The Sheraton Hanoi is located next to West Lake, and fairly far away from the Old Quarters. The hotel was probably a grand property when it opened, but now it is a bit on the tired side. We had the unfortunate luck of staying there when John Kerry was visiting and the executive lounge was closed to normal guests (or SPG Diamond members). The staff tried very hard to compensate for this closure by offering drinks in the lobby during the day and oddly enough, a breakfast in a different restaurant than the main breakfast restaurant (seemed odd, and when we were there for breakfast we were the only people there – and the food took some time because it had to be cooked elsewhere and brought in – the hotel was probably better off just having us go to the main restaurant with all the other guests).
It takes about 35-40 minutes by taxi at a fixed rate of 350,000 VND to get here from the Airport (Approximately USD$17).
The hotel itself is a fairly large property, and is located next to West Lake. Walking out of the hotel, there are a several higher end “Western” restaurants on the street in front of the hotel, but hardly any Vietnamese restaurants other than the typical hole in the wall Pho places. We walked around looking for something that was middle of the road Vietnamese but didn’t see a lot of choices. The Hotel itself told us that good Vietnamese was a taxi ride away.
Overall – a functional hotel, but a taxi ride to the center of the city, and not a huge selection of restaurants that we could tell within walking distance. One positive is that it is fairly close to the Flower Market (that opens at 2AM and runs until morning) and we found the flower market experience to be well worth the visit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Truly a “resort within the city,” Sheraton Hanoi Hotel provides the perfect balance between tranquility and convenience. Take in panoramic views of Hanoi’s largest lake and enjoy great comforts in the 299 spacious guest rooms and suites, specially designed to help you relax. Experience stunning Sheraton Club Rooms, while enjoying the added benefits of Sheraton Club Lounge. ... more less
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