like this.
The showers are ridiculous. The nozzle sprays water in every direction but the one you're standing, and the design of bath you're standing in means the bathroom floods with water.
The location isn't too bad, but it depends on the scene you're looking for. Our cooking school was nearby, which was convenient. And from the minute you step outside the door, you're in the thick of Hanoi. I personally loved the atmosphere of the surrounding area. Its busy, noisy and authentic. To cross the road, just close your eyes and walk. I'm not kidding... It works.
Used the "gym" which consisted of a reasonable treadmill, a cross trainer and a exercycle from 1981. Don't hold your breath waiting for them to fill up the spa pool. If you want steam room or a sauna, boil your jug and stand over it. Both of these rooms were full of junk and unusable.
Breakfast was good. Remember to ask for eggs. Better yet, leave the hotel and sample a local Pho Bo... They are absolutely delicious and a hearty breakfast.
Will not be returning to this hotel. Ever.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Inspired by the French colonial architecture, the hotel was named after the southern territory of Vietnam, whose principal city is Saigon. Highly recognized levels of service await guests in each of our 60 rooms and suites; each a charming blend of Vietnamese traditional architecture and modern facilities, with high speed internet access, spacious bathrooms and panoramic views of the city. Hong Ngoc Cochinchine is the ideal choice for the business or leisure traveler.Just a short walk from the hotel, you can easily visite numerous attractions in the city including Hoan Kiem Lake, the Old Quarter, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and especially the breathtaking West Lake – where you can enjoy a break from the busy city life.Why not starting your day with a workout in the Fitness Center or simply relax in Hong Ngoc Spa. Enjoy fresh pastries, croissants, specialty dessert buffet or the best of Vietnamese Cuisine in one of our restaurants and immerse yourself into the exciting nightlife in Hanoi.Event planners will appreciate our hotel's meeting room with professional event planning and creative catering. Allow our attentive staff to arrange group outings, restaurant reservations, sporting event tickets or anything else to ensure your stay is both productive and pleasurable.Hong Ngoc Cochinchine – a place you can call ‘home’. ... more less
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