To my surprise, Hanoi is a very CLEAN city. People there are generally friendly.Of coz, still hv to bargain for all the goods purchase. Beware of road side eatery, must ask for price first before you eat, unless there is a menu with all fixed price listed.
Donot take taxi with "meter" but bargain the price before u go up. Like from weekend old market back to hotel at old quarter, it is abt usd2-3 . But if u go by meter, it cost u at least usd18.
All taught by Martin, the hotel reception at splendid star grand hotel. Becoz of him, we save n learnt lots and hv a pleasant stay in Hanoi.
I will definitely stay at this hotel again if I come back to Hanoi.
Oh yeah, if anyone of you have time & extra money, do try the Orchid Spa!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Splendid Star Grand Hotel is a new extension of the local family-owned Splendid Star group. It is located near the center of the Old Quarter, with only a 5 minute walk to Hoan Kiem Lake. We are located on a small street next to St. Joseph's Cathedral, away from the busy traffic of Hanoi. There are numerous restaurants and cafes within the hotel's neighborhood to suit any taste. The atmosphere is comfortable, relaxing, and inviting to all travelers whether you are coming to Vietnam for business, leisure, or holiday. The knowledgeable and accommodating hotel staff is available 24 hours a day and it prepared to help you with any request that you may have. We offer both Western and Vietnamese breakfasts every day in our dining room. We also offer convenient laundry service, tour booking, international visa application, and car service.Each room is equipped with a mini refrigerator, complimentary toiletries, cable television on a LCD screen, a private computer, WiFi connection, air conditioning, and noise canceling glass windows. ... more less
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